Agency cluster use may double in two years

Agencies plan to double the number of high-performance computing clusters they use over the next two years, according to a new survey.

The survey was conducted on behalf of a hardware manufacturer by John Payne, who runs the consulting business JLP Associates of Saratoga, Calif.

Although Payne would not reveal the name of the company that commissioned the study, he detailed some of his findings at a recent meeting of the Baltimore-Washington Beowulf User Group.

Payne surveyed 45 organizations, including 20 government agencies, that collectively run about 400 different systems. These organizations plan to increase the number of systems they run to just under 800, Payne said. The 80,000 processors this group now collectively deploys would double to 160,000 within two years.

The systems'all clusters'range in size from 32 nodes to as many as 2,000 processors.

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Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

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