Two Routes To C On Supercomputers

    May 18, 2006
    WebProNews Staff

Both routes to programming in C on supercomputers will move through Silicon Graphics, as SGI works with a couple of firms to promote its blade hardware.

Silicon Graphics has been negotiating its way through the bankruptcy court, as the long-time name in graphic development workstations tries for a resurgence. They have begun emphasizing the Reconfigurable Application-Specific Computing (RASC) RC100 blade hardware, and working with a couple of firms to promote it.

Celoxica of Oxfordshire, UK, recently announced support for the RC100 blade with its DK Design Suite and libraries. With those tools, the RC100 blades can be programmed directly by the end user to accelerate custom C software algorithms.

Also, Celoxica said its environment will speeds and simplifies the programming of FPGA devices, and accelerate high-performance computing applications by orders of magnitude.

Celoxica’s library for the RASC RC100 provides C-language calls to access all the SGI core functions, registers, memories and debug resources. The DK Design Suite compiles these software functions and user algorithms directly to hardware.

The Mitrionics firm is supposed to be part of a US and European workshop tour with Silicon Graphics starting next week in Paris. Those workshops will focus on educating scientists, researchers, and software developers on the Mitrion-C programming language for FPGAs.

A statement at Electronicstalk said the workshops will be free of charge, and will show attendees how to develop and implement applications built in Mitrion-C on the RC100 blade platform.

At press time, the website for Mitrionics was unavailable. We were unable to reach a contact at SGI for confirmation about the planned tour. The Electronicstalk site posted the statement about the workshops on May 18th, but readers interested in it should watch SGI’s website for an update and more details.

UPDATE!: We heard from a Mitrionics spokesperson who confirmed the tour will indeed take place. The company is working on the website problem too.


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David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.