xVM Ops Center at Supercomputing

Last month, Sun was a sponsor of the International Super Computing Conference (ISCC) in Germany, and the Ops Center team was there to show off the latest in how Ops Center can be used in High Performance Computing (HPC) environments.  Prasad Pai is our own HPC rockstar who has been responsible for major super computing installations like TACC, KISTI, and Clemson choosing Ops Center as part of their infrastructure.

Prasad was on hand to show off how Ops Center can be best used in these kinds of environments.  In particular, Ops Center's scalability and agentless hardware monitoring make it a great choice for these kinds of environments.  Below you can see a picture of Prasad demonstrating Ops Center at the conference.

Over the past couple of months, we've been upgrading customers from older Ops Center version to the newest available 2.1 version -- TACC just recently upgraded to 2.1.  However, there's even more coming in 2.5 that HPC customers will like.  In particular, because today's supercomputers use so many nodes, scalability is really important.  To that end, we've built a 1,000 node cluster (nicknamed Nessie) of older hardware that we can use for internal scalability testing.  Because Nessie is dedicated to the task, we can really abuse it in ways we wouldn't do to our customer's production (or even pre-production systems).  With this ability to try extreme use-cases we've been able to dramatically increase performance at large scale.  I'll plan to post a few stats about our performance work here soon.

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