HPC & Virtualization

I love the Inside HPC blog since they get to have a broader focus than the cooler. No wonder Tabor bought them.
Today they point us to a post by Sun’s Marc Hamilton on HPC & Virtualization:
“However, in the HPC space, you see precious little use of either Hyper-V or VMware, at any price. HPC researchers, long at the forefront of open source, have chosen instead to focus on open source virtualization platforms. Hence my excitement about the pending launch tomorrow of the Sun xVM Virtalization Portfolio. Some of the largest HPC sites in the world are already using xVM Ops Center software to manage their HPC clusters, like the Texas Advanced Computing Center. With the Sun xVM Server, HPC centers small and large will be able to manage their cluster with xVM Ops Center, and use xVM Server to virtualize Linux, Solaris, and Windows guest operating systems running on their cluster. No more long committee meetings deciding which Linux kernel to run or how many hours a year that Microsoft funded researcher can get access to the cluster to run Windows. For that matter, advanced programmers writing multi-threaded code with OpenSolaris can run on the cluster too with xVM.”
Marc also puts a plug in for one of my current pet projects at the moment:
“A great place to find out more about HPC and virtualization will be Sun’s upcoming HPC Consortium user group meeting, held prior to SC08 this November in Austin, Texas. Rumor has it HPC Consortium members might even get a special tour of a famous nearby HPC center.” Full Story

About Rich
FlexRex began his life as a cartoon character I created a Sun Microsystems. As the world's first "fictional blogger," he appeared in numerous parody films that made fun of the whole work-from-home thing. Somewhere along the line, the Sun IT department adopted FlexRex as their spokesman in a half-dozen security awareness films for employees. So when I left Sun recently, I started FlexRex Communications, a Marketing company in Portland, Oregon.

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