Here’s a collection of highlights, selected totally subjectively, from the recent enterprise HPC news stream as reported at insideHPC.com.
Building a business model on Network.com
GridToday article is carrying an interesting article about data processing company Infosolve Technologies and their move from their own datacenters to Sun’s Network.com computers:
When it discovered the Sun Grid Compute utility, Infosolve knew it had found the highly scalable, high-performance solution for which it was looking — and at a cost, by company estimates, $150,000 less per year per server node than traditional hosting services, and $300,000 per year less than building and maintaining an in-house cluster solution.
What’s so interesting is that utilizing the utility model is the norm at Infosolve, which currently runs data matching jobs across the Sun Grid for every single customer, whereas software-as-a-service programs with many ISVs tend to be among the less-popular options.
Short overview of RPUs in HPC
ITBusinessEdge has a short article that summarizes the current landscape in reconfigurable processing unit (aka, FPGA) computing for HPC.
NVIDIA demos CUDA plug-in for MATLAB
HPCwire is reporting that NVIDIA has demonstrated that its CUDA GPU programming API can be coupled with high-level programming language MATLAB. The plug-in is also outfitted to allow users to write their own libraries. (More info on this HPC news item)
Laptop maker Lenovo builds Formula One supercomputer
Lenovo, which recently absorbed IBM’s Personal Computing Division, announced this week that they’ve built a supercomputer for the AT&T Williams Formula One racing team. The 8 TFLOPS machines has four times more capacity than their previous supercomputer and will be used for improving the aerodynamics of Williams racing vehicles. (More info and a pic)
Intel’s Extreme processor
Intel announced its Core 2 Extreme processors this week, in desktop and laptop versions. The laptop probably isn’t HPC; the desktop chip might be used in clusters, so here are some stats from the release: