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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…

HPC Roots Feed Big Data Branches

Feb 9, 2014 |

In this segment of our continuing “HPC Lessons for the Wider Enterprise World” series, we’ll take a look at one of the key movements that’s pushed HPC into the mainstream view—big data. Whether or not it’s an overplayed buzzword, the reality is, the phenomenon is driving new awareness of HPC in a growing set of commercial IT circles; pushing traditional HPC vendors into new enterprise territory; and helping the highest ends of both the commercial and research computing find a new golden era of new tools, frameworks and methodologies for tackling demanding data.

Scaling the Super Cloud

Jan 15, 2014 |

“The number one problem we face as humanity is getting people to think outside of the boxes they bought,” says Cycle Computing CEO, Jason Stowe. His company has made big waves and proven that the combination of Amazon servers and their own innovations can open new infrastructure options for users with HPC applications. For instance, Read more…

Short Takes

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…

India Rides Tech Convergence Wave Into 2014

Feb 10, 2014 |

Industry and government leaders in India are anticipating an even stronger focus on cloud computing, HPC and big data technologies over the next year as businesses seek out more efficient and cost-effective ways to drive productivity and profit. According to Intel South Asia Director Sales Suryanarayanan B, India will have more supercomputers listed on the TOP500 and increased Read more…

Off the Wire

SoftLayer Introduces New Bare Metal Servers

Aug 26, 2014 |

DALLAS, Tex., Aug. 26 — SoftLayer, an IBM Company, today announced the immediate availability of new bare metal servers that are deployed in under 30 minutes and billed by the hour. Hourly bare metal servers provide the raw performance of physical servers with shorter commitments, making it easier than ever to deploy computing-intensive workloads on SoftLayer Read more…

Zadara iSER VPSA Introduced

Aug 25, 2014 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Aug. 25 — Zadara Storage today announced a new high performance storage as a service (STaaS) solution offering for private clouds – the Zadara iSER VPSA – using a first of its kind Ethernet transport mechanism for exceptional performance at reduced costs. The latest generation of its award-winning Virtual Private Storage Array services, iSER VPSA takes advantage Read more…

AMAX to Showcase CloudMax at VMworld

Aug 25, 2014 |

FREMONT, Calif., Aug. 25 — AMAX, a leading provider of cloud/IaaS, Big Data, and HPC platforms, will be showcasing its award-winning CloudMax Converged Cloud Infrastructure Solution at VMworld 2014, to be held August 24-27th at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. CloudMax, recent winner of Intel’s Server Innovation Award for Best Data Center Product, is a Read more…

IBM to Add Power Systems Linux Services to Innovation and Client Centers

Aug 22, 2014 |

CHICAGO, Ill., Aug. 22 – At the LinuxCon North America conference today, IBM announced it is tapping into its global network of over 50 IBM Innovation Centers and IBM Client Centers to help IBM Business Partners, IT professionals, academics, and entrepreneurs develop and deliver new Big Data and cloud computing software applications for clients using Linux on IBM Read more…

Inspur Selects Micron as Leading Memory Provider for Server Portfolio

Aug 20, 2014 |

BOISE, Idaho, Aug. 20 — Micron Technology, Inc. and Inspur Group today announced that Micron’s 8Gb DDR3 SDRAM components will be used in a wide range of Inspur’s computing products. This announcement follows Micron’s July 11 introduction of the industry’s first monolithic 8Gb DDR3 SDRAM, based on the company’s latest-generation 25nm DRAM manufacturing process. The 8Gb DDR3 SDRAM Read more…