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IDC Details Further HPC Market Momentum

Apr 10, 2014 |

This week we traveled to Santa Fe for the IDC User Forum to get a better grasp on upcoming trends for the high performance computing market in 2014 and beyond. While the emphasis at this particular meeting was on the value of industrial partnerships, there were a number of talks around scientific computing initiatives, developments 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…

Will HPC Shops Accept Lenovo as Their System Supplier?

Jan 23, 2014 |

The rumors are confirmed at long last and Chinese PC and server maker Lenovo Group is buying IBM’s x86 server business for $2.3 billion. What does this mean for the HPC community? IBM sells x86 clusters into the broad HPC community and also peddles BlueGene/Q massively parallel systems based on its PowerPC processors as well Read more…

Crash and Boom: Inside the 10GbE Adapter Market

Nov 12, 2013 |

It may be hard to believe, but we’re coming up on ten years with 10GbE as an adapter option for servers and workstations. In  2003 the first 10GbE network adapters based on a new breed of chips hit the market—and by 2006, the list had eventually grown to include nearly twenty (AdvancedIO, Broadcom, Chelsio, Intel, Read more…

HPC Prospects in Qatar

Nov 11, 2013 |

All countries have some computing capability, but relatively fewer are serious players in HPC.  So far in the Middle East, the only country to place machines on the Top500 list is Saudi Arabia.  Qatar, which is right next door, is a very wealthy and focused country that could easily become a significant HPC power.  Why Read more…

Short Takes

XSEDE Program Forges Industry Alliances

Feb 21, 2014 |

The eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) is launching a new program – called the Industry Challenge – that connects industry partners with researchers from the open science community in order to enhance product designs and speed time to market. Over at the XSEDE.org website, science writer Scott Gibson details the new program, which Read more…

IBM Research Rolls Out Accelerated Discovery Lab

Oct 18, 2013 |

Last week, IBM opened up a new competency center called Accelerated Discovery Lab – ADLab for short – based out of the IBM Research – Almaden site in San Jose, Calif. In this world of sensors and clouds and ubiquitous connectivity, researchers at ADLab are working to transform data into meaningful intelligence for a broad Read more…

EU Launches HPC Cloud Experiment

Oct 11, 2013 |

Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC) is announcing a new HPC cloud project, called Fortissimo, aimed at boosting the competitiveness of European industry, specifically small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who use digital simulation and modeling.

PRACE Envisions Supercomputing for All

Sep 24, 2013 |

PRACE is working directly with EU institutions, academia and industry to usher in the next frontier for HPC in Europe, to extend and leverage the benefits of advanced computing technology.

Big Rig Redesign Still Going Strong

Aug 26, 2013 |

In 2011, South Carolina-based BMI Corp. worked with researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to develop a technology that improves the aerodynamics of long haul tractor trailers, thereby boosting fuel efficiency. Two years later, the company and the partnership are still going strong.

Off the Wire

SGI Announces Partnership with GIS Federal and NVIDIA

Apr 16, 2014 |

MILPITAS, Calif., April 16 — SGI, the trusted leader in high performance computing and Big Data, today announced a partnership with GIS Federal, a supplier of high performing innovative solutions for big data, cloud computing and intuitive tools across all intelligence disciplines and NVIDIA, a pioneer in digital computing. The partnership will power a GAIA distributed database for the United Read more…

OCZ Partners with PLPC for SSD Distribution

Apr 7, 2014 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 7 — OCZ Storage Solutions, a Toshiba Group Company and leading provider of high-performance solid state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today announced its new partnership with Private Label PC (PLPC) for distribution of its complete portfolio of storage solutions. As the largest storage provider with a well established Read more…

Qualters Appointed Division Director for ACI at NSF

Apr 3, 2014 |

April 3 — Ms. Irene Qualters has been appointed to the position of Division Director for the Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (ACI) at the National Science Foundation, effective April 6, 2014. In this role, Irene will lead ACI in its mission to support and coordinate the prototyping, development, acquisition, and provisioning of state-of-the-art cyberinfrastructure resources, tools, Read more…

Seagate Completes Acquisition of Xyratex

Apr 1, 2014 |

CUPERTINO, Calif., April 1 – Seagate Technology plc, a world leader in storage solutions, today announced it has completed its previously announced acquisition of Xyratex Ltd, a leading provider of data storage technology. “Exabyte growth is accelerating, and we are building higher capacity drives to address this growth,” said Dave Mosley, President of Operations and Technology Read more…

IEEE Launches 400GbE Task Force

Mar 28, 2014 |

BEAVERTON, Ore., March 28 — The Ethernet Alliance, a global consortium dedicated to the continued success and advancement of Ethernet technologies today offered its congratulations to the IEEE 802.3 Working Group and the IEEE 400Gb/s Study Group on the formation of the IEEE P802.3bs Task Force. The new group is chartered with the development of Read more…