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HP open sources its virtualization toolkit

It is called "Parallel Compositing Library" and sits in the heart of the HPC cluster.

Parallel Compositing is an application programming interface developed by HP in collaboration with universities and other industry experts. Its purpose is to combine the unused graphics card capacity of a number of high-performance computers working together in a cluster to simplify the data sets created by computer simulations and other large data sets in such fields as pharmaceuticals, seismology, and medicine, said Small.

"One of the challenges in high-performance computing is visualizing the data sets, getting the horsepower to accomplish that," he said. "With parallel compositing, we're breaking up the work across all those [graphics cards] to use the processing power to work on the visualization of the data."

One user of the technology, cancer research center MD Anderson, spent $2.2 million with HP for a Linux-based HPC that uses Parellel Compositing for computer modeling and other research in bioinformatics, epidemiology and radiation treatments, Small said. HP, which touts Parallel Compositing as a cost-effective approach, is releasing the code to spur technology development around it.

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