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A Blueprint for Centralized Research Data Storage and Sharing

Mar 3, 2014 |

The University of Colorado Boulder PetaLibrary storage system was recently deployed by the CU Research Computing (RC) group to address the increasing challenges that researchers face regarding large-scale data storage and data management. The PetaLibrary, in part funded by the National Science Foundation, provides a variety of services to campus researchers including high-performance short-term storage, Read more…

Cray Goes Back to the Future for Weather Forecasting

Feb 16, 2014 |

Weather forecasting has come a long way since June of 1977, when the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) first contracted Cray to deliver one of its early Cray-1A systems across the pond. This was the first time a Cray found its way to the old country—an installation that set the stage for Read more…

Lustre Scores Business Class Upgrade with HSM

Nov 6, 2013 |

OpenSFS, the Intel-backed sponsors of the main community version of Lustre, announced the latest release of the file system, which comes with a number of features designed to push Lustre further past the halls of HPC and into a much more diverse pool of potential users. During a conversation about this update with Galen Shipman, Read more…

Small TACC Cluster Set to Shatter IOPS Ceiling

Oct 18, 2013 |

The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) has been in the habit of spinning up some rather interesting machines these days, including the hybrid Stampede system. In early 2015, the center will be home to another notable resource—Wrangler, a data analysis and management cluster aimed at aiding the data-intensive need of the open science community. Taking Read more…

Terascala Targets Lustre’s Enterprise Curb Appeal

Oct 15, 2013 |

Founded in 2005, Terascala has focused on the simulation, analysis and modeling application needs of a number of HPC-oriented industries, including financial services, manufacturing, the life sciences, and at the heart of several research institutions. On that “traditional HPC” front, the company has managed to secure some wins, including via their strategic partnership with Dell Read more…

Short Takes

TACC Spurs Data-Intensive Science with Corral

Oct 11, 2013 |

Corral, the DataDirect Networks storage system installed at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), recently crossed the one petabyte mark in total data stored, and it now hosts over 100 unique data collections.

The Evolving Memory Market

Aug 28, 2013 |

The market for computer memory is entering a period of punctuated evolution as a result of several forces, including the continued growth of mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, as well as growth in the cloud data centers and communication networks that serve data to mobile users. HPC workloads also play a part in the changing memory landscape.

IQBG and the Benefits of the Cloud-First Initiative

Jul 10, 2013 |

One D.C.-area company called IQ Business Group (IQBG) has already reaped the benefits of the cloud emphasis, having secured a $53 million contract with the Department of the Interior (DOI) over eight years. IQBG has been tapped to provide the DOI with a workable SaaS platform upon which the federal agency can relocate its emails and files.

OpenStack and the SDSC Research Cloud

Jun 6, 2013 |

The San Diego Supercomputer Center launched a public cloud system for universities in the area designed specifically to run on commodity hardware with high performance solid-state drives. The center, which currently holds 5.5 PB of raw storage, is open to educational and research users in the University of California.

TACC’s Hadoop Cluster Breaks New Ground

May 30, 2013 |

A 256-node Hadoop system at the University of Texas at Austin is breaking down the barriers that have traditionally kept high performance computing relegated to technical experts. Nearly 70 students and researchers at TACC have used the cluster to crunch big datasets, and provide potential answers to questions in the fields of biomedicine, linguistics, and astronomy.

Off the Wire

TYAN Launches Array of Platforms Supporting New Intel Xeon Processor Family

Sep 9, 2014 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Sept. 9 — TYAN, an industry-leading, server platform design manufacturer, and subsidiary of MITAC Computing Technology Corporation, launched its full array of platforms supporting the latest Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product family. With 5 products and 10 SKUs in total, TYAN’s comprehensive Haswell-EP based product line addresses the diverse needs of datacenter Read more…

AMAX Upgrades Platforms with Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 Processors

Sep 8, 2014 |

FREMONT, Calif., Sept. 8 — AMAX, a leading provider of cloud/IaaS, Big Data, HPC and Server Appliance platforms, has announced its diverse product line, including the award-winning CloudMax™ Converged Cloud solution and PHAT-Data™ Hadoop cluster, are available integrated with the latest Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 family. Key AMAX server platforms that will be available with the new Intel Xeon Read more…

AICUP Schools Select 3ROX and PSC for Internet Access, Computing, and Storage

Sep 5, 2014 |

Sept. 5 — A group of eight western Pennsylvania Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP) member-institutions have selected the Three Rivers Optical Exchange (3ROX) as their commodity Internet provider and regional network administrator and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) for computing and storage resources. This new relationship will provide improved Internet access Read more…

University of Arkansas Receives NSF Grant

Sep 5, 2014 |

Sept. 5 — The National Science Foundation has awarded the University of Arkansas at Little Rock a $291,908 grant for the purchase of a high-performance data storage system that will be a first at this scale for higher education and research in Arkansas. The three-year grant will help UALR’s Computational Research Center (CRC) acquire a peta-scale data Read more…

Convey Computer Joins OpenPOWER Foundation

Sep 3, 2014 |

RICHARDSON, Tex., Sept. 3 — Convey Computer, the leader in hybrid-core computing, today announced the company has joined the OpenPOWER Foundation, an open development community based on the POWER microprocessor architecture. Convey joins a growing roster of technology organizations working collaboratively to build advanced server, networking, storage and acceleration technology as well as industry leading open source Read more…