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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.

In the past, you may have seen or read about an effort called "The Cluster Agenda". While it has had a slow start, some solid progress has been made over the last six months. The Agenda initiative has been migrated to a Wiki format

So far, members of the communites have provided a "skeleton" on which to build a community/industry resource like no other. This is YOUR resource. No single person or small group of people can make this initiative as successful as a community. I am therefore inviting the community to contribute to a shared open resource from which all will benefit.

A more detailed description of the initiative (including rationale) is on the Agenda Main Page. The elevator pitch is as follows:

What is the Agenda?

What the Agenda is not.

  • a standards document
  • a buyers guide

Why should I care?

  • The cluster community is vast. Do you know what hardware/software/solutions are available or what projects could help your efforts?
  • When someone new enters the community, where do they look? Where can they find a road map written by those "that have been there before?"

There is more discussion on the Agenda pages. Take a look and contribute. It is actually quite easy.

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