NOAA launches two new supercomputers, SUSE Linux is being used by more than one-third of the top 100 supercomputers, and a documentary on Cray Research debuts in Chippewa Falls, WI.
NOAA switches new supercomputers on
NOAA has been working on a supercomputing deployment project featuring two high-performance machines that researchers can switch between based on demand. According to a recent Computerworld report, the two new machines dramatically outpace their predecessors from a performance standpoint, and were turned on a week earlier than the initial start date to begin analyzing storms that could soon develop into hurricanes.
Linux a major player in leading supercomputers
A recent release from SUSE indicated that approximately one-third of all of the top 100 supercomputers on the TOP500 list are using the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server operating system, establishing a working foundation for increased use of high-performance computing technology in the enterprise. Meike Chabowski, product marketing manager for Enterprise Linux Servers at SUSE, explained that the increased Linux use among top supercomputers points to the rising trend toward new focuses in supercomputing. In particular, efforts are shifting toward the creation of more productive machines that are ideal for the technical enterprise niche.
“The next step in supercomputing is to move from high performance to high productivity, and our partners like SGI, Cray and Teradata are helping to lead these advancements,” said Chabowski. “Linux will continue to be an integral part of these revolutionary machines.”
Cray documentary premieres in Chippewa Falls
The town of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, was permanently transformed when Cray Research initially settled in the region in the middle of the 20th century. The company has since expanded into many forms up this point, where it currently operates as Cray Inc. A documentary memorializing Cray’s impact on the local community and detailing the company’s role as a technology leader recently aired at the Hyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls, and was attended by approximately 300 viewers, the Chippewa Herald reported.
According to the news source, the film was able to capture the memories of some of the people who played a critical role in helping Cray become the organization it is today.