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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

Netlist Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Results

Mar 27, 2015 |

IRVINE, Calif., March 27 — Netlist, Inc., a leading provider of high performance memory solutions for the cloud computing and storage markets, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 27, 2014. Revenues for the three months ended December 27, 2014, were $2.5 million, compared to revenues of $7.7 million for the fourth quarter ended December 28, 2013.  Gross Read more…

Nimbis Receives Grant to Increase Adoption of HPC Modeling & Simulation in Advanced Manufacturing

Mar 20, 2015 |

MCLEAN, Va., March 20 — Nimbis Services Inc. (Nimbis), Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC), and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have partnered to research a solution for an open Workflow of APPs under a Phase I grant from the Department of Energy (DOE) Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program. The workflow environment will support the Read more…

IBM Invests in Modernizing Medicine to Accelerate Adoption of Watson Technologies in Healthcare

Mar 19, 2015 |

NEW YORK, N.Y. and BOCA RATON, Fla., March 19 — To accelerate the adoption of Watson cognitive computing in healthcare, IBM today announced an investment in Modernizing Medicine, a provider of cloud-based, specialty-specific electronic medical records (EMR) systems and other technologies that capture structured data, track outcomes and deliver clinical decision support. This is the latest direct investment that IBM has made through Read more…

LLNL and GE Receive Funding to Develop Algorithms for Additive Manufacturing

Mar 13, 2015 |

LIVERMORE, Calif., March 13 — General Electric and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) recently received $540,000 to develop open-source algorithms that will improve additive manufacturing of metal parts. The award is from America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute that’s focused on helping the U.S. grow capabilities and strength in 3D printing. America Makes is funding Read more…

DDN Reports Fourth Quarter 2014 Results

Mar 10, 2015 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 10 — As the world’s fastest growing Enterprise Big Data and Web/Cloud storage company, DDN Storage today announced sustained upward momentum led by profitable, double digit year-over-year growth worldwide. This significant momentum is the direct result of strong market demand across Enterprise and Web/Cloud sectors for DDN’s storage and data management solutions. Read more…