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Archives for May 2009

Eadline's Five Tips For Building a Beowulf

Douglas Eadline has posted one of the more comprehensive looks I’ve seen in a long time on how one would start the ball rolling to build an HPC cluster.  Rightly so, he goes through the high-level architecture of a typical modern cluster as well as detailed looks at network infrastructure and most importantly, software.  Unlike […]

Acceleware Reports Q1 Financials

Acceleware has announced its first quarter [ending March 31] financial results.  From the release: During the three months ended March 31, 2009 (“Q1, 2009”) the Company began to see improvements from the restructuring initiatives which were substantially completed in the year ended December 31, 2008. In addition, the Company benefited from a large sale of […]

Q&A with HPC virtualization software maker ScaleMP

With three HPC systems providers on the auction block in the span of one quarter, HPC is certainly in a time of dramatic change. At insideHPC we’ve been on the lookout for the companies that might ascend as a result of these most recent market changes. This week we had a chance to talk with Shai Fultheim, the CEO of HPC virtualization software maker ScaleMP, which provides virtualization solutions for high-end computing. Its virtualization solution combines multiple x86 systems into a single virtual machine (VM) –- aggregating the CPU’s, memory and I/O of all the physical machines –- resulting in large memory / high-core-count virtual SMP system (think “reverse VMware”).

We talked with Shai about his company, its technologies, and why this particular moment of change is turning into such a boon for them.

Cisco eats its own unified dogfood

The Register is reporting that Cisco is going to be its own beta customer on the Unified Computing System (UCS) — which still isn’t shipping yet, despite all the news coverage Turns out Cisco is its own first beta test customer, and the company’s IT brass Wednesday was talking about its own plans for deployment. […]

SGI joins the trailerpark crowd

This isn’t really a surprise, but worth noting that Rackable’s modular datacenter made the transition into the new SGI SGI announced today that it recently shipped its ICE Cube modular data center to i/o Data Centers, a leading colocation and data center services provider based in Phoenix, Arizona, to address i/o clients’ evolving data center […]

Sun confirms vis gear is no more

Earlier this week we pointed to a post over at noticing that Sun’s vis gear had gone missing from the web site. Turns out this wasn’t a mistake; VizWorld has heard back from Sun: Sun announced in April the End-of-Life (EOL) of the Sun Shared Visualization and Sun Scalable Visualization software products. Customers will […]

SiCortex sale of assets includes the Pathscale compiler

Stacey Higginbotham over at GigaOM pointed us to a post with details of SiCortex’s upcoming asset sale. From that post Gerbsman Partners has been retained by the Board of Directors of SiCortex, Inc. “SiCortex” or the “Company, to solicit interest for the acquisition of substantially all of SiCortex’s assets, including its intellectual property (“IP”), in […]

Network vendor Woven Systems out of business

Looks like I get to use my new deadpool category one more time this week. This time we’re dunking 10 GbE datacenter switch vendor Woven Systems. They had an interesting technology that had the potential to make 10 GbE networks practical for large compute clusters, and  performance results that showed for some types of communications […]

Intel QuickPath in Dr. Dobb's

Dr. Dobb’s ran an article early last week with a useful look into Intel’s QuickPath interconnect The architecture of the Intel QuickPath Interconnect (Intel QPI), like many components in a computer system, is comprised of a number layers. Each of these layers performs a distinct function in controlling the logical operation of the Intel QPI. […]

HPC Postdocs available

From Will Baird’s blog, news of NERSC’s HPC post doc positions Berkeley Lab anticipates several openings for post-doctoral fellows in the NERSC Division to address the challenges of petascale computing on new multicore architectures. The fellows will work with high-profile applications in the areas of bioscience, fusion, climate and material science as well as in […]