Issue No. 10 - October (2005 vol. 38)
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MC.2005.349
Personal Supercomputer from Orion Multisystems
Orion Multisystems has released a Linux-based cluster workstation that fits under a desk and can be plugged into a standard power outlet. The DS-96 Deskside, stackable up to four systems, delivers a peak performance of 230 Gflops and lets individual researchers work on open source supercomputing applications without having to share large, costly backroom clusters.
The product boots 96 individual computers—each with its own 1.2-GHz x86 processor, chipset, memory, optional disk drive, and networking capability—as one system using a single on/off switch. It features a Gigabit Ethernet backplane with various 10-Gbit uplink options for ultrahigh bandwidth and massive data needs, up to 192 Gbytes memory, and up to 9.6 Tbytes storage capacity.
For more information, see www.orionmulti.com.
Team Management System Gets Upgrade
Alexsys Corp. has revamped its multiuser project management system. Alexsys Team 2 tracks action items, project tasks, product features and defects, service requests, help desk cases, ISO 9000 issues, and more via a highly customizable and expandable interface. Optional Web-based products provide remote online access and improved customer support.
Team 2 Standard comes with its own relational database, while Team-SQL is compatible with Microsoft SQL Server 7.0/2000, Oracle 8.05/8i/9i, and MySQL 4.1.2 or above. Both versions work with Windows 95/98/ME and NT/2000/XP. Add-on products include Team-Web—which lets users simultaneously access Team 2 using a browser via the Internet, an intranet, or a dialup connection—and Team WebEntry, which enables the creation of Web pages for nonteam members to enter work requests.
New features include multiple work request forms, MS Outlook integration, more fields, a searchable Knowledge Base, time recording, Web-based lookup table editing, improved SQL performance, custom drop-down menus, group-level access control, and spell checking for multiple languages and disciplines.
Visit visit www.alexcorp.com for a free trial version.
Online Resource for Embedded Linux Developers
LinuxLink from TimeSys Corp. is a Web-based resource for "roll-your-own" embedded system developers who want to create their own custom Linux platform from open source components. LinuxLink subscriptions deliver validated and ready-to-use components, information, tools, and technology from semiconductor manufacturers, the open source community, and TimeSys for nearly 50 processor architectures from Freescale, Intel, MIPS, and ARM.
The LinuxLink Access Plan, which costs $3,000 per year, entitles subscribers to continuously updated content feeds related to a specific target processor as well as optional feeds relevant to features required by their embedded design. The LinuxLink Development Plan provides developers with access to TimeSys online and offline development, test, and build systems.
For more information, visit www.timesys.com/linuxlink.
Open Source Java Applications Stack
SourceLabs' SASH Stack for Java integrates four popular open source application frameworks—Apache Struts, Apache Axis, the Spring Framework, and Hibernate—into a coherent, tested, and supported software stack for developing and deploying enterprise Web applications. The product, which is undergoing certification, integrates a lightweight, easy-to-program container, a Web user interface framework, a dependable and interoperable Web services stack, and easy and efficient database access.
Download the latest version of SASH Stack for Java at www.sourcelabs.com/SASHStack.htm.
Big Blue Grid Computing
IBM's new Grid and Grow is a packaged set of software, hardware, and services designed to help companies of all sizes develop and deploy grid computing solutions. Its scalable architecture lets customers gradually expand to larger, more robust grid implementations.
Built using the company's BladeCenter platform, Grid and Grow runs on Red Hat and Novell SUSE Linux, Windows, and AIX 5L. Featured grid schedulers include Altair PBS Professional, DataSynapse GridServer, Platform LSF, and IBM LoadLeveler. Customers receive expertise from IBM Global Services for application assessment, grid scheduler installation, tuning, testing, and client training.
Additional information is available at www.ibm.com/grid.