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News digest 28 June 2006
>Start
>PrimeurLive! from ISC2006 in Dresden
>Blog
>Einstein generation at ISC2006
>TOP500
>Europe drops below 100 entries in the TOP500, Asia now second after America
>27th edition of TOP500 list of world's fastest supercomputers released: DOE/LLNL BlueGene/L and IBM gain top positions
>Hardware
>Nallatech launches new HPC FPGA offerings at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) 2006
>HP unveils world's fastest blade solution for high-performance computing
>Applications
>Airbus design: from 50 HPC users in 1999 to 5000 HPC users in 2006
>High Performance Business Computing is growing up to supercomputing in its own kind
>The Grid
>EGA and GGF complete merger to form OGF
>Company news
>Canada's SHARCNET Research Network chooses Allinea
>Quadrics announces new pricing for its 10 Gigabit/s Ethernet Switches – QsTen G
>Sun propels AMD Opteron processor-based supercomputer into 7th place on TOP500 supercomputer list
>Sun launches Global Partner Community to accelerate collaboration, innovation and adoption of high performance computing technology
>Cluster Resources to open first European base of operations in the UK
>Scali extends support for the Sun Solaris 10 operating system on Sun Fire X64 servers
>NEC launches new high-speed shared file system "GSTORAGEFS" for high performance computers
News digest 28 June 2006
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PrimeurLive! from ISC2006 in Dresden

