Developer's Release of Linux Cluster Software to Debut at Linux
ORNL, NCSA team with six industry leaders to create
'supercomputer on a CD'
OAK RIDGE TN/CHAMPAIGN IL, January 25, 2001--Software that will
make configuring and maintaining a Linux cluster like installing commercial
software from a CD will be demonstrated by Intel at next week's Linux
World Conference in New York. In addition, IBM will discuss this software,
called Open Source Cluster Applications
Resources (OSCAR) in a presentation at IBM's Linux World booth.
OSCAR is ready for distribution to experienced cluster computing
professionals as a developer's release. A full release of OSCAR for
the wider cluster computing community will be ready in the near
OSCAR is being developed by the Open Cluster Group
, a collaboration among major
research centers and technology companies led by Oak Ridge National
Laboratory (ORNL), the University of Illinois' National Center for
Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), IBM and Intel. Other
collaborators in the Open Cluster Group are Dell, SGI, MSC.Software,
and Veridian. Members of NCSA's
cluster development team will assist with the demo at Linux World.
Dell will provide the equipment for the demo.
"This software is a big step in the process of making clusters a
simpler, more accessible computing technology for the user community," said Rob
Pennington, director of computing and communications at NCSA and head
of the center's cluster development efforts. "When our first public
version of OSCAR is released in a few weeks, it will make it possible to build
clusters quickly and easily using commodity hardware."
OSCAR is being developed as a complete Linux cluster infrastructure
that allows users to set up a parallel Linux supercomputing cluster in a
matter of hours. The tools included in OSCAR are all community accepted,
tested, and configured to work together. Without OSCAR, each of these tools
would need to be installed, tested, and configured separately--a process
that can take days. Included in the package are Portable Batch System (PBS),
which queues computing jobs for running on a cluster, Parallel Virtual
Machine (PVM), which allows parallel applications to run on clusters, MPICH, a
tool that allows Message Passing Interface (MPI) codes to run on many
high-end computing systems, and Cluster Command and Control (C3), a suite of
tools to simplify the use and administration of clusters.
"Commodity cluster computing is no longer just for technical experts;
the simplicity of OSCAR opens the doors to the general public," said Al
Geist, head of the heterogeneous distributed computing group at ORNL.
"Participation by IBM, Intel, and other vendors in the OSCAR cluster
software effort plays a key role in public acceptance."
The developer's version of OSCAR supports Linux clusters using Intel
IA-32 processors. The subsequent full release of OSCAR will also support the
IA-32 processor with support for Intel's new Itanium (tm) processor to
follow in summer 2001.
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facility operated by UT-Battelle. Funding for ORNL is provided by the
Mathematical, Information, and Computational Sciences (MICS) Division
the Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (OASCR) of the US
Department of Energy (DOE). For more information, see
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site for the National Computational Science Alliance. NCSA is a leader
in the development and deployment of cutting-edge high-performance
computing, networking, and information technologies. The National Science
Foundation, the state of Illinois, the University of Illinois, industrial partners,
and other federal agencies fund NCSA. For more information visit
The National Computational Science Alliance is a partnership to
prototype an advanced computational infrastructure for the 21st century and
includes more than 50 academic, government and industry research partners from
across the United States. The Alliance is one of two partnerships
funded by the National Science Foundation's Partnerships for Advanced
Computational Infrastructure (PACI) program, and receives cost-sharing at partner
institutions. NSF also supports the National Partnership for Advanced
Computational Infrastructure (NPACI), led by the San Diego
Supercomputer Center. For more information see
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