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Archives for July 2010

Q&A with John Shalf, chair of the Disruptive Technology showcase at SC10

I’ve mentioned the Disruptive Technologies event at SC10 a few times recently, and I thought it might be helpful for you guys and gals if we dug in and explored the event, its background, and what it’s all about in a little more depth. SC10 and John Shalf, from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the […]

PRACE awards 320 million hours to 10 projects

This week PRACE announced a big award of computational time to 10 projects in Europe Ten research projects, five from Germany, two from the UK one each from Italy, the Netherlands and Portugal, have been awarded access to the PRACE infrastructure. In total 321.4 Million compute core hours were granted. Sixty-eight applications requesting a total […]

What to read at insideHPC this week

Wondering what to read at insideHPC? Some of the most popular posts this week are: Open Grid Forum president says grids not dead yet Industry experts form new Lustre startup New Zealand switches on new IBM SC10 encourages disruptions Sponsored Post: Breaking Through Real World Storage Barriers in Next Generation Sequencing If you aren’t subscribed […]

TACC On Memory Performance in a Cluster

Dan Stanzione and Tommy Minyard from the Texas Advanced Computing Center [TACC] posted an article on Dell’s Enterprise Technology Center website about the perils of relying on pure clock frequency for performance comparisons of real applications.  As many of you have undoubtedly read the various bi-annual releases of the latest Top500 numbers know that the […]

Cray-1 Mockup For Home PC

From the “too much time on your hands” news desk.  According to an article in TheRegister today, one Daryl Branch has built a scale model of the famous Cray-1 supercomputer as a place to house his home PC.  A few specs on the vintage 1976 behemoth: 250MFLOPS 200,000 integrated circuits 3,400 printed circuit boards 60 […]

Bright Computing and Eurotech Sign Reseller Agreement

Bright Computing, proprietors of the Bright Cluster Manager stack, announced today that Eurotech Computer Services have signed a reseller agreement for BCM.  The pair will also participate in joint marketing activities. Eurotech Managing Director Bernie Boyce said: “We are very impressed with Bright Cluster Manager’s functionality — it is a much needed technology that will […]

DARPA and UHPC: Jump Starting a Revolution

Anyone familiar with DARPA knows the agency is not averse to taking risks. Tackling really tough technological problems by funding innovative research is fundamental to its mission statement.

But with the Ubiquitous High Performance Computing (UHPC) program, DARPA is really pushing the envelope. It’s calling for nothing less than a revolution that could drastically and permanently alter the nature of computing.

In the Broad Agency Announcement (DARPA’s equivalent of an RFP) issued in March of this year, the agency made it clear it is taking no prisoners. The BAA states, “Current evolutionary approaches to progress in computer designs are inadequate. To meet the relentlessly increasing demands for greater performance and higher energy efficiency, revolutionary new computer systems designs will be essential to support new generations of advanced DoD system capabilities and enable new classes of computer application…UHPC systems designs that merely pursue evolutionary development will not be considered.”

Society of High Performance Computing Professionals annual technical meeting

The Society of High Performance Computing Professionals has announced that their annual technical meeting on September 15 in Houston, TX, USA. We’ve talked with them before, and we are pretty stoked that the organization is still growing and going. According to the email that Bill Menger sent out today, the meeting will focus on emerging […]

NNSA administrator on the next generation of computational scientists

In mid-June National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Administrator Thomas D’Agostino delivered a speech at the 2010 Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship conference. In keeping with the setting, D’Agostino focused on the importance of trained humans as the centerpiece of a vibrant computational policy and essential component in achieving the NSSA mission. You can […]

Industry experts form new Lustre startup

Following the official acquisition of Sun Microsystems by Oracle Corporation, there have been quite a few HPC industry pundits debating the eventual fate of the famed parallel file system Lustre. Lustre made its name by anchoring super-scale computational centers such as Oak Ridge National Lab. Considering Oracle’s core business model does not rely on technologies such as Lustre, the many folks who depend on Lustre for their high performance parallel file system have question marks beside support and continued development.

Today we have exclusive coverage of the launch of a new HPC company that’s aiming to fill the void left by Sun’s acquisition. Say hello to Whamcloud.