Conference Reports

Numascale Delivers Plug and Play SMP at SC12

Delivering big SMP performance at a cluster price Numascale

This year at SC12 Numascale, maker of low cost plug-and-play high performance shared memory systems, was showing performance numbers and some happy clients. For those that may not know, Numascale produces the NumaConnect adapter that provides plug-and-play connection of standard servers running a single un-patched OS version. Applications have fast access to the aggregate memory of all servers in the system using a hardware controlled ccNuma environment.

NumaConnect facilitates very large shared memory systems built from commodity servers at the price level of high-end clusters. This combination invites a new level of price/capability/performance that has never before been demonstrated using pure hardware. Systems built with NumaConnect run standard operating systems and all x86 applications.

Read more: Numascale Delivers Plug and Play SMP at SC12

High Performance on Wall Street 2005

Grids, Clusters and Making Money

Earlier this week I attended High Performance on Wall Street in New York City. The conference was well attended and interest levels were quite high. Of course, clusters have become the workhorse of Wall Street due to the shear magnitude computation they need to complete right away. After all, time is money.

Although I had limited time, I managed to find one piece of significant technology news and three presentations worth mentioning.

Read more: High Performance on Wall Street 2005

Aeon EclipseSL Wins "Best HPC Storage Product or Technology" at SC2012

Company reshaping Lustre storage design with their next generation Lustre Storage Appliance.

Aeon Computing has been awarded the 2012 HPCwire "Best HPC Storage Product or Technology" for their EclipseSL Lustre appliance that is the foundation of the 4 PetaByte Data Oasis storage system at San Diego Supercomputing Center (SDSC). The next generation system will push the Lustre storage performance even further.

Read more: Aeon EclipseSL Wins "Best HPC Storage Product or Technology" at SC2012

SC13 in Denver is Here !

The annual Supercomputing show is here. This is the 25th year of the show and it looks to be another good year. First, and foremost, the 2013 BeoBash is scheduled for its usual time (Monday 18th, 9-midnight) get all the details here and don't forget to check out the "Physics of Spherical Newtonian Solids Smackdown" (aka pool tournament). There are prizes and two tracks, one for beginners, and one for experienced players.

Head Monkey, Doug Eadline will be speaking in the Scalable Informatics booth #1919 on Personal Big Data: The Apache Hadoop YARN Workstation and Beyond and demonstrating the Limulus personal cluster workstation running Apache Hadoop YARN (V2.2). The talks are scheduled for Tuesday: 5pm, Wednesday: 11am, Thursday: 1pm. The Limulus workstations, which by the way offer a remarkable $23/CPU-GFLOP, are now shipping from Basement Supercomputing. You can find some other benchmarks on the project page.

Check back soon! There will be more SC13 coverage as the week unfolds.

The Best Party In The Galaxy

You can panic if you want to

The 2012 Beowulf Bash is upon us. We have decided to take a page from one of our favorite book series, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and bring you The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Beowulf Bash. If you are attending SC12 in Salt Lake, then you are invited to the most popular HPC community event in the galaxy. The lead sponsors for this year are Adaptive Computing and Intersect360 Research. In addition, there are 22 other great sponsors who are supporting the event.

The party is a community event with plenty of music, fun, refreshments, and a free towel for the first 1000 attendees. As usual we will hold the event on Monday November 12 from 9PM-Midnight (after the Opening SC Gala). Be sure to check the Invitation Page for more information including some spot on Beowulf Bash Guide entries and a chance to talk to Shallow Thought. In case you miss it, there is long version of the guide here.

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