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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…

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.”

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

PRACE Launches First Phase of PCP

Sep 23, 2014 |

Sept. 23 — Within the PRACE 3rd Implementation Project (PRACE-3IP), PRACE started the process for a Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) on Whole-System Design for Energy Efficient HPC. On September 9, 2014, the signing of contracts with 4 bidders launched the 1st Execution Phase of this PCP. The process of this PCP is organised in two stages: Tendering stage Read more…

Bill Blake Joins D-Wave Systems

Sep 22, 2014 |

Sept. 22 — D-Wave Systems Inc., the world’s first commercial quantum computing company, today announced that Bill Blake has joined the firm as Executive VP of Research and Development, responsible for hardware engineering, processor development, software and fab process design functions. Bill has been a technology leader in the high performance computing industry for three decades. Read more…

IDC Releases New Information on Worldwide HPC Server Market

Sep 18, 2014 |

SEATTLE, Wash., Sept. 18 — Worldwide factory revenue for the high performance computing (HPC) technical server market declined modestly year over year by -2.6% to $2.45 billion in the second quarter of 2014 (2Q14), down from $2.51 billion in the same period of 2013, according to the newly released International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide High-Performance Technical Server Read more…

Huawei Signs Global Reseller Agreement with Bright Computing

Sep 16, 2014 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 16 — Bright Computing, a leading provider of management solutions for clusters and clouds, and Huawei, a leading supplier of information and telecommunication technology, have signed a global reseller agreement that enables Huawei to deliver Bright Cluster Manager as part of its high performance computing solution. The agreement brings a powerful new addition Read more…

HP to Acquire Eucalyptus

Sep 11, 2014 |

PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 11 — HP today announced a definitive agreement to acquire Eucalyptus, a provider of open source software for building private and hybrid enterprise clouds. After the transaction closes, Eucalyptus Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Marten Mickos, a respected leader in the cloud industry and a longtime advocate of open source, will join HP Read more…