Linux's SuperComputing day

As the SuperComputing 2004 show kicks off in the US city of Pittsburg this week, Linux technology will be well represented among the big honking processor, storage and networking technologies on display.

That's because Linux has established itself as an essential component in supercomputing cluster technology, with some of the world's largest distributed computing systems being comprised of thousands of Intel Linux processors. Among the cluster-related and supercomputing Linux products will be several offerings aimed at managing the configuration and setup of clustered Linux systems.

Panasas is announcing Version 2.0 of its ActiveScale File System and new hardware products. The software allows users of Linux clusters to more efficiently move from the cluster to back-end storage system, such as a storage-area network (SAN) or network-attached storage (NAS). Panasas also provides Linux cluster NAS hardware with up to 5T bytes of storage capacity.

Appro will show off its latest blade server products targeted at Linux clusters in a blade environment. The Appro HyperBlade servers use AMD Opteron processors and are optimized to work with InfiniBand interconnect technology for high-speed node-to-node communications in a cluster. Appro will also have on display several storage configurations for the HyperBlade Linux clustering systems, including SAN and NAS products from partners.

For developers of applications that run on parallel Linux clusters, Etnus is announcing its TotalView 6.6 software product. Entus calls its software an advanced debugging tool for developers of applications that run on Linux and Unix. The software is specifically geared towards debugging applications written in C, C++ and Fortran that run on threaded and parallel systems.

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