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A Second Look Needed for HPC as a Service

Over at, Joe Landman writes that “As-A-Service” (AAS) models do a good job of lowering up-front costs, there is are a number of other factors to consider when looking at Cloud HPC. One of the more painful aspects to the AAS models are customer experiences. We’ve got lots of customers whom are interested in high performance on their systems (or they wouldn’t be talking to us). Many...

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Oracle Halts Open-Source HPC Project

Oracle researchers are winding down development of the Fortress programming language for high-performance computing, an effort started nearly 10 years ago by Sun Microsystems.

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Gibson: Lustre Development for Exascale Could Leave Enterprise Out in the Cold

Panasas Co-Founder and Chief Scientist Garth Gibson writes that Intel’s acquisition of Whamcloud casts doubt on Lustre’s potential future as an enterprise file system. The Whamcloud acquisition highlights one of the major challenges with the open source Lustre file system. Without sufficient contributors to the Lustre code base – such...

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SUSE Linux Powers 147,456-Core German Supercomputer (ars technica)

Ars technica has a brief look at the world's fastest x86-based supercomputer and Europe's fastest supercomputer—not to mention the 4th most powerful in the world. The SuperMUC, which runs SUSE Linux, is located at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences. "A statement issued by SUSE says...

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The Importance of Valid HPC Business Models

Over at, Joe Landman writes that the recent financial debacle with the Encanto supercomputer in New Mexico shows that it is more important than ever to have a valid business model in today’s HPC market. University level supercomputing centers are common. State/regional level centers are subject to politics as...

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