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Advances in clustering technology have redefined the price-to-performance curve for many High Performance Computing (HPC) application areas. The use of specialized high-speed interconnects and fast commodity processors have pushed the envelope to where it is today. Not all applications need this level of hardware (and cost) to achieve leading-edge price to performance. Indeed, there have been several technological advances that may invite a step back from the traditional edge-of-technology approach to HPC clustering. These advances include the following developments: Introduction of low-cost high-performance multi-core processors Introduction of high-density motherboards and packaging solutions Introduction of optimized Linux Gigabit Ethernet performance Of particular importance is the fact that these advances are in the commodity sector where high demand and econ... (more)

Open Cloud Battle Hots Up: Eucalyptus Snags $30M

"Over the last year, Eucalyptus has solidified its lead as the most widely deployed private cloud software platform and the leader in hybrid architectures," said Mårten Mickos, CEO of Eucalyptus Systems, as Eucalyptus today announced an oversubscribed $30 million Series C round of funding led by Institutional Venture Partners (IVP). "We are rapidly expanding operations to meet the needs of advanced cloud deployments by customers and partners worldwide. This funding will help us move even faster in a rapidly growing cloud market," Mickos added. Mårten Mickos at 9th Cloud Expo in Silicon Valley; he is speaking at 10th Cloud Expo too [New York City, 11-14 June] Existing investors, including Benchmark Capital, BV Capital, and New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Inc., also joined the round, which will be used to drive product innovation, sales, and customer support. To date, ... (more)

SCO CEO Says He Will Donate His IP to Open Source if Infringement Claims Prove Untrue

It's Red Hat's worst nightmare. The SCO Group, which owns Unix and is suing IBM for a billion dollars for IP infringement, has sent a letter to the CEO and to the chairman of the audit committee of all the public companies in the Fortune 1000 and the Global 500 claiming that Linux is an unauthorized derivative of Unix and that using it may involve them in a "legal liability." The last thing Red Hat, IBM, and the rest of the Linux peddlers need right now, when Linux is at a delicate stage in its transfiguration into an enterprise operating system, is the enterprise sitting there worrying that it'll get sued if it touches the stuff. Lest SCO appear "disingenuous," SCO said, it's going to stop selling Linux itself "until the issues surrounding Linux intellectual property and the attendant risks are better understood and properly resolved." In SCO's case that means it's... (more)

Hamachi's on the Menu, But It's Slim Pickings

Novell is planning to release Nterprise Linux Services 1.0, aka Hamachi, aka Yellowtail, the integrated package of file, print, messaging, directory and management services it salvaged from NetWare and put on Red Hat and SUSE LINUX, in December, but it's not expecting much from the thing by way of revenues. At least that's what Novell CEO Jack Messman told analysts Thursday. Messman said the company, which continues to rack up losses and whose revenues are depressed, doesn't expect to make much money off the kit until the second version hits late next summer. "That's when we’ll see a significant uptick in revenue from the network services on Linux," he predicted. Novell vice-chairman Chris Stone expects NLS 2.0, which is code named Maguro, aka Tuna, to roll out around May or June. "We're exploring ways to speed up this introduction," Messman said. Stone said Groupw... (more)

'Intel Security is Broken & Can't Be Fixed': Green Hills

Dan O'Dowd, the founder and CEO of 22-year-old RTOS house Green Hills Software, who thinks Linux is the work of the devil, has released his third white paper on why Linux is a security threat to US defense systems like the Future Combat System and Global Information Grid. The latest white paper is called "Linux Security: Unfit for Retrofit" and claims Linux' security limitations are "innate" and can't be "practically remedied." O'Dowd says, "There is no way to fix Linux to bring it up to the level of security that is required for national defense systems, a level that is already available in proprietary operating systems." O'Dowd shares his position with SCO Group CEO Darl McBride, who wrote to Congress expressing similar sentiments. O'Dowd says, "There is a widespread misconception that open source software inherently provides better security than proprietary softwa... (more)

