SC09 Conference - Portland

Dell was out in force at the SC09 conference in Portland, Oregon, for the world’s largest trade show focused on high performance computing (HPC) and supercomputing. The show kicked-off with some recognition from HPCWire, honoring Dell in the form of Editors’ Choice and Readers’ Choice Awards:

  • Readers’ Choice: Top Five Vendors to Watch: Dell
  • Editors’ Choice: Best HPC collaboration between government and industry for the "Hyperion" Project: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory with Dell, Intel, Supermicro, QLogic, Cisco, Mellanox, DataDirect Networks, Sun Microsystems, LSI and RedHat


SC09 attracts an estimated 10,000 attendees worldwide and featured a rousing keynote address by former vice president and Noble Prize winner Al Gore on environmental sustainability, highlighting HPC researchers as playing a key role in solving difficult climate challenges. The show allowed the HPC at Dell Team to demonstrate its commitment to the industry, meet with key customers and partners, and showcase Dell’s success in the market. Following are more Dell highlights from SC09.

DELL PARTNERS WITH CRAY, MICROSOFT BRINGING NEW TECHNICAL WORKSTATION TO MARKET
As the exclusive reseller of a powerful new Cray technical computing workstation running Microsoft Windows HPC Server 2008, Dell is ushering in a new era in HPC. Dubbed the Cray CX1-iWS™ (iWS standing for integrated workstation), the system combines the interactivity of a workstation with the scale-out performance of a cluster conveniently packaged in a deskside form factor.

"This solution will help bring HPC to an even wider community of scientists and researchers outside the walls of marquee labs and universities," said Frank Muehleman, vice president and manager of Dell's North American public-sector business. "Working with partners like Microsoft and Cray, we continue to enable customers to tackle some of society's biggest challenges using industry-standard technologies."

TOP 500
SC09 marked the latest update to the Top500, a list released twice annually featuring the world’s fastest computer systems in use today, based on the industry benchmark Linpack. Dell increased its presence on the Top500 list with 16 machines, with a combined performance of about 616 teraflops (or 616 trillion floating point operations per second) and a more than 85 thousand cores.

Brigham Young University’s Dell M610 supercomputing cluster was announced as having achieved the #2 spot in overall site efficiency (based on performance efficiency), finishing second to Sandia National Laboratory. Also, a student competition on cluster computing was held at SC09, and a student team using Dell computing hardware (chassis, blades, etc.) won first place in the Student Cluster Competition!

CUSTOMER PRESENTATIONS & COLLABORATION
As the leading convention for HPC, many Dell customers and partners traveled to Portland for the event. This allowed Dell scientists, engineers and business development managers to have collaborative meetings in planning for 2010 customer requirements. Many Dell customers also delivered case study and technical presentations in the Dell booth. A sampling of these presentations will be available for viewing in the next few weeks by visiting the HPCatDell Web site at http://www.delltechcenter.com/page/HPCC.

HPCatDell
One of the most exciting, albeit somewhat under the radar, items at SC09, was Dell’s ability to demonstrate its commitment to HPC through the success of its HPC customers, strong industry partnerships, and perhaps most importunately, the strength of the talent that is joining the HPC at Dell Team. Over the last several months, multiple HPC-industry veterans have joined Dell, with a variety of deep technical depth and end-user experience. Many of these new additions to Dell, will be regular contributors of blogs, technical articles and active members of the HPC community. To get the first look at new, meaningful and useful HPC content that will be produced by this group of HPC experts, follow the team on Twitter @HPCatDell