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26 Jan 2009
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Sun HPC Cluster Slated for University of Zurich [21217]
Based on 576 Sun Blade Servers, Cluster Will Rank Around 50 of Top500 Supercomputers

The supercomputer to be deployed at the University of Zurich will rank as number 50 in the Top500 list of supercomputers. It is based on 576 Sun Blade servers that are powered by the Intel Xeon processor that is codenamed Nehalem. It is scheduled to go online in late summer 2009. One of the largest HPC machines in Switzerland, the Zurich computer is unique in its compact design, efficient QDR InfiniBand network, ingenious cooling system, fast and high-capacity storage systems. The cluster will also take advantage of the Lustre parallel file system.
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19 Jan 2009
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Sun HPC Software for Linux Version 1.2 Released [21188]
Improvements Include Support for Boot Over Infiniband, Mellanox Firmware Tools

Readers of the Makia Minich's blog at Savannah (the Giraffe Hangout) will already know that the Sun HPC Software Stack, Linux Edition team has announced the release of version 1.2 of the HPC Software Stack. Sun HPC Software, Linux Edition is an integrated open-source software solution for Linux-based HPC clusters running on Sun hardware. It provides a framework of software components to simplify the process of deploying and managing large-scale Linux HPC clusters.
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12 Jan 2009
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Get Involved with the Sun Grid Engine 6.2 Update 2 Beta Program [21098]
Submit Feedback Before Monday, February 2, 2009

Readers interested in the Sun Grid Engine 6.2 Update 2 Beta Program will find interesting reading in Lubomir Petrik's blog, which recounts details of the program. Petrik notes that the Beta program is intended for users who already have experience with the Sun Grid Engine software or DRM (Distributed Resource Management) systems of other vendors, and that the beta program will run until Monday, February 2, 2009.
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12 Jan 2009
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University of Houston Implements Sun/AMD HPC Cluster as Research Tool [21115]
82-Server Cluster Runs Red Hat Linux

The University of Houston has implemented a new Sun/AMD HPC computing cluster in its Research Computing Center (RCC) in collaboration with the Texas Learning and Computation Center (TLC2). The cluster contains 82 Sun servers ranging from the Sun X2200 and Sun X4600 series equipped with AMD 2.3 Gigahertz processors and a combination of Ethernet and Infiniband networking. The cluster uses Red Hat Linux as its operating system, which offers a range of functionality and is available for use on research systems through the campus site license. The cluster was installed for a cost of approximately $200,000.
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12 Jan 2009
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New Updates to Sun Grid Engine 6.2 [21208]
Update 1 Adds Fixes, Update 2 Beta Adds New Functionality

Sun Grid Engine is an open source and highly scalable distributed resource management (DRM) system. Version 6.2 of the Sun Grid Engine has been updated. Update 1 is a a patch release and is the current version recommended for production environments. Update 2 Beta is a feature patch release and adds new functionality to the software. These binaries are for the participants to the public beta testing of SGE 6.3 Update 2 beta.
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29 Dec 2008
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Webcast: Sun Studio & Sun HPC ClusterTools [21036]
Ruud van der Pas Demos Uses of Performance Analyzer, Open MP3.0 and More

Listen to Ruud van der Pas, senior staff engineer for Sun Developer Tools, as he discusses HPC Development Solutions, Sun Studio and Sun HPC ClusterTools in a recent Webinar.
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