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Reaching Exascale with Volunteer Computing?

Over at the ISC Blog, Ad Emmen from Genias Benelux writes about the possibility of building an Exascale computer using volunteer computing. If we adopt this simplistic view, you can reach Exascale computing today! The only thing you need to do is donate your unused computing time by connecting your computer to a volunteer computing grid (you’ll need some 100 million friends to accomplish this mission. It would be risky to...

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SoftLayer Tailors HPC clouds with GPU lining

SoftLayer is getting into the modern hybrid supercomputer racket with the launch of GPU-enhanced server instances. SoftLayer, which is based in Dallas, was founded in 2005 and merged with hosting rival The Planet before being bought up by GI Partners, in 2010.

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DDN Embraces Chroma Central Management System for Lustre Made Simple

Today Data Direct Networks announced that the company is offering Whamcloud’s Chroma Enterprise central management system with its ExaScaler parallel file storage product. Chroma is a central management system that is deeply integrated with Lustre.

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Exascale: Raising the Stakes

Following the progress on the road to exascale is an interesting and entertaining exercise as more players get involved, predictions get more aggressive and politics and national pride take charge.

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HPC Pitfalls: The Costs of Free Software

Douglas Eadline is continuing his series of posts on HPC Pitfalls this week by taking on the notion that Free Software has no Cost: One of the biggest issues facing cluster administrators is upgrading software. Commonly, cluster users simply load a standard Linux release on each node and add some message-passing middleware (i.e., MPI) and a batch scheduler. This arrangement offers a quick victory for the administrator, but could cause serious upgrade issues and...

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