Cray taps Linux for more affordable supercomputing
Trying to expand outside its traditional technical markets, Cray on Monday unveiled its first Linux-based supercomputer. The new Cray XD1 series runs Suse Linux on AMD’s Opteron chip. The 64-bit system is organized as six two-way SMPs that can deliver 58 gigaflops per chassis. The system can handle as many as six 3.5-inch serial ATA drives and has a memory bandwidth of 12.8GB per SMP. It also features four PCI-X bus slots and a dual port Gigabit Ethernet PCI-X card for as many as eight Gigabit Ethernet ports per chassis. Pricing starts at $50,000 for a 12-processor chassis and goes to $2 million for a 288-processor configuration with two racks of 12 chassis each.
MySQL 4.1 posted for download
The open source MySQL 4.1 database will be available for download on Monday, replete with dozens of ease-of-use enhancements, including a new GUI installer and configuration wizards for optimization. Subqueries and derived tables make searching complex data sets easier; a faster client-server protocol supports prepared statement, bound parameters, and result columns, as well as binary data transfer and improved warning information. The production version is available for AIX, FreeBSD, HP-UX, Linux, Mac OS X, Solaris, and Windows.
MySQL 4.1, MySQL
Business Objects adds Sarb-Oxapp to toolbox
In addition to BPM, content management, storage, and e-mail vendors offering Sarbanes-Oxley solutions, BI vendor Business Objects last week launched the Sarbanes-Oxley Analytic Solution. The software suite will discover variances in financial statements and help resolve discrepancies in order to help companies comply. There is no magic Sarbanes-Oxley software bullet, however, and the best can only leverage human expertise to give a company a better chance of compliance in a timely fashion. The analytic solution is available now and pricing starts at $150,000.
Sarbanes-Oxley Analytic Solution, Business Objects
AppManagerprofiles system problems
Adding depth to its analytics, systems monitoring, and reporting applications, NetIQ announced AppManager Performance Profiler. The software, which starts at $400 per server, helps IT identify abnormal system conditions, view performance trends, and create a server profile with baselines defining normal usage. It also assists in identifying root causes of problems. The tool continuously updates system profiles, generates alerts, and provides IT administrators with information enabling them to rapidly determine problems.
AppManager Performance Profiler, NetIQ
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