<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/HECToR_phase3_cabs4_150x.jpg” alt=”” width=”101″ height=”56″ />The United Kingdom is rapidly ramping up its HPC capabilities. The nation just launched its third HPC service in the last 12 months, a 200,000-core powerhouse, called “Accelerator,” designed to accommodate a wide range of academic and industry workloads.
Three of Europe’s top ten supercomputers are in Germany, including the number one and number two systems.
The Imperial College London and the University of Cambridge have joined forces to offer HPC-as-a-Service to the UK business community.
The Patriot Act leads foreign governments to question the security of US cloud services.
UK’s CloudStore aims to change the face of public sector ICT procurement by offering 1,700 services in an app-store format.
The Weekly Top Five features the five biggest HPC stories of the week, condensed for your reading pleasure. This week, we cover the UK-based Atomic Weapons Establishment’s selection of two SGI Altix systems; Platform Computing’s new solution for managing “big data”; the effect of rising sea levels on the North Carolina coastal region; SDSC’s new portal for conducting phylogenetic research; and the selection of Ian Foster for this year’s IEEE Tsutomu Kanai Award.
Although it has been a staple in the HPC ecosystem for decades, Fujitsu claims it wants to reinvigorate its commitment to high performance computing, beginning with a large distributed grid in the UK.
UK supercomputing agency seeks out US partners for collaboration on high-end software; and TACC selects Bright Cluster Manager for its FutureGrid cluster. We recap those stories and more in our weekly wrapup.