Michael over at HPCwire has an interesting blog post with the HPC hits and misses of 2009. Here’s a hit to whet your appetite
Hit: InfiniBand Rising
Despite the commercial debut of many 10GbE offerings this year, InfiniBand adoption in HPC continued to grow in 2009. InfiniBand is deployed in 182 of the TOP500 supercomputers, representing a 28 percent year-over-year increase. Data from InterSect360 and anecdotal evidence points to a dominance of InfiniBand in new HPC deployments. With recent innovations like an MPI offload capability, a memory transfer offload for GPUs, and a performance roadmap that Ethernet can’t match, I suspect InfiniBand’s best days are still ahead of it.
And here’s a miss I don’t totally agree with
While the HPC market was spared from the worst effects of the brutal economy, a number of vendors in the space were forced to shut their doors, while others were acquired by their healthier brethren. Sun Microsystems, SGI, SiCortex, Woven Systems, RapidMind, Cilk Arts, Interactive Supercomputing, DRC Computer, Quadrics, ClearSpeed, and Verari Systems all became victims of the Great Recession of 2009. Our feature article tells the tale.
RapidMind, Cilk, and Interactive were all aquired by Intel, and Interactive Supercomputing was acquired by Microsoft. Michael may be right that those acquisitions were driven by the faltering economy, but if so that doesn’t match the impression I have that those companies were not any less healthy than any of the other small businesses that survived, they just happened to have good technology at a time that the buyers had cash in hand.