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Fresh Approaches to Extending Enterprise HPC to Public Clouds

Oct 15, 2014 |

Public cloud can be an easy choice for enterprises looking to extend high performance workloads, reduce infrastructure costs and increase flexibility. The cloud offers the chance to reduce the capital cost of owning and managing excess compute capacity and storage for all workloads. Enterprises can avoid the hidden costs of unused compute capacity by “cloud Read more…

A Platform for Smart Manufacturing

Sep 25, 2014 |

21st century market dynamics put a great deal of pressure on manufacturers to operate differently. Driving forces are many but include the need to satisfy customer demands quickly and to deal with energy constraints and environmental concerns. On the flip side, the growth of network technology in tandem with service-oriented architectures can have a transformative effect Read more…

Film Studios Refocus HPC Management Lens

Aug 25, 2014 |

With the help of advanced supercomputing technologies, animated films have evolved from simple cycles of sketches to photorealistic, physics-accurate works of art. As many of us have tracked, from the dawn of Pixar to the latest blockbusters where humans interact with realistic animations, there seems to be no limit to the hyper-realism in everything from Read more…

NSF Rolls Out Innovative Cloud Testbeds

Aug 21, 2014 |

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced funding for two cloud testbeds, named “Chameleon” and “CloudLab.” A total award of $20 million to be split evenly between the projects will enable the academic research community to create and experiment with novel cloud architectures and potentially transformative applications. Along with developing next-generation cloud systems, the programs emphasize the Read more…

Academic HPC and Cloud Services Start to Blur

Aug 6, 2014 |

Stuttgart HPC Center (HLRS) director Michael Resch will present the ISC Cloud keynote on “HPC & Simulation in the Cloud – How Academia & Industry Can Benefit,” at the conference this September. ISC Cloud, the fifth in the series, will take place September 29 and 30 in Heidelberg, Germany. As an HPC cloud skeptic in Read more…

Short Takes

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Oct 9, 2014 |

Here at HPCwire, we want to help keep the HPC community as up-to-date as possible on some of the most captivating news items that were tweeted throughout the week. The tweets that caught our eye this past week are listed below. Check back in next Thursday for an entirely updated list. Click here to view the top tweets Read more…

Japanese Researchers Target HPC Cloud Barriers

Sep 15, 2014 |

The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) has developed a technology to enable users to spin up a virtual HPC cluster on top of any cloud-based infrastructure. The impetus for the project was two-fold: 1. To allow a personalized high-performance computer to be created on-demand 2. To build a virutal cluster once Read more…

MIT Spinoff Speeds 3D Engineering Simulations

Aug 28, 2014 |

Even the most powerful supercomputers cannot be productive without suitable operating software and applications. In engineering, finite element analysis (FEA) is used to create 3D digital models of large structures to simulate how they perform under different real-world conditions (stress, vibration, heat, etc.). The challenge of modeling large-scale structures, such as mining equipment, buildings, and oil Read more…

The Democratization of Parallel Computing

Aug 20, 2014 |

Virginia Tech College of Engineering Professor Wu Feng has a vision to broadly apply parallel computing to advance science and address major challenges. A recent expose on Feng’s work details his involvement with the NSF, Microsoft, and the Air Force using innovative computing techniques to solve problems. “Delivering personalized medicine to the masses is just Read more…

Free Market HPC Cloud In Development

Aug 18, 2014 |

Distributed computing has undergone many permutations, from its roots in grid computing to support large scientific endeavors to Sun-style utility computing, to the kind of public cloud computing popularized by Amazon Web Services. One of the newest projects of this type combines cycle sharing, think SETI@home, with cryptocurrency principles. Xennet, as it’s called, is being presented Read more…

Off the Wire

Nimbix CTO to Discuss HPC in the Cloud at SEG Denver 2014

Oct 23, 2014 |

ANNA, Tex., Oct. 23 — Nimbix, a leading provider of cloud-based high-performance computing infrastructure and applications, today announced the company’s Chief Technology Officer, Leo Reiter, has been selected as a speaker for SEG Denver 2014, October 26-31, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. Reiter’s presentation titled, “Why the Time is Right for High-Performance Computing in the Public Cloud,” will be Read more…

OVH Launches Cloud Service Based on IBM POWER8 Processor

Oct 17, 2014 |

ARMONK, N.Y., Oct. 17 — IBM today announced that leading Internet hosting provider OVH has launched an on-demand cloud service based on IBM’s POWER8 processor, tuned specifically for Big Data, high performance computing and database workloads. In addition to introducing this new cloud service, OVH has become the newest member of the OpenPOWER Foundation, an open development community over 60 members strong worldwide Read more…

CPU 24/7 Joins UberCloud Marketplace

Oct 16, 2014 |

BERLIN, Germany, Oct. 16 – CPU 24/7, specialized in providing scalable HPC as a Service for applications related to CAE, and UberCloud, a cloud computing marketplace allowing engineers, scientists and their service providers to offer and use applications in the cloud, announced the development of Cloud-enabled CPU 24/7 solutions for the UberCloud Marketplace. The announcement was shared last week at the Read more…

Mellanox Introduces New Ethernet Switches

Oct 15, 2014 |

BARCELONA, Spain, Oct. 15 — Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of end-to-end interconnect solutions for servers and storage systems, today announced the addition of three new top-of-rack Open Ethernet software-defined networking (SDN) switches to its 10/40/56 Gigabit Ethernet switch product portfolio. Based on Mellanox’s SwitchX-2 switch ICs, the new SX1400, SX1700 and SX1710 Ethernet switches Read more…

Emulex Introduces New Offerings for HP ProLiant Gen9 Platforms

Oct 13, 2014 |

COSTA MESA, Calif., Oct. 13 — Emulex Corporation, a leader in network connectivity, monitoring and management, announced a broad range of I/O connectivity solutions for the new HP ProLiant Gen9 rack and blade servers designed to support next generation workloads such as virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), big data analytics, and emerging compute architectures such as network Read more…