Defining Scalable OS Requirements for Exascale and Beyond

October 5, 2015

Over the past couple of decades two primary trends have driven system software for supercomputers to become significantly more complex. First, hardware has beco Read more…

By Robert W. Wisniewski, Chief Software Architect for Extreme Scale Computing, Intel

Linux Foundation Maps Top500 Run

July 30, 2013

This week the Linux Foundation released a special report about its role over the last twenty years of the Top500, pointing to some significant trends that helped it switch places with Unix (which once had a 96% share of the list) in roughly a one-decade timeframe. For instance, there are a few.... Read more…

By Nicole Hemsoth

The Last Mile of Virtualization

May 3, 2012

The advent of multicore servers presents something of a challenge for application virtualization. This is especially true in the realm of high performance computing, an environment that has never been particularly friendly to virtualization. To overcome these hurdles, eXludus Technologies has introduced "micro-virtualization," a technology that brings virtualization down to the level of the core, and does so with minimal overhead. Read more…

By Wolfgang Gentzsch

The Role of Linux in the “Impending” Cloud

October 13, 2010

A survey-based report from The Linux Foundation and Yeoman Technology Group that was released looked at the growth of Linux in the large-scale enterprise space. It also shed some light on possible trends related to the role of cloud computing--and the role of Linux as an OS in a virtualized environment. Read more…

By Nicole Hemsoth

New Cray OS Brings ISVs in for a Soft Landing

April 14, 2010

Cray has never made a big deal about the custom Linux operating system it packages with its XT supercomputing line. In general, companies don't like to tout proprietary OS environments since they tend to lock custom codes in and third-party ISV applications out. But the third generation Cray Linux Environment (CLE3) that the company announced on Wednesday is designed to make elite supercomputing an ISV-friendly experience. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

Microsoft Ending Support for Itanium

April 5, 2010

Second major OS vendor to bail on processor. Read more…

By James Niccolai

Fixstars Launches Linux for CUDA

March 2, 2010

Multicore software specialist Fixstars Corporation has released Yellow Dog Enterprise Linux (YDEL) for CUDA, the first commercial Linux distribution for GPU computing. The OS is aimed at HPC customers using NVIDIA GPU hardware to accelerate their vanilla Linux clusters, and is designed to lower the overall cost of system deployment, the idea being to bring these still-exotic systems into the mainstream. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

Cray Brings Windows 7 to HPC

November 12, 2009

If you thought Windows 7 was just for mere mortals, think again. Microsoft's latest OS is about to show up in Cray's newest CX1 deskside supercomputer that puts a Windows workstation and a Windows HPC Server cluster into a single box. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

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