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A Platform for Smart Manufacturing

Sep 25, 2014 |

21st century market dynamics put a great deal of pressure on manufacturers to operate differently. Driving forces are many but include the need to satisfy customer demands quickly and to deal with energy constraints and environmental concerns. On the flip side, the growth of network technology in tandem with service-oriented architectures can have a transformative effect Read more…

PayPal Finds Order from Chaos with HPC

Sep 24, 2014 |

At the 2014 HPC User Forum in Seattle, Ryan Quick and Arno Kolster from PayPal describe how the company is using HPC to transform its chaotic real-time server data into intelligent, actionable insight. The unique “Systems Intelligence” approach uses HP’s Moonshot server powered by TI processors to aggregate, analyze and act on transaction data in real time. Read more…

Cloudera’s Wolfgang Hoschek Talks of Hadoop’s Evolution

Sep 23, 2014 |

Wolfgang Hoschek is a software engineer at Cloudera working on the Hadoop platform and Cloudera search team. He is a committed member of the Apache Flume and Apache Lucene/Solr projects. A former CERN fellow and computer scientist at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Hoschek has over 15 years of experience in large-scale distributed systems, data intensive computing, Read more…

BE Matters to Robert Dunn, Saginaw’s Son

Sep 22, 2014 |

Robert Dunn, Jr. was born in Saginaw, Michigan, in 1985. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science (CS) from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) in 2011, and is making progress toward a CS graduate degree. His thesis involves the use of Google Glass technology to reduce the amount of time it takes for Read more…

The Most Powerful Tool in the Climate Change Battle

Sep 22, 2014 |

Climate change has been at the top of the news agenda this week, in part because of the attention around a massive public protest in New York City. The People’s Climate March, which drew an estimated 400,000 people, is calling attention to a number of climate-related initiatives in advance of a climate summit among members Read more…

CPUs Outperform GPUs in Financial Markets Benchmark

Sep 22, 2014 |

A recent benchmark conducted by the Securities Technology Analysis Center (STAC) is helping to dispel the myth that GPUs are the primary drivers responsible for boosting computational speeds to new levels. In fact, the study indicates these GPU “accelerators” are actually slowing things down. Intel recently asked STAC to use its STAC-A2 Benchmark suite to Read more…

A Return to Roots for New Cray CTO

Sep 18, 2014 |

It seems that well over half of the high performance community we speak with still has no idea how they ended up with a career in supercomputing specifically. Some filtered in from end user experience, others’ software development roads forked into Fortran…the stories go on… Despite the throng that stumbled into supercomputing from across the Read more…

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…