Tuesday, February 23, 2010

IGT HPC Work Group Meeting - Scalable x86-based solutions for HPC

IGT HPC Work Group Meeting - Scalable x86-based solutions for HPC Users: Clusters, Cloud, and Shared Memory (SMP) in a unified platform


Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010
IGT Offices, Maskit 4, 5th Floor, Hertzliya.
13:45-14:00: Gathering
14:00-14:05: Opening - Avner & Guy
14:05-15:00: Part 1
15:00-15:10: Coffee Break
15:10-16:00: Part 2
16:00-16:15: Discussion and concluding remarks

Title:Scalable x86-based solutions for HPC Users: Clusters, Cloud, and Shared Memory (SMP) in a unified platform
Abstracts:IBM (Gilad Berman, System x Technical Specialist)Scalable Data Center alternatives: iDataplex, BladeCenter, new management softwareiDataPlex technology offers a new innovative design to address the needs of the data center with extreme density and simplified manageability while reducing power and cooling consumption.BladeCenter is an established, open design with a flexible, scalable architecture that offers a true alternative to today’s sprawling racks and overheated server rooms. By integrating servers, storage, networking and management, BladeCenter is helping companies maximize performance, minimize costs and sweep complexity aside.xCAT is a new advanced generation of cluster deployment and management system.
ScaleMP (Benzi Galili, Executive Vice President)SMP machines (shared memory, symmetric multi-processor) are still required for several classes of HPC workloads, mainly for use of very large (>0.5TB) RAM and also for high-core counts. In the past, building SMPs required tens to hundreds of millions of ongoing project investments for custom-chipsets, and in many cases involved custom-everything (CPUs, interconnect, chipset, OS, and software stacks) – making this type of technology cost-prohibitive for many science and engineering organizations. Past commercial attempts at creating software-based SMP (a.k.a Software-DSM) have failed. ScaleMP uses a novel virtualization-based approach, taking advantage of high bandwidth commodity interconnect and high-performance standard (x86) processors, to create SMPs that perform better for HPC workloads, and cost significantly less than the hardware-only alternatives. This session will describe the types of workloads that benefit from the architecture (including use cases around the world), and some of the basic ideas behind the architecture.
Three usage classes will be discussed: classic SMP, HPC cluster simplification, and Cloud/Grid oriented SMP “on-demand” services.
16:25-16:35: Discussion and concluding remarks
 To register, please send your contact details to: info@grid.org.il

We are looking forward to seeing you!
Guy Tel-Zur, Ph.D. IGT Chairmanwww.grid.org.il

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