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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…

Rising to the STEM Challenge

Sep 19, 2013 |

Around the world, community, industry and academic leaders bemoan the “skills gap,” the divide between the profile of those seeking employment and the actual requirements of the marketplace. As jobs become more knowledge-intensive, training for the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) takes on new urgency…

‘Sherlock’ Applies Problem Solving to Complex Challenges

Aug 21, 2013 |

San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) is announcing a bold new cloud and analytics-based initiative, called Sherlock. Established by SDSC with the assistance of SD Technology and Chickasaw Nation Industries, the Sherlock-branded project represents an “extensive portfolio of information technology services for healthcare and government.”

Steve Scott Leaves NVIDIA for Google

Aug 6, 2013 |

Steve Scott has given up his job as the chief technology officer for NVIDIA’s GPU business to help build big systems for Google. It’s unclear exactly what Scott, who formerly designed interconnects for Cray, will be doing at the Internet giant, but the smart money is that it’s something big.

Short Takes

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.

GPUs Show Big Potential to Speed Pricing Routines at Banks

Aug 13, 2013 |

The London-based bank HSBC demonstrated that it may be able to save millions of dollars in computer costs by moving a portfolio pricing process from a grid of Intel Xeon processors to NVIDIA Tesla GPUs, reports Xcelerit, the company that helped the bank with its experiment by providing CUDA programming tools.

Microsoft HPC Program “Full Steam Ahead” After Reorg, Manager Says

Aug 1, 2013 |

Conspicuously missing from Microsoft’s recent corporate reorganization was any mention of the company’s HPC group, which develops a cluster-enabled version of Windows Server, among other products. That absence doesn’t mean a thing, and the program is going “full steam ahead,” the manager in charge of Microsoft’s HPC program said this week.

Small Businesses Gain from HPC, Big Data Too

Jul 5, 2013 |

The use of HPC and big data by small businesses was discussed during a panel at the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) in May. The panel which was moderated by Chris Pratt of IBM and Ron Van Holst of the OCE, brought to light the ways in which businesses and universities in the Ontario, Canada region are benefiting from new technologies.

IDC: Supercomputing Spending Jumps 30 Percent

Mar 25, 2013 |

IDC report highlights the continued shift to large system sales.

Off the Wire

Extreme Networks Reports Fourth Quarter 2014 Financial Results

Aug 15, 2014 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 15 – Extreme Networks, Inc. has released financial results for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2014, ended June 30, 2014.  GAAP revenue was $155.3 million and non-GAAP revenue was $156.9 million.  GAAP net loss for the fourth fiscal quarter was $16.2 million, or $0.17 per share, and non-GAAP net income was $8.5 million, or $0.09 per diluted share.  This is the second quarter that Read more…

Asetek Releases Second Quarter Financial Results

Aug 13, 2014 |

OSLO, Norway, Aug. 13 — Revenues were in line with second quarter last year. Effects of a business model change on certain products as well as modest demand in the desktop do-it-yourself market offset an increase in data center revenues. Overall gross margin improved by 3.5 percentage points, reflecting the change in business model, a proactive Read more…

Netlist Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results

Aug 13, 2014 |

Aug. 13 — Netlist, Inc., a leading provider of high performance memory solutions for the cloud computing and storage markets, has reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 28, 2014. Revenues for the three months ended June 28, 2014, were $4.9 million, compared to revenues of $5.1 million for the second quarter ended June Read more…

Rackspace Reports Second Quarter Financial Results

Aug 12, 2014 |

SAN ANTONIO, Tex., Aug. 12 — Rackspace Hosting, Inc., the #1 managed cloud company, announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2014. Net revenue for the second quarter of 2014 was $441 million, up 4.8 percent from the previous quarter and 17 percent from the second quarter of 2013. Net revenue for the second quarter Read more…

Atos Offer to Acquire Bull Approved

Aug 12, 2014 |

PARIS, France, Aug. 12 — Atos, an international information technology services company, and Bull, the trusted partner for enterprise data, together announced today the successful completion of the tender offer launched by Atos for all the issued and outstanding shares in the capital of Bull. The transaction represents a key milestone in the creation in Read more…