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They named it Roadrunner, wonder if they include any Acme earthquake pills or rocket sleds. Just a thought.

IBM has announced the "worlds fastest supercomputer" that is to be built from Cell processors. Normally, I don't post or comment on fastest supercomputer headlines, but this announcement represents an interesting take on the HPC market. First, I think they forgot to tell us what program(s) this machine will run the fastest. My guess is it will be HPL and a trip to Top500 glory, but I could be wrong and that is not what really matters here.

There is an interesting discussion about Parallel Languages over at the IEEE Technical Committee on Scalable Computing. The discussion was initiated by Greg Pfister of IBM (And author of In Search of Clusters.) The excellent question he posed is below (click Read More) Your thoughts are welcome here as well.

Want to be a cluster maven? Ever wonder where to learn all those secrets only the those cluster geeks seem to know? Well now you can. The Advanced Research Computing (ARC) team at Georgetown University's is offering Introduction to Beowulf Design, Planning, Building and Administering. From the looks of the syllabus they are covering all the right stuff. If you are so moved, add a comment on what courses you think the HPC cluster community needs.

Appro International has just announced the sale of a 16,128 core cluster to Lawrence Livermore National Labs (LLNL). The number of cores is quite impressive as it will exceed ASC Purple and be the second largest system behind IBM's Blue Gene. The LLNL scorecard is here. The core density is accomplished by using quad-socket motherboards with dual core Opteron processors. The full press release is below.

The Open MPI Team, representing a consortium of research, academic, and industry partners, is pleased to announce the release of Open MPI version 1.1. This release contains many new features, performance enhancements, and stability bug fixes. Version 1.1 can be downloaded from the main Open MPI web site or any of its mirrors (mirrors will be updating shortly).


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