THE LINUX FOUNDATION has launched its latest initiative to bring the tech sector closer together. This time, its sights are set on supercomputing or high-performance computing (HPC) if you're not into the whole brevity thing.
Cray, Dell, Fujitsu, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Intel, Lenovo, SUSE and a whole bunch of universities and research facilities are among the founding members of the OpenHPC Collaborative Project (OHPCCP), which aims to standardise the particular coding practices required in supercomputing - an area dominated by Linux, which powers 97 percent of the world's bad-ass number-crunchers.
The scheme will consist of upstream project components, tools, and interconnections to enable a reliable, standardised yet customisable software stack. Integrated and validated HPC components will be made available by the community, to the community, in a framework agnostic setting.
As well as making life easier for everyone involved in HPC, offering a stable environment for testing and validation with bug tracking and collaboration tools, there's also a significant cost benefit to joining forces in a field that requires a lot more than loose change from behind the sofa.
Cray, the granddaddy of HPC, is the latest to join the scheme. Steve Scott, their senior vice president and chief tech officer, said: "We believe OpenHPC will deliver efficiency benefits to supercomputing center administrators and programmers, as well as the researchers and scientists that use our systems every day.
"The open-source community continues to play an important role for Cray, and as part of this effort we plan to open-source components of our industry-leading software environment to OpenHPC."
OpenHPC members will work together to ensure the stability of the software stack, but also develop a flexible framework with infinite possibility for configuration, providing a group of stable and compatible components that are constantly validated and tested. Anything is up for grabs, but in a way that allows anything to be substituted for a third-party alternative if that's appropriate to the use case. µ
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