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Blog
Einstein generation at ISC2006
Seems like the new generation, the so-called Einstein generation, can do a lot of things at the same time: MSN with 15 people, composing an SMS and looking at the Web. These skills came in handy at the opening party of ISC2006, the European Supercomputer Conference. One had to follow the Soccer game France - Spain on large screens, listen to a band or watching performing artists, play table soccer, having dinner, and try do do some networking with other participants. Main discussion topic was, the sponsor of the evening: Microsoft and what are the company's plans with supercomputing, a market never considered to be that important by the Oregon company. Most likeley it sees the HPC and cluster market which is dominated by Linux as an important early adopter market to try to stop the growth of open source. Would it not be nice to have the fastest machine in the world, the number one position in the TOP500, running Vista when the new operating system hits the street next year? One can estimate that this position costs about 100 million euro. Compare the entrance of Intel with the ASCI Red at postion 1 in the TOP 500 some time ago. Of course, building a community of HPC users running Windows helps to sustain a Windows based supercomputing Eco system. Sponsering a HPC party helps to accelerate this process. Read further...
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TOP500
Europe drops below 100 entries in the TOP500, Asia now second after America
With only 83 machines in the TOP500, Europe is at the lowest level in count of the number of entries in the TOP500 for the last decade. In November of 2003 Europe had 142 entries. Since then the number has declined, first slowley, then increasingly faster. At this rate, the June 2008 list would be the last one with a European entry. But that could be a bit pessimistic. When one looks at the performace of the European TOP500 machines, one sees it stays constant at about 20% over the past decade. Hence one can conclude that it is mainly on the smaller machines that Europe is losing ground. Read further...
27th edition of TOP500 list of world's fastest supercomputers released: DOE/LLNL BlueGene/L and IBM gain top positions
The 27th edition of the TOP500 list of the world's fastest supercomputers was released on June 28, 2006 at the International Supercomputing Conference - ISC2006, in Dresden, Germany. The no. 1 position was again claimed by the BlueGene/L System, a joint development of IBM and DOE's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and installed at DOE's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California. BlueGene/L also occupied the no. 1 position on the last three TOP500 lists. It has reached a Linpack benchmark performance of 280.6 TFlop/s ("teraflops” or trillions of calculations per second) and still remains the only system ever to exceed the level of 100 TFlop/s. This system is expected to remain the no. 1 Supercomputer in the world for the next few editions of the TOP500 list. Read further...
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Hardware
Nallatech launches new HPC FPGA offerings at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) 2006
Nallatech has launched a family of High Performance Computing (HPC) FPGA offerings designed to be hosted in IBM's BladeCenter applications, including financial modelling, seismic processing and academic research. Read further...
HP unveils world's fastest blade solution for high-performance computing
HP has introduced t a new fast blade system aimed at high-performance computing, which will be on display at ISC2006 in Dresden. The HP BladeSystem c-Class enclosure features a midplane at 5 terabytes per second of aggregate throughput and the first midplane to support 4X DDR InfiniBand which delivers up to 20 gigabytes per second bandwidth in each direction. Read further...
Applications
Airbus design: from 50 HPC users in 1999 to 5000 HPC users in 2006
Modern aerospace design cannot do without HPC. Nigel Barry from Airbus made this clear in his presentation at the ISC2006 supercomputer conference in Dresden. The main applications used are still derived from the ones that were designed in the "Cray YMP" era. Since that time, the cost model has been changed completely. Processors were expensive 15 years ago. Today they cost close to nothing when compared to the software and other costs. One thing has not changed over time: It is still worth vectorising your code, even if you do not use a vector processor. Vectorized applications run better on virtually any computer architecture. Read further...
High Performance Business Computing is growing up to supercomputing in its own kind
Dr. Peter Zencke from SAP-AG was the first keynote speaker at the International Supercomputer Conference 2006 now taking place in Dresden, Germany. He enlightened the characteristically high specialized HPC audience on High Performance Business Computing (HPBC) from the SAP viewpoint. Dr. Zencke highlighted three generations of enterprise computing, proclaimed enterprise Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) as the next big thing, and explained how companies are moving towards a common computing infrastructure. Read further...
The Grid
EGA and GGF complete merger to form OGF
Evening during ISC2006 in Dresden, life goes on outside of the city. One very important announcenment was made by the Enterprise Grid Alliance (EGA) and the Global Grid Forum (GGF) who announced they have completed their merger, forming the Open Grid Forum (OGF). The new organisation brings together the industry's two leading Grid standards organisations to accelerate the pervasive adoption of Grids worldwide. It will be led by former GGF Chairman Mark Linesch, who will serve as president and chief executive officer. Read further...
Company news
Canada's SHARCNET Research Network chooses Allinea
The SHARCNET Research Network in Canada has adopted Allinea Software's HPC development and optimization tools across the multiple sites of its research Grid. The deployment of Allinea's Distributed Debugging Tool (DDT) and Optimization and Profiling Tool (OPT) will help SHARCNET's developers to make optimal use of their large-scale HP-based Grid resource and so accelerate their research. Read further...
Quadrics announces new pricing for its 10 Gigabit/s Ethernet Switches – QsTen G
Quadrics has announced $1000 per-port price tag for its 96-Port 10Gbps-Ethernet Switch. Read further...
Sun propels AMD Opteron processor-based supercomputer into 7th place on TOP500 supercomputer list
un Microsystems leads the asian TOP500 supercomputer list with the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) system. Named TSUBAME, this supercomputer is the fastest in Asia appearing for the first time at 7th place on the list using 10,480 AMD Opteron processor cores in Sun Fire Server x64 (x86,64-bit) systems. Read further...
Sun launches Global Partner Community to accelerate collaboration, innovation and adoption of high performance computing technology
Sun Microsystems Inc. announced at ISC2006 that it has created the Sun Partner Community for HPC programme to make High Performance Computing (HPC) solutions practical and attainable for a wide array of customers. Several global partners have already joined the programme and begun integrating HPC solutions around the world, including Grid Gateway and GTSI Corp. in the United States; DSI in the UK; and Gridcore in Sweden. NEC has already worked with Sun on multiple HPC projects and is in discussions to join the programme as a worldwide HPC partner. Read further...
Cluster Resources to open first European base of operations in the UK
Cluster Resources, vendor of the Moab workload management solutions has planned the opening of a European base of operations in the United Kingdom to provide greater support and services to the European region. Read further...
Scali extends support for the Sun Solaris 10 operating system on Sun Fire X64 servers
Scali MPI Connect now supports the Solaris 10 Operating System (OS) on Sun FireTM x64 (x86, 64-bit) servers. Organisations running Solaris 10 OS-based clusters can now use Scali MPI Connect to maximize effectiveness and performance. Read further...
NEC launches new high-speed shared file system "GSTORAGEFS" for high performance computers

NEC Corporation has launched a new high-performance, highly reliable shared file system product, GSTORAGEFS (GFS). This new product should allow users to be able to share large volumes of data among different models of high performance computer (HPC) servers and access them at high-speed, in a HPC environment.

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