HP beefs up high-performance cluster


HP adds to Unified Cluster 

HP announced the availability of enhancements to its high-performance computing portfolio.

The HP Unified Cluster Portfolio now includes a certified original equipment manufacturer version of Microsoft Windows Compute Cluster Server (CCS) 2003 and a HP Cluster Management Utility option. Also available is HP Message Passing Interface on Windows CCS.

The certified OEM version of Windows CCS is fully integrated and supports HP ProLiant servers and HP BladeSystem solutions. It comes installed and tested on HP Cluster Platform and Cluster Platform Express configurations.

HP enhancements to CCS include custom installation scripts and documentation designed to greatly streamline deployment. Optional HP Message Passing Interface and Voltaire InfiniBand drivers offer increased scalability and performance in applications that require high-speed, low-latency communications. Using HP’s custom installation kit for Windows CCS, a customer can realistically expect to have a 64-node cluster deployed and up and running within two hours, the company said.

HP Message Passing Interface (HP-MPI), supports multi-protocol execution of MPI applications on clusters and provides a transparent implementation supporting a range of switch interconnects and processor and operating system architectures.

The HP Cluster Management Utility (CMU) is a tool for the management of HPC clusters and compute farms. A graphic interface enables centralized console management, monitoring of cluster-wide and node-specific metrics, and software installation. CMU enables provisioning and management of multiple images.


TestCenter deliverrs Layer 2-7 capabilities

Spirent Communications announced the shipment of a release of Spirent TestCenter that delivers Layer 2-7 testing capabilities up to 10GbE speeds. 

This release of Spirent TestCenter supports concurrent testing of routers, switches, access and Layer 4-7 devices on a single Gigabit Ethernet module. Spirent TestCenter tests a variety of next generation devices and networks. Spirent TestCenter supports up to six users per module and more than 20 users per chassis.

 Spirent TestCenter’s ability to accurately measure latency allows customers to characterize devices with single-digit microsecond forwarding latencies. Forwarding latency performance is a metric used by network equipment manufacturers to differentiate their devices in a highly competitive marketplace.


BuzzCast aims to boost subscriber loyalty

Volantis announced the availability of BuzzCast. This addition to the Volantis Suite of Mobile Content Applications pushes compelling information, such as financial news, sports and entertainment headlines, to any device – regardless of network or device type – personalized according to the unique preferences of each subscriber.

The information is displayed directly on the phone as a personalized home screen for each subscriber. BuzzCast allows consumers to shift their mobile data habits from the offline and passive review of pushed information to an environment of actively engaging with online value added services. This change results in consumers more easily and intuitively interacting with information displayed on their phone, according to the company.

BuzzCast delivers an experience appropriate to both the device and the receiving application. It supports the creation of a subscriber user interface for a range of technologies to suit the device strategy of many service providers, including support for Ajax, RSS Client, Flash, J2ME and native Symbian.

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