This project began its life at IBM Research (IBM Research Project Kittyhawk).


IBM has open sourced Project Kittyhawk’s IBM Blue Gene/P prototype software.   Many thanks to the IBMers who helped make this happen, especially:  Eric Van Hensbergen, Robert W. Wisniewski and Dilma Da Silva. 


The open-sourcing of Kittyhawk was supported in part by the Department of Energy Office of Science Operating and Runtime Systems for Extreme Scale Scientific Computation project under the HARE project (contract #DE-FG02-08ER25851).


This site aims to be a new home for the open source project and associated community.   Eventually we hope to host a repository of Kittyhawk appliances, scalable application images that can be run on the system, and if we are lucky online access to a system to try them on.


Project HARE (Holistic Aggregate Resource Environment) is a sister project.   In time we expect that the HARE environment will be one of the standard Kittyhawk application environments.


NEWS:


New demos of Kittyhawk running at Argonne have been posted.


With the help of Argonne National Labs and support of the

Department of Energy Office of Science Operating and Runtime

Systems for Extreme Scale Scientific Computation project under the

HARE project (contract #DE-FG02-08ER25851) the Blue Gene/P

Kittyhawk prototype is running for the first time outside of IBM.

See the http://kh-wiki.bu.edu/tiki/tiki-index.php?page=Argonne+Getting+Started on the wiki.  Note until the repositories can be updated this version will be under limited access.  Stay tuned for more general availability for Argonne users.  


Resources:


mailing list : http://cs-mailman.bu.edu/mailman/listinfo/kittyhawk

wiki: http://kh-wiki.bu.edu

Source Repositories: http://git.anl-external.org/kittyhawk/

Demos and Videos: demos


Links:


The Argonne National Labs Blue Gene/P Open Source Wiki :  http://wiki.bg.anl-external.org/index.php/Main_Page


Blue Gene Systems software talk at June 2009 FastOS  Workshop that discusses Kittyhawk and a commercial prototype systems built on top of it: here.


A Stanford Computer Systems Colloquium talk that discusses Project Kittyhawk and presents some of the early demos, “Towards a Global Scale Public Computer”.  Videos of the talk are on YouTube and iTunesU.



Publications:


Jonathan Appavoo, Volkmar Uhlig, and Amos Waterland., “Project Kittyhawk: Building a Global-Scale Computer”, ACM Sigops Operating System Review, January 2008.


Jonathan Appavoo, Volkmar Uhlig, Amos Waterland, Bryan Rosenburg, Dilma Da Silva, and Jose Moreira, "Kittyhawk: Enabling Cooperation and Competition in a Global Shared Computational System", IBM Journal of Research and Development, August 2009.


Jonathan Appavoo, Volkmar Uhlig, Jan Stoess, Amos Waterland, Bryan Rosenburg, Robert Wisniewski  Dilma Da Silva, Eric Van Hensbergen, and Udo Steinberg, “Providing a Cloud Network Infrastructure on a Supercomputer”, Science Cloud 2010: 1st Workshop on Scientific Cloud Computing, Chicago, Illinois, June 21, 2010.