French high performance computing vendor Bull announced its HPC cloud service, eXtreme Factory at SC10, emphasizing its value for simulation-driven customers. This week we checked in on progress with the company’s head of HPC, Pascal Barbolosi, to see how the platform has weathered its first six months.
The Weekly Top Five features the five biggest HPC stories of the week, condensed for your reading pleasure. This week, we cover the computing power on display at SC10’s Student Cluster Competition; the University of Portsmouth’s new supercomputer; IBM Watson’s SUSE Linux platform; multicore advances at North Carolina State; and Intel’s new approach to university funding.
At this year’s annual Supercomputing Conference held in New Orleans, Platform Computing conducted a survey of 100 IT professionals in academia, government and industry about their experimentation with cloud computing models. Randy Clark from Platform provides some insights into the findings, which do show overall satisfaction with clouds for HPC among those who have some experiences.
At the SC10 event in New Orleans we were able to capture quite a bit of video, some of which never made it live on the site during the course of the busy week. We wanted to share a few highlights with you–and thank those of you who stopped by the HPCwire/HPCin the Cloud booth to say hello.
Argonne Lab announces debut of Exascale Technology and Computing Institute; and NCSA selects IBM’s GPFS file system for facility-wide deployment. We recap those stories and more in our weekly wrapup.
Yes, there is life beyond Xeons, Opterons and GPGPUs.
During this year’s SC event in New Orleans, we caught up with co-founder and CEO of Platform Computing, Songnian Zhou to take a big picture look at key movements in computing–and where grid and clouds fit within the “Renaissance” Zhou feels is taking place.
To say the market share for HPC interconnects is imbalanced is a rather dramatic understatement since the vast majority of business is driven by Mellanox. However, there are a few emerging competitors who might be playing a more prominent role in HPC–and by proxy, cloud computing.
We often write about some of the interesting cloud computing research projects taking place via Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and NERSC, so when we had a chance to record Kathy Yelick,, NERSC Director at SC10, we took the opportunity to help put a face to the name and lend insight into what’s happening at one of the more prominent national centers in cloud and HPC research.
While making the rounds during SC10 and striking up conversations with those in traditional HPC fields, it was hard to ignore statements of skepticism about the possibility for broad cloud adoption for HPC applications outside of the few apps that are well-suited already. For every cloud advocate there seemed to be a detractor…