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Commodity Software

Commodity hardware is the norm in HPC. What about commodity software?

Rummaging through the HPC attic, I found some more material for my HPC Master Series. These are editorials written by the HPC leaders and pioneers for ClusterWorld Magazine. In case you missed it, I have already posted Beowulf in Chrysalis by Tom Sterling and The Grid by Ian Foster. Good stuff and worth reading at any time.

This week I want to add an excellent piece by Bill Gropp on Commodity Software. For those that don’t know, Bill and his crew at Argonne National Lab, have brought us the likes of MPICH, MPICH2, and PVFS2. In 2007, Bill left Argonne to join the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as the Paul and Cynthia Saylor Professor in the Department of Computer Science.

Bill’s original editorial has the title Commodity Software? Is cluster software any good? an asks some very good questions. Reading it 5 years hence, there…

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