Barney's Blog

Blog archive

Red-Hot HPC

There's a pretty big battle in the world of high-performance computing (HPC) and hopefully this will soon affect those of you in IT.

HPC has long been the purview of designers, engineers, 3-D renderers and data miners. These high-performance boxes cluster massive arrays of processors, often x86 (and GPUs for the graphics-inclined), and aim it all at a small set of specialized applications. It's very cool, but unfortunately a bit of a niche.

And many of these systems -- in essence, commodity supercomputers -- have been running Linux. It's free and nice and scalable across clusters, multicores and multiprocessors. Windows Server is also showing some spunk in this market, and the availability of either Linux or Windows means you may be able to apply this muscle soon to more common data-processing tasks.

Red Hat doesn't want to miss this opportunity and has a new bundle -- a software stack, if you will -- that includes Linux itself along with clustering tools and a job scheduler. With so much great commodity hardware, this should form the basis of expensive and utterly ripping HPC systems.

Can you see a use for this style of HPC/supercomputer? Super-smart answers accepted at [email protected].

Posted by Doug Barney on October 07, 2008


Featured

  • Red Brick Graphic

    Microsoft To Pour Millions into Partner Incentives, Azure and Security in FY2025

    Microsoft's inaugural MCAPS Start for Partners event took place this week, marking the beginning of its fiscal 2025.

  • New Microsoft Security Releases Aim To Smooth the Road to Zero Trust

    IT teams often juggle multiple tools to monitor and maintain the security of their environments. Two new products released by Microsoft this week aim to consolidate their toolboxes and help organizations achieve zero trust faster.

  • Antitrust Worries Hound Microsoft Off OpenAI's Board: Report

    In a move likely meant to assuage antitrust regulators' concerns, Microsoft on Wednesday stepped down from its role as a non-voting OpenAI board member.

  • Image of a futuristic maze

    The 2024 Microsoft Product Roadmap

    Everything Microsoft partners and IT pros need to know about major Microsoft product milestones this year.