Conference Reports

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.

Taking a starship to Oz and other SC12 observations

SC12 LogoAt long last, let the SC12 coverage begin. As a general rule here at Cluster Monkey we like to get our trade show coverage done before next years event in 2013. More in depth coverage will be presented in separate articles, but for now I would like to share some personal highlights from the show.

First, as always the Beowulf Bash was a great success. Despite not giving the exact location until the week before, many of those still hungry and thirsty after the Opening Gala headed over to the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy themed party at Clark Planetarium. (more details here). In addition, to a darn good time and a chance to touch base with HPC friends, the party is a testament to the power of community. Twenty three vendors came together to support a party that began back at SC99 with just beer and pretzels. My only regret was that I was talking so much I forgot to take pictures. Thanks again to the lead sponsors Intersect360 and Adaptive Computing

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