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Our Series Continues: Considering Cluster Lifecycle Management

Oct 22, 2014 |

In the first cluster management column, I discussed the importance of performing a needs assessment to ensure that an organization implementing its first HPC cluster designs a system that fulfills the requirements of its users and ultimately provides a positive ROI for the enterprise. It’s important to keep in mind there are no one-size-fits-all solutions Read more…

HPC in Higher Education

Oct 21, 2014 |

Whilst HPC systems form a relatively small part of most organisations’ IT infrastructure, they often demand the most attention. Think of the disruptive children at school who make up about 5% – yet demanding 30% of the resources. As a result, HPC systems are relatively unique and pose quite a challenge to most organisations who Read more…

So You Want to be an HPC Entrepreneur

Oct 20, 2014 |

Before you take the step to becoming a fully-fledged entrepreneur, in HPC of all areas, ask yourself why? Is it because you want to be your own boss and call the shots, are you a risk taker, want the flexibility, you have such a good idea you can’t not do it, or you just want Read more…

Want to Boost HPC Performance? Adding Disks is Not the Answer

Oct 20, 2014 |

These days storage is in the HPC spotlight. How well an HPC application performs relies not only on total system memory bandwidth and sustained floating point operations per second, but also on a storage architecture that supports sufficient throughput to handle constantly increasing amounts of data. The key to storage performance is not capacity – Read more…

Cray Launches Hadoop into HPC Airspace

Oct 15, 2014 |

There has been little doubt that the convergence of traditional high performance computing with advanced analytics has been steadily underway, fed in part by a rush of new tools, frameworks and platforms targeting the big data deluge. And when one thinks about the old guard of supercomputing, Cray is one of the first vendors to Read more…

Fresh Approaches to Extending Enterprise HPC to Public Clouds

Oct 15, 2014 |

Public cloud can be an easy choice for enterprises looking to extend high performance workloads, reduce infrastructure costs and increase flexibility. The cloud offers the chance to reduce the capital cost of owning and managing excess compute capacity and storage for all workloads. Enterprises can avoid the hidden costs of unused compute capacity by “cloud Read more…

Report Assesses NSF Supercomputing

Oct 14, 2014 |

A new report calls into question the National Science Foundation’s ability to continue its leadership position as a provider of advanced computing resources. At the behest of the National Science Foundation, a National Research Council committee carried out a study examining the priorities and associated trade-offs for advanced computing in support of NSF-sponsored science and Read more…

Teaching the World About Intel Xeon Phi: An Interview with Rob Farber

Oct 14, 2014 |

Rob Farber is the founder and CEO of TechEnablement, a firm that provides education, planning, analysis and code tutorials, with an emphasis on HPC. In this interview, Rob gives his perspective on the direction of HPC technology and the urgent need for code modernization. He also discusses the newest book by James Reinders and Jim Read more…

Why Aren’t There More Startups in HPC?

Oct 13, 2014 |

As we watch the mainstream technology world capture attention and garner massive amounts of funding, many are asking why some of the most bleeding edge tech on the planet in high performance computing doesn’t attract the same level of interest. While supercomputing is at the pinnacle of both performance and price in many cases, the Read more…

Peering Backward to the Big Bang with the CTC and COSMOS

Oct 10, 2014 |

At the Stephen Hawking Centre for Theoretical Cosmology (CTC) in Cambridge University, we are endeavouring to push back our understanding to the very beginnings of the Universe, tiny fractions of a second after the Big Bang. Cosmology has had many successes but it leaves many questions unanswered concerning how the Universe came into being and Read more…