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Listen Up: Research Computing and Engineering

If you are interested in HPC Podcasts head on over to Research Computing and Engineering (RCE-Cast). Research Computing and Engineering targets topics relevant to the High Performance Computing (HPC) and Research Computing communities. Some recent topics include Hadoop (free version implementation of MapReduce and Google FS), HOOMD (Highly Optimized Object Oriented Molecular Dynamics), Open-MPI, and others. More to come. Give your Jonas Brothers mp3's a break and listen to RCE-Cast.

Webinar: IDC HPC Predictions 2009

Wondering how it is all going to work out? Here is your chance to hear the leading prognosticators talk about the HPC market. There is a Complimentary IDC Webinar on Wednesday February 18 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET.

IDC Abstract: As the global economic recession unfolds, the high-performance computing (HPC) technical server market is feeling the impact. But, how will these economic and market conditions evolve in 2009? Join IDC's expert analysts as they present IDC's top-10 predictions for the worldwide HPC market. This session will examine the trends, challenges, and market opportunities emerging in 2009, and provide essential guidance and advice for finding success in these challenging economic times.

Speakers include: Earl C. Joseph, Ph.D., Program Vice President, High-Performance Computing Steve Conway, Research Vice President, High Performance Computing Jie Wu, Research Manager, Technical Computing Richard Walsh, Research Director, Technical Computing

Learn About Open-MX

From the this is way cool department

Open-MX is a message passing stack that offers the Myrinet Express features on top of regular Ethernet hardware. It requires no kernel or driver modifications. In addition any software that support (e.g. various MPIs,PVFS2) Myricom MX libraries can link to directly to Open-MX.

The project page and software can be found here. Recently, project leader Brice Goglin gave a presentation entitled High-Performance Message Passing over Ethernet with Open-MX, why and how? You can find the slides and video at the Distributed Computing Group (DISCO) site. Quick review: I have used Open-MX since version .4 (current version is 1.04) and it is a well designed and run project that works great If you use Ethernet, check out Open-MX!

A Year in Review from the NVIDIA Tesla Team

the move from pixels to petaflops

It is not often someone does our job for us and when it happens we like to take advantage of it. Earlier this month, Andrew Humber, Senior PR Manager, Tesla & CUDA Technologies at NVIDIA Corporation sent us a nice recap of the Tesla milestones for the past year. The GP-GPU revolution is moving rather fast as evidenced by Andrew's summary. Take a look you will be surprised how fast things are moving.

Read more: A Year in Review from the NVIDIA Tesla Team

One API To Bind Them All: OpenCL Now A Standard

What does that mean? And what is OpenCL?

This years SC was abuzz with co-processor HPC news. Take a look at how many awards went to the CUDA projects. Developments with co-processors, and GP-GPU's in particular, are moving at a fast pace. Success has been driving this movement and in a very short time we have had more than a few ways to program GP-GPUs (CUDA, Brook+, RapidMind, etc). However, as with any new software paradigm, investing too much time in a non standard approach can be risky. Plus, CUDA and Brook+ only addressed the co-processors.

Read more: One API To Bind Them All: OpenCL Now A Standard

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