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Friday, September 26, 2008

HP Labs aims at exascale computing

EETimes - September 19, 2008 by R. Colin Johnson

PORTLAND, Ore. — Exascale data centers would harness farms of petaflop-caliber computers to achieve 1,000-fold increases over the world's fastest computers.

Hewlett-Packard Laboratories wants to lay the groundwork for exascale computing (an exaflop is equal to 1,000 petaflops) through a three-year grant to Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta) to develop Xen-based virtualization management software.

"Our work is designed to virtualize heterogeneous multi-core platforms that include general purpose cores, special purpose nodes like graphics accelerators and the management of tasks," said Karsten Schwan, a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology and director of its Experimental Research in Computer Systems. "We are extending the open source virtualization software, called Xen, for exascale computing."

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