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[News] More Cluster Announcements All About GNU/Linux

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Penguin Computing Announces New "Emperor Series Clusters"

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| Penguin Computing announced today the culmination of over a decade of 
| experience building high performance computing solutions with the 
| introduction of the Emperor Series Clusters, a reference architecture for 
| building and delivering turn-key, application optimized HPC clusters.   


Cisco Nexus Data Center Class Platform Supports Lawrence Livermore National
Laboratory Linux Hyperion Project

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| The Hyperion project takes advantage of industry leading technologies to 
| create the largest testbed of its kind in the world for high performance 
| Linux cluster computing technologies and make petaFLOP/s (quadrillion 
| floating operations per second) computing and storage more accessible for 
| commerce, industry, and research and development.     



Service Pack Roll v5.0.3 for Rocks v5.0 is Released

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| The Service Pack Roll v5.0.3 for i386 and x86_64 architectures is released.


Panasas and Penguin Computing Partner to Improve Manageability of Linux-Based
Cluster Solutions

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| Panasas, Inc., the global leader in parallel storage solutions, and Penguin
| Computing, a leading provider of Linux cluster solutions, today announced
| their plans to bring to market a comprehensive compute and storage solution
| that will deliver unprecedented productivity and ease of use to the fastest
| growing segments of the technical computing market.


Rocks clusters make sense for educational environments

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| When evaluating a clustering solution in an educational environment, it's
| difficult to pass up the Rocks cluster distribution. This scalable computing
| solution allows you to use a limited amount of hardware or a large server
| farm to meet research needs.


Stellenbosch gets high-performance Linux cluster

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| South Africa’s Stellenbosch University now has a high-performance Sun Fire
| cluster running OpenSuse Linux, courtesy of Breakpoint Solutions.
| The high performance cluster is built using Sun Fire X4150 servers, with each
| having two Intel Quad Core CPUs and 16 gigabytes of memory. The cluster
| includes a Sun StorageTek 2530 array with six terabytes of storage, an
| Extreme Networks Summit 1GBE switch and the Sun Grid Engine job scheduler.


Marching Penguins: Monitoring Your HPC Cluster

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| Linux provides a large number of utilities to access data about the system. A
| few common tools are vmstat, iostat, and netstat, although there are many
| others. These programs are typically geared toward non-interactive use—an
| important consideration for continuously monitoring systems. Programs that
| are interactive in nature (like top) will not work well unless they have some
| form of batch mode that is easily parsed.


Linux Clusters, Complexity, and HA

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| Continuing to look at some of the useful things one needs to know when going
| production with Linux. Applies to any other OS too in most ways, but examples
| are all from our Linux deployments, specifically our first year on our Linux
| based NAS.
| [...]
| The takeaway from all this then: Clusters do not, in and of themselves make
| everything magically more HA. You have to start with the best of breed in
| cluster software, but you also have to know the cluster environment, and test
| it seven ways from yesterday to be sure that in failure mode it is actually
| doing what you think it should be doing. This ties back to something I said
| last post. To paraphrase: There is no substitute for knowing what you are
| doing. Linux is not magic. Clustering is not magic. All the magic comes from
| your people. Your business is only as good as your process: Process designed
| by people who do not know what they are doing will land you in a world of
| hurt.


Red Hat undercuts Microsoft on high-performance OS pricing

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| Red Hat Thursday released a Linux software stack for compute-intensive IT
| environments that it said costs less than Microsoft's price for its
| comparable Windows offering.
| Red Hat charges a subscription of US$249 per node, or server, per year for
| Red Hat HPC Solution, a new offering that combines Red Hat Enterprise Linux
| with Platform Open Cluster Stack 5, clustering software it has licensed from
| Platform Computing.


Another IKEA linux cluster

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| In a bit of serendipity, reader [Tim Molter] had decided on the IKEA Helmer
| cabinet for his new cluster right before seeing the previous IKEA cluster we
| covered. He and his coding partner recently completed building their own
| version of the IKEA Linux cluster. The cabinet was $30 and holds six headless
| boxes. Each board has a quad-core AMD processor for a total of 24 cores.


Linux still super in Top500

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| In the June 2008 Top500 list, Linux still lives large with a role in 92% of
| systems (It is the only OS for 85.4%, but when considering all distributions
| (SUSE, Red Hat, CentOS, and general ‘Linux,’ as well as mixed uses that
| include Linux, I figure the share is more like the 92%).

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