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Solving Simulation Complexity

Jul 15, 2014 |

Although HPC has helped solve important problems in nuclear physics, earth sciences, meteorology, etc. since the 1960s, HPC has traditionally existed only for specialists. But, with the democratization of x86 servers, large storage systems, and high-end networking technologies, companies and research facilities can now buy clusters at a reasonable ratio (power/cost) with very powerful, complex Read more…

HPC2014: From Clouds and Big Data to Exascale and Beyond

Jul 14, 2014 |

The International Advanced Research Workshop has become leading reference after being celebrated for more than 20 years. You can blame Lucio Grandinetti (Full Professor at University of Calabria) and his team, who started all of this and managed to put together, year after year, the best in the computing think tank. This edition’s motto was Read more…

The UberCloud Experiment Continues…

Jun 16, 2014 |

Improved product quality, faster time to market and ultimately increased ROI have long been associated with the adoption of HPC tools. The benefits that engineers and scientists can expect from using technical computing in their research, design and development processes can be huge. In spite of this, there is still unmet need with relatively few Read more…

Benchmarking HPC in the Cloud

Jun 10, 2014 |

All clouds are not the same. It’s an adage that rings especially true when it comes to running high-performance computing (HPC) workloads. HPC middleware solutions vendor Techila Technologies recently took the time to benchmark and analyze three of the top cloud platforms – Amazon Web Services, Google Compute Engine, and Microsoft Azure – in the Read more…

Accelerating the Cloud with GPUs

May 16, 2014 |

If you were to come up with a list of transformative technologies to hit HPC in the last decade, cloud services and general-purpose GPUs would rank pretty high. While the idea of using virtual machines to run technical computing workloads was anathema to some, at least initially, the benefits were hard to argue with. Ease Read more…

Short Takes

IBM Adds InfiniBand Option to SoftLayer Cloud

Jul 23, 2014 |

IBM announced that InfiniBand will be added as a networking option on its SoftLayer cloud computing servers in the third quarter of this year. InfiniBand supports data transfer speeds as fast as 56 gigabits per second, fast enough to transfer the contents of a library of 30,000 Blu-ray discs in 24 hours. It’s the same Read more…

Advancing Drug Discovery with HPC Cloud

Jul 10, 2014 |

In order to develop a new drug the average pharmaceutical company spends about one billion dollars over ten years. This is an untenable situation for those with serious illnesses who don’t have the luxury of time. That’s why high-performance computing, which has been shown to dramatically accelerate the pace of discovery, is so critical to the Read more…

NICE Launches Remote Viz in the Cloud

Jun 30, 2014 |

For 17 years NICE has been delivering grid- and cloud-based solutions aimed at enhancing user productivity and optimizing computing resources. The company’s NICE Desktop Cloud Visualization (DCV) product provides remote access 2D/3D interactive applications over a standard network. Now through a partnership with Amazon Web Services, potential users can test drive DCV in the EC2 cloud. AWS Read more…

Fastest Supercomputer Runs Ubuntu, OpenStack

May 27, 2014 |

Although cloud is still widely considered a technology for the masses, the proliferation of cloud within HPC now goes all the way to the highest echelons of supercomputing. China’s National University of Defense Technology (NUDT), which oversees reining TOP500 chart-topper, Tianhe-2, and Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, have entered into a partnership to support both Ubuntu Read more…

A Heterogeneous Approach to Molecular Dynamics

May 22, 2014 |

As director of the biophysics program at Stanford University, Vijay Pande understands that cloud is no replacement for supercomputers like the petascale Blue Waters machine, but the scientist is having success using loosely-coupled cloudy cores for molecular dynamics research. Pande has been using the Blue Waters system at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) Read more…

Off the Wire

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…

Early Bird Rate for ISC Cloud and Big Data Conferences to End Soon

Sep 15, 2014 |

HEIDELBERG, Germany, Sept. 15 — On September 20 the early-bird pricing for the ISC Cloud and ISC Big Data registrations will be replaced with regular registration fees. With the regular rates, the passes will cost 100 Euro more for each conference, and the combined conference ticket, which allows attendees to participate in both events, will cost 150 Read more…

Rice University Receives $1.1M Grant from NSF

Sep 12, 2014 |

Sept. 12 — A $1.1 million National Science Foundation grant to two Rice University computer science groups will allow them to build cloud-computing tools to help analyze evolutionary patterns. With the three-year grant, Christopher Jermaine and Luay Nakhleh, both associate professors of computer science, will develop parallel-processing tools that track the evolution of genes and 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…

ISC Cloud’14 Issues Call for Posters

Sep 2, 2014 |

Sept. 2 — To meet the growing interest in using high performance computing (HPC) as a service, ISC Cloud will bring together 200 researchers, engineers, consultants as well as hardware and software providers to discuss the most timely HPC cloud topics and trends. Adding even greater depth to the event this year, we’ve selected expert speakers with firsthand Read more…