September 8th, 2009 1:10 am
Posted by Ian Miller
Tags: clsuter, Cray, CX1, ICR, operating system
For hardware vendors, certification is generally considered a real pain. It places additional burdens on us as we bring our products to market. However, that doesn’t mean there aren't ways to ease the pain.
As Cray discovered, the Intel Cluster Ready (ICR) certification program provided real benefits to us and our customers. It gave us a proven protocol for testing and retesting our products to ensure that the entire system (from the hardware to the operating system stack) was healthy. In our first release of the Cray CX1, we discovered that parts of the system stack were in fact not in tip-top shape. The Intel team worked closely with us to diagnose the problem and find the remedy.
What this meant for our customers was a healthy system - right out of the box. ICR is like a system-level checkup that helps us find and fix potential issues before our customers do. Our goal is to deliver the easiest and most productive HPC experience and we consider ICR an ally in that mission.
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