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Care and Feeding of Your Cluster

Feb 23, 2015 |

In the previous Cluster Lifecycle Management column, I described the crucial steps that should be taken to deploy and validate your new cluster. In this column, I discuss how best to move the system into production, configure, and maintain it so that operations run smoothly and efficiently for the long term. Once the deployment and Read more…

Integrating Coprocessors Into Univa Grid Engine

Dec 10, 2014 |

Univa, which became the sole purveyor of commercially supported Grid Engine a little over a year ago when the middleware vendor acquired the source code, copyrights, and trademarks associated with the software from Oracle, recently held a webinar to address how coprocessors like NVIDIA GPUs and Intel Xeon Phis are being integrated and used in a Univa 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…

Diversity Divides the HPC Middleware Market

Jun 5, 2014 |

There’s nothing simple about defining middleware to begin with, but that process gets far more complex when the goal is to paint a broad picture of trends around such a nebulous set of tools. Despite the enormity of the task, HPC analyst group, Intersect360 Research, tied together a wealth of findings around a comprehensive definition Read more…

What Drives Investment in the Middle of HPC?

May 15, 2014 |

When it comes to covering supercomputers, the most attention falls on the front runners on the Top 500. However, a closer look at the tail-end of the rankings reveals some rather interesting use cases—not to mention courses of development, system design, and user-driven requirements for future build out. The University of Florida is home to Read more…

Short Takes

NSF Promotes Data Science with $31M Award

Oct 1, 2014 |

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced today some $31 million in awards for 17 innovative projects geared toward the promotion of data science and a robust data infrastructure. The National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to improve the nation’s capacity in data science by investing in the development of infrastructure, making it easer to use data, Read more…

LANL Demos Extreme Scale Indexing

Jun 3, 2014 |

An HPC middleware project currently underway at Los Alamos National Laboratory has reached a significant milestone. The new supercomputing tool, developed as part of the Multi-dimensional Hashed Indexed Middleware (MDHIM) project, made 1,782,105,749 key/value inserts per second into a globally-ordered key space on Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Moonlight supercomputer. The demonstration showcases the potential of MDHIM Read more…

Data Management in Times of Disaster

Apr 4, 2014 |

When natural disaster strikes – be it a flood, an earthquake or a tsunami – every second counts. Just as emergency teams must be ready to go in a moment’s notice so must critical data management systems. This important topic, an essential element of civil protection around the world, is the focus of a research paper, Read more…

The Big Data of Holistic Performance Analysis

Mar 19, 2014 |

Without the possibility of revolutionary new shifts in large-scale computing on the hardware horizon, an increasing amount of attention is being turned to various modes of optimization. These efforts extend beyond tweaking codes for HPC systems into the realm of using detailed, holistic performance data to maximize performance and efficiency across existing architectures. According to 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

iRODS Consortium Welcomes NASA’s Atmospheric Science Data Center

Feb 9, 2015 |

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Feb. 9 — The Atmospheric Science Data Center (ASDC) at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., has signed an agreement to become the newest member of the iRODS Consortium. The iRODS Consortium is a membership organization of users and service providers that sustains the integrated Rule-Oriented Data System (iRODS) as free Read more…