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Film Studios Refocus HPC Management Lens

Aug 25, 2014 |

With the help of advanced supercomputing technologies, animated films have evolved from simple cycles of sketches to photorealistic, physics-accurate works of art. As many of us have tracked, from the dawn of Pixar to the latest blockbusters where humans interact with realistic animations, there seems to be no limit to the hyper-realism in everything from Read more…

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…

Short Takes

Japanese Researchers Target HPC Cloud Barriers

Sep 15, 2014 |

The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) has developed a technology to enable users to spin up a virtual HPC cluster on top of any cloud-based infrastructure. The impetus for the project was two-fold: 1. To allow a personalized high-performance computer to be created on-demand 2. To build a virutal cluster once Read more…

MIT Spinoff Speeds 3D Engineering Simulations

Aug 28, 2014 |

Even the most powerful supercomputers cannot be productive without suitable operating software and applications. In engineering, finite element analysis (FEA) is used to create 3D digital models of large structures to simulate how they perform under different real-world conditions (stress, vibration, heat, etc.). The challenge of modeling large-scale structures, such as mining equipment, buildings, and oil Read more…

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. Zennet, 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…

Off the Wire

DDN Honored with Six HPCwire Awards

Nov 19, 2014 |

NEW ORLEANS, La., Nov. 19 — Underscoring the strength and breadth of DataDirect Networks (DDN) entire end-to-end HPC product portfolio for life sciences, oil and gas, manufacturing and financial services industries, DDN has been awarded six top honors in the 2014 HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards. Announced at the Opening Reception of the annual Read more…

Mellanox Announces ConnectX-3 Pro Adapter Card with VPI Technology

Nov 19, 2014 |

NEW ORLEANS, La., Nov. 19 — Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced the Programmable ConnectX-3 Pro adapter card with Virtual Protocol Interconnect (VPI) technology. Modern data centers, public and private clouds, Web 2.0 infrastructures, telecommunication, and high-performance computing require to achieve the highest performance and Read more…

Quanta Recognized with HPCwire Award

Nov 18, 2014 |

NEW ORLEANS, La., Nov. 18 — Quanta Cloud Technology (QCT) 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), in New Orleans. QCT was recognized with the Editors’ Choice Award: Top 5 Vendors to Watch. The coveted annual HPCwire Readers’ Read more…

Numascale, Supermicro, and AMD Announce World’s Largest Shared Memory System to Date

Nov 18, 2014 |

NEW ORLEANS, La., Nov. 18 — Numascale today announced the successful installation of a large shared memory Numascale/Supermicro/AMD system at a customer datacenter facility in North America. The system is the first part of a large cloud computing facility for analytics and simulation of sensor data combined with historical data. The Numascale system, installed over Read more…

Lenovo Showcases HPC Innovations at SC14

Nov 18, 2014 |

NEW ORLEANS, La., Nov. 18 — At Supercomputing 2014 (SC14), Lenovo today announced several new initiatives featuring the latest advancements in high-performance computing (HPC), that bring the commercial benefits of HPC to a broader spectrum of clients and workloads. “HPC is fueling major advancements in areas with high impact to both industry and humanity,” said Adalio Sanchez, senior Read more…

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