Flex Bits: HPC News with Snark for Friday, Feb. 25, 2011

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It’s been a cold, but eventful week up here in Portland, so here’s the News with Snark for Friday, Feb. 25, 2011:

  • Things that make you go, Boom! Iran doubles-down with not one, but two in-country supercomputers with components purchased from the black market.
  • Putting in the hours. In an effort to make genome sequencing affordable and available in every hospital, NCSA researchers are using 10 Million CPU hours of donated time on Jaguar to help identify the DNA sequences at single-nucleotide resolution.
  • One impressive interconnect! Stephen Foskett writes that Apple’s newly announced Thunderbolt connector is capable of providing two full-duplex channels, each providing 10 Gbps of bi-directional bandwidth, or 20 Gb/s of throughput in each direction. Add in DisplayPort’s two v1.1a connections with 8.64 Gb/s each and this yields a grand total of 57 Gb/s over a slim copper wire!
  • The Sound of Silence continues from Oracle as the Lustre community moves toward releasing what some are calling a spork of Lustre 2.1. In related news, Oracle continues to lose server share with no apparent Bridge over Troubled Water.


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