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Workflow as a Service Expanding Beyond HPC

Mar 17, 2014 |

At the height of the first wave of the commercial cloud computing boom, around 2008, two HPC industry figures, Brian Schott and Robert Graybill, put their heads together to see how clouds might support high performance computing workloads. Their efforts led them to develop a “clearinghouse” for cloud-based HPC platforms and applications, which in turn Read more…

Cracking the Silos of Custom Workflows

Feb 27, 2014 |

In high performance computing, the time-honored concept of creating tailored workflows to address complex requirements is nothing new. However, with the advent of new tools to analyze and process data—not to mention store, sort and manage it—traditional ways of thinking about HPC workflows are falling by the wayside in favor of new approaches that might Read more…

Amazon Lead Highlights HPC Cloud Progress

Feb 20, 2014 |

While the use of public cloud resources for high performance computing applications is laden with some significant performance and other problems for some users, there are several HPC applications that finding a suitable home on the Amazon cloud. From the initial launch of their HPC instance types a couple of years ago, which was followed Read more…

Scaling the Super Cloud

Jan 15, 2014 |

“The number one problem we face as humanity is getting people to think outside of the boxes they bought,” says Cycle Computing CEO, Jason Stowe. His company has made big waves and proven that the combination of Amazon servers and their own innovations can open new infrastructure options for users with HPC applications. For instance, Read more…

Dell Conjures Startup Energy, Outlines Future Direction

Dec 12, 2013 |

“If you can get a group of really talented people together and unite them around a challenge and have them work together to the best of their abilities, then a company will achieve great things,” said Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk this morning during the Dell World 2013 kickoff while sitting next to Read more…

Short Takes

Want to Snapshot Your Supercomputer?

Apr 16, 2014 |

Nimbix, Inc., one of the original HPC cloud vendors, sought to usher in a new era of heterogeneous cloud computing with the unveiling of its JARVICE platform in November. The platform-as-a-service offering uses high performance cloud hardware to create Nimbix Application Environments (NAEs) for high throughput batch processing. Once the environments are created and deployed Read more…

Scheduling HPC as a Service

Feb 19, 2014 |

HPC has always been the go-to field for solving large-scale scientific and engineering problems. However, running applications on HPC systems requires significant technical know-how of the underlying systems software to effectively run applications. To address the tedium of setting up HPC environments, HPC as a Service (HPCaaS) has recently been proposed to move HPC into Read more…

India Rides Tech Convergence Wave Into 2014

Feb 10, 2014 |

Industry and government leaders in India are anticipating an even stronger focus on cloud computing, HPC and big data technologies over the next year as businesses seek out more efficient and cost-effective ways to drive productivity and profit. According to Intel South Asia Director Sales Suryanarayanan B, India will have more supercomputers listed on the TOP500 and increased Read more…

Windows Azure Continues ‘Big Compute’ Rollout

Feb 3, 2014 |

Microsoft is boosting the high-performance computing (HPC) capabilities of its Windows Azure cloud, in keeping with the Big Compute strategy it first revealed during SC12 in November 2012. Just a week after the tech stalwart lowered prices to better compete with cloud king Amazon, it is debuting new high-end instances for its Windows Azure Cloud Services Read more…

Researchers Implement HPC-First Cloud Approach

Jan 29, 2014 |

Researchers at North Carolina State University working in partnership with the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) have successfully demonstrated a proof-of-concept for a novel high-performance cloud computing platform by merging a cloud computing environment with a supercomputer. Project leads Patrick Dreher and Mladen Vouk discuss the evolution of the project on the ALCF website. Cloud computing Read more…

Off the Wire

NCI to Utilize Mellanox CloudX Interconnect

Apr 15, 2014 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. & YOKNEAM, Israel, April 15 – Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced that the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI), hosted at the Australia National University, selected Mellanox’s interconnect to support Australia’s national research computing service which provides world-class, high-end services to Read more…

Cluster 2014 Set for September

Apr 15, 2014 |

April 15 — Clusters have become the workhorse for computational science and engineering research, powering innovation and discovery that advance science and society. They are the base for building today’s rapidly evolving cloud and HPC infrastructures, and are used to solve some of the most complex problems. The challenge to make them scalable, efficient, and Read more…

Sabalcore Launches Accelerated 3D Remote Graphics

Apr 9, 2014 |

MELBOURNE, Fla., April 9 — Sabalcore Computing Inc., a leading High Performance Computing (HPC) service provider, today officially announced the launch of their new remote graphics capabilities. Remote Graphics with 3-D hardware acceleration, or “rg3d,” allows Sabalcore customers to effectively interact with any graphical 2-D or 3-D capable software interface even over low-bandwidth WAN connections. Read more…

Digital Realty Partners with Nimbix to Deliver Cloud-Based Solution for Oil & Gas

Apr 8, 2014 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., April 8 – Digital Realty Trust, Inc., the global data center and colocation company, announced today that its Dallas and Houston facilities are housing and enabling an enterprise high-performance computing (HPC) cloud solution from Nimbix. The two companies have established this alliance to offer specialized HPC solutions to clients in the oil and gas industry. HPC cloud Read more…

Internet2 Forms Program Advisory Group for High Performance and Research Computing

Apr 7, 2014 |

DENVER, Colo., April 7 — Internet2 today announced at the 2014 Internet2 Global Summit the creation of the Internet2 Program Advisory Group for High Performance and Research Computing and the inaugural co-chairs and members. “I’m excited to lead this important venture along with my colleague and friend Dave Lifka,” said Jim Bottum, the Group’s Co-Chair and Read more…