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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).

This week we highlight some talks between AMD and ClearSpeed, a notable cluster achievement that has nothing to do with the Top500, some new "cool" processors, and new kernel additions that might be of interest to cluster mavens like yourself. And in true journalistic fashion, now that I have baited you with intrigue and mystery, you immediately click the headline to get the whole story. Right?

The Open MPI Project has some exciting news to announce. I received an note from Distinguished Monkey Jeff Squyres about some big changes. Jeff is getting a new desk and chair (among other things) and OpenMPI is getting some support from some major players (Cisco, Voltaire, and Sun). The announcement follows.

Cluster notes 3/13/2006

Some news of note including Tyan's Personal Supercomputer, IBM GPFS, Pathscale's new PCI Express card, Supermicro's new quad opteron board, IBM Cell compiler, and GNU improvements for Itaniuam. Read more for the details and the links.

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