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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

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.

Student Competition Fuels Watson Innovation

Mar 12, 2013 |

University of Southern California students compete to identify Watson’s next gig.

Off the Wire

Micron Appoints Stephen Pawlowski as VP of Advanced Computing Solutions

Jul 24, 2014 |

BOISE, Idaho, July 24 – Micron Technology, Inc., today announced that Stephen Pawlowski has been named as vice president of Advanced Computing Solutions. Pawlowski will be responsible for helping Micron’s Computer and Networking business unit further define and develop value-added memory solutions across enterprise and high-performance computing markets. Pawlowski joins Micron following a 31-year career at Read more…

SanDisk Completes Acquisition of Fusion-io

Jul 23, 2014 |

MILPITAS, Calif., July 23 – SanDisk Corporation, a global leader in flash storage solutions, today announced it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Fusion-io, a leading developer of flash-based PCIe hardware and software solutions that enhance application performance in enterprise and hyperscale datacenters. “I am delighted to welcome the employees of Fusion-io to SanDisk. The tremendous Read more…

DDN Joins Global Alliance for Genomics and Health

Jul 22, 2014 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 22 – DataDirect Networks (DDN) has joined the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health, an alliance working to accelerate world-wide efforts to responsibly share and analyze large amounts of genomic and clinical information with the research and healthcare communities. DDN joins more than 200 of the world’s leading research institutions, healthcare providers, information technology Read more…

Cray to Announce Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results on July 29

Jul 22, 2014 |

SEATTLE, Wash., July 22 — Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. plans to host an investor conference call on Tuesday, July 29 at 1:30 p.m. PDT (4:30 p.m. EDT) to discuss its second 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…

IBM Announces 2014 Second Quarter Results

Jul 18, 2014 |

July 18 — IBM has announced second-quarter 2014 diluted earnings of $4.12 per share, compared with diluted earnings of $2.91 per share in the second quarter of 2013, an increase of 42 percent. Operating (non-GAAP) diluted earnings were $4.32 per share, compared with operating diluted earnings of $3.22 per share in the second quarter of Read more…