Hey guys, Oracle already does HPC!

Oracle’s acquisition of Sun has raised a lot of questions including, “what about HPC?”
While integration plans are just beginning, this article takes a look at what we do know about this acquisition:

“It combines the software strength of Oracle with Sun’s innovation,” Teter said. “Oracle really knows how to run the software business, and will do well with Sun’s software.”
For example, Mark Teter, CTO of Advanced Systems Group said to look at the high-performance computing market.
“Oracle’s in a lot of HPC environments, and Sun’s hardware, especially its blade servers, are winning in those environments,” he said. “So for customers, there will be only one back to pat from the hardware to the software to the operating system.” Full Story

I did a little digging, and this image from a slide deck on Oracle’s web site shows our joint customers, including a lot of HPC heavy-hitters:

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2 Responses to Hey guys, Oracle already does HPC!

  1. John West says:

    Rich – I’m skeptical about the joint customers angle. My home organization (the Army or the Corps of Engineers, depending upon how you want to roll it up) is a huge customer of Oracle, and we have a boatload of Sun storage gear (plus Lustre). But the streams don’t cross. Oracle is on the business side of the house, and our Sun HPC-related gear is on the scientific computing side of the house. Sun and Oracle might share customers, but my sense is they don’t share domains. I’m willing to be educated, but the culture of Oracle does not appear to me to be anywhere close to high end scientific computing of the sort that Constellation and its related technologies support. Big enterprise servers? Sure. Supercomputing? No. GridEngine, MPI, Lustre? No.

  2. New Growth says:

    John:
    You’re exactly right but that’s why the it makes sense. (Don’t share domains) To grow, you have to solve the next problem. Who has the next problem ?
    In the well-known business, Oracle Exadata looks a lot Constellation with Open Storage.

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