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OpenHPC Releases Initial Software Stack and Establishes Leadership

Open source high performance computing effort inclusive of world’s leading academic universities, government labs and hardware vendors SAN FRANCISCO – June 16, 2016 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit advancing professional open source management for mass collaboration, today is announcing technical, leadership and member investment milestones for OpenHPC, a Linux Foundation project to develop an open source framework for High Performance Computing (HPC) environments.

While HPC is often thought of as a hardware-dominant industry, the software requirements needed to accommodate supercomputing deployments and large-scale modeling requirements is increasingly more demanding. An open source framework like OpenHPC promises to close technology gaps that hardware enhancements alone can’t address. Because open source software has proven its ability to reliably test and maintain operating conditions, it is quickly becoming the de facto software choice for the world’s most complex environments – meteorology, astronomy, engineering and nuclear physics, and big data science, among others.

The following organizations have shown their support for the OpenHPC open source framework as founding members of the project: Altair, Argonne National Laboratory, ARM, Atos, Avtech Scientific, Barcelona Supercomputing Center, CEA, Center for Research in Extreme Scale Technologies (Indiana University), Cineca Consorzio Interuniversitario, Cray, Inc., Dell, Fujitsu, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Intel, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ), Lenovo, Los Alamos National Security (LANS), ParTec Cluster Computing Center, the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, RIKEN, Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), SGI, SUSE, and Univa.

“The OpenHPC community has quickly paved a path of collaborative development that is highly inclusive of stakeholders invested in HPC-optimized software,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director, The Linux Foundation. “To see OpenHPC members include the world’s leading computing labs, universities, and hardware experts, illustrates how open source unites the world’s leading technologists to share technology investments that will shape the next 30+ years of computing.”

OpenHPC 1.1 Now Available

OpenHPC is intended to provide a mid-stream building block open source code repository that integrates and tests third-party software available as a distribution. Users can then customize HPC solutions by choosing components based on environment needs. The latest software release, OpenHPC 1.1, is now available for download. This initial software stack includes over 60 packages, including tools and libraries, as well as provisioning, a job scheduler and more. The complete list is available on the project GitHub page.

Community Leadership Established

Committed to open and transparent collaborative development that is inclusive of cross-industry technical needs, OpenHPC Technical Steering Committee (TSC) and Governing Board members span academic, government labs and hardware organizations. The TSC will oversee technical direction and code contributions for the project while the Governing Board is responsible for operational efficiency, budgetary oversight, establishing IP policies, and marketing.

For those interested in contributing code or providing technical insights, the OpenHPC community provides mailing lists for questions issues or community announcements. To subscribe, please visit: http://www.openhpc.community/support/mail-lists/. For more information about OpenHPC or to become a member, please visit www.openhpc.community.

About The Linux Foundation

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