SCO Accuses IBM of Ducking Court's Discovery Order

IBM is trying to shoot down SCO's $5 billion suit against it and get a summary judgment by claiming that it can't possibly infringe on SCO's IP because SCO's Unix copyrights are "invalid and unenforceable," a broad latecomer counterclaim SCO is fighting, describing it as a search for "sweeping immunity." IBM is trying to hang its defense on the contention that it doesn't "infringe, induce the infringement of, or contribute to the infringement of any SCO copyright through its Linux activities, including its use, reproduction and improvement of Linux, and that some or all of SCO's purported copyrights in Unix are invalid and unenforceable." SCO claims IBM is afraid of SCO's breach of contract case and is trying to shift the point of contention between them to copyright infringement, a charge SCO made only because IBM continued to distribute AIX and Dynix after SCO t... (more)

New AMD Program: Help with Your Opterons, Lady?

"Is Carly Toast Yet?" - Maureen O'Gara on HP's Fiorina, Three Years On AMD has set up subscription-based Professional Design Support Service Program at its Boston Design Center to help people with their AMD64 designs, everything from embedded systems through clients to HPC servers.   It’s supposed to give clients access to AMD’s top engineering talent as well as reference designs.   It’s offering Web-based issue tracking and step-by-step handholding.   AMD got Cray, not exactly a slouch at design, to say AMD’s expertise on the architecture’s Hyper Transport technology was “critical” in reducing the development time and getting the Cray XD1 to market. ... (more)

"Microsoft Hates Lawyers More Than Most Companies," Says Linus Torvalds

“I’m not that concerned about the threat of Microsoft enforcing patents against Linux," said Linus Torvalds recently in an interview. "I think their mode of operation isn’t through the legal system. I think they hate lawyers more than most companies. They’ve been on the receiving end. Ballmer and Gates have pride in the fact that their competition may have tried to crush them with legal wars, but they overcame. I think they would have a hard time using legal tactics. They would be ashamed.” ... (more)

Red Hat Sells More, Makes Less

Red Hat trotted out its new CFO Charlie Peters - you know, the "big company" dude it's been praying for - for the first time Monday for its quarterly conference call with Wall Street and his debut was not exactly what anyone would call an auspicious beginning, since Mr. Peters declined to answer any questions of any substance - particularly on the sensitive subject of ASPs. He begged off by saying he's only been at Red Hat for four weeks. Evidently it takes more than four weeks to find out what the company's installed base is. Mr. Peters' arrival at Red Hat was supposed to reduce the uncertainty that Red Hat engendered some months ago by botching the departure of its old CFO and having to restate several years worth of results. So far he hasn't had that effect. Red Hat came up light of the stock market's expectations on the revenue side for the quarter it was report... (more)

Microsoft & Citrix Cross-License

A few days before Christmas, Microsoft cut a five-year patent cross-licensing deal with Citrix, assuring Citrix of continued access to Windows Server code into the next-generation Longhorn timeframe. Microsoft has promised a Longhorn beta later this year and the widgetry is supposed to include new Terminal Server technology code named Bearpaw rumored to threaten Citrix. The new arrangement apparently de-claws Bearpaw probably because Citrix has promised not to put its MetaFrame technology on Linux servers. For its part, Microsoft, of course, is on a new patent cross-licensing kick. It's done a patent deals with Autodesk, Cisco, SAP and Siemens and reportedly has another dozen irons in the fire. The new arrangement with Citrix, which replaces one set to expire in May, also includes a new technology collaboration agreement to tighten up the integration between Windows... (more)

Wind River Launches Trade-In Program For Companies Shipping Devices Running MontaVista Linux

Wind River Systems announced a new trade-in program for device manufacturers currently shipping devices running MontaVista Linux products. The Wind River MontaVista Trade-In Program offers a safe migration strategy for companies that commit to developing their next project on a Wind River device software platform. By opting into the new program, MontaVista Software customers have a safe migration path to the device software industry’s leading commercial grade Linux platforms including access to Wind River’s world-class support and professional services. Wind River's trade-in program gives MontaVista's customers a bullet-proof way to bring their current projects onto the device software industry’s only commercial grade Linux platform," said John Bruggeman, chief marketing officer, Wind River. "Wind River is committed to delivering Linux-based DSO pl... (more)

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