May 5, 2011

Red Hat and University of Wisconsin Expand Technology Partnership and Cloud Leadership

The Center for High Throughput Computing (CHTC) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Becomes First Red Hat Center of Excellence Development Partner

UW-Madison CHTC Receives First Red Hat Cloud Leadership Award for Work on Human Genome and Other Projects

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that it has expanded its technology partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) to establish the Center for High Throughput Computing as the first Red Hat Center of Excellence Development Partner. In addition, Red Hat announced that it has recognized the UW-Madison CHTC as the first recipient of its Red Hat Cloud Leadership Award for its advancements in cloud computing based on the open source Condor project and Red Hat technologies.

Red Hat and UW-Madison first partnered in 2007 around the Center for High Throughput Computing when the organizations signed a strategic partnership to co-develop the Condor technologies to bring innovation from the research community to the enterprise. The goal of the CHTC has been to advance the state of the art and promote the adoption of technologies that support High Throughput Computing on large collections of distributively owned computing resources.

Building on the partnership with the UW-Madison, Red Hat also includes hardened Condor technology in its Red Hat Enterprise MRG product, a next-generation IT infrastructure incorporating Messaging, Realtime and Grid functionality that offers increased performance, reliability, interoperability and faster computing for enterprise customers. Together, Red Hat and the CHTC have driven continued innovation extending into cloud computing through Condor technologies, initially with support for public cloud scheduling and further extending Condor's capabilities to run cloud infrastructure. Red Hat introduced its CloudForms Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) product this week at the Red Hat Summit in Boston. The Red Hat CloudForms Cloud Engine solution leverages Condor technology to enable cloud scheduling and to support High Throughput Computing applications.

As part of the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, the Center for High Throughput Computing has been utilizing Condor and Red Hat-based technologies to support a broad range of scientific computing including the following projects and organizations:

  • Human Genome Project: To scale in a cloud infrastructure so scientists can utilize more nodes to conduct research and continue to map the human genome.
  • University of Notre Dame: To design software and applications to harness the power of the entire University's computing resources to conduct research on biometrics and other sciences; also established the Green Cloud at the Center for Research Computing to provide computing power at a lower price and lower environmental impact.
  • UW-Madison Department of Botany: To understand how plants grow and develop by statistically modeling data to map genetics of distinct plants.
  • Morgridge Institute for Research: To accelerate the movement of science from the laboratories of researchers to public use around the world as treatments and cures.
  • UW-Madison Physics Department work on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC): To map the huge volumes of data produced by the Large Hadron Collider, which handles 40 million energy proton collisions per second, and have ease of scalability to process the data.
  • University of Nebraska: To run a cloud leveraging idle student labs at night to enable physicists to run research at lower costs and with increased load-balancing.

"Red Hat and the Center for High Throughput Computing have long held a strategic technology partnership around distributed computing," said Carl Trieloff, technical director of Red Hat's Cloud Computing Initiatives. "The CHTC has achieved fantastic results dealing with the scale and complexity of self-service, resource-based computing — extending Condor technologies into cloud computing is a natural evolution and has been done in the science world for years. With its strength in grid and cloud computing, we're excited not only to expand our partnership with UW-Madison to establish the CHTC as the first Center of Excellence Development Partner, but we're also thrilled to grant them the first-ever Red Hat Cloud Leadership award for their innovative advancements around the cloud and Condor."

"We began developing and deploying grid technology in today's cloud computing models many years before the cloud became such a compelling industry trend," said Miron Livny, professor of computer science at University of Wisconsin, director of the Center of High Throughput Computing and CTO of the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. "We see a natural partnership between what we do with Condor technologies on the university and national laboratory level and with what Red Hat does with these technologies in the commercial software industry. In both cases, we are committed to the open source model of moving innovation into the marketplace and bringing the benefits of grid and cloud technology to the masses."

For more information about the Center for High Throughput Computing, visit http://chtc.cs.wisc.edu/.

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