[Beowulf] Open source and the Draft Report of the Task Force on High Performance Computing
prentice.bisbal at rutgers.edu
Thu Aug 28 06:50:10 PDT 2014
You didn't read the full sentence. The keyword is 'commercial' (I added
> There has been very little open source that has made its way into broad use
> within the HPC COMMERCIAL community where great emphasis is placed on
> serviceability and security
This shouldn't be news to most of us. In the commercial world, it seems a lot of managers want to pay for commercial software so they can call/blame/sue someone when something goes wrong with the software. This is why Red Hat Enterprise Linux exists.
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On 08/28/2014 08:26 AM, Gavin W. Burris wrote:
> Hi, Bill.
> This is perplexing...
> So, the Linux kernel and supporting tools that make the operating system aren't
> being factored in here? The compiler? The libraries? If "very little open
> source" has "made its way into broad use within HPC," what OS are the majority
> running if not Linux? This seem to be greatly uninformed, or pushing an
> agenda. The only way I can see this excerpt as even remotely true would be if
> you applied a very narrow survey to a specific application set. But that
> narrow view does not apply to a full operational stack or all of HPC in
> general! I'm baffled, because this does not jive with my lay of the land.
> On 07:29PM Wed 08/27/14 -0700, Bill Broadley wrote:
>> The URL:
>> One piece I found particularly interesting:
>> There has been very little open source that has made its way into broad use
>> within the HPC commercial community where great emphasis is placed on
>> serviceability and security. There is a better track record in data analytics
>> recently with map/reduce as a notable example. This is less of an issue for
>> universities or national laboratories but they represent no more than about
>> 10%-15% of all HPC usage. Of course, one cannot “force” the adoption of open
>> source but one should also not plan on it being a panacea to any ecosystem
>> shortcoming. A focus investment effort within universities could expand the
>> volume of open source and increase the chances that some of the software
>> output could become commercialized. It should be noted that the most
>> significant consumption of open source software is China and it is also the
>> case that the Chinese are rare contributors to open source as well.
>> Investments in open source or other policy actions to stimulate creation are
>> likely to produce a disproportionate benefit accruing to the Chinese.
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