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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…

Open Cloud Test Bed Bolsters Big Data Innovation

Apr 28, 2014 |

On Friday, in the Western Massachusetts town of Holyoke, Governor Deval Patrick and officials from industry, government and academia joined together for the official launch of a $3 million capital investment, known as the Massachusetts Open Cloud (MOC) project. The public-private initiative will establish a new cloud computing infrastructure to serve as a virtual laboratory Read more…

Short Takes

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…

HPC Propels Fastest Production Car

May 15, 2014 |

Swedish car manufacturer Koenigsegg holds many speed records, including breaking the 0-300 km/h record in just 14.53 seconds in 2011, holding the Nürburgring speed record of 311 km/h in 2006 and also winning the title of fastest production car in 2005 for a 389 km/h top speed. To continue on this winning trajectory, Koenigsegg’s Technical Read more…

Off the Wire

SoftLayer Introduces New Bare Metal Servers

Aug 26, 2014 |

DALLAS, Tex., Aug. 26 – SoftLayer, an IBM Company, today announced the immediate availability of new bare metal servers that are deployed in under 30 minutes and billed by the hour. Hourly bare metal servers provide the raw performance of physical servers with shorter commitments, making it easier than ever to deploy computing-intensive workloads on SoftLayer Read more…

Zadara iSER VPSA Introduced

Aug 25, 2014 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Aug. 25 – Zadara Storage today announced a new high performance storage as a service (STaaS) solution offering for private clouds – the Zadara iSER VPSA – using a first of its kind Ethernet transport mechanism for exceptional performance at reduced costs. The latest generation of its award-winning Virtual Private Storage Array services, iSER VPSA takes advantage Read more…

AMAX to Showcase CloudMax at VMworld

Aug 25, 2014 |

FREMONT, Calif., Aug. 25 – AMAX, a leading provider of cloud/IaaS, Big Data, and HPC platforms, will be showcasing its award-winning CloudMax Converged Cloud Infrastructure Solution at VMworld 2014, to be held August 24-27th at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. CloudMax, recent winner of Intel’s Server Innovation Award for Best Data Center Product, is a Read more…

IBM to Add Power Systems Linux Services to Innovation and Client Centers

Aug 22, 2014 |

CHICAGO, Ill., Aug. 22 – At the LinuxCon North America conference today, IBM announced it is tapping into its global network of over 50 IBM Innovation Centers and IBM Client Centers to help IBM Business Partners, IT professionals, academics, and entrepreneurs develop and deliver new Big Data and cloud computing software applications for clients using Linux on IBM Read more…

Inspur Selects Micron as Leading Memory Provider for Server Portfolio

Aug 20, 2014 |

BOISE, Idaho, Aug. 20 – Micron Technology, Inc. and Inspur Group today announced that Micron’s 8Gb DDR3 SDRAM components will be used in a wide range of Inspur’s computing products. This announcement follows Micron’s July 11 introduction of the industry’s first monolithic 8Gb DDR3 SDRAM, based on the company’s latest-generation 25nm DRAM manufacturing process. The 8Gb DDR3 SDRAM Read more…