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SC Chair on Why HPC Matters

Oct 30, 2014 |

Funding for research in HPC – particularly in the U.S. – is under constant scrutiny and as a result innovation and discovery suffers. While SC has done an excellent job at promoting some global HPC innovations, SC chair, Trish Damkroger felt it was important to highlight how impactful HPC is to our everyday lives. For Read more…

No Slowdown in Sight for Supercomputer Maker Cray

Oct 29, 2014 |

There are bright skies ahead for supercomputer maker, Cray, which has announced its most recent financial results on the heels of news about a record-breaking international contract for yet another large weather and climate modeling center. The company’s CEO, Pete Ungaro, noted that since their last quarterly statement, Cray has managed to close an additional Read more…

Supercomputing Crowdsourced Against Ebola Fight

Oct 27, 2014 |

IBM is applying big data analytics and citizen engagement technologies to devise culturally appropriate methods for stopping the spread of Ebola in West Africa. The tech giant is working with Sierra Leone’s Open Government Initiative (OGI), as well as Cambridge University’s Africa’s Voices project, telco firm Airtel, and Kenya’s Echo Mobile to battle the deadly outbreak. Read more…

New Architectures for HPC with Amazon Web Services

Oct 27, 2014 |

Hybrid and multi-cloud approaches to high performance computing (HPC) have great potential to reduce costs, increase flexibility, and improve access to cloud-scale compute power. However, concerns about data protection and management continue to inhibit a broader use of these approaches. NetApp Private Storage (NPS) for Cloud, deployed in conjunction with infrastructure partners Amazon, Microsoft, and Read more…

The Exascale Revolution

Oct 23, 2014 |

The post-petascale era is marked by systems with far greater parallelism and architectural complexity. Failing some game-changing innovation, crossing the next 1000x performance barrier will be more challenging than previous efforts. At the 2014 Argonne National Laboratory Training Program on Extreme Scale Computing (ATPESC), held in August, Professor Pete Beckman delivered a talk on “Exascale Architecture Trends” and their impact on the programming and executing of computational Read more…

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. They are like the disruptive child at school who make up 5% – yet demand 30% of the resources. As a result, HPC systems are relatively unique and pose quite a challenge to most organisations who have them. 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…