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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Reflections on the NSF Supercomputer Center Program

Jan 4, 2010 |

In a position paper for community input at NSF’s Future of High Performance Computing Workshop in early December, Calit2 Director Larry Smarr reviewed the successes, failures and continuing challenges of the NSF supercomputing program that he helped create.

10GbE Networking for HPC — Applications and Technology Trends

Jun 15, 2009 |

So far, 10GbE has been a high-end luxury for environments that want maximum performance regardless of cost, but that’s changing fast. The per-port pricing gap between 10GbE and alternate network options is narrowing rapidly as more vendors increase the competitive pressure on pricing for related components.

Wolfram Alpha Boots Up

May 18, 2009 |

Welcome to the era of the computational Web. Wolfram Alpha, Stephen Wolfram’s online “computational knowledge engine” debuted on Friday evening, and was officially launched on Monday on its Web site.

Real Scale, Real Problems: Yahoo Brings 3 New Universities into the Fold

Apr 16, 2009 |

Late last week Yahoo announced that it had expanded the circle of universities with access to M45, the 4,000 core cluster that the company made available for “internet-scale” research in November of 2007.

Cisco Takes Its Shot at Grand Unification for the Datacenter

Mar 19, 2009 |

Cisco has announced its much-anticipated Unified Computing Solution (UCS). Behind the marketing is a mostly enterprise play, but the company is hinting at an HPC angle for UCS. We’ll tell you what we know now, and how this might impact your high performance computing deployment plans.

Short Takes

CERN Generates Worldwide Data Stream

Jan 19, 2011 |

CERN’s Worldwide LHC Computing Grid is the superhighway for particle physics data.

Have Honey, Will Compute: Bees Wax Numeric

Oct 25, 2010 |

When it comes to solving certain complex math problems, bees are, well, the bee’s knees.

Web-based Tool Battles Dishonest Campaigning

Sep 28, 2010 |

Truthy.indiana.edu exposes dirty politics on the Web.

Data Mined for Love Connection

Sep 7, 2010 |

Clues left on social media sites help singles find love.

TED Talks for the IT Crowd

Sep 1, 2010 |

A hand-picked selection of video presentations from the TED conference — because the next big thing has to start somewhere.

Off the Wire

Supermicro Exhibits New SDN Switch Solutions

Apr 1, 2014 |

LAS VEGAS, Nev., April 1  —  Super Micro Computer, Inc., a global leader in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing highlights its new advanced Software Defined Networking (SDN) SuperSwitch and MicroBlade microserver solutions at Interop, Las Vegas this week. At the show, Supermicro launches its new 1U SDN switch platform developed using the Intel Read more…

Mellanox Introduces LinkX Portfolio

Mar 10, 2014 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., March 10 — Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced its LinkX comprehensive product portfolio of cables and transceivers supporting interconnect speeds of 10, 40 and 56 gigabit per second for both Ethernet and InfiniBand data center networks. As Read more…

Ethernet Alliance to Participate at OFC 2014

Mar 4, 2014 |

BEAVERTON, Ore., March 4 — The Ethernet Alliance, a global consortium dedicated to the continued success and advancement of Ethernet technologies today announced it will once again be taking part in the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition (OFC 2014), March 11 – 13, 2014 in San Francisco, Calif. A premier global optical communications and networking event, the conference Read more…

QLogic Gen 5 Fibre Channel Adapters Available for Lenovo Servers

Mar 4, 2014 |

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., March 4 — QLogic, the industry leader in Fibre Channel adapters, today announced that its award-winning FlexSuite 2600 Series 16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel adapters are now shipping for the Lenovo ThinkServer Product Family. Continued collaboration between QLogic and Lenovo demonstrates an ongoing commitment to deliver true enterprise-class server and storage performance Read more…

NEC Announces Version 5.1 of ProgrammableFlow Networking Suite

Mar 3, 2014 |

IRVING, Tex., March. 3 — NEC Corporation of America (NEC), a leading provider and integrator of advanced IT and communications solutions, and a pioneer in OpenFlow-based Software-defined Networking (SDN), and NEC Corporation in Japan today announced Version 5.1 of its award-winning ProgrammableFlow Networking Suite, which introduces a new OpenFlow-based, software-defined data center interconnect solution – the Unified Read more…