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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…

Phi and Kepler Run Monte Carlo Race

Sep 18, 2013 |

This week we spoke with Jörg Lotze, CTO and cofounder of financial services-driven software firm, Xcelerit, about benchmarking accelerators, coprocessors, and multicore architectures with specific emphasis on how GPUs stack up against Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors. Lotze discussed the challenges and opportunities of each in the context of real-world Monte Carlo examples.

Iceland Hosts Technology Trifecta

Jul 9, 2013 |

Cloud computing might well serve as a bridge between green and high performance computing, as top HPC management layers couple with known efficient datacenters, such as what happened when Datapipe and Verne Global formed a partnership in the middle of June that will bring the Stratosphere management platform to Verne’s Icelandic datacenter.

Cray Cracks Commercial HPC Code

Jun 20, 2013 |

During a conversation this week with Cray CEO, Peter Ungaro, we learned that the company has managed to extend its reach into the enterprise HPC market quite dramatically–at least in supercomputing business terms. With steady growth into these markets, however, the focus on hardware versus the software side of certain problems for such users is….

Short Takes

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.

Crossing Borders in the Cloud

Mar 28, 2013 |

Cloud computing has made the exchange of information between financial companies and the European community complicated.

Off the Wire

Cray to Discuss 1st Quarter 2014 Financial Results on April 29

Apr 23, 2014 |

SEATTLE, Wash., April 23 — Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. plans to host an investor conference call on Tuesday, April 29 at 1:30 p.m. PDT (4:30 p.m. EDT) to discuss its first quarter 2014 financial results. The call will feature a discussion by senior management followed by a question and answer session. Conference Call Information Read more…

Supermicro Announces 3rd Quarter 2014 Financial Results

Apr 23, 2014 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 23 – Super Micro Computer, Inc., a leader in application optimized, high performance server solutions, announced third quarter fiscal 2014 financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2014. Fiscal 3rd Quarter Highlights Quarterly net sales of $373.8 million, up 4.9% from the second quarter of fiscal year 2014 and up 34.4% Read more…

AltaSim Technologies Receives DOE Grant for Additive Manufacturing

Apr 17, 2014 |

COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 17 — The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded AltaSim Technologies nearly $150,000 to further develop the technologies that drive additive manufacturing – adding momentum to an public-private initiative based in Ohio to boost industrial use of modeling and simulation. AltaSim’s DOE award provides $149,844 through the agency’s Small Business Innovation Research Read more…

PSC Developing Networking Tool to Speed Big Data Transfers

Apr 8, 2014 |

April 8 — A new, $1 million National Science Foundation grant will enable engineers at Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), the National Institute for Computational Sciences, the Pennsylvania State University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Texas Advanced Computing Center and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications to create a new tool for high-volume scientific users Read more…

Mellanox to Release First Quarter Financial Results

Apr 2, 2014 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. & YOKNEAM, Israel, April 2 — Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced that it will release financial results for its first quarter 2014 after the close of market on Thursday, April 24, 2014. Following the release, Mellanox will conduct Read more…