RENO, Nev., Nov. 13, 2007 – For the second year in a row, Interactive Supercomputing’s (ISC) Star-P™ software has won the HPCwire Editors’ Choice Award. Considered one of the most prestigious in the technical computing industry, the 2007 award was announced at the SC ‘07 conference in Reno, Nev., with Star-P winning the Best Price/Performance High Performance Computing (HPC) Software category.
The Editors’ Choice Award was determined by votes from an advisory group of recognized luminaries, contributors and editors in high performance computing. Star-P won the award thanks to its ability to make technical computing users work more productively and affordably with HPC systems, using Star-P’s parallel programming abstractions. This year, Star-P was extended to bring the speed and computational muscle of parallel computing beyond MATLAB® to a broader community using open source languages such as Python, and, soon, R.
Star-P enables users to code algorithms and models on their desktops using familiar mathematical software packages such as MATLAB, Python and R and run them instantly and interactively on large scale multi-core clusters. Star-P’s global memory management capability automatically handles all the complexities of executing the code on distributed shared memory architectures and, as a result, simplifies and links the complex parallel architecture to the desktop client as a single, interactive system with single partitioned global memory view.
Star-P eliminates the need to re-program applications in C, C++, Fortran or MPI in order to run on high performance computing servers. Reprogramming algorithms created in VHLLs to parallel versions without Star-P can take months to complete for large, complex problems, so Star-P yields dramatic improvements in parallel programming productivity while significantly cutting the labor costs of intensive research projects.
“Last year Star-P won the award for Most Significant New High Performance Computing Software, which was a fantastic honor and an important acknowledgment of our quest to bring the benefits of HPC to an increasingly broad community of analysts, scientists and engineers. This year’s award is even more rewarding because it validates the business value that Star-P brings to the worlds of scientific, engineering and financial services research,” said Bill Blake, ISC’s CEO.
About Interactive Supercomputing
Interactive Supercomputing (ISC) launched in 2004 to commercialize Star-P, an interactive parallel computing platform. With automatic parallelization and interactive execution of existing desktop simulation applications, Star-P merges two previously distinct environments – desktop computers and high performance servers – into one. Based in Waltham, Mass., the privately held company markets Star-P for a range of biomedical, financial, and government laboratory research applications.