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21 Apr 2009
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Book: "Using OpenMP - - Portable Shared Memory Parallel Programming" [21640]
Source Examples Available as Free Download

The authors of "Using OpenMP: Portable Shared Memory Parallel Programming" have made 41 of the examples provided in the book available to readers as zip file downloads. Each download is free under the BSD license and each comes with a copy of the license, which users are requested not to remove.
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15 Apr 2009
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Sun Introduces New HPC Products and Technologies [21671]
New Servers, Integrated Open Storage and High-performance Networking

At the Sun Open Network Systems launch, the company introduced servers, integrated open storage, and high-performance networking designed for the HPC market as well as other customers wanting to take advantage of high performance technology capabilities that address high performance, high throughput, large memory, and fast I/O. Sun reports that with these new HPC systems, customers can simplify their environment from less highly integrated solutions -- reducing cabling by 84 percent, switches by 97 percent, and rack space by 75 percent.
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14 Apr 2009
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Sun Lustre On-site Implementation Services [21652]
Define Your Lustre Parallel File System Requirements and Sun Will Deliver

Take full advantage of the Lustre file system by integrating the software quickly and efficiently into an HPC environment via the Sun Lustre On-site Implementation Services. This offering allows Sun to design, rapidly deploy, and perform acceptance testing for the pre-defined configuration of Lustre to meet HPC customers' particular IT and business needs.
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10 Apr 2009
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Flash-based SSDs and HPC: Change Is in the Wind [21584]
The Spinning Disk Isn't Yet Obsolete (and May Never Be) but an Alternative Exists

If Solid State Drives (SSDs) are so great, why aren't they replacing disk drives at the fastest possible pace? John West, writing for HPCwire has some answers in his article "Solid State Drives: Change in a Flash" where he considers both the merits and the shortcomings of the flash drive. The short answer is that, yes, flash drives do have a role in HPC, and it's getting bigger.
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03 Apr 2009
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Clemson University Adopts Sun's HPC Cluster [21543]
HPC Success Story: At Clemson University, SC Research Facility

Clemson University, South Carolina adopts a High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster that includes blade servers, storage systems, software, and services from Sun Microsystems. Clemson's HPC factory-integrated solution provided faster deployment, and helped solve many challenges, including the need for more compute power, a stable infrastructure, and a higher compute density.
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31 Mar 2009
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Sun HPC Consortium Set for June 21-22 in Hamburg [21541]
Promises Events of Interest to Users of Sun HPC Solutions

The Sun High Performance Computing Consortium (SHPCC), an independent, volunteer-organized, international group of member organizations that own or use Sun computer systems with emphasis on high-performance, technical computing, and visualization, announces the Sun HPC Consortium Hamburg, which will be held in conjunction with ISC09 in Hamburg, Germany, June 21-22, 2009.
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