<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/uRiKA_top.bmp” alt=”” width=”94″ height=”93″ />For the first time in its history, Cray has built something other than a supercomputer. On Wednesday, the company’s newly hatched YarcData division launched “uRiKA,” a hardware-software solution aimed at real-time knowledge discovery with terascale-sized data sets. The system is designed to serve businesses and government agencies that need to do high-end analytics in areas as diverse as social networking, financial management, healthcare, supply chain management, and national security.
For all the accolades one hears about German engineering, there are few IT vendors native to that country. Recently though, we got the opportunity to talk with one such company, ParStream, a Cologne-based startup that has developed a bleeding-edge CPU/GPU-based analytics platform that marries high performance computing to big data.
While there’s no doubt its hardware and standard software aren’t disappearing anytime soon, some analysts see the key to Oracle’s future in the clouds.
When announced in 2006, the Cray XMT supercomputer attracted little attention. The machine was originally targeted for high-end data mining and analysis for a particular set of government clients in the intelligence community. While the feds have given the XMT support over the past five years, Cray is now looking to move these machines into the commercial sphere. And with the next generation XMT-2 on the horizon, the company is gearing up to accelerate that strategy in 2011.
Ellison and company put some big bucks behind InfiniBand.
Ellison and company is all about business computing.
European Commission once again raises database competition issue.
EC2 also offering a new set of high-memory virtual servers.
Europeans initiate Phase Two inquiry; raise concerns about database competition.