Formally the Baltimore-Washington Beowulf User Group

Next BWBUG Meeting:


April 10th 2:30 to 5:00 PM Bill Silva of Microsoft will speak at Georgetown University.
Meeting Location: 3300 Whitehaven Street, Washington DC 20007. (this is NOT at the main Georgetown U campus. This is an off campus building one block from Wisconsin avenue).

The dial in number for the meeting today is 1-888-296-6500 your guest code is: 435 588

Microsoft Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003

 For customers solving complex computational problems, Microsoft Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 accelerates time-to-insight by providing a High-Performance Computing (HPC) platform that is simple to deploy, operate, and integrate with existing infrastructure and tools. Prescriptive setup procedures simplify network configuration, remote loading of nodes using Remote Installation Services, node configuration, and security setup.  The integrated Job Scheduler can be accessed via command-line interface, or through several API’s is provided for submitting and managing cluster workloads.  The job console allows you to manage jobs in much the same fashion that you queue and manage print jobs today.  Active Directory integration provides end-to-end user and security management while the Microsoft Management Console supports extensible snap-ins and integration with Microsoft Operations Manager.

Bill is the manager of Microsoft’s Federal High Performance Computing business, based in the Washington, DC area. Bill’s High Performance Computing background includes executive level management positions ranging from venture capital start-ups such as the SIMD massively parallel pioneer Wavetracer, to Floating Point Systems and Bolt Beranek and Newman (BBN), to work on the development team at Digital Equipment Corporation on the VAX 9000 Vector Processor, as well as managing the technology transfer program at the DARPA sponsored Center for High Performance Computing, Worcester Polytechnic Institute


Introduction to Beowulf Administering at Georgetown University

Our next class in January 2007. Registration is now open.

Georgetown University’s Advanced Research Computing, in cooperation with the Baltimore Washington Beowulf User Group, is pleased to announce “Introduction to Beowulf Administering,” the first course in the High Performance and High Throughput Computing Series. This introductory course is geared toward Linux/Unix system administrators who want to learn how to design, build, and maintain Beowulf Clusters. For more course details and registration information, see the URL below or contact Jess Cannata directly.

Taking a Fresh Look at Scalable, Ultra-Fast Computing

December 5, The Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, DC

You are Invited to this Complimentary Executive Seminar

Traditionally, high-performance computing (HPC) has been the domain of the computer scientist, the research lab and a limited user group demanding unprecedented computational capability.

However, today the need to collect, process and analyze terabytes of data reach beyond the confines of real-time intelligence, modeling weather patterns, deciphering genomes and running flight simulators. An
increasing number of agencies have a need for the cutting-edge capabilities of scalable, ultra-fast computing.

Attend this Seminar and Learn

  • How government organizations are evaluating and deploying scalable, ultra-fast computing to meet growing requirements for analysis and modeling that reach well beyond recognized high-performance computing requirements
  • How the public sector is leveraging the price/performance potential of scalable, ultra-fast computing for data mining, customer relationship management (CRM), predictive and statistical analysis, business intelligence, large databases and more about the technology creating opportunities across government, including enhanced Commercial-of-the-Shelf (COTS) tools, which can be applied for faster, more energy-efficient computing

Take away best practices and lessons learned on how you can reconsider HPC strategies for your computing environment, with proven cases from a variety of government sectors.

Space is limited!

Reserve your seat today and enter the new year with a fresh perspective on ultra-fast, scalable computing to meet your critical agency mission and business requirements.

Your Registration Includes:

  • Networking breakfast
  • Admission to all sessions
  • Executive Seminar materials

For more information, visit the website or view the schedule.

Space is limited.

Register Today!

BWBUG and BayBUG are joining forces at SC2006 — Meeting at 4:00 to 5:30 PM Wednesday Nov 14th in Tampa

Join us for a combined East and West Coast Beowulf Users Groups Meeting.

WHEN: Wednesday November 14th, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

TOPIC: Panel discussion on The Commercialization of Open Source – for better or

Moderator: Doug Eadline, Editor in Chief of Cluster Monkey


  • Donald Becker, CTO of Penguin Computing, Beowulf cluster co-inventor
  • Thomas Sterling, Faculty Associate, Center for Advanced ComputingResearch, California Institute of Technology (Caltech) Beowulf cluster co-inventor
  • Mike Fitzmaurice, HPC Technologist at GTSI Corp.

WHERE: Rock-N-Sports Bar and Grille, 1811 N. 15th Street, Ybor City/Tampa, FL

HOW: Take the trolley ($2) from the Tampa Convention Center. Get off at the first stop, 16th St. & 8th Ave., and you’ll be right across from the bar. (The trolley runs until 10:00 p.m.)

After the meeting the BeoBASH will begin

SC2006 BeoBash

All of the BWBUG members attending SC06 in Tampa are invited to the BeoBash which used to be called the Beowulf Bash.

Join Beowulf co-inventor Donald Becker, developers and fellow technologists for drinks and catch up with old friends as we celebrate continued innovation in Linux cluster design and thank the HPC community that has made Linux clustering what it is today!

WHEN: Tuesday November 14th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

WHERE: Rock-N-Sports Bar and Grille, 1811 N. 15th Street, Corner of 8th Ave. & 15th St., Ybor City/Tampa, FL

WHAT: Drinks and Appetizers

Learn more at

BWBUG Meeting: October 17, 2006 2:30-5:00 PM

“Eliminating Complexity in Creating HPC/Computing/Networking Platforms”

SPEAKER: Larry Genovesi, CEO, Terascala

LOCATION: iLab – 460 Springpark Place Suite 900 Herndon, Virginia 20170


Terascala has designed a powerful, low-cost blade platform for high-density computing, storage, and networking elements. The Terascala Blade Cluster family provides new levels of configuration flexibility and a fully-integrated blade management system for lights-out monitoring and management of clusters of all sizes. Innovative power designs reduce heat generation while increasing density to meet the environmental needs of large datacenter installations. This presentation will discuss design goals and trade-offs in the creation of this architecture for high performance computing.


Larry Genovesi is Terascala’s CEO. A founder of Ammasso, Larry was CEO there from 2002 until 2004. From 1989 until 2001, Genovesi led Network Engines as president, chief executive officer, and chief technology officer, responsible for the vision of the company and its products, as well as day-to-day operations and its successful IPO. Prior to joining Network Engines, Larry was founder and president of New England Interconnection Devices, a cable interconnect provider. Earlier in his career Larry held a variety of senior technical positions at Microsystems International, CPU Computer Corporation, and Digital Equipment Corporation.


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