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Briefing Alert: SoftBank will Purchase ARM Ltd for $32B

Jul 18, 2016 |

ARM Ltd has agreed to be bought by Japanese technology company SoftBank for $32B according to both companies. ARM-based chips are already dominant players in the mobile computing market and recently efforts to push ARM processors into servers, including HPC, have gained momentum. For example, Japan’s next flagship supercomputer, the post K Computer, will be Read more…

NVIDIA Debuts PCIe-based P100; Broadens Aim at CPU Dominance

Jun 19, 2016 |

NVIDIA seems to be mounting a vigorous effort to dethrone the CPU as the leader of the processor pack for HPC and demanding datacenter workloads. That’s a tall order. Introduction at ISC 2016 of a PCIe-based version of is new Tesla P100 card is one element in the strategy. It should ease the upgrade path Read more…

Heading into ISC16, OpenHPC Releases Latest Stack with 60-plus Packages

Jun 16, 2016 |

SC15 was sort of a muted launch party for OpenHPC – the nascent effort to develop a ‘plug-and-play’ software framework for HPC. There seemed to be widespread agreement the idea had merit, not a lot of knowledge of details, and some wariness because Intel was a founding member and vocal advocate. Next week, ISC16 will mark the next milestone for OpenHPC, which has since grown into a full-fledged Linux Foundation Collaborative Project and today released version 1.0.1 of OpenHPC (build and test tools).

Technology Test Drive: PNNL Offers Exploratory Licenses

May 10, 2016 |

Signing a two-page agreement and paying just $1,000 can get U.S. companies an opportunity to test drive promising technologies through a new, user-friendly commercialization option being offered at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. PNNL is the only DOE lab to offer this option, called an exploratory license, which gives companies six months Read more…

IBM Expands All-Flash Storage; Takes Aim at Cognitive Computing and Cloud

Apr 27, 2016 |

Calling it the foundation of its cloud and cognitive computing strategy, IBM has significantly expanded its all-flash storage platform portfolio with the announcement today of three new array products aimed at managing massive amounts of data associated with cloud-based, high-performance workloads. Targeting hyperscale, cloud data centers and cloud service providers (CSP), the systems utilize IBM’s Read more…

Cray’s Barry Bolding on 2016 Trends Including Big Data and the HPC Productivity Imperative

Jan 4, 2016 |

Cray doesn’t do Top500 press releases says Barry Bolding, Cray SVP and Chief Strategy Officer. Not a bad strategy when you don’t have to: five Crays are in the Top Ten of the latest Top500 list (Nov. 2015) including the two newest machines (Trinity (DOE) and Hazel-Hen (HLRS)). Media coverage and market notice are inevitable. Read more…

Hadoop and Spark Get RADICAL at SC15

Nov 13, 2015 |

The rapid maturation of the Apache Hadoop ecosystem has caught the eyes of HPC professionals who are eager to take advantage of emerging big data tools, such as Spark. One HPC group presenting on the topic at the SC15 show this week in Austin, Texas, is Rutgers University’s RADICAL team. The Research in Advanced Distributed Read more…

IBM and Mubadala to Bring Watson to the Middle East and North Africa

Jul 14, 2015 |

ABU DHABI, UAE, July 14 — IBM and Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala), the Abu Dhabi-based investment and development company, today announced an agreement to bring IBM Watson to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The companies will collaborate to deliver powerful Watson cloud-based cognitive computing to healthcare, retail, education, banking and finance organizations. The new joint venture will Read more…

DDN Unveils WOS 2.0 and Details Technology Roadmap

Jun 30, 2015 |

Scalable storage specialist DataDirect Networks (DDN) is launching an aggressive technology roadmap built around software-defined storage, data analytics and other cloud-based services such as active archiving as enterprises cope with growing amounts unstructured data. DDN (Santa Clara, Calif.) led off its technology roadmap with the release Tuesday (June 30) of version 2.0 of its Web Read more…

Mellanox, Supermicro Collaborate to Deliver CloudX-based Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

May 19, 2015 |

VANCOUVER, CANADA – May 19, 2015 – Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance cloud networking solutions, today announced at OpenStack Summit 2015 that it has collaborated with Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI) to provide hyper-converged OpenStack cloud-in-a-rack solutions based on the Mellanox CloudX reference architecture, Supermicro servers and storage, OpenStack cloud Read more…

A*STAR and SMU to Establish CTSBI

Jun 18, 2014 |

June 18 — The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and the Singapore Management University (SMU) will establish a Centre for Technology and Social-Behavioural Insights (CTSBI) to tap on high performance computing technology, big data analytics and behavioural sciences to study people-centric issues and human behaviour including how people think, feel and act in Read more…

Taming the Long Tail of Science

Oct 15, 2012 |

University researchers look for more effective ways of extracting value from an ever-growing deluge of data.

Predicting the Next Cloud Boom

Jul 24, 2012 |

According to a new report from Saugatuck Technology, cloud-based business analytics is poised for huge growth over the next two years.

Is Retail Ready for Supercomputing?

Jan 7, 2010 |

Commodity HPC driving down costs of business intelligence.

A New Business Intelligence Tool for Retailers

Jan 14, 2009 |

With retail sales in their biggest slump since record-keeping began in 1992, businesses are desperately looking for ways to boost the bottom line. Improving productivity in existing stores with technologies like video analytics may turn out to be one of the most effective ways to accomplish this.

HPC in the Land of 24/7

Nov 23, 2007 |

More businesses than ever are employing high performance computing capabilities to fulfill their mission-critical needs. Here we