IDC: Software is #1 roadblock

The recent IDC presentation at the ISC2008 conference state that software is the biggest roadblock for HPC users now... I couldn't agree more. As clusters grow larger and more complex, better management tools are required. Managing and monitoring HPC cluster typically uses different bits and pieces of different tools; setting up and operating the cluster becomes very difficult. Sun has also recognize this and also taking a very serious look at this, which is why we have the Sun HPC Software, Linux Edition. It is currently based on CentOS and still needs more work to be the complete easy-to-use management solution. We have also started the HPC-Stack project under OpenSolaris community for the OpenSolaris edition of the software stack.

Management software is only one piece of the puzzle. The other piece is the development tools and parallel libraries. As processor gets more cores and number of cores per cluster grows, many applications will need to be redesign and new programming paradigms are needed to ease development and improve efficiency.

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