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November 06, 2008
Here's a collection of highlights, selected totally subjectively, from this week's HPC news stream as reported at insideHPC.com and HPCwire.
10 words and a link
insideHPC exclusive look at the SC08 Cluster Challenge competitors
Wolfram hosts Mathematica on the Nimbis cloud
Linux Mag test drives the iDataPlex, finds engineering excellence
Rogue Wave's parallel computing survey
EGI.org is looking for a home
Meet, greet, and dine with Andy Bechtolsheim at SC08
LECCIBG/Beowulf Bash 2008 at SC08
TotalView supports Sony Cell platform
AMAX launches Tesla-based personal supercomputer
InsideTrack: Sun may be winning some business in a shakeup down under
A source close to insideHPC has given us a glimpse into some of what is going on in HPC in Australia with the Australian Bureau of Meteorology HPC acquisition. The acquisition covers several existing installations, with incumbents NEC and SGI. The acquisition calls for a machine each at APAC and CSIRO, with a hot spare at the BOM. APAC researchers seem to prefer a cluster and NOT a vector-based system as their primary machine, whereas BOM/CSIRO are happy with a vector system.
Word from the InsideTrack initially was that IBM has a good shot since they often follow the UK Met organization, which recently went IBM. However the picture was unclear, as APAC evidently aren't keen on IBM. It now appears that IBM has been ruled out, as has Cray. HP didn't bid.
Which leaves NEC, SGI, and.... In fact the InsideTrack has been told that the announcement of the winner is delayed due to extended negotiations with Sun. We'll definitely keep our eye on this one.
Chalk another one up for speculation. Those of you intimately involved with the Apple and/or IBM server community have probably seen the dust IBM is kicking up over Mark Papermaster. Uh, who? Papermaster, until recently, was the head of IBM's blade server division. After 20 years of black coats and red ties, he opted for t-shirts and Birkenstocks by taking a gig at Apple. Apparently, Mr. Papermaster had forgotten the "no-compete" agreement he signed with IBM, thus preventing him from working for a competitor for at least one year. IBM is sueing Papermaster for committing such a no-no.
I think the real story here is, why does Apple want a blade server-guru? The XServe was a decent server platform. Now that Apple has made the move to Intel processors, they need something other than OSX to push further into the heavily competitive server market. Does this mean we're going to see an Apple blade platform? This might be terribly interesting as a cluster platform.
For more details on this speculation and the Papermaster stink, read the full article here.
20 years is a long time in HPC years
This is the 20th anniversary of the annual SC conference, and organizers are doing up the dog this year. Part of the celebration will be a recognition of companies and individuals who have been involved with all 20 conferences. It's enough of an achievement for an individual to have been at each of the conferences, but thinking about how dramatically the hardware and software landscape has changed in that time, it's really quite remarkable for a company to have been at all 20 conferences.
In fact, the insideHPC news gnomes have been scrabbling around in gardens all over the world, and have turned up a list of what we think are the 9 organizations, 6 of them companies, that will be recognized at this year's conference:
The Numerical Algorithms Group
Kudos to these companies, and the testament to their adaptability and commitment over time.
May 23, 2013 |
The study of climate change is one of those scientific problems where it is almost essential to model the entire Earth to attain accurate results and make worthwhile predictions. In an attempt to make climate science more accessible to smaller research facilities, NASA introduced what they call ‘Climate in a Box,’ a system they note acts as a desktop supercomputer.
May 22, 2013 |
At some point in the not-too-distant future, building powerful, miniature computing systems will be considered a hobby for high schoolers, just as robotics or even Lego-building are today. That could be made possible through recent advancements made with the Raspberry Pi computers.
May 16, 2013 |
When it comes to cloud, long distances mean unacceptably high latencies. Researchers from the University of Bonn in Germany examined those latency issues of doing CFD modeling in the cloud by utilizing a common CFD and its utilization in HPC instance types including both CPU and GPU cores of Amazon EC2.
May 15, 2013 |
Supercomputers at the Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) have worked on important computational problems such as collapse of the atomic state, the optimization of chemical catalysts, and now modeling popping bubbles.
05/10/2013 | Cleversafe, Cray, DDN, NetApp, & Panasas | From Wall Street to Hollywood, drug discovery to homeland security, companies and organizations of all sizes and stripes are coming face to face with the challenges – and opportunities – afforded by Big Data. Before anyone can utilize these extraordinary data repositories, however, they must first harness and manage their data stores, and do so utilizing technologies that underscore affordability, security, and scalability.
04/15/2013 | Bull | “50% of HPC users say their largest jobs scale to 120 cores or less.” How about yours? Are your codes ready to take advantage of today’s and tomorrow’s ultra-parallel HPC systems? Download this White Paper by Analysts Intersect360 Research to see what Bull and Intel’s Center for Excellence in Parallel Programming can do for your codes.
In this demonstration of SGI DMF ZeroWatt disk solution, Dr. Eng Lim Goh, SGI CTO, discusses a function of SGI DMF software to reduce costs and power consumption in an exascale (Big Data) storage datacenter.
The Cray CS300-AC cluster supercomputer offers energy efficient, air-cooled design based on modular, industry-standard platforms featuring the latest processor and network technologies and a wide range of datacenter cooling requirements.