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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…

IBM and Mubadala to Bring Watson to the Middle East and North Africa

Jul 14, 2015 |

ABU DHABI, UAE, July 14 — IBM and Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala), the Abu Dhabi-based investment and development company, today announced an agreement to bring IBM Watson to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The companies will collaborate to deliver powerful Watson cloud-based cognitive computing to healthcare, retail, education, banking and finance organizations. The new joint venture will Read more…

DDN Unveils WOS 2.0 and Details Technology Roadmap

Jun 30, 2015 |

Scalable storage specialist DataDirect Networks (DDN) is launching an aggressive technology roadmap built around software-defined storage, data analytics and other cloud-based services such as active archiving as enterprises cope with growing amounts unstructured data. DDN (Santa Clara, Calif.) led off its technology roadmap with the release Tuesday (June 30) of version 2.0 of its Web Read more…

Mellanox, Supermicro Collaborate to Deliver CloudX-based Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

May 19, 2015 |

VANCOUVER, CANADA – May 19, 2015 – Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance cloud networking solutions, today announced at OpenStack Summit 2015 that it has collaborated with Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI) to provide hyper-converged OpenStack cloud-in-a-rack solutions based on the Mellanox CloudX reference architecture, Supermicro servers and storage, OpenStack cloud Read more…

A*STAR and SMU to Establish CTSBI

Jun 18, 2014 |

June 18 — The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and the Singapore Management University (SMU) will establish a Centre for Technology and Social-Behavioural Insights (CTSBI) to tap on high performance computing technology, big data analytics and behavioural sciences to study people-centric issues and human behaviour including how people think, feel and act in Read more…

Taming the Long Tail of Science

Oct 15, 2012 |

University researchers look for more effective ways of extracting value from an ever-growing deluge of data.

Predicting the Next Cloud Boom

Jul 24, 2012 |

According to a new report from Saugatuck Technology, cloud-based business analytics is poised for huge growth over the next two years.

Is Retail Ready for Supercomputing?

Jan 7, 2010 |

Commodity HPC driving down costs of business intelligence.

A New Business Intelligence Tool for Retailers

Jan 14, 2009 |

With retail sales in their biggest slump since record-keeping began in 1992, businesses are desperately looking for ways to boost the bottom line. Improving productivity in existing stores with technologies like video analytics may turn out to be one of the most effective ways to accomplish this.

HPC in the Land of 24/7

Nov 23, 2007 |

More businesses than ever are employing high performance computing capabilities to fulfill their mission-critical needs. Here we take a look at three companies — NASDAQ, Wal-Mart and FedEx — that are using HPC assets to run their businesses.

HPC and Supply Chain Management

Sep 15, 2006 |

Is supply chain management poised to become an important new application for HPC? At the Council on Competitiveness’ annual HPC Users Conference on September 7, panelists from commercial powerhouses Wal-Mart, Procter & Gamble, Pratt & Whitney and Clopay Plastic Products described their experiences.

High Performance (Potato) Chips

May 5, 2006 |

In this article, we focus on how Procter & Gamble is using high performance computing to create some common, everyday supermarket products. Tom Lange, a 27-year veteran of the company, tells us how P&G models products, processes and production systems for the betterment of consumer package goods.

NCR Delivers OPOS Solution to Japanese Dept. Store Chain

Jan 24, 1997 |

Tokyo, Japan — NCR Japan recently installed NCR WinPOS 21, a complete OLE for Retail POS (OPOS)-based multimedia point-of-sale(POS) workstation, in the Tokorozawa branch of Seibu, a department store chain in Japan, to support one-to-one customer marketing. WinPOS21, which is part of an enterprise-wide solution developed jointly by NCR Japan and Seibu, enables Seibu to Read more…

SPARC 5, Solaris to Power In-Store Kiosks for OfficeMax

Jan 17, 1997 |

Los Angeles, Calif. — OfficeMax, Inc., a large US office product superstore chain, is working with Sun Microsystems, Inc. on a chain-wide in-store kiosk concept which begins this month. After a pilot, OfficeMax plans to install touch-screen networked kiosks, each powered by a Sun SPARC 5 workstation and Sun Solaris operating environment, at all of Read more…


Jan 17, 1997 |

New York, N.Y — A comprehensive survey of networking technology in the retail industry shows demand for high-performance Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM). The survey, conducted for global data networking 3Com Corp, shows that although ATM has already been adopted by a handful of retailers demanding high-bandwidth requirements at their headquarters, 28 percent of respondents indicated Read more…

UK’s Savacentre Invests GBP 500,000 on IBM RS/6000 System

Jan 17, 1997 |

London, UK — Savacentre, a wholly owned subsidiary of J. Sainsbury and UK specialist hypermarket business, has installed an IBM RS/6000 SP at their head office in Wokingham, Berkshire. The system will run SAS online transaction processing (OLTP) software to identify and track consumer purchasing patterns which will be used to develop and run more Read more…

JCPenney Installs $11 Million NCR Data Warehouse Solution

Nov 1, 1996 |

Dayton, Ohio — JCPenney, a provider of consumer retail catalog sales, has installed an $11 million NCR data warehouse decision support system. The system runs NCR’s Teradata relational database management system (RDBMS), on NCR’s WorldMark massively parallel processing (MPP) servers. The installation consists of one 10 node WorldMark 5100M server operating as a production system Read more…

Rite-Aid Selects MicroStrategy and Intrepid for ROLAP

Oct 4, 1996 |

Chicago, Ill. — Rite-Aid, a $5.5 billion drug store retailer with more than 2,700 stores, has selected Intrepid System’s DecisionMaster Merchandising Workbench utilizing MicroStrategy’s ROLAP engine. During the next month, Rite-Aid plans to roll out DecisionMaster to their internal business partners which include category managers and analysts in purchasing, merchandising, and marketing. Rite-Aid is using Read more…

Pilot Software Forges $1-Million Deal with Kmart

Oct 4, 1996 |

Cambridge, Mass. — Pilot Software, Inc., a supplier of decision support software, announced a $1-million sale of its Decision Support Suite to Kmart Corp. Kmart chose Pilot’s decision support software to enhance its current Executive Information System (EIS) with on-line analytical processing (OLAP) capabilities for 1,000 staff initially, with plans to add 1,000 more, including Read more…


Aug 30, 1996 |

Santa Clara, Calif. — Home Depot, a large home improvement retailer, has standardized a new redundant, Ethernet/Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) data network in its year-old “Store Support Center” (SSC) Atlanta headquarters on 3Com CELLplex and SuperStack II Switch 2700 switching systems. The high speed network is based on 3Com’s Transcend Network framework, enabling Home Depot Read more…