Thursday, November 13, 2008

Don't Forget the Sun HPC Consortium

This trip also includes the annual Sun HPC Consortium, which is traditionally the weekend before SuperComputing.

"The Sun High Performance Computing Consortium (SHPCC) is an independent, volunteer-organized, international group of member organizations that own or use Sun computer systems with emphasis on high-performance, technical computing, and visualization."

There is a pretty solid looking agenda this year, I'm particularly interested in Andy Bechtolsheim's Storage Roadmap presentation on Sunday, the tour of the TACC Ranger cluster (the largest non-government HPC system in the world, and the fourth largest overall), Clemson's Jim Pepin talk on large scale filesystems in academic environments, and the half-day session Monday afternoon with the architect of SAM-FS, Sun's large scale filesystem that we are evaluating for our large research storage needs.

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