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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

Cray Awarded $30M Contract from the DoD HPCMP

Dec 15, 2014 |

Dec. 15 — Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. today announced the Department of Defense (DoD) High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) has awarded the Company a $30 million supercomputer contract for two Cray XC40 supercomputers and two Cray Sonexion storage systems. The Cray systems will be located at the U.S. Navy DoD Supercomputing Resource Center Read more…

NSF Awards $2M to NCSA to Support Global Collaboration

Dec 8, 2014 |

Dec. 8 — The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant of $2 million over five years to the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) to bring together members of the international research community, including graduate students, post-docs, and early-career faculty members, for collaborative research and development of new computing and analysis tools. The project, Read more…

Seagate Announces Reseller Agreement with SGI

Nov 18, 2014 |

CUPERTINO & MILPITAS, Calif., Nov. 18 — Seagate Technology plc, a world leader in storage solutions, today announced that it has signed a reselling partnership agreement with SGI, a global leader in high performance solutions for compute, data analytics and data management. SGI will be offering customers the ClusterStor 1500, 6000, and 9000 appliances, along with Read more…

Dot Hill Collaborates with Intel and Mellanox on New Offering for HPC

Nov 17, 2014 |

NEW ORLEANS, La., Nov. 17 — Dot Hill Systems Corp., a trusted supplier of innovative enterprise-class storage systems, unveiled a new scale-out high performance Lustre file serving solution in collaboration with Intel for software and management and Mellanox for networking, here today in booth 3153 at SC14. The Dot Hill parallel distributed file system solution provides a Read more…

Cray Awarded $80 Million Contract From KAUST

Nov 17, 2014 |

Nov. 17 — Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. today announced it has been awarded a contract to provide King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia with multiple Cray systems that span the Company’s line of compute, storage and analytics products. The contract with KAUST marks Cray’s return to the Middle East Read more…

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