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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…

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…

Short Takes

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…

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…

Off the Wire

Mellanox Collaborates With Microsoft and Micron

May 5, 2015 |

CHICAGO, Ill., May 5 — Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions, announced today its collaboration with Microsoft Corp. and Micron to build the first-ever cloud solution connected by 100Gb/s Ethernet with the Mellanox CloudX platform. The solution utilizes Microsoft’s next-generation Windows Server 2016 Storage Spaces Direct technology, Micron’s M500DC 800GB 2.5 Read more…

Nimbix and Mangstor Announce Converged High Performance Platform as a Service

May 5, 2015 |

DALLAS and AUSTIN, Tex., May 5 — Nimbix and Mangstor today announced a joint technology offering designed to accelerate high performance data analysis for seismic processing, bioinformatics, and other big data analytics use cases in the Nimbix Cloud. Today’s large-scale distributed applications demand tight integration between high performance compute and storage in order to process massive amounts Read more…

Infinera and Arista Networks to Accelerate Datacenter Interconnection

May 5, 2015 |

May 5 — Infinera, provider of Intelligent Transport Networks, and Arista Networks, Inc., announced a technology alliance to deliver scalable, turn-key metro and regional Cloud networking solutions that combine high-performance datacenter switching along with high-capacity, low-power, rack and stack optical transport for datacenter interconnect applications for Internet content providers, enterprises and service providers. The solution Read more…

Supermicro to Begin Shipping New 6U MicroBlade Portfolio

May 4, 2015 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 4 — Super Micro Computer, Inc., a global leader in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing, is shipping the new extreme-density server platform in high volume, targeting hyper-scale data center, cloud, web hosting environments and video streaming, VDI, high performance video/graphics applications. MicroBlade is a revolutionary, converged architecture that helps data centers Read more…

Open Cloud Consortium Collaborates With NOAA to Release Environmental Data

Apr 29, 2015 |

CHICAGO, Ill. April 28 – The Open Cloud Consortium (OCC) is pleased to announce an agreement with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to make more of NOAA’s extensive environmental data available to the public. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker presented attendees with a first glimpse of the potential these collaborations offer on Read more…