AMD announces ship for Barcelona, IBM and Fujitsu rev blades, and much more

In today's enterprise HPC news roundup AMD announces ship for Barcelona, IBM and Fujitsu rev blades, the democratization of supercomputing, and much more.

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

Fujitsu’s new blades

Fujitsu has a new blade offering; the Primergy two-socket BX620 S4 server comes loaded with either Intel’s dual or quad-core Xeon processors. (More on this HPC news item)

AMD announces firm ship for Barcelona

AMD has announced a firm ship for Barcelona: it will start moving out the door to systems manufacturers in August, with systems sporting the chip not really showing up in quantity until late September or on into October. Both standard and low power versions will be available.

AMD had announced the chip would ship in the “summer;” they’re cutting it close.

Interestingly in the release (and as noted by The Register), they indicate they are only shipping the 2 GHz versions in August (1.9 for the low power version), with an expected speed bump in “Q4.” (More here)

IBM updates Cluster 1350

IBM has revved its popular HPC blade line to support quad-cores from Intel and new networking technology from Cisco, SMC, and Voltaire. The clustered system is also designed to leverage Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES), and now supports the SLES10 operating system.

Also announced was news that IBM will offer customers the option to have their 1350’s shipped with Windows Compute Cluster Server inside. (More on this HPC news item)

Allinea brings its parallel debugger to Windows for CCS users

HPCwire is carrying news from UK software company Allinea that they’re bringing their parallel debugging tool to Windows for CCS users:

With the growing adoption of Microsoft Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 for high-performance computing (HPC) applications, Allinea Software today announced a collaboration with Microsoft that will result in advanced parallel debugging features within Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 .

Along with its Optimization and Debugging Tool (OPT), Allinea’s Distributed Debugging Tool (DDT) is widely used throughout the HPC community for developing large-scale MPI, OpenMP and multi-threaded software on most Linux and Unix platforms. Its new product, Allinea DDTLite for Visual Studio, will offer many of DDT’s powerful debugging capabilities to Microsoft Compute Cluster Server 2003 customers within the Visual Studio IDE.

The democratization of supercomputing

Martin Banks has a great piece on a good use for the Top500 list: as a lens through which to observe the democratization of supercomputing.

This is a theme I’ve talked about much over the past several years, and it’s one of the reasons that (as a dyed-in-the-wool big iron biggot) I’m still excited about the entry of Microsoft into our business.

But the more interesting results could be seen further down the list, and in the surrounding statistics. What they point to is that High Performance Computing (HPC) has suddenly reached the tipping point where it stops being an esoteric corner occupied by scientists and propeller heads and is about to move towards the mainstream of computing.

It’s a great article. If you’re interested in the future of innovation in our society give it a read.

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