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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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MPI Forum: What’s Next?

February 28, 2013 at 11:27 pm PST

Now that we’re just starting into the MPI-3.0 era, what’s next?

The MPI Forum is still having active meetings.  What is left to do?  Isn’t MPI “done”?

Nope.  MPI is an ever-changing standard to meet the needs of HPC.  And since HPC keeps changing, so does MPI.

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Ain’t your father’s TCP

February 15, 2013 at 5:00 am PST

TCP?  Who cares about TCP in HPC?

More and more people, actually.  With the commoditization of HPC, lots of newbie HPC users are intimidated by special, one-off, traditional HPC types of networks and opt for the simplicity and universality of Ethernet.

And it turns out that TCP doesn’t suck nearly as much as most (HPC) people think, particularly on modern servers, Ethernet fabrics, and powerful Ethernet NICs.

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