Feeds

10,000 cities, 1 salesman, 6 nodes: It's LittleFe cluster CRUNCH TIME

Slippery Rock races against clock on final day of mini-cluster match

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

SC12 Video It was the last day of last week’s SC12 Student Cluster Competition, and Pennsylvania university students Team Slippery Rock chatted to us during the LittleFe battle. In this competition track, teams of university students (plus a high school team) pushed their six-node LittleFe mini-iron to the limit, attempting to find the best solution to a 10,000-city Travelling Salesman* problem.

It’s clear in the video that the Slippery Rock students aren’t exactly thrilled with being interrupted on the final day of the fight. But halfway through the two-minute video, one of the team members figures I’ll go away quicker if he tells me something, so he discusses some of the challenges they faced in the competition and how they handled them.

Banter aside, Team Slippery Rock did a great job in the competition. They didn’t win it all, but they turned in the best interview with the judges, meaning they did the best job at explaining the problem and their approach to ferreting out a solution. ®

* A computationally complex problem: Given a list of cities and their pairwise distances, the task is for the salesman to travel the shortest possible route, visiting each city only one time and then returning to the origin city. Much, much harder than it sounds.

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.