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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

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.

World’s Smallest Movie Has Big (Data) Implications

May 8, 2013 |

A team of IBM researchers created the world’s smallest movie using the essential building-blocks of matter, atoms.

Off the Wire

Mellanox Announces Collaboration with VMware and Micron

Aug 25, 2014 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Aug. 25 – Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced a collaborative solution using VMware Virtual SAN, a hyper-converged storage product, Mellanox’s 10GbE interconnect and Micron’s solid-state drives (SSDs) that enables a highly efficient Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) deployment. The Read more…

DESY and IBM Develop Big Data Architecture for Science

Aug 21, 2014 |

ARMONK, N.Y. and HAMBURG, Germany, Aug. 21 – IBM today announced it is collaborating with Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), a leading national research center in Germany, to speed up management and storage of massive volumes of x-ray data. The planned Big Data and Analytics architecture based on IBM software defined technology can handle more than 20 gigabyte per second of data at peak Read more…

Terascala Enables Tech-X to Develop Scientific Applications for Big Data

Aug 21, 2014 |

BOSTON, Mass., Aug. 21 – Terascala, the industry leader in high-performance computing (HPC) management software, today announced that Tech-X Corporation (Boulder, Colo.) is using a high-performance storage appliance managed by Terascala software to help the company prototype big data driven scientific applications. Terascala’s software when combined with leading compute and storage systems creates the highest performance and most 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…

Imation Now Offering 6TB Drives with Nexsan E-Series Family

Aug 19, 2014 |

OAKDALE, Minn., Aug. 19 – Imation, a global data storage and information security company, today announced it is now offering 6TB hard disk drives with its Nexsan E-Series family of data storage solutions. Through E-Series, users now can pack more than 1PB of storage capacity into 12 rack units and more than 3.5PB into a standard Read more…