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I CAN HAS MPI

April 1, 2013 at 5:01 am PST

The Cisco and Microsoft joint Cross-Animal Technology Project, a well-established player in the field of multi-species collaborative initiatives, is pleased to introduce its next project: a revolution in High Performance Computing (HPC): LOLCODE language bindings for the Message Passing Interface (MPI).

CATP believes that cats are natural predatory programmers.  Who better to take advantage of all the world’s spare, unused computing cycles than cats?  They’re at home when we’re not.  They’re clever, they can problem-solve, and they have lots of free time on their… paws.

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Latency Analogies

March 31, 2013 at 6:00 am PST

Multiple readers have told me that it is difficult for them to understand and/or visualize the effects of latency on their HPC applications, particularly in modern NUMA (non-uniform memory access) and NUNA (non-uniform network access) environments.

Let’s breaks down the different levels of latency in a typical modern server and network computing environments.

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Social media login no longer required for comments

March 25, 2013 at 5:00 am PST

A number of you complained when blogs.cisco.com switched to requiring a social medial login to leave comments.

It turns out that you were not alone.

Industry-wide, it seems that many people do not want to associate their personal Facebook/Twitter/etc. logins with work-related social media (i.e., this effect was seen at more than just Cisco).  The social media gurus here at Cisco have therefore dropped the social media login requirement in order to leave comments on Cisco blogs.

You can now leave blog comments in the same way you used to — just provide your name and email address.

Yay!

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EuroMPI 2013: papers due soon!

March 24, 2013 at 9:09 am PST

Consider this a public service announcement: don’t forget that EuroMPI 2013 papers are due soon!

EuroMPI 2013EuroMPI is the place to see where the documented standard of MPI hits reality, both in terms of implementations and applications.  Come talk to real implementors, real users, and hear about state-of-the art techniques and performance optimizations.

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MPI for mobile devices (or not)

March 12, 2013 at 1:13 pm PST

Every once in a while, the idea pops up again: why not use all the world’s cell phones for parallel and/or distributed computations? There’s gazillions of these phones — think of the computing power!

After all, an army of ants can defeat a war horse, right?

Well… yes… and no.

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