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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

AMD Reports 2014 Second Quarter Results

Jul 17, 2014 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 17 – AMD today announced revenue for the second quarter of 2014 of $1.44 billion, operating income of $63 million and net loss of $36 million, or $0.05 per share. Non-GAAP operating income was $67 million and non-GAAP net income, which primarily excludes $49 million of loss from debt redemption in the quarter, Read more…

Cycle Computing Adds Tim Carroll and Rob Futrick to Management Team

Jul 16, 2014 |

NEW YORK, N.Y., July 16 — Celebrating a year of record-growth, Cycle Computing has added HPC executive and startup veteran Tim Carroll as Vice President of Business Development and Ecosystem; and has also promoted Rob Futrick to Chief Technical Officer (CTO). The buildout of the management team will leverage and accelerate rapid growth of revenue, Read more…

Supermicro to Release Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2014 Financial Results on August 5

Jul 15, 2014 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., July 15 — Super Micro Computer, Inc., a global leader in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing, today announced that it will release fourth quarter and fiscal 2014 financial results on Tuesday, August 5, 2014, immediately after the close of regular trading, followed by a teleconference beginning at 2:00 p.m. Read more…

Mellanox Promotes Chris Shea to VP of Business Development

Jul 15, 2014 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 15 — Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of end-to-end interconnect solutions for servers and storage systems, today announced the promotion of Chris Shea to vice president of business development. Mr. Shea will continue to report to Amir Prescher, Mellanox’s senior vice president of business development. “I am very pleased to promote Read more…

Cray Appoints MongoDB CEO to Board of Directors

Jul 14, 2014 |

SEATTLE, Wash., July 14 – Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Max Schireson as a member of the Board, and as a member of the Strategic Technology Assessment and Compensation Committees, effective July 8, 2014. Schireson is the CEO of MongoDB, Inc., the database for modern applications, based Read more…