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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

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

HP Unveils New ProLiant Gen9 Servers

Aug 28, 2014 |

PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 28 — HP today announced a new portfolio of HP ProLiant Generation 9 (Gen9) Servers that will help customers reduce cost and complexity, accelerate IT service delivery and enable business growth. With new technology features and workload-optimized design, the new server portfolio advances HP’s vision for compute, the future of data center technology. IT Read more…

IBM Announces Advances in Watson’s Cognitive Computing Capabilities

Aug 28, 2014 |

NEW YORK, N.Y., Aug. 28 — IBM today announced significant advances in Watson‘s cognitive computing capabilities that are enabling researchers to accelerate the pace of scientific breakthroughs by discovering previously unknown connections in Big Data. Available now as a cloud service, IBM’s Watson Discovery Advisor is designed to scale and accelerate discoveries by research teams. It reduces the time needed to Read more…

AMAX Wins Best of VMworld Award for Private Cloud Technology

Aug 28, 2014 |

FREMONT, Calif., Aug. 28 — VMworld 2014 has announced that AMAX is the Gold winner of the prestigious Best of VMworld 2014 Award in the category of Private Cloud Computing Technologies, beating out finalists Red Hat and Red Hat CloudForms 3.1. AMAX, a leading provider of cloud/IaaS, Big Data, and HPC platforms, developed the CloudMax Converged Read more…

IBM Launches First SoftLayer Datacenter in Australia

Aug 26, 2014 |

Aug. 26 — IBM today announced that SoftLayer, an IBM Company, plans to launch its first Australian data center in Melbourne in September. It will be the latest of 15 new data centers that IBM plans to open as part of a $1.2 billion dollar global investment to strengthen and extend its cloud services in Asia Pacific and around the world.  The new onshore SoftLayer Read more…

NSF Announces Two $10M Projects to Create Cloud Computing Testbeds

Aug 26, 2014 |

Aug. 26 — The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced two $10 million projects to create cloud computing testbeds–to be called “Chameleon” and “CloudLab“–that will enable the academic research community to develop and experiment with novel cloud architectures and pursue new, architecturally-enabled applications of cloud computing. Cloud computing refers to the practice of using a network Read more…