Partner Newsletter Q1 2011 - Intel Cluster Ready Articles 4

Intel Cluster Ready News

2010 News Highlights
As Rich Altmaier’s article describes, the Intel Cluster Ready program and our partners had a great 2010. Together, we continued building momentum and helping customers experience the benefits of HPC clusters. Here are some of the top stories:

Fujitsu Joins Intel Cluster Ready
Fujitsu, Ltd., announced a goal of achieving $1 billion in HPC sales within five years, and has become an Intel Cluster Ready certified partner – a smart step in the right direction.

Software Ecosystem Keeps Expanding
The list of registered apps continues to grow. In the fourth quarter alone, we registered Altair OptiStruct*, ANSYS Mechanical*, ANSYS Fluent*, Flow Science Flow-3D/MP*, Magma Magmasoft*, and MSC.Software’s MSC Marc* and MSC Nastran, and Simufact Simufact.forming*.
» See all registered Software Solutions
Bienvenido and Bien-vindos! Expansion in Latin America
Intel Cluster Ready is also growing in Latin America. In addition to a presence in Argentina, we welcomed our first Intel Cluster Ready partner from Mexico (Lufac) and our first three partners from Brazil (Accept, Brascin and Itautec).

Largest-Ever Certified Intel Cluster
The Endeavor cluster, housed at Intel’s Customer Response Team (CRT) Datacenter in DuPont, Washington, completed Intel Cluster Ready certification in 2010. Based on Intel Xeon processors 5500 and 5600 series, Endeavor is the largest customer cluster at Intel, and ranks 159th on the November 2010 Top 500 ( list of the fastest supercomputers.

Intel® Cluster Checker 1.6
Following our cadence of steady improvements, the release of Intel Cluster Checker 1.6 scored with its huge usability improvements. Partners have reduced certification time for a 32-node system from 2 hours to 30 minutes and accomplished it with a single execution pass of the tool.
» Check out the new features
» Review Andres More’s Tips and Tricks for version 1.6

What’s New? What’s Next in 2011?

Training, specification update, resources, recipes and more: see what’s new and what’s next.

Intel Cluster Ready Training for Platform Integrators and OEMs
Use Intel Cluster Ready technical training to speed and simplify your time-to-expertise. From detailed workbooks to hands-on experience with a virtual cluster, these practical materials provide valuable help as you design and integrate Intel Cluster Ready solutions.
Get started today... training content is available for all current program members through the Intel Registration Center. 

Intel Cluster Ready Specification Gets a Refresh
We're putting the finishing touches on Version 1.2 of the Intel Cluster Ready specification. The new specification, which includes feedback from our partners, will be available for general release later this spring along with an upcoming Intel Cluster Checker 1.7 version that will include enhancements based on the 1.2 specification. OEMs and System Integrators can of course continue to ship clusters based on the 1.1 specification. We'll make advanced copies of the 1.2 specification available under NDA during the standard beta process, so please contact your Intel Account Representative to obtain a copy – and look for further announcements to come.

Thanks to all who have contributed to advancing the Intel Cluster Ready architecture!

Resources for Intel® Cluster Studio 2011
Intel Cluster Studio 2011 is the hot topic when Dr. Clay Breshears, host of Parallel Programming Talk, reviews SC10 with Intel technical marketing engineer Werner Krotz-Vogel. Clay and Werner discuss the new threading mechanisms for task, data, and vector parallelism, among other advances.
» Read the full article and check out the video.

New Rocks Open Source Recipes
Lower the cost barrier to HPC clusters by developing certified clusters based on open source technologies. New reference designs make it easier to deploy clusters using no-license-fee software. The software bill of materials for these recipes features Rocks 5.3 Open Source Provisioning System working over CentOS 5.4 and includes Intel® Cluster Runtimes 3.0, Intel® Cluster Checker 1.6, OFED 1.5.1, and the driver update package for Intel® Network devices. Keep an eye out for upcoming CentOS recipes.
» View the Rocks reference designs.  

New Intel Cluster Ready Technical Brief
Share the new tech brief with customers to inspire them to move up to high performance cluster computing with confidence.
» Download the PDF

Gearing Up for Sandy Bridge
The Intel Cluster Ready team is looking to the future with the upcoming launch of Intel’s next-generation Sandy Bridge microarchitecture for servers. We’re actively working to ensure a smooth launch for our HPC and Intel Cluster Ready communities when Intel® Xeon® processors based on Sandy Bridge roll out later this year.


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