Altair and Bull, Sun's big HPC announcement, NVIDIA puts TFLOPS on your desk, and much more

In today's enterprise HPC news summary, Altair and Bull team to offer PBS Pro on Bull's hardware, Sun's has a big HPC announcement planned, NVIDIA puts TFLOPS on your desk with its Tesla offering, and much more.

Here’s a collection of highlights, selected totally subjectively, from the recent enterprise HPC news stream as reported at

Altair and Bull team on PBS

Altair announced last week that its teaming with European HPC system vendor Bull to offer its PBS Professional workload management product with NovaScale HPC systems. Bull is significantly in both the enterprise and technical computing sides of the HPC market.

78% of capital firms investing in HPC this year

Microsoft released the results of a survey it sponsored on HPC use in the financial sector at the annual SIFMA Technology Management Conference & Exhibit last week. Interesting result: 78% of respondents in the financial sector plan on expanding their high-performance computing capacity in the next 12 to 18 months.

And some of the planned increases are big: 24% plan to grow by 1,000 nodes or more. (More on this enterprise HPC news item.)

Sun HPC announcement coming this week

Marc Hamilton had a couple of cryptic posts (here and here) on his blog over the weekend suggesting that Sun’s got a big announcement related to HPC up its sleeve for the week.

It seems to be related to the hardware being shipped to TACC as part of their 15,000 socket, 500 TFLOPS system being installed this year.

The announcement will evidently happen Tuesday evening after the show in Dresden opens.

NVIDIA’s Tesla: 2 TFLOPS on your desk

Earlier this year NVIDIA had several announcements around its GPGPU strategy as it tried to stave off an assualt by the AMD/ATI combo and it’s Fusion project.

Now they’ve followed up with new Tesla GPU cards and integrated systems. The Tesla GPU is an output-less video card with 128 processors. The company puts the cards performance at about half a teraFLOPS.

Tesla comes as a PCIe x16 card that consumes two PCIe power connectors and 170 watts at max. You can also get Tesla-powered workstations in 1 and 2 TFLOPS configurations sporting 2 and 4 Tesla cards each. The card will run you $1,499 while the workstations go for $7,500 and $12,000 respectively.

The original article on NVIDIA’s HPC news at is packed with links to present and prior announcements and projects. You can also find good coverage of NVIDIA’s announcement and strategy at DailyTech and PCWorld.

IBM adds dual/quad-core Xeons to on demand offering for business

According to HPCwire last week, IBM is expanding its Deep Computing Capacity on Demand offering with Intel’s dual- and quad-core Xeons. The processors will initially be added at IBM’s on demand center in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., but may eventually expand to its Rochester, Minn. and London, England locations. (More on this enterprise HPC news item.)

EnginFrame at ISC

For those of you across the Atlantic, or headed that way for ISC, the guys at NICE in Italy have let us know they’ll be exhibiting the latest version of their EnginFrame enterprise grid environment.

I wasn’t following the company until they got in touch with me about ISC. With grid infrastructure deployments all over Europe at companies like Airbus, Audi, Conoco-Phillips, Ericsson and Motorola, the company is interesting if you’re looking for an enterprise focus on your grid infrastructure.

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