Here’s a collection of highlights, selected totally subjectively, from the recent enterprise HPC news stream as reported at insideHPC.com.
Univa and Sun team up for enterprise grids
Univa and Sun have announced [PDF] that they’ve signed a new agreement that allows OEM and support for Sun’s Grid Engine to be integrated into the Univa Globus Cluster Edition software, puts Univa into the Sun Partner Advantage Program (SPA), and starts co-marketing/co-sales efforts between the two companies.
Univa was started by Carl Kesselman, Ian Foster, and Steve Tuecke in 2004.
Intel aims at AMD’s margins, lowers prices
An article over at PCWorld reports that Intel has instituted targeted price drops of as much as 50% in a possible attempt to push even harder on AMD’s market share. Most of this is taking place on the desktop, not in HPC-class machines. But we can hope the competition will spill over. (More on this enterprise HPC news item)
Intel’s new network controllers
Intel has announced that they’ve added two new Ethernet controllers to their lineup. The 10 GbE and 1 GbE dual port controller address the needs of multi-core chips and server consolidation applications to push more bits out the door.
The announcement is reminiscent of Sun’s dual-port multithreaded networking announcement back in February of this year.
Intel open sources multi-threading library
Intel announced this week that they’re open sourcing Intel Threading Building Blocks (TBB), a C++ template library for creating parallel apps. The company seems to be positioning TBB as the way to parallelize C++ applications in a way that more closely matches the object-oriented ethos. Apparentl the jury is still out on whether TBB really brings anything new to the table, even among Intel's own software bloggers.
You can read more on this story, along with links to overviews of the library and other points of view, here at insideHPC.com.
Caneland: Intel’s new quad-core Xeon platform
Intel is blogging this week about the release of its new Xeon (codenamed Tigerton for crying out loud). The Xeon will be sold as the Quad-Core Xeon 7300 at 2.93GHz, and pushes Intel’s Core processor architecture to mid- and high-end servers. The chip has been shipping in limited quantities to customers since June and will move out in volume in the third quarter.
Caneland? That’s what you get when you combine the Tigerton processor with the Clarksboro chipset. sigh