GDT::Grid::Utilitarian::Archive::Year 2004

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Utility Computing -- Some Think It's Hype
Utility Computing... sounds good, but it is easier said and done.
   "But once you try implementing it with existing 
    infrastructure, it will be a lot harder to do 
    than one thought at the outset."

I suspect most companies and organizations will not be able take their existing computing environments and swith to a utility computing mode of operation. This does not make utility computing hype; it only implies that utility computing is not going to happen over the short term.

{ Utility Computing: More Hype than Substance? }

[17 December 2004, top]

Project MegaGrid: Dell, EMC, Intel and Oracle
To help "develop a standard approach to building and deploying an enterprise grid computing infrastructure," Dell, EMC, Intel and Oracle have initiated Project MegaGrid. It appears they will be focusing on using Linux-based systems. { Dell, EMC, Intel and Oracle Launch Project MegaGrid }

[10 December 2004, top]

Scary Reality: Supercomputer In Every Home
I am reading the book about "building firewalls." The book was published 2000-02-02. The writer tells us that most crackers don't have the computing power to crack HTTPS transmitted data, but he does warn us that this will not always be true.

During the week ending Friday, 03 December 2004, I encountered the following two headlines.

   + IBM's "Cell chip" -- Supercomputer On a Chip
   + Supercomputer In Every Home

During the Spring of 2005 I will be getting a cluster that will be used as my desktop computer. This cluster will have 12 CPUs.

The current state of computer security does not allow for a "supercomputer in every home."

[04 December 2004, top]

Supercomputing Funding Bill Ready for Bush
H.R. 4516 was orginally passed by the House in July. The Senate amended the bill to establish at least one R&D center devoted to software development for supercomputing applications. The House has now incorporated the Senate's changes and President Bush is expected to sign the bill. A spokesperson for the House Science Committee said the bill "allocates $50 million for supercomputing efforts in 2005, $55 million in 2006 and $60 million in 2007." { Congress OKs Funding U.S. Supercomputers}

[26 November 2004, top]

About the World Community Grid
World Community Grid wants to use underutilized computers belonging to individuals and businesses worldwide and channel it into selected medical and environmental research programs. The Grid can "help unlock genetic codes that underlie diseases like AIDS and HIV, Alzheimer's or cancer, improve forecasting of natural disasters and aid studies to protect the world's food and water supply." WCG partners include IBM, the United Nations, Mayo Clinic, Oxford University and South Africa, and others. World Community Grid

[Extra] Upon my return from SC2004 I registered the domain name.

[19 November 2004, top]

Linux Networx Gets $40 Million In Funding
Salt Lake City-based Linux Networx is a maker of Linux-based computing clusters. The company has been awarded $40 million in a second round of venture capital indicating the Linux clustering is a viable high-performance computing technology. { Linux Networx Secures $40 Million Equity Financing to Fund Expansion }

[12 November 2004, top]

IBM BlueGenie Reclaims Fastest Computer Title; Bit About System X
SGI's lead in the supercomputer didn't last long. IBM's $100 million Blue Gene/L system being installed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory executed 70.72 trillion calculations per second. { IBM Supercomputer Again Claims Record }

[Extra] Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University System X supercomputer is the fastest computer at an academic institution. "System X was originally built with 1,100 Apple Power Mac G5 processors for a cost of $5.2 million. Virginia Tech spent about $600,000 adding 50 more nodes to the system and bumping its processing speed from 10.28 teraflops to 12.25 teraflops. The computer is in service at Virginia Tech's Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science." { Mac Supercomputer Speeds Up}

[05 November 2004, top]

West Virginia Grid; SGI, Intel, NASA Build a Supercomputer
West Virginia plans to create the Global Grid Exchange, a "statewide open infrastructure that will be the largest public computing grid in the world." The grid will use "unused computing resources around the state and will initially be available for government, industry, and academic interests within West Virginia." { West Virginia to start grid }

[Extra] NASA's Columbia Supercomputer is World's Fastest
"Built from SGI® Altix® systems and driven by 10,240 Intel Itanium 2 processors, Columbia's 16-system supercomputer did 42.7 trillion calculations per second (teraflops)." also contains a press release that states NASA, SGI and Intel Build and Deploy 'Columbia' in Record Time .

[29 October 2004, top]

OSDL Summit to Include Utility Computing Panel
The Open Source Development Lab is hosting a summit early in 2005 that will include a panel discussion on Utility Computing and the opportunities it provides to Independent Software Vendors (ISVs). Here is a quote from one of the scheduled panel members.
   "Linux, with its openness and flexibility, is an increasingly 
    popular platform on which to build applications. If you want 
    to deliver solutions to the enterprise, you need to understand 
    Linux and the future applications that will be required for 
    utility computing." -- Dave McAllister, vice president of 
    product marketing, Cassatt Corporation
{ OSDL Enterprise Linux Summit to Feature Keynote Panel on Utility Computing and the ISV Opportunity }

[22 October 2004, top]

Supercomputer Maker SGI Does Linux
Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI) is getting ready to ship a Linux-based workstation named Prism. The "visual" computing system will sell for under $30,000 and will be marketed to the scientific, medical and energy communities. The Prism will run applications such as weather simulations, gene folding visualizations, oil explorations and so on. { Products: Visualization: Silicon Graphics Prism }

[15 October 2004, top]

Supercomputer Maker Cray Does Linux
The Cray XD1 runs the Linux operating system and it provides supercomputing power for under $100,000.

If time permits, I will attend Cray's Analyst Meeting at SC2004 on Tuesday, November 9, in Pittsburgh, PA.

[08 October 2004, top]

Utility Computing Via a High-Performance Computing Grid
IBM recently announced a supercomputer that is faster than Japan's Earth Simulator making it the fastest computer in the world. High-performance Computing (HPC) via supercomputers and clusters is resulting in a powerful computing grid that is enabling us to enter into the world of utility computing.

On 02 May 2004, Datamation printed the following quote from "Grid computing has the potential to be a disruptive technology."

This blog, the Grid Utilitarian, has been started to help us with our Learning About Grid and Utility Computing.

[03 October 2004, top]

Author: Gerald D. Thurman []
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