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Schedule: November 12-18th 2005
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Single System Image Cluster Computing

Session: BoF-37

Event Type: BOF

Time: 12:15pm - 1:15pm

Speaker(s): Stephen Lucien Scott

Location: 608-609


To achieve peta-scale computing, it is anticipated that future systems will require 100,000’s of processors working in concert. The overwhelming size and complexity of such a system will require a computing environment that addresses the scalability of the file system, network, programming environment, and operating system. The architecture, out of practical necessity, will be that of a clustered system. While today there are numerous types of clusters and perhaps as many diverse cluster environments, none scale well to this level of complexity. Unfortunately, even today, clusters present scaling challenges. What is needed is a better way to deal with the complexity issues – to abstract away the complexity from the application and the system. One such answer to the abstraction question is provided by scalable Single System Image (SSI) clustering. This BoF will include speakers from the leading SSI cluster solutions including SCYLD, Kerrighed, and OpenSSI.

Chair/Speaker Details:

Stephen Lucien Scott
Oak Ridge National Laboratory