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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…

Cloud Gives DNA Compiler Wings

Aug 5, 2014 |

Imagine being able to turn bacteria into molecular factories, capable of producing everything from earth-friendly biofuels to personalized medicines? This is the promise of synthetic biology, which has made remarkable advances over the last decade, taking tools and concepts from physics, engineering and computer science to design new biological systems. One of the foremost researchers Read more…

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…

Short Takes

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…

Tech Titans Pledge Free Cycles for Climate Change Research

Jul 29, 2014 |

Amazon, Microsoft and IBM are promising to provide free virtual supercomputing and cloud resources to support the US government’s Climate Action Plan and Climate Data Initiative program. The initiatives, which were unveiled earlier today, coincide with a report from the Council of Economic Advisers that explores the economic consequences of delaying action to stem climate Read more…

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…

Off the Wire

Adaptive Computing Announces Moab 8.1

Nov 18, 2014 |

NEW ORLEANS, La., Nov. 18 — Adaptive Computing, the company that powers many of the world’s largest private/hybrid cloud and technical computing environments with its Moab optimization and scheduling software, today launched the beta release of Moab HPC Suite – Enterprise Edition 8.1 (Moab 8.1) at the SC14 conference in New Orleans. Adaptive Computing is providing Read more…

Penguin Computing Unveils Scyld Cloud Workstation

Nov 18, 2014 |

NEW ORLEANS, La., Nov. 18 – Penguin Computing, provider of high performance computing, enterprise data center and cloud solutions, today announced a unique remote 3D visualization capability featuring graphics accelerated, client-less remote supercomputing through a standard Wi-Fi connection and browser, essentially giving customers universal access to their high performance computing needs in the cloud. Scyld Cloud Read more…

Seagate Receives Honors in HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards

Nov 18, 2014 |

Nov. 18 — Seagate Technology plc (STX), a world leader in storage solutions, today announced it has been recognized in the annual HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards, presented at the 2014 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC14). The list of winners were revealed at the HPCwire booth at the Read more…

Nimbix Introduces Extension of JARVICE to Support Hybrid Cloud Implementations

Nov 17, 2014 |

ANNA, Tex., Nov. 17 — Taking its leadership in cloud-based High-Performance Computing (HPC) applications even higher, Nimbix today introduced the extension of JARVICE to support hybrid cloud implementations. The new solution extends on-demand big data and HPC applications to hybrid cloud deployments, allowing organizations to comply with data security and location requirements. JARVICE is a supercomputing architecture adapted Read more…

Silicon Mechanics to Highlight Research-Centered Technology at SC14

Nov 14, 2014 |

Nov. 14 — Silicon Mechanics, Inc. announces that it will showcase research-centered technology at the Supercomputing 2014 Conference & Exhibition, to be held November 16-21, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Representatives from Silicon Mechanics will be on hand in Booth #2623 to highlight how the company’s experts are focused on integrating solutions to meet the needs of Read more…