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Jeff Layton on Getting Started with HPC Clusters

Generic Cluster Layout Over at Admin Magazine, Dell’s Jeff Layton has written a wide-ranging primer on Getting Started with HPC Clusters. And while he covers the bases with traditional beowulf topics, Layton says that using virtualization is a great path to understanding. One of the quickest and easiest ways to really get started is to use virtualization, which is sort of the...

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Smidge Enables Parallel Processing Just by Pointing to a Web Site

Imagine a distributed supercomputer code that doesn’t need to be installed, but rather lets you pool the processing power of potentially thousands of machines just by pointing them to a single website. Called Smidge, the code is kind of ad hoc supercomputer built with JavaScript, the standard programming language of the web. We were able to scale it across every device...

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Advanced Lustre Administration and Planning Tutorials Offered by Intel During ISC’13

Intel’s High Performance Data Division (formerly Whamcloud) is offering a pair of Lustre tutorials onsite at ISC’13: Advanced Lustre Administration, with an emphasis on planning for performance tuning Lustre 2.4 and 2.5 Feature Overview Date: Tuesday, June 18th Time: Noon to 3:00 PM local time Location: Room M05 of the Messhaus, inside the...

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TACC’s Hadoop Cluster Makes Big Data Research More Accessible

Over at the Texas Advanced Computing Center, Aaron Dubrow writes that researchers are using a specialized cluster at TACC to do experimental Hadoop-style studies on a current production system. This system offers researchers a total of 48, eight-processor nodes on TACC’s Longhorn cluster to run Hadoop in a coordinated way with accompanying large-memory processors. A user on the system can request all 48 nodes for a maximum of 96 terabytes (TB) of distributed storage. What’s special about the Longhorn cluster at TACC...

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Mellanox Rolls Out New Switch for Cost-effective HPC Clusters

This week Mellanox announced the new SX1012 Ethernet switch. Based on the company’s SwitchX-2 technology, the SX1012 is a cost-effective solution for small-scale high-performance computing, storage and database deployments. The Mellanox SX1012 Ethernet switch is a great fit into small-scale storage and database applications, providing very high-throughput capacity in a compact enclosure,” said Gilad Shainer, vice president of marketing at Mellanox Technologies. “We are seeing increased market demand for small-scale 40GbE switches that can...

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