Wednesday Jun 11, 2008

See you at International Supercomputing' 08

After posting this blog entry, I pack my bags and head to the second biggest High Performance Computing event of the year, International Supercomputing' 08, in Dresden, Germany.

As is the tradition, we host The Sun HPC Consortium few days prior to the conference. The Consortium meetings are typically packed with attendees ranging from Sun HPC customers and partners, Sun field and product engineers, as well as marketing folks. Consortium agenda this year includes talks by Sun customers and partners, as well as Sun product engineering and marketing teams.

Last year, was my first time at the Consortium. It was held before Supercomputing' 07 in Reno, Nevada, USA. I found it to be an awesome opportunity to talk directly with customers on business problems they are solving with HPC clusters and their requirements for solutions to manage these clusters at peak performance and maximum thruput. Another fascinating aspect about last year's Consortium and Conference were Customer Whisper Suites, where key customers get a peek (hence probably the term "whisper" ) at our strategic roadmap and direction and we get a peek at business problems on their long-term radar. At some of these sessions, it was fascinating to hear how customers view HPC as providing them a competitive advantage in their market and more importantly, their plans for building the next generation computing infrastructure today, for the competitive edge they will achieve several years down the road. I look forward to Whisper Suites this year too.

After the consortium ends, the Supercomputing conference begins. As usual, Sun has many exciting events and announcements planned this year. Don't miss the Sun booth, where we will display our latest and greatest hardware and software technologies and solutions. You definitely don't want to miss Sun xVM Ops Center 1.1 demo at the Sun booth showing Ops Center server on Red Hat Linux and showcases among many features, provisioning of (a) Firmware (b) CentOS 5 Operating System and (c) Sun's best-of-class Distributed Resource Management (DRM) product, Sun Grid Engine 6.1

Hope to see you at ISC08 !


Wednesday May 21, 2008

xVM Ops Center at KISTI

In March 2007, Sun Korea was selected as the vendor to provide Massively Parallel Processing (MPP) for the fourth supercomputer project at KISTI (Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information). I understand this project will be completed in 2 phases. When both phases are completed, this supercomputer at KISTI will be the largest in Asia.  Recently, I found out that Phase 1 is completed and the system will go into production after completion of the remaining stability tests.

Now, here is the cool thing. With TACC, Sun built the largest supercomputer in America  and with KISTI, we will repeat that feat in Asia !!

And guess what, both supercomputers have xVM Ops Center in their software stack, to manage the compute nodes. The scale managed by xVM Ops Center in these two HPC supercomputer projects is vastly different though. At TACC, the number of compute nodes is a little shy of 4000 blades housed in 82 Sun Constellation (C48) racks, whereas at KISTI in Phase 1, we have four C48 racks that amount to 188 compute nodes.

 

 

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