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IBM Expands All-Flash Storage; Takes Aim at Cognitive Computing and Cloud

Apr 27, 2016 |

Calling it the foundation of its cloud and cognitive computing strategy, IBM has significantly expanded its all-flash storage platform portfolio with the announcement today of three new array products aimed at managing massive amounts of data associated with cloud-based, high-performance workloads. Targeting hyperscale, cloud data centers and cloud service providers (CSP), the systems utilize IBM’s Read more…

Total’s Pangea is now the Largest Industrial Supercomputer

Mar 29, 2016 |

Energy giant Total, long a prominent user of high performance computing, now has the largest supercomputer used by industry says the company. Total’s upgraded Pangea supercomputer from SGI delivers 6.7 petaflops, up from 2.3 petaflops, with expanded storage of 26 petabytes – enough to rank the system among the top ten of the Top500 list Read more…

DU GeoSolutions Leverages Xeon Phi for Improved Seismic Processing

Mar 23, 2016 |

It’s a given that modern oil and gas exploration couldn’t exist without increasingly powerful supercomputers. Today’s machines enable new capabilities, improve image resolutions, lower costs, and decrease risk. Indeed, many wells, some costing tens of millions of dollars, have missed their targets due to inadequate or incorrect data analysis. This article explores the impact of Read more…

Seagate Sets Sights on Broader HPC Market

Mar 15, 2016 |

In a relatively short time, storage giant Seagate Technology has amped up its push into HPC. Today, four of the top ten supercomputer sites in the world run on Seagate, including all of the newcomers to the top ten, says Seagate[i]. It leads the SAGE project, a Horizon 2020 storage technology program in support of Read more…

AMD GPUOpen Fuels Seismic Supercomputing Efforts for Geoscience Leader CGG

Mar 2, 2016 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 2 — AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today announced that CGG, a pioneering global geophysical services and equipment company, has deployed AMD FirePro S9150 server GPUs to accelerate its geoscience oil and gas research efforts, harnessing more than 1 PetaFLOPS of GPU processing power. Employing AMD’s HPC GPU Computing software tools available on GPUOpen.com, CGG rapidly converted Read more…

Registration Now Open for the NCSA 2016 Private Sector Partner Annual Meeting

Feb 24, 2016 |

Feb. 24 — NCSA’s Private Sector Program brings together private, university, and government organizations with the shared goal of increasing competitiveness and economic impact through high-performance computing and data analytics. When:  May 3-5, 2016 (Tuesday – Thursday) Where: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, NCSA Building, 1205 W. Clark Street, Urbana IL, 61801 Agenda Summary May 2, Monday evening: PSP partner-only dinner (by specific Read more…

Rice’s Ken Kennedy Institute to Host Oil and Gas HPC Conference

Feb 22, 2016 |

HOUSTON, Tex., Feb. 22 — Rice University’s Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology will host its ninth annual Oil and Gas High-Performance Computing Conference March 2-3 at Rice’s BioScience Research Collaborative, 6500 Main St. “The conference brings together the energy industry’s computational scientists, operators of supercomputing facilities, and data center and algorithm development professionals, along Read more…

Create Mixed HPC/Big Data Clusters Today Says Bright Computing

Feb 3, 2016 |

The latest version of convergence – blending traditional HPC and big data computing into a ‘single’ environment – dominates much of the conversation in the HPC today, including within HPCwire. Elegant unified solutions, certainly at the very high end, are still in the making. That said, Bright Computing is in the thick of efforts to Read more…

Allinea Forge Helps Reservoir Simulation Software Push the Boundaries

Jan 13, 2016 |

Jan. 13 — Developers of Roxar Software Solutions at Emerson Process Management have increased the performance of their code whilst simultaneously greatly reducing the time spent in development of their next-generation reservoir simulator, Tempest MORE, thanks to the latest debugging and profiling tools from Allinea. Tempest MORE is a high-resolution and high-performance full field black Read more…

Cray’s Barry Bolding on 2016 Trends Including Big Data and the HPC Productivity Imperative

