ScaleMP touts cheap Linux multi-processors

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| Software company ScaleMP is claiming to have turned virtualisation on its
| head - instead of making one server look like several, it said that it can
| make a cluster of entry-level servers look like a single high-end machine.
|
| Called Versatile SMP (vSMP), its software is a kind of pre-boot environment
| which loads from flash and uses Infiniband for connectivity. The clustered
| servers then appear as a symmetrical multi-processor (SMP) system, and can
| run standard multi-processor versions of Linux, said Shai Fultheim, ScaleMP's
| founder and CEO.
|
| He said that while the server aggregation happens in software, like other
| clustering schemes, vSMP is below the operating system, not on top of it,
| which reduces the overhead involved.
|
| "With [traditional] clusters, you need to work at the operating system or
| application level to parallelise it, and you have to set up a cluster file
| system and job scheduler," he explained.
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http://www.techworld.com/opsys/news/...50&pagtype=all


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Linux in more than 90% of top supercomputers

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| Other operating systems, such as AIX (4.8%), Solaris (0.4%) and Mac OS X
| (0.4%) make the list, but Linux is alone at the top, where it is used in 459
| systems or 91.8% of the top supercomputer systems. *
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http://blogs.the451group.com/opensou...upercomputers/
http://tinyurl.com/2rponk


Supercomputing with a stack of PlayStations

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| Khanna's system runs Yellow Dog Linux, chosen because there is a PS3-centric
| version.
|
| [...]
|
| "There are several options for the flavour of PowerPC Linux that one can
| chose to run on a PS3," he said.
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http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/st...ectid=10473693


Folding@home sets Guinness record thanks to PS3

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| In six months, the addition of around two-thirds of a million PS3s to the
| network lifted the processing power to one petaflop, and one week later on
| September 23, participating PS3s alone were delivering a petaflop.
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http://www.itwire.com/content/view/15136/1054/