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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…

Closing Tape’s Generational Gap

Oct 9, 2013 |

We are in Broomfield, Colorado today with tape storage company, Spectra Logic, to get a better grasp on the future direction of their storage medium’s role in both HPC and larger scale enterprise environments–both of which are being inundated with massive data growth. As the event comes to a close, one thing is for certain–for Read more…

Science On the Outskirts of In-Memory

Sep 4, 2013 |

The term “in memory” has been bandied about quite often in enterprise analytics or “big data” circles, but when it comes to scientific computing, it’s not just about solving storage problems–at least according to GridGain. In a recent computational chemistry infrastructure project, the company was able to highlight the wider advantage of…

Where Has HPC’s Math Gone?

Aug 19, 2013 |

When we think about progress in HPC, most of us use hardware speed, as reported in listings like the Top500, as our yardstick. But, is that the whole story – or even its most important component?

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

Spectra Logic Integrates TS1150 Tape Technology into Three Libraries

Oct 8, 2014 |

BOULDER, Colo., Oct. 8 — Spectra Logic today announced the integration of IBM TS1150 Tape Technology drives and media in three of its enterprise tape libraries: the Spectra T380, T950 and T-Finity. Spectra Logic now provides the largest modular tape library in density and capacity on the planet, the T-Finity; and is also the only vendor to provide an enterprise tape Read more…

Hokkaido University Utilizing DDN Storage

Oct 7, 2014 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 7 — Hokkaido University is offering researchers unprecedented access to Big Data analysis of data stored in Japan’s largest academic cloud using DataDirect Networks (DDN) WOS object storage, Storage Fusion Architecture (SFA) high-performance storage engine delivered as complete solution with the company’s GRIDScaler appliance. Many universities today building HPC-based research computing and engineering infrastructures grapple with the Read more…

VT Utilizing Terascala Storage Appliance

Oct 6, 2014 |

BOSTON, Mass., Oct. 6 — Terascala, the industry leader in High Performance Computing (HPC) storage management software, today announced that a high-performance storage appliance managed by Terascala is simplifying Lustre file system management at Virginia Tech’s Advanced Research Computing (ARC) facility. Available to the Virginia Tech research community, ARC’s mission is to advance computational science, engineering, and technology. Read more…

Seagate Nytro Family of PCIe-Based Flash Acceleration Cards Selected by Kingsoft

Oct 2, 2014 |

CUPERTINO, Calif., Oct. 2 — Seagate Technology plc, a world leader in storage solutions, today announced that its Nytro family of PCIe-based flash acceleration cards have been selected by Kingsoft Cloud Company to run its public cloud servers. As a leading cloud provider in China, Kingsoft Cloud required the flash acceleration and system response time offered Read more…

Projects Headed by UW Researchers Selected for Supercomputer Use

Oct 1, 2014 |

Oct. 1 — Carbon sequestration, planet formation, and two projects that focus on water are the subjects of research University of Wyoming faculty members are conducting with the assistance of the supercomputer in Cheyenne. Four UW research projects were recently awarded computational time and storage space at the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC). Each project was critically Read more…