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[News] High Performance Servers Run GNU/Linux, Apple and Microsoft Out of the Game

  • Subject: [News] High Performance Servers Run GNU/Linux, Apple and Microsoft Out of the Game
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 22 May 2010 07:29:56 +0100
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SGI advances Linux on the HPC front

,----[ Quote ]
| Graphics International (SGI) represents 
| how a once fiercely proprietary company 
| has been able to leverage open source for 
| High Performance Computing (HPC), much to 
| its benefit.
| Following multiple bankruptcies, a change 
| of its iconic logo and replacing 
| 'Incorporated' with 'International', SGI 
| has learned the hard way that the time 
| for going it alone is long gone. It many 
| ways it has realised long before some 
| larger companies that, rather than fight 
| a losing battle against the open source 
| movement, it should embrace it.
| [...]
| Pointing to the resource meter, Goh 
| explained that the code essentially was a 
| memory allocation exercise to show how 
| the firm can use a maximum of 16TB of RAM 
| as a single memory space. Why stop at 
| 16TB? Goh answered his own question by 
| stating it was the limitation of the 44-
| bit virtual memory addressing in Intel's 
| x86-64 Xeon chip. He claimed that the 
| chipmaker will be increasing the virtual 
| address length to 46-bits in 2012, which 
| will allow for even larger physical 
| memory configurations.


An HPC Field Trip

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| I have attended most of the Wall Street 
| shows and noticed that the financial 
| sector seems to have bounced back from 
| its recent hiccup. On this very nice 
| April day, I enjoyed the sights and 
| sounds on my walk from the bus terminal 
| to the Roosevelt Hotel. Upon arrival, I 
| grabbed my press badge and almost walked 
| right into Matthijs van Leeuwen from 
| Bright Computing. From what I had 
| gathered, Bright Computing provides 
| cluster management software. I was not 
| sure what their âedgeâ was because there 
| is certainly no shortage of cluster 
| solutions out there.



,----[ Quote ]
| gentooexperimental ~ # uptime
|  11:21:14 up 463 days, 17:07,  2 users,  | load average: 0.39, 0.84, 1.62



Medical researchers adopt HPC system

,----[ Quote ]
| A team from the National Institute for Health
| Research (NIHR) has called on an IBM-based
| HPC system to help with research on genetics.


GNU/Linux Tops TOP500 Supercomputers Again

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| The fact that GNU/Linux totally dominates the top 500 supercomputing list is
| hardly news, but the fact that it has managed to *increase* its market share
| yet further is.
| Here are the results for June 2009:
|     GNU/Linux 443 (88.6%)
|     Windows 5 (1.0%)
|     Unix 22 (4.4%)
| and here are the figures for six months ago:
|     GNU/Linux 439 (87.8%)
|     Windows 5 (1.0%)
|     Unix 23 (4.6%)


Linux shows staying power on Top500

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| The latest list indicates growing Linux dominance. Linux is used in the top
| nine supercomputer systems in the world. When considered as the primary OS or
| part of a mixed-OS supersystem, Linux is now present in 469 of the
| supercomputer sites, 93.8% of the Top500 list.


Why is Linux THE FASTEST operating system today?

,----[ Quote ]
| Now that I mentioned supercomputers at the time of this writing the worlds
| fastest supercomputer runs Linux. In fact most of them run Linux as you will
| see here in the list of the top 500 supercomputers. Out of all of the
| operating systems on these supercomputers Linux is a whopping 87.8% with
| windows only (giggle) 1% as can be seen here. The current worlds fastest
| supercomputer runs..... Redhat Linux and Fedora. The exact same ones you can
| download and install on your personal computer.

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