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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…

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…

Short Takes

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…

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…

Off the Wire

Hokkaido University Utilizing DDN Storage

Oct 7, 2014 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 7 — Hokkaido University is offering researchers unprecedented access to Big Data analysis of data stored in Japan’s largest academic cloud using DataDirect Networks (DDN) WOS object storage, Storage Fusion Architecture (SFA) high-performance storage engine delivered as complete solution with the company’s GRIDScaler appliance. Many universities today building HPC-based research computing and engineering infrastructures grapple with the Read more…

Midokura Announces Reseller Agreement with Penguin Computing

Oct 7, 2014 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Oct. 7 — Midokura, a global company focused on network virtualization, today announced a reseller agreement with Penguin Computing, a provider of high-performance, enterprise data center and cloud solutions. Under the terms of the agreement, Penguin Computing will resell Midokura’s award-winning network virtualization solution, MidoNet, throughout North America. Available immediately, end users will have access and Read more…

Seagate Nytro Family of PCIe-Based Flash Acceleration Cards Selected by Kingsoft

Oct 2, 2014 |

CUPERTINO, Calif., Oct. 2 — Seagate Technology plc, a world leader in storage solutions, today announced that its Nytro family of PCIe-based flash acceleration cards have been selected by Kingsoft Cloud Company to run its public cloud servers. As a leading cloud provider in China, Kingsoft Cloud required the flash acceleration and system response time offered Read more…

NICE Software Offerings to be Hosted in the UberCloud Marketplace

Oct 1, 2014 |

HEIDELBERG, Germany, Oct. 1 – UberCloud, a cloud computing marketplace allowing engineers, scientists and their service providers to implement end-users applications in the cloud, and NICE Software, a company dedicated to providing Technical Cloud Products and Solutions to customers worldwide, announced today the development of Cloud-enabled NICE software solutions for the UberCloud marketplace. The announcement was Read more…

Mellanox CloudX Platform Now Supported with Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux

Sep 29, 2014 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Sept. 29 — Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced that its CloudX reference architecture for building efficient cloud platforms is now supported with Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux, in addition to Oracle VM. The solution helps improve compute Read more…