3rd Annual Workshop on
The fast development of the processing power of high-end PCs and workstations together with the availability of open source software such as Linux have made it possible to build very cost efficient parallel computers. With the addition of high bandwidth and low latency networks PC-clusters are challenging conventional commercially available parallel computers. PC-clusters can yield orders of magnitude in price performance.
Assembling a PC-cluster is, however, a non-trivial task due to the fast moving PC and workstation market as well as the rapid development of Linux and available tools for clustered computing.
The aim of the workshop is to gather together people with experience of clusters and provide participants with an overview of state of the art of PC-clusters. The workshop will address the hardware and software issues encountered during the design process as well as some of the emerging application areas in which PC-cluster have been deployed.
We are pleased to announce Thomas Sterling as the keynote speaker. Thomas Sterling is a Principal Scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a Faculty Associate at the California Institute of Technology. He is best known for his development (with colleague Donald Becker) of Beowulf-class PC-cluster computing and as a leader of the National Petaflops Initiative in US.
The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
In addition to invited talks, there will be tutorials (23 Oct.), vendor presentations, and birds-of-feathers (BOF). Workshop attenders have also the opportunity to participate in the inauguration of NSC's latest teraflop-scale cluster.
The complete list of speakers and programme will be available at http://www.nsc.liu.se/lcsc/.
If you wish to present your own cluster, GRID project, software development, give a talk on a topic related to clustered computing, or suggest a BOF you are most welcome to contact