Conference Reports

Grids, Clusters and Making Money

Earlier this week I attended High Performance on Wall Street in New York City. The conference was well attended and interest levels were quite high. Of course, clusters have become the workhorse of Wall Street due to the shear magnitude computation they need to complete right away. After all, time is money.

Although I had limited time, I managed to find one piece of significant technology news and three presentations worth mentioning.

Company reshaping Lustre storage design with their next generation Lustre Storage Appliance.

Aeon Computing has been awarded the 2012 HPCwire "Best HPC Storage Product or Technology" for their EclipseSL Lustre appliance that is the foundation of the 4 PetaByte Data Oasis storage system at San Diego Supercomputing Center (SDSC). The next generation system will push the Lustre storage performance even further.

The annual Supercomputing show is here. This is the 25th year of the show and it looks to be another good year. First, and foremost, the 2013 BeoBash is scheduled for its usual time (Monday 18th, 9-midnight) get all the details here and don't forget to check out the "Physics of Spherical Newtonian Solids Smackdown" (aka pool tournament). There are prizes and two tracks, one for beginners, and one for experienced players.

Head Monkey, Doug Eadline will be speaking in the Scalable Informatics booth #1919 on Personal Big Data: The Apache Hadoop YARN Workstation and Beyond and demonstrating the Limulus personal cluster workstation running Apache Hadoop YARN (V2.2). The talks are scheduled for Tuesday: 5pm, Wednesday: 11am, Thursday: 1pm. The Limulus workstations, which by the way offer a remarkable $23/CPU-GFLOP, are now shipping from Basement Supercomputing. You can find some other benchmarks on the project page.

Check back soon! There will be more SC13 coverage as the week unfolds.

There is fast, then there is "Scalable Fast"

Scalable Informatics (SI) makes fast storage systems. How do we know they are fast? Because SI provides the numbers upfront directly from the command line in founder Joe Landman's blog; Scalability.org. This year at SC12, SI was showing remarkable numbers, both in capacity and performance, for some of their products.

To give you an idea, consider the their JackRabbit JR4 60 unit. It is a 4U storage device that can hold up to 60 HDD's which translates in to 240 TB or data (that is just about a quarter petabyte of storage). In addition to high density, the system is specified at 7,000 MB/s read and write throughput. That works out to reading a 1 TB file in 144 seconds. You can see some real benchmark numbers on Scalability.org.

You can panic if you want to

The 2012 Beowulf Bash is upon us. We have decided to take a page from one of our favorite book series, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and bring you The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Beowulf Bash. If you are attending SC12 in Salt Lake, then you are invited to the most popular HPC community event in the galaxy. The lead sponsors for this year are Adaptive Computing and Intersect360 Research. In addition, there are 22 other great sponsors who are supporting the event.

The party is a community event with plenty of music, fun, refreshments, and a free towel for the first 1000 attendees. As usual we will hold the event on Monday November 12 from 9PM-Midnight (after the Opening SC Gala). Be sure to check the Invitation Page for more information including some spot on Beowulf Bash Guide entries and a chance to talk to Shallow Thought. In case you miss it, there is long version of the guide here.

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