LCSC
5th Annual Workshop on
Linux Clusters for Super Computing


October 18-21, 2004
Hosted by
National Supercomputer Centre (NSC)
Linköping University, Sweden

NGN
Nordic Grid Neighbourhood
Workshop


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Vendor Track

The seminar room for vendor track presentation is located just next to the main auditorium for the LCSC technical track.

Lunches will be served in the restaurant on ground floor in Collegium. Coffee and tea will be served outside the auditorium in the exhibition area during breaks.

October 18

15:30 - 16:00 Red Hat - predictable Linux, present and future
Jan Hedström, Red Hat
16:00 - 16:30 Dell
Steve Smith, Dell EMEA
Johan Odell, Dell Sweden
16:30 - 17:00
17:00 - 17:30 Storage solution for HPC clusters and GRID computing
Kjell E. Nyström, IBM

October 19

09:30 - 10:00 Nexsan lagringslösningar
Nexsan
10:30 - 11:00 High Performance Computing: 64 bits hardware and Grid Computing
M. L. Quiroga Teixeiro, Gridcore
11:00 - 11:30 Computer Platforms for Scientific Research - One size does not fit all
Carl G. Tengwall, IBM
11:30 - 12:00 LiTech and HPC
Erik Lindfors, LiTech, SE
Sonia, Iwill, TW
Neil O'Keefe, AMCC 3ware, IR
 
13:45 - 14:15 Nexsan lagringslösningar
Nexsan
14:15 - 14:45 InfiniBand Overview - The Reality of the Paradigm Shift
John Asher, Voltaire
Jakob Sandgren, South Pole AB
14:45 - 15:15 FPGA Superclusters for extreme performance
Martin Olson, Synective Labs
15:15 - 15:45 SATA disk, utmanaren i snabba RAID
Mikael Åkerlund, TDL-data
15:45 - 16:15 Sun Processor strategy for HPC
Börje Lindh, Sun

Vendor Track Abstracts

Red Hat - predictable Linux, present and future
Jad Hedström, Red Hat

Red Hat has risen as the major commercial vendor of Open Source operating systems and additional software like the GFS cluster file system. Our aim is to produce and support the most reliable, predictable Linux distribution available. Jan Hedström, Solutions Architect with Red Hat, will discuss Red Hat's current offerings, and briefly inform about the most important changes planned for our next major release, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.


Steve Smith, Dell EMEA
Johan Odell, Dell Sweden

  • Cluster strategy within Dell
  • Thermal Management of Large Cluster Deployments

    High Performance Computing: 64 bits hardware and Grid Computing
    M. L. Quiroga Teixeiro, Gridcore

    Gridcore is a Swedish company devoted to the development of Linux based Computing Farms for Technical and Scientific applications.

    Gridcore develops its environments mainly on the x86-64 computing platform including: the whole hardware design and installation, system design, load balancing and integration of applications.

    During the last year Gridcore has been working on the Grid enabling of its computational portal Gcportal. Some demonstrations are shown including Grid enabled workflow software.

    Computer Platforms for Scientific Research - One size does not fit all
    Carl G. Tengwall, IBM

    A lot of emphasis in projecting the future of for high performance computing has centered around interpreting Moore's Law. The basis for Gordon Moore's Conjecture was the observation of device scaling in microelectronics. This mechanism has served the computer industry and users well for 40 years but now the game is visibly changing. IBM introduced its multi core Power4 chip in 2001 and now the entire industry seems to echo the benefits of this approach. This talk will give an overview of the limits to scaling and will cover the responses to this in the IBM product portfolio when it comes to high performance computing.

    LiTech and HPC
    Erik Lindfors, LiTech, SE
    Sonia, Iwill, TW
    Neil O'Keefe, AMCC 3ware, IR

    L21 Singel, Dual, Quad and Octo Opteron Clusters and Servers.
    Iwill 1U Dual Opteron with 2 x infiniband ports on the MB, 8 x 850 opteron in a 5U
    The latest about 3Ware Raid Controllers, big discs, Mulitilane support etc.

    Nexsan lagringslösningar
    Nexsan

    Nexsan är världsledande på lagringslösningar baserade på ATA och S-ATA teknik. Deras produkter har flera år i rad utsetts till bästa produkt på COMDEX. Med sina senaste produkter lämnar de sina konkurrenter långt bakom sig med en prestanda, lättanvändhet, tillförlitlighet och pris. ATAboy2x är den nyaste medlemmen i familjen och har imponerande prestanda på över 380 MB/s. vilket inga andra kommer i närheten av.

    InfiniBand Overview - The Reality of the Paradigm Shift
    John Asher, Voltaire
    Jakob Sandgren, South Pole AB

    InfiniBand is rapidly becoming the standard interconnect for high performance clusters. John Asher, Voltaire, will cover InfiniBands current status and development dircetions and give some examples of usage in clusters and storage environments.

    Jakob Sandgren from South Pole will conclude the talk with some example InfiniBand configurations and other cluster components from South Pole.

    FPGA Superclusters for extreme performance
    Martin Olsson, Synective Labs

    Large-scale arrays of FPGA devices are rapidly becoming an attractive alternative to large conventional computer clusters, with cost-to-performance improvement of a factor 10 to 100. The considerably more compact and power-efficient solutions make Reconfigurable Computing not only the economical alternative, but also an enabler for computing solutions otherwise not realistic in commercial and industrial environments. Martin Olsson will present the cons and pros of re-configurable computing in general and Synective Labs CNP 2.0, an off-the-shelf FPGA-based supercluster for HPC.

    SATA disk, utmanaren i snabba RAID
    Mikael Åkerlund, TDL-data

    TDL Data, som har mångårig erfarenhet av ATA-disk i RAID, (skämtsamt kallat "ful-RAID" av andra i branschen), berättar om erfarenheter av nya RAID lösningar baserade på de senaste SATA diskarna. Bättre prestanda, större tillförlitlighet, större kapacitet och fler inbyggda egenskaper till allt lägre priser.

    Presentationen tar även upp en del grundläggande fakta om SATA tekniken, vilket kanske kan vara lämpligt för dem som ej ännu har haft möjlighet att bekanta sig med de nya diskarna.

    I vår lilla utställning i anslutning till konferansen, visar vi förutom en våra RAID även den nya 1U-servern från Sun Microsystems som är baserad på AMD Opteron.

    Sun Processor strategy for HPC
    Börje Lindh, Sun

    This short talk will explain where Sun stands today, and what direction we are taking to fulfil the compute needs for the High Performance Computing market.


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