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Happy New Year!

First I would like to wish you all a happy new year. In the next few weeks we will post the minutes from the 1st annual meeting held at SC08, and update with our plan for 2009.

As you can see, the HPC Advisory Website was modified with a new structure. The Cluster Center page was updated to reflect the current clusters available for the members and end-user for benchmarking and qualifications. The Technical Content tab was modified to include conferences related presentations, best practices information, case studies and vendor related content.

The conference content now includes presentation from SC’08 conference. In particular, the session presented on the TACC Ranger system.

The Best Practices is a new section. The HPC Advisory Council presents best practices, that through experience and research, have shown to improve clustering and applications productivity. At the moment we have posted a Weather Research and Forecast (WRF) Model case, and soon we will post others related to automotive and Oil and Gas applications. We are encouraging HPC users to provide their feedback and suggest other application or HPC areas as candidates for future best practices.

The Case Studies is a new section as well. It will include information on HPC technology demonstrations and outreach done by the council. We have posted the SC’08 SCinet case study recently, and I am encouraging you to check it out.

Looking forward for a great 2009!


Interactive Supercomputing

Interactive Supercomputing mission is to bridge the gap between easy-to-use desktop modeling, simulation and development tools with the power, scalability and low cost of parallel computer systems, clusters and grids. In order to fulfill this mission, we have developed the Star-P software platform. Is is an interactive parallel computing platform that extends existing desktop simulation tools for simple, user-friendly parallel computing on a spectrum of computing architectures such as multi-core clusters.

Our customers are scientists, engineers and analysts who want to solve large and complex problems that can no longer be done productively on the desktop computer. By eliminating the re-programming associated with porting desktop application code to parallel systems, Star-P fundamentally transforms the workflow, substantially shortening the “time to solution,” and delivers the “best of both worlds”-the interactive and familiar use of the desktop coupled with supercomputer-like problem-solving capabilities.

We have presented the performance capabilities of Star-P at SC08, and wanted to share with you the presentation.

1st Annual Mellanox HPC Advisory Council Member Meeting

I would like to thank all the folks who came to our first member meeting during SC’08. We had a great turnout and we hope you all had a good time (looking at the beverage bill…I would say YES! ;) ). Although, it’s TBD right now, I would expect we will be having another meeting/get-together during ISC’09 in June, so stay tuned…

I look forward to seeing you all there and at the many events I end up attending.
-Brian Sparks

Getting Ready for Supercomputing Conference – Part 2

We are only 3 weeks away from the largest supercomputing conference in the world, and it’s time to mark your calendar with all of the multiple events and things to see and do in Austin.  I have listed below some of the activities that the HPC Advisory Council is driving, or participating in, and should be on everyone’s list… :)

  • - SC’08 session, “The HPC Advisory Council Initiative“, Thursday, Nov. 20 at 12:15PM – 1:15PM, room 18A/18B/18C/18D.  We will present the objectives and activities managed by the council and will have panelist from many of the HPC Advisory Council members to give their views as well
  • - The 1st Annual Members Meeting to be held on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 6:00PM-6:45PM, at the Hilton Austin hotel (across the SC’08 conference center). The meeting is open to council members, end-users, and press/analysts. Make sure to register for the meeting at and mark the HPC Advisory Council box. I will be bringing food and drinks… :)
  • - The 3D SCinet Boeing 777 rendering demonstration – this will be an amazing demonstration on the SC08 show floor. Many members are taking part in this demo, and it is worth seeing. Everyone is welcome to drop by the Mellanox booth to get the map of all the participating vendors and see the various demonstrations.

Hope to see you all at SC08,


P.S. if you want to meet at SC08, send me a note to

ParaStationV5 Release

We, ParTec Cluster Competence Center GmbH are proud to announce the Version 5 of ParaStation. ParaStationV5 is a cluster operating and management software that offers a complete software stack to operate a high productivity cluster system. This is the first cluster software that is Intel Cluster Ready certified. ParaStationV5 has the highest integrated “feature-density” among all other cluster software products. This new release addresses customers who want to get clusters easy managed by a single point of administration.

The most important features in a nutshell are:

  • - MPI-2 support.
  • - Cross-MPI support (for other MPI implementations).
  • - Enhanced process control features.
  • - Supports for InfiniBand
  • - Supported on source code level.
  • - Parallel debugger support.

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Launch of Website

To satisfying the ever increasing demand for InfiniBand in High Performance Computing, we are pleased to announce the launch of our website as the one stop shop for all InfiniBand needs. It is with great pleasure that we join the HPC Advisory Council and we look forward to serving the community going forward and to share our vast InfiniBand experience and knowledge. You are welcome to visit the website or to contact us at

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Getting ready for Supercomputing Conference – Part 1

It is only the beginning of September, but our activities for the November Supercomputing conference have started. During the conference we will have our first face-to-face meeting. The meeting will be followed by an industry event and a full dinner – another good reason to be there. For further information please send a request to

I am pleased to inform you that our proposed session on the HPC Advisory Council – “The HPC Advisory Council Initiative” has been accepted to SC’08.  SC’08 received over 140 submissions and only about 50 slots available.  The Session has been scheduled for Thu., Nov 20 at 12:15PM – 1:15PM. You can see the details at – Many of the members will be presenting their view and contribution to the council, and how end-users can benefit from it.

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The World’s Leading High Resolution Visualization System (NASA) – Part 2

I have posted earlier on the InfiniBand based high resolution visualization system we have installed at NASA. Recently, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and NASA Ames Research Center Director S. Pete Worden examined Hyperwall-2, a state-of-the-art visualization system developed at Ames.

Picture: California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and NASA Ames Research
Center Director S. Pete Worden Viewing the Hyperwall-2

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