Microsoft and Oracle surprised the cloud computing space yesterday by announcing a partnership that would offer Oracle software on the Azure platform. According to Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer, the two, who have been known rivals for years, have been actually working together behind closed doors for a time.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/OpenSFS_logoCROPPED.jpg” alt=”” width=”95″ height=”51″ />OpenSFS has chosen its Community Representative Director for 2013: Tommy Minyard, director of Advanced Computing Systems (ACS) at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC). We got the new director’s views on Lustre’s opportunities in big data and exascale, maintaining a single source tree, and new features on the horizon.
We have identified five key ways that Univa creates business value for our customers for a modest investment. By upgrading Grid Engine an organization can reduce downtime, boost its jobs per day throughput and find ways to manage application license costs to help meet the budget cut requirements in capital spending imposed by the reality of tough times.
<img src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/Lustre_logo.png” alt=”” width=”115″ height=”24″ />With the announcement this week that storage maker Xyratex has acquired Oracle’s Lustre assets, the popular open source parallel file system is once again completely under the control of HPC stakeholders.
Fortress programming language gets axed by Ellison and company.
Sun Microsystems was an innovator and a leader in high performance computing from the onset of SMP-based servers and powerful workstations. That began to change with the introduction of “LINTEL”- clusters (Linux and Intel X86 servers) over a decade ago. While hindsight can indicate that mistakes – or misjudgments – were clearly made, perhaps on par with Research in Motion’s co-CEO’s now famous dismissal of the iPhone.
One man’s take on the viability of HPC’s much-beloved grid resource manager.
A year ago the Lustre community was stunned by Oracle’s message at the 2010 Lustre User Group (LUG). Lustre was no longer a vendor neutral platform; you had to buy Sun/Oracle storage hardware to get future versions of the software. The community uproar was strong to the threat HPC’s most popular file system going away.
Oracle honed its focus on key markets to convince users that cost, security and compliance, are best handled in a specialized cloud environment.
The Weekly Top Five features the five biggest HPC stories of the week, condensed for your reading pleasure. This week, we cover the TeraGrid effort to support the Japanese research community; NNSA’s ‘Supercomputing Week’ coverage; Mellanox’s new double-duty switch silicon; Platform’s latest Symphony; and the Oracle Sun Server-based Sandia Red Sky/Red Mesa supercomputer upgrades.