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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…

Shutdown Signals Serious Hit for SGI

Oct 11, 2013 |

It’s hard to ignore the news filtering in around the effects of the government shutdown, especially for many of our readers who work at some of the top U.S. research institutions and national labs. But the effects are definitely being felt beyond academia as the vendors who supply those labs and organizations with HPC gear Read more…

Short Takes

HPC Server Market Sees ‘Okay’ Q2

Sep 22, 2014 |

The worldwide market for HPC technical servers reached $2.45 billion in the second quarter of 2014, down 2.6 percent from the same period in 2013, when the market hit $2.51 billion, according to International Data Corporation (IDC) figures. The analyst group attributed the decline to relatively low supercomputer sales. Despite the dip in year-over-year figures, Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Sep 4, 2014 |

Here at HPCwire, we want to help keep the HPC community as up-to-date as possible on some of the most captivating news items that were tweeted throughout the week. The tweets that caught our eye this past week are listed below. Check back in next Thursday for an entirely updated list. Click here to view the top tweets Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Aug 21, 2014 |

Here at HPCwire, we want to help keep the HPC community as up-to-date as possible on some of the most captivating news items that were tweeted throughout the week. The tweets that caught our eye this past week are listed below. Check back in next Thursday for an entirely updated list. Click here to view the top tweets Read more…

Free Market HPC Cloud In Development

Aug 18, 2014 |

Distributed computing has undergone many permutations, from its roots in grid computing to support large scientific endeavors to Sun-style utility computing, to the kind of public cloud computing popularized by Amazon Web Services. One of the newest projects of this type combines cycle sharing, think SETI@home, with cryptocurrency principles. Xennet, as it’s called, is being presented Read more…

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…

Off the Wire

Mellanox Announces Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results

Oct 23, 2014 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. & YOKNEAM, Israel, Oct. 23 — Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of end-to-end interconnect solutions for servers and storage systems, today announced financial results for its third quarter 2014, ended September 30, 2014. Third Quarter 2014 Highlights Revenues were $120.7 million GAAP gross margins were 67.2 percent Non-GAAP gross margins were 70.2 percent Read more…

Supermicro Announces First Quarter 2015 Financial Results

Oct 22, 2014 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 22 — Super Micro Computer, Inc., a leader in application optimized, high performance server solutions, announced first quarter fiscal 2015 financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2014. Fiscal 1st Quarter Highlights Quarterly net sales of $443.3 million, up 3.6% from the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2014 and up 43.5% from Read more…

Solarflare and Storageflex Sign Distribution Agreement

Oct 22, 2014 |

IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 22 — Solarflare, the leader in application-intelligent 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet (10/40GbE) technology, today announced they have completed an agreement with Storageflex Inc. that will serve to deliver customers in Canada with improved access to Solarflare products. Storageflex’s channel network in Canada will play an important role in meeting the needs of companies Read more…

Cray to Release Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results on October 28

Oct 21, 2014 |

SEATTLE, Wash., Oct. 21 — Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. plans to host an investor conference call on Tuesday, October 28 at 1:30 p.m. PDT (4:30 p.m. EDT) to discuss its third quarter 2014 financial results. The call will feature a discussion by senior management followed by a question and answer session. Conference Call Information To Read more…

GLOBALFOUNDRIES to Acquire IBM’s Microelectronics Business

Oct 20, 2014 |

ARMONK, N.Y., and SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 20 — IBM and GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced that they have signed a Definitive Agreement under which GLOBALFOUNDRIES plans to acquire IBM’s global commercial semiconductor technology business, including intellectual property, world-class technologists and technologies related to IBM Microelectronics, subject to completion of applicable regulatory reviews.  GLOBALFOUNDRIES will also become IBM’s exclusive Read more…