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29 Dec 2008
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High-Radix Crossbar Switches and Proximity Communication [21097]
Sun Researchers Honored with Best Paper at SC08

SC08, the international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis, wrapped up a record-setting event on Friday, Nov. 21, following the recognition of achievements by a number of attendees. Among the honors presented during the conference was the award for Best Paper given to Hans Eberle, Robert Drost, Nils Gura, David Hopkins and Wladek Olesinski (Sun Microsystems) and Pedro J. Garcia, José Flich and José Duato (Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha) for their research on "High-Radix Crossbar Switches Enabled by Proximity Communication."
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22 Dec 2008
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Sun HPC ClusterTools 8.1 [21038]
Download It Now

Sun HPC ClusterTools 8.1 is based on Open Message-passing Interface (MPI) 1.3 and includes many new features, such as Linux support, MPI support for Mellanox ConnectX HCAs, support for 1024 nodes and 4096 cores, enhanced processor affinity support, MPI profiling with VampirTrace, and DTrace provider support.
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08 Dec 2008
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Bjorn Andersson Writes a Primer on HPC for the Enterprise [20982]
Not Just Your Grandfather's Scientific Compute System...Anymore

Issue 3 of the Sun/Gartner HPC Newsletter contains several interesting features, including Bjorn Andersson's "What Could HPC Do for Your Business?" and an excerpt from "The High-Performance Computing Scenario" by Carl Claunch, VP Distinguished Analyst, Gartner, Inc.
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01 Dec 2008
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Booting Over InfiniBand for Consolidation Savings (33-Page White Paper) [20927]
Using Sun x64 Servers, Sun HPC Software Linux Edition, and Mellanox ConnectX Technologies

Frank Leers has written a Sun BluePrints Online proof-of-concept paper that investigates the feasibility of implementing booting over InfiniBand (BoIB) using Sun x64 servers; Sun HPC Software, Linux Edition; and Mellanox ConnectX technology.
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01 Dec 2008
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QLogic InfiniBand and Sun HPC ClusterTools [20717]
Radio HPC #7

In an episode of the Sun Radio HPC, Tony Warner interviews Glenn Wright on IB solutions from QLogic. Then Sun's Len Wisniewski gives us an update on Sun HPC ClusterTools, which is based on Open MPI. Download MP3 or subscribe on iTunes.
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24 Nov 2008
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Highlights for Sun at Supercomputing 2008 [20904]
Next-Generation Sun Constellation And More

At SC08, Sun showed its latest HPC technologies and services that are reinventing the HPC cluster. Highlights include the next-generation Sun Constellation System -- with double the storage capacity, double the cores and double the compute nodes of the original Sun Constellation System, the "Genesis" storage array, new "Magnum" switch solutions, the "Glacier" cooling door and storage flash arrays. Sun also announced HPC hardware and software solutions that are designed for easy entry into HPC.

This article has links the announcements and products discussed at SC08.
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