Jan 4, 2016 |

Cray doesn’t do Top500 press releases says Barry Bolding, Cray SVP and Chief Strategy Officer. Not a bad strategy when you don’t have to: five Crays are in the Top Ten of the latest Top500 list (Nov. 2015) including the two newest machines (Trinity (DOE) and Hazel-Hen (HLRS)). Media coverage and market notice are inevitable. Read more…

Cray Lays Out Vision for HPC-Big Data Convergence

Dec 3, 2015 |

Messaging around HPC-big data convergence which had been ramping up all year reached new heights at SC15 — and you’d be hard-pressed to find a bigger champion of the unified platform strategy than American supercomputer-maker Cray. HPCwire met with Cray’s Barry Bolding at the show in Austin last month to discuss the company’s latest customer wins, its take on Read more…

Contrary View: CPUs Sometimes Best for Big Data Visualization

Dec 1, 2015 |

Contrary to conventional thinking, GPUs are often not the best vehicles for big data visualization. In this commentary, I discuss several key technical reasons why a CPU-based “Software Defined Visualization” approach can deliver a more flexible, performant, scalable, cost effective, and power efficient solution to big data visualization than a conventional GPU-based approach. An example Read more…

HP(E) Still Stands Solidly Astride the HPC Server Market

Nov 20, 2015 |

On November 1 – not quite three weeks ago – Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) emerged from the Big Split. That’s old news given the yearlong lead-up. Throughout the “separation” process, opinions varied wildly (still do) over HPE’s prospects. Clearly it’s early days, but when IDC rolled out HPC market numbers on Tuesday (see below) HP Read more…

Wednesday’s SC15 Twitter Roundup

Nov 18, 2015 |

The highly anticipated SC15 Twitter Roundup is finally here! In celebration of the event, we’ve decided to bring you a list of some of the top SC15 tweets that were tweeted throughout the day. For those unable to attend, we hope this gives you some insight into the happenings of SC15. Check back in tomorrow Read more…

Altair Receives 2015 HPCwire Editors’ Choice Award in Oil and Gas

Nov 17, 2015 |

AUSTIN, Tex., Nov. 17 — Altair has won Best Application of HPC in Oil and Gas in the annual HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards for its work with Intel and Cray. The award was presented at the 2015 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC15), in Austin, Texas. Altair, Intel and Cray collaborated to benchmark Read more…

Seagate Engineers Tiered Archive System for HPC Storage

Nov 17, 2015 |

CUPERTINO, Calif., Nov. 17 — Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX) today introduced ClusterStor A200, a first-of-its-kind tiered archive storage system for high performance computing (HPC). The A200 helps reduce storage and operational costs by up to 50 percent compared to tier-one storage platforms. The A200 was designed to complement the rest of Seagate’s ClusterStor family of Read more…

Hadoop and Spark Get RADICAL at SC15

Nov 13, 2015 |

The rapid maturation of the Apache Hadoop ecosystem has caught the eyes of HPC professionals who are eager to take advantage of emerging big data tools, such as Spark. One HPC group presenting on the topic at the SC15 show this week in Austin, Texas, is Rutgers University’s RADICAL team. The Research in Advanced Distributed Read more…

DDN Starts Pulling Wraps off Complete Product Refresh

Nov 10, 2015 |

As part of a comprehensive product line refresh and rollout that will extend through SC next week, DataDirect Networks (DDN) today launched the next generation of its high performance SFA block storage line with SFA14K and SFA14KE, formerly codenamed “Wolfcreek.” No stranger to high performance – the company supports over two-thirds of the world’s 100 Read more…

DDN to Introduce Complete Portfolio Refresh at SC15

Nov 4, 2015 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 4 — DataDirect Networks (DDN) will showcase innovations in HPC storage leadership that are giving customers the power to achieve their most ambitious visions at the upcoming International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC15) in Austin, Texas. With massively scalable technology able to outpace the performance requirements and growth of Enterprise Read more…

Ace Computers to Exhibit at SEG Expo

Oct 15, 2015 |

CHICAGO, Ill., Oct. 15 — Ace Computers, one of the leading oil and gas industry supercomputer builders and custom HPC specialists in the U.S., will be exhibiting at the exclusive SEG (Society of Exploration Geophysicists) International Exposition and 85th Annual Meeting, Oct. 18-23 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. More than 8,500 Read more…