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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…

Workflow as a Service Expanding Beyond HPC

Mar 17, 2014 |

At the height of the first wave of the commercial cloud computing boom, around 2008, two HPC industry figures, Brian Schott and Robert Graybill, put their heads together to see how clouds might support high performance computing workloads. Their efforts led them to develop a “clearinghouse” for cloud-based HPC platforms and applications, which in turn Read more…

Cracking the Silos of Custom Workflows

Feb 27, 2014 |

In high performance computing, the time-honored concept of creating tailored workflows to address complex requirements is nothing new. However, with the advent of new tools to analyze and process data—not to mention store, sort and manage it—traditional ways of thinking about HPC workflows are falling by the wayside in favor of new approaches that might Read more…

Amazon Lead Highlights HPC Cloud Progress

Feb 20, 2014 |

While the use of public cloud resources for high performance computing applications is laden with some significant performance and other problems for some users, there are several HPC applications that finding a suitable home on the Amazon cloud. From the initial launch of their HPC instance types a couple of years ago, which was followed Read more…

Short Takes

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…

Microsoft Brings GreenButton Into Azure Fold

May 1, 2014 |

Microsoft announced today its acquisition of New Zealand-based cloud startup GreenButton. A partner of the company’s Azure Windows cloud play since 2011, GreenButton fits well under Microsoft’s “Big Compute” umbrella. Windows Azure General Manager Mike Neil revealed the news this morning in a blog entry, although the terms of the deal have not been disclosed Read more…

Want to Snapshot Your Supercomputer?

Apr 16, 2014 |

Nimbix, Inc., one of the original HPC cloud vendors, sought to usher in a new era of heterogeneous cloud computing with the unveiling of its JARVICE platform in November. The platform-as-a-service offering uses high performance cloud hardware to create Nimbix Application Environments (NAEs) for high throughput batch processing. Once the environments are created and deployed Read more…

Scheduling HPC as a Service

Feb 19, 2014 |

HPC has always been the go-to field for solving large-scale scientific and engineering problems. However, running applications on HPC systems requires significant technical know-how of the underlying systems software to effectively run applications. To address the tedium of setting up HPC environments, HPC as a Service (HPCaaS) has recently been proposed to move HPC into Read more…

Off the Wire

Mellanox Introduces New Ethernet Switches

Oct 15, 2014 |

BARCELONA, Spain, Oct. 15 — Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of end-to-end interconnect solutions for servers and storage systems, today announced the addition of three new top-of-rack Open Ethernet software-defined networking (SDN) switches to its 10/40/56 Gigabit Ethernet switch product portfolio. Based on Mellanox’s SwitchX-2 switch ICs, the new SX1400, SX1700 and SX1710 Ethernet switches Read more…

Emulex Introduces New Offerings for HP ProLiant Gen9 Platforms

Oct 13, 2014 |

COSTA MESA, Calif., Oct. 13 — Emulex Corporation, a leader in network connectivity, monitoring and management, announced a broad range of I/O connectivity solutions for the new HP ProLiant Gen9 rack and blade servers designed to support next generation workloads such as virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), big data analytics, and emerging compute architectures such as network Read more…

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…