The Scouts get into grid computing, Mercury releases new PS3 SDK, and the weekly news summary

In today's enterprise HPC update we get the strongest evidence to date that HPC has gone mainstream: the Scouts are doing it. Mercury releases its new MultiCore SDK for building applications on the PS3, and the latest edition of the Weekly Takeout is up.

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New SDK for supercomputing on Sony’s PS3

Mercury Computer Systems announced on Friday that they have released the PS3 version of their MultiCore Plus SDK for developing apps on Sony’s gaming console. (More on this HPC news item)

The Scouts get into HPC

Just in case you needed some proof that HPC really has left the drab beige halls of Government machine rooms and entered the mainstream, the Scouts are now getting involved in supercomputing.

According to SC Online the Scouts are hooking up with the World Community Grid

World Community Grid’s mission is to create the world’s largest public computing grid to tackle projects that benefit humanity. Scouts with access to the Internet are to be encouraged to sign-up as members of the new ‘SCOUTS’ team created on World Community Grid, contributing their computers’ unused processor cycles to the global effort.

Dang. I sure wish I could have gotten an IT badge instead of hiking through the woods and sleeping on the ground.

Weekly Takeout for August 4

In this week’s episode of HPC’s only weekly news podcast, the specs on Montvale are out, and it’s going to be a bumpy ride for companies trying to survive in the Itanium ecosystem. Cray and Sun reported earnings this week, and Groupe Bull denies HP acquisition rumors. SiCortex acquires the PathScale compilers, AMD pays a company to say Intel is bad, IBM lowers prices on Blue Gene/L, the markets, and much more.

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