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Workstations, Servers, Clouds: Making the Call for HPC

Dec 17, 2014 |

A recent survey in 25 HPC and CAE LinkedIn groups regarding engineers’ concerns about cloud computing was conducted by UberCloud and revealed that many engineers tend to compare the benefits of workstations versus servers versus clouds in a somewhat misinformed way. In fact, most of them compare the positive aspects of their workstation with the (apparent) roadblocks of 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…

Arista Poised for Ethernet Expansion

Jun 9, 2014 |

In the wake of the Arista Networks IPO news on Friday, there has been a great deal of conversation about what the future of software-defined networking will be going forward, not just for its obvious role in hyperscale datacenters, but in other IT segments as well, including HPC. To be clear, other than having a Read more…

Shaking the HPC In-Memory Stack

Mar 3, 2014 |

Many who have been in HPC for a number of years will remember GridGain, the in-memory computing company that has found success at a number of commercial and academic high performance computing sites since its official launch in 2010—an effort backed with an initial $2.5 million investment, followed by another boost last year with a Read more…

The Top Supercomputing Led Discoveries of 2013

Jan 2, 2014 |

2013 has been an incredible year for the entire ecosystem around supercomputing; from vendors pushing new technologies to boost performance, capacity, and programmability to researchers turning over new insights with fresh techniques. While exascale has taken more of a backseat than we might have predicted at the year’s end of 2010, there are plenty of Read more…

Short Takes

Haswell Speeds Popular Financial App

Sep 17, 2014 |

Continuing our coverage of the new Intel “Haswell” Xeon E5 v3 series chips, we turn our attention to a recent blog post from software acceleration specialists Xcelerit to see how the Haswell fares on a popular Monte-Carlo financial application. The Haswell E5 family offers significant performance gains over the previous Ivy Bridge processors but to Read more…

GPUs Enable Real-Time Risk Management

Jan 7, 2014 |

A recent report from the Securities Technology Analysis Center (STAC) shows for the first time that GPUs boost computing speed such that risk management benchmarks, like STAC-2, can be operated in real-time, enabling them to be used pre-trade. The testing was demonstrated using STAC-A2, the “Greeks” benchmark for risk analysis. Used in pricing and risk Read more…

HPC Trends for Wall Street

Oct 21, 2013 |

In a recent interview with Total Trading magazine, Jeffrey Birnbaum of 60 East Technologies offers his take on a range of technologies relevant to the intersection of high performance computing and trading. As the CEO & Co-founder of 60 East Technologies, which specializes in real-time streaming database software for the financial services sector, Mr. Birnbaum has a unique perch Read more…

The Algorithms That Shape the World

Oct 14, 2013 |

In this provocative talk from TEDGlobal, MIT Media Lab professor Kevin Slavin paints a picture of a world that is increasingly being shaped by algorithms. Slavin explores how these complex computer programs evolved from their espionage roots to become the dominant mechanism for financial services. But as the 2008 financial crash exemplified, allowing algorithms to Read more…

IBM’s Guide to Cloud Based HPC

Jun 12, 2013 |

Cloud computing is gaining ground in utilization by mid-sized institutions who are looking to expand their experimental high performance computing resources. As such, IBM released what they call Redbooks, in part to assist institutions’ movement of high performance computing applications to the cloud.

Off the Wire

D-Wave Systems Raises Additional $29M in Funding

Jan 30, 2015 |

BURNABY, British Columbia, Jan. 30 — D-Wave Systems Inc., the world’s first quantum computing company, today announced that it has closed $29 million in funding from a large institutional investor, among others. This funding will be used to accelerate development of D-Wave’s quantum hardware and software and expand the software application ecosystem. This investment brings Read more…

Emulex Announces Fiscal 2015 Second Quarter Results

Jan 30, 2015 |

Jan. 30 — Emulex Corporation, a leader in network connectivity, monitoring and management, today announced earnings results for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 ending December 28, 2014. Second Quarter Financial Highlights Total revenue of $111 million, above the high end of the initial guidance range, aided by strong sequential and year-on-year growth in Gen 5 (16Gb) Read more…

Cray to Report 2014 Full Year and Fourth Quarter Financial Results on February 11

Jan 30, 2015 |

SEATTLE, Wash., Jan 30 — Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. plans to host an investor conference call on Wednesday, February 11 at 1:30 p.m. PST (4:30 p.m. EST) to discuss its full year 2014 and fourth quarter financial results. The call will feature a discussion by senior management followed by a question and answer session. Conference Call Read more…

Mellanox Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2014 Financial Results

Jan 29, 2015 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. & YOKNEAM, Israel, Jan. 29 — Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of end-to-end interconnect solutions for servers and storage systems, today announced financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2014. Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year Highlights Revenues were $141.1 million in the fourth quarter, and $463.6 million in fiscal year 2014. GAAP gross margins were 70.9 percent Read more…

Extreme Networks Reports Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Results

Jan 29, 2015 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 29 — Extreme Networks, Inc. today released financial results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2015, ended December 31, 2014. GAAP revenue was $147.2 million and non-GAAP revenue was $148.0 million. GAAP net loss for the second fiscal quarter was $13.1 million, or $0.13 per share, and non-GAAP net income was $4.7 million, or $0.05 per diluted share. This is the fourth quarter Read more…

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