“The Best Practice paper is intended to provide the fundamentals of configuring Fujitsu 10 GbE switches, as well as installing software for setting up a complete cluster. Tested in the Microsoft computing labs, this best practice installation approach will further service the industry, educate IT professionals on proper deployment and implementation guidelines, and facilitate the installers’ success.”
Dan Fay also points to a paper in The Architecture Journal detailing the configuration of an HPC cluster using Windows CCS and a bunch of other MS technology for a solution that focuses on workflow. From the article,
“Microsoft Cluster Compute Server Edition is easy to include as a service gateway inside a general n-tier application structure, and is simple to integrate via command-line or API hooks.”
in silico Drug Discovery
Bio-IT World picked up an article in HPCwire last week:
The advancement of genomics and proteomics via high-performance computing is drawing new companies into the drug discovery business. One such company, Gencom Inc., has developed a drug discovery platform based on the Intel Itanium 2 hardware. At April’s Intel Developer’s Forum, Gencom received an Honorable Mention in the Itanium Solutions Alliance’s Humanitarian Impact awards for its use of Itanium to advance functional genomics.
The system operates on Microsoft-based technologies. The interview is interesting in that it provides some insight into how a system like this evolves from concept to production. HPCwire article here.
Profile on Sun’s proximity interconnect
Profile on Sedna, Sun’s proximity interconnect, and the man behind the implementation, Hans Eberle. You may recall that the Big Idea behind Sedna is to transfer data between chips without using wires. Eberle is already reporting results of I/O bandwidth two orders of magnitude higher than by conventional methods.
Instead of using a complex, multi-stage, hierarchical design where you actually have to schedule the path through the various switching elements, requiring a fantastic degree of coordination, the new design is a simple, single-stage switch.
“With Proximity Communication we’re getting something like two orders of magnitude more I/O bandwidth. What that means is we don’t have to make use of hierarchical topologies. We basically can look at this as a flat switch,” Eberle says.
Read the whole thing here.