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AMD reports Q1, posts loss
NSF awards support science in the cloud
SiCortex revises green performance index
Computerworld explores rationale behind DoD Mod purchase of SGI
NVIDIA OpenCL driver available for early access
Acumem adds support for Win HPC Server to performance tools
Matlab announces Argonne, Tesla using their tools
Panasas announces new storage line
NASA Ames moves from Sun to SpectraLogic, cuts silos by 80%
News from the Fault Tolerance for Extreme Scalability Workshop
Registration opens for Symposium on Application Accelerators in High-Performance Computing
ICCS offers free HPC tutorials
SC09 announces summer workshops, cluster competition, more
Oracle in agreement to buy Sun
Business software maker Oracle Corp. said Monday it has entered into a definitive agreement to buy server builder Sun Microsystems in a deal worth $7.4 billion.
Oracle said it will buy Sun common stock for $9.50 per share in cash, a 42% premium from Friday's closing price of $6.69.
Oracle's Larry Ellison is making happy sounds:
"The acquisition of Sun transforms the IT industry," said Oracle chief executive Larry Ellison, in a statement. "Our customers benefit as their systems integration costs go down while system performance, reliability and security go up."
Oracle...said it sees "strategic customer advantages" to owning two of Sun's most popular software products: the programming language Java and the Solaris operating system.
And Oracle says it's looking forward to owning Java and Solaris. I can see Java. But I wonder about the cultures that have to be integrated here, especially in light of Ellison's strongly negative comments about cloud computing about a year ago:
The interesting thing about cloud computing is that we've redefined cloud computing to include everything that we already do. I can't think of anything that isn't cloud computing with all of these announcements. The computer industry is the only industry that is more fashion-driven than women's fashion. Maybe I'm an idiot, but I have no idea what anyone is talking about. What is it? It's complete gibberish. It's insane. When is this idiocy going to stop?
Ah me. I do like the cranky IT billionaires. The problem I see is that cloud computing has been such a mainstay of Sun's public persona for the past 18 months.
HPC? Hard to say. Oracle is a mainstay of the real IT world, and the software part at that. HPC is mostly a hobby for the few enterprise IT hardware makers that have stayed with it. I cannot imagine an enterprise software company indulging it. Vis? Almost certainly not. The boards have approved the deals, and although there will be regulatory scrutiny, the transaction is expected to close in the summer.
Six-core Istanbul moves forward to May
We're hearing this in several places, but The Register's Timothy Prickett Morgan has an overview of AMD's schedule acceleration on the new Opterons:
AMD is picking up the pace for its six-core, Istanbul family of Opteron processors, saying it will ship the chips to paying customers in May with server OEM partners shipping in June.
That brings the Istanbul chips ahead by several months and gives AMD a chance to leapfrog Intel in the two-socket server space, where Intel has just launched its quad-core Nehalem EP Xeon 5500s. It will also provide parity or better with Intel's six-core Dunnington Xeon 7400s for four-socket servers.
But, this acceleration is not without risk:
And because of the confidence that AMD has after it rejiggered its design and testing processes in the wake of the Barcelona bug, the company took Istanbul from tape out to production on one take, which Pat Patla, general manager of the server and workstation chip business at AMD, said was the first time the company had done that. This could be risky. We'll know about July or so.
And then there is the 12 core future:
Moving ahead Istanbul means that AMD can also move ahead its high-end Magny-Cours twelve-shooter, which is two Istanbuls put in the same package, side-by-side, with four HT3 links coming out of the chip package.
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.
May 10, 2013 |
Program provides cash awards up to $10,000 for the best open-source end-user applications deployed on 100G network.
May 09, 2013 |
The Japanese government has revealed its plans to best its previous K Computer efforts with what they hope will be the first exascale system...
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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.