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Modernizing HPC Cluster Monitoring

Sep 18, 2014 |

If you thought cluster management tools were too plentiful to count, they have nothing on system monitoring. From open source to commercial packages, the list goes on. The problem, however, is that there are too few tools that bring together a unified view of what’s happening on large clusters in a comprehensive way—from gathering data Read more…

What’s Still Missing for HPC Users in Manufacturing

Sep 16, 2014 |

We’ve heard quite a bit about the “missing middle” in high performance computing, particularly in reference to the manufacturing sector. However, for those manufacturers who have already adopted HPC hardware and tools into their environments, there are still some gaps—despite the obvious benefits and increasing investments some companies at last week’s EnterpriseHPC event in Carlsbad Read more…

New Haswells Spark Open Season for HPC Systems

Sep 15, 2014 |

What do you get when you add more cores, improved memory bandwidth, and a notable uptick in performance out of a freshly-launched chip? One hell of a lot of announcements from a broad, hungry base of server makers. And to be fair, a lot of excitement from the HPC user community to boot. While one Read more…

Leveraging Cloud on Your Own Terms

Sep 15, 2014 |

Many IT organizations are seeking a new approach to the data management challenges presented when using multiple clouds. In particular, they want an approach that allows them to leverage public cloud economics while maintaining control of their data. NetApp offers a new approach to hybrid IT by using dedicated, secure, private storage with low-latency access Read more…

ISC Big Data Chair Interviews SAP’s Stefan Sigg

Sep 10, 2014 |

Stefan Sigg is the Senior Vice President and Head of P&I Analytics at SAP Germany. During the upcoming ISC Big Data Conference (Oct 1 – 2) in Heidelberg, he will be talking about “Big Data Scenarios from a Business Point of View.” Visit the conference website for the whole program. Sverre Jarp, the ISC Big Read more…

Intel ‘Haswell’ Xeon E5s Aimed Squarely at HPC

Sep 8, 2014 |

The HPC market is a key one for Intel’s Xeon E5 family of processors, and that is perfectly evident as the chip maker rolls out the “Haswell” Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors for servers and workstations at its Intel Developer Forum today in San Francisco. Many of the new features in the Haswell Xeon E5s are Read more…

AMD FirePro Graphics Cards Boost Workstation Performance with GPU Compute Power

Sep 7, 2014 |

Rapid advances in HPC, virtualization and cloud computing are driving the need for more compute power both in the data center and on the desktop. For smaller companies that cannot afford to deploy data centers housing racks of servers with all their expensive power, cooling and facilities requirements, the workstation is the device of choice Read more…

Will 2015 Be the Year of the FPGA?

Sep 4, 2014 |

When it comes to HPC, the accelerator market is largely dominated by GPUs, which are known for floating point performance prowess with IDC figures pointing to encroaching competition from Xeon Phi. FPGAs, while still a third-place contender, might have a rather remarkable year ahead in terms of their reach into wider markets, as well as Read more…

CEO of HPC’s Silent Giant Offers Outlook

Sep 3, 2014 |

In high performance computing, SuperMicro is a force that is seen but rarely heard. They are often found at all the major supercomputing events even if it’s uncommon to hear about large procurements or installations. However, don’t mistake this lack of news as absence of action—the company’s role in HPC is strong and is set Read more…

Broader Engagement with HPC Matters; Become an SC14-BE Mentor

Sep 2, 2014 |

The Supercomputing Conference Broader Engagement program (SC-BE) increases conference participation by individuals who are traditionally underrepresented in the high-performance computing (HPC) arena, including women, minorities and people with disabilities. In a report by Timothy A. Mann and Valerie E. Taylor (Texas A&M) titled “Analysis of the Impact of the Broader Engagement Program on the SC Read more…