European supercomputing gets boost from super-group TALOS
Heavyweights from the European computing sector came together recently to announce the launch of the TALOS alliance. TALOS is designed to spur innovation in European High-Performance Computing (HPC) solutions for large-scale computing systems. The alliance consists of major players in computing as well as nationally funded institutions, and its launch is expected to complement efforts associated with DG Research’s funding instrument, FP7. TALOS will encourage the development of more open and powerful technologies driving large-scale computing infrastructures and server networks.
The TALOS alliance is comprised of the French Atomic Energy Authority (CEA);
the German national High Performance Computing Center (HPC), Stuttgart (HLRS),
a part of the University of Stuttgart; Bull, a leading European IT company; Quadrics,
a member of one of Europe’s largest technology companies; and Intel, the world
leader in silicon chip innovation.
|The Linux open operating system (in red) is most popular for supercomputers.
CEA and Bull have a successful track-record of developing computers with dizzying
amounts of power. At the 2006 International Supercomputer Conference (ISC2006)
held in Dresden, Germany, Tera 10, a supercomputer installed at the CEA developed
on Bull servers and run with Intel processors, was ranked as the most powerful
computer in Europe and the fifth most powerful in the world. Tera 10 is the fastest
computer running on Linux, the open architecture software.
At ISC2006, Michel Lepert, Bull’s General Manager of Products and Systems
activities, commented on the use of open source software. "Tera 10’s position,
as the number one supercomputer in Europe and fifth in the world, confirms Bull’s
strategy to concentrate on industry-standard, open technologies," a sentiment
that will continue to be true under TALOS alliance.
TALOS will attempt to coordinate its research efforts in line with other current development strategies, in particular FP7, whenever possible. The alliance is designed as an open network of HPC players and hopes to grow by adding new members with the demands of the market. According to the alliance, its main objectives will be to meet the needs of large-scale computing systems in Europe and management of very high volumes of structured data.
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