Lustre moves to ZFS on Linux, NVIDIA releases GPU API, IBM and APC hook up, and more

In today's enterprise HPC roundup, CFS moves their Lustre filesystem to Sun's ZFS on Linux everywhere, NVIDIA releases version 1.0 of their GPU API, IBM and APC hook up, and more.

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

CFS moves to ZFS for Lustre on Linux

Cluster File Systems announced late last week that they’ll be moving to Sun’s ZFS file system as the backend for all implementations of their Lustre distributed file system on Linux. (More on this enterprise HPC news item)


NVIDIA has released version 1.0 of its CUDA GPU code development kit and C compiler. The release complements the company’s recent Tesla TFLOPS workstation annnouncement.

CUDA 1.0 includes new C compiler optimizations and performance enhancements along with additional functionality and C code examples. CUDA BLAS and FFT libraries have been further optimized and include additional functionality and new C code examples relevant to areas such as computational finance and medical imaging are installed with the SDK. In addition, the CPU interface code to the GPU has been enhanced allowing for asynchronous launch calls and asynchronous device to device memory copies.

Digipede Networks is Microsoft Innovation Partner of the Year

Grid software provider Digipede Networks has been selected for Microsoft’s Innovation Partner of the Year Award. This is obviously a big deal for them, but it also bodes well for HPC in the enterprise.

IBM and APC hook up

In a move similar to the recent partnerships Liebert announced with Sun and Dell, IBM has announced it’s in league with APC to build “green” datacenters.

The Scalable Modular Data Center service product is available from IBM’s Site and Facilities Services business unit…[and] uses the APC InfraStruXure design, which integrates power, cooling, rack, management, services and security, allowing for selection of standardized components to create a solution through modular configurations.

Is it just me, or is everything “green” these days? It’s all starting to seem self-serving and vacuous.

These technologies are part of Project Big Green, which IBM recently announced to help clients reduce data center energy consumption.

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