Enterprise HPC News Weekly Wrap-up for May 18, 2007

This week's summary includes Sun announcing Java on Itanium, Canadian HPC vendor Liquid Computing working on massive data warehouses, and IBM's grid solution for medical computing.

Here's a collection of highlights, selected totally subjectively, from this week's enterprise HPC news stream as reported at insideHPC.com.

  • Sun finally ports Java to Itanium, no plans for Itanium-based server products. More
  • HP reported underlying quarterly profit growth of 27 percent on Wednesday, lifted by broad cost cutting and strength in its personal computer and printer businesses. More from Reuters
  • Amazon.com's VP and CTO will keynote LinuxWorld and the Next Generation Data Center Conference in August, talks on virtualization. More

Liquid Computing partners on database research

Liquid Computing announced last week that it has been working since January with Dalhousie University's Faculty of Computer Science in Nova Scotia to advance the state of the art in parallel processing for very large databases:

The partnership project…has already demonstrated the dramatic performance advantages of applying new computing architectures to data warehousing problems.

…”We chose to partner with Liquid Computing on this project because it offers an opportunity to work with a unique next-generation computer architecture that offers new paths to improve the performance of data warehousing algorithms,” said Andrew Rau-Chaplin, Parallel Data Mining and OLAP Project Lead and Professor of Computer Science at Dalhousie. …”We are seeing incredible performance from the LiquidIQ system and initial results indicate a 2 to 3 times improvement in performance metrics.”

IBM's grid solution for medical computing

From IBM yesterday:

At the American Telemedicine Association show today, IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced its new Grid Medical Archive Solution (GMAS), a cross-IBM offering comprised of storage, software, servers and services. The GMAS solution provides hospitals, clinics, research institutions and pharmaceutical companies with a multi-tier, multi-application and multi-site enterprise storage archive for delivering medical images, patient records and other critical healthcare reference information on demand.

John West summarizes the HPC news headlines every day at insideHPC.com, and writes on leadership and career issues for technology professionals at InfoWorld. You can contact him at john@insidehpc.com.