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The news in this category has been selected by us because we thought it would be interestingto hard core cluster geeks. Of course, you don't have to be a cluster geek to read the news stories.

We've all been to "those other" developer events: Sitting in a room watching a succession of never-ending slide presentations. Engagement with the audience, if any, is minimal. We leave with some tips and tools that we might be able to put into practice, but frankly, we attended because we were supposed to. The highlight was actually the opportunity to connect with industry contacts.

Key members of the OpenPOWER Foundation envisioned something completely different in their quest to create the perfect developer event, something that has never been done before: What if developers at a developer event actually spent their time developing?

Julia Computing Awarded $910,000 Grant by Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Including $160,000 for STEM Diversity (the following is based on a press release from Julia Computing)

Cambridge, MA – Julia Computing has been granted $910,000 by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to support open-source Julia development, including $160,000 to promote diversity in the Julia community.

The grant will support Julia training, adoption, usability, compilation, package development, tooling and documentation.

The diversity portion of the grant will fund a new full-time Director of Diversity Initiatives plus travel, scholarships, training sessions, workshops, hackathons and Webinars. Further information about the new Director of Diversity Initiatives position is below for interested applicants.

Julia Computing CEO Viral Shah says, “Diversity of backgrounds increases diversity of ideas. With this grant, the Sloan Foundation is setting a new standard of support for diversity which we hope will be emulated throughout STEM.”

from the read-this free-book-while eating-lunch department

The platform is offering a free (this week) pdf-book called The State of HPC Cloud. From their web page:

We are pleased to announce that the first book from Next Platform Press, titled “The State of HPC Cloud: 2016 Edition,” is complete. The printed book will be available on Amazon.com and other online bookstores in December, 2016. However, in the meantime, supercomputing cloud company, Nimbix, is backing an effort to offer a digital download edition for free for this entire week—from October 31, until November 6.

This resource is not a bunch of industry promotional papers slapped together to look like a book. The free pdf-book is 80 pages and has extensive references. Good stuff and worth reading. Get it before Nov 6.

From the "who knew" department

Some of the HPC mavens at CSC in Finland (CSC - IT Center for Science Ltd. is a non-profit, state-owned company administered by the Ministry of Education) got together and made a list of why they love Linux for Supercomputing. From the article:

Initially, few experts believed in the competitiveness of the Linux systems among the most powerful computing systems in the world. All doubts were, however, washed away at least by year 2008 when Roadrunner, built by IBM, reached the number one position on the supercomputing Top500 list.

The full article (and list) is here and I think many readers would agree with the list (and have some more points). Also the authors point out that the list is not exhaustive, they just picked the top five. Of course some of us have known this for a while now.

And finally, ftp.funet.fi is operated by CSC and is where Linux was originally unleashed on the world. Nice how it all works out.

From the Pass the Messages Please department

The Open MPI team has been working hard on the version 2 release and it is here!. While Cluster Monkey usually does not track software releases (maybe we should!), this is a significant upgrade to the venerable Open MPI project. The most important aspect of the new release is that it is not ABI compatible with the v1.10 series. That means v1.1 applications will not work with v2.0 of Open MPI. Applications will need to be re-compiled using v2.0.

The Open MPI v2.0 announcement is reproduced below. Thanks and good work Open MPI team!

The Open MPI Team, representing a consortium of research, academic, and industry partners, is pleased to announce the release of Open MPI version 2.0.0.

v2.0.0 is a major new release series containing many new features and bug fixes. As a community, the Open MPI Team is incredibly thankful and appreciative of all the time, effort, and downright hard work contributed by its members and all of its users. Thank you all! We couldn't have done this without you!

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