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Big Data Reaches to the Stratosphere

Apr 3, 2014 |

Among the many compelling papers to come out of the Big Data and Extreme-scale Computing (BDEC) workshop, held in Fukuoka, Japan, in February, was a position paper from Dr. Volker Markl, full professor and chair of the Database Systems and Information Management (DIMA) group at the Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin) detailing the benefits of Read more…

Instrument Science Preps for Exascale Era

Apr 3, 2014 |

The Big Data and Extreme-scale Computing (BDEC) workshop that took place in February in Fukuoka, Japan, brought together luminaries from industry, academia and government to discuss today’s big data challenges in the context of extreme-scale computing. Attendees to this invitation-only event include some of the world’s foremost experts on algorithms, computer system architecture, operating systems, Read more…

Cracking the Silos of Custom Workflows

Feb 27, 2014 |

In high performance computing, the time-honored concept of creating tailored workflows to address complex requirements is nothing new. However, with the advent of new tools to analyze and process data—not to mention store, sort and manage it—traditional ways of thinking about HPC workflows are falling by the wayside in favor of new approaches that might Read more…

India Rides Tech Convergence Wave Into 2014

Feb 10, 2014 |

Industry and government leaders in India are anticipating an even stronger focus on cloud computing, HPC and big data technologies over the next year as businesses seek out more efficient and cost-effective ways to drive productivity and profit. According to Intel South Asia Director Sales Suryanarayanan B, India will have more supercomputers listed on the TOP500 and increased Read more…

HPC Roots Feed Big Data Branches

Feb 9, 2014 |

In this segment of our continuing “HPC Lessons for the Wider Enterprise World” series, we’ll take a look at one of the key movements that’s pushed HPC into the mainstream view—big data. Whether or not it’s an overplayed buzzword, the reality is, the phenomenon is driving new awareness of HPC in a growing set of commercial IT circles; pushing traditional HPC vendors into new enterprise territory; and helping the highest ends of both the commercial and research computing find a new golden era of new tools, frameworks and methodologies for tackling demanding data.

Cray Advances Hadoop for HPC

Feb 4, 2014 |

In a recent blog entry, Mike Boros, Hadoop Product Marketing Manager at Cray, Inc., writes about the company’s positioning of Hadoop for scientific big data. Like the old adage, “when the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem begins to resemble a nail,” Boros suggests that the Law of the Instrument may be true Read more…

‘Edison’ Lights Up Research at NERSC

Jan 31, 2014 |

The National Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC) Center, located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has taken acceptance of “Edison,” a Cray XC30 supercomputer named in honor of famed American inventor Thomas Alva Edison. The important milestone occurs just as NERSC is commemorating 40 years of scientific advances, prompting NERSC Director Sudip Dosanjh to comment: “As Read more…

HPC Lessons for the Wider Enterprise World

Jan 28, 2014 |

Is HPC so specialized that the lessons learned from large-scale infrastructure (at all layers) are not transferrable to mirrored challenges in large-scale enterprise settings? Put another way, are the business-critical problems that companies tackle really so vastly different than the associated hardware and software issues that large supercomputing centers have already faced and in many Read more…

The Promise of DNA-based Storage

Jan 16, 2014 |

…or How to Put the Internet in a Van… One of the foremost issues facing science and industry today is storing the ever-increasing amounts of data that are created globally. Google’s Eric Schmidt claims that every two days humanity generates as much information as it did from the dawn of civilization up until 2003. There Read more…

SC13 Spotlights Three Main Trends

Dec 18, 2013 |

Collecting my thoughts after a thrilling and enlightening Supercomputing Conference in Denver, I want to discuss some of the key trends and highlights observed. The annual conference is always a hotbed of product announcements and this year, the 25th running, was no exception. There are many articles covering the key announcements, so I instead want Read more…