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  1. IBM offers free grid access (2 messages)

    IBM has begun offering developers access to IBM servers in a grid environment as a way to lure developers into writing apps that run on IBM hardware and software, as well as pushing its "grid" initiative into hearts and minds everywhere.

    As reported in a ZDNet article,
    The program will serve as a showcase for IBM's grid technologies and the company's on-demand initiative. Grid computing links pools of computers, storage devices and networks to help companies more efficiently manage workloads and computing systems by tapping resources as they're needed.

    IBM said the program targets software makers developing programs for small and medium-size businesses. Developers can log onto Big Blue's Virtual Loaner Program and schedule access to one or more IBM servers for up to 14 days. The process takes less than two hours to complete, and developers can expand capacity as needed, IBM said.
    Read the full article for more details.
  2. How is this related to Java?[ Go to top ]

    By the way, any one know of any MPI package written in pure Java (not C/C++ wrapped with Java)?
  3. How is this related to Java?[ Go to top ]

    By the way, any one know of any MPI package written in pure Java (not C/C++ wrapped with Java)?
    Reasons why that hasn't happened:

    1) Java sucks at numerics.
    2) Numeric grid is usually synonomous with homogeneous Linux (eg, Beowulf).
    3) Non-numeric grid apps are generally encouraged to use WSDL for chatter.
    4) Computational grids (eg, Condor, Globus) make it so easy to do a federated application launch that aggregate MPI launch has no advantage.
    5) MPI is notoriously unreliable, so if a single node fails (to launch or complete), then the entire MPI federation fails. (There's a very experimental MPI variant not widely known that can restart a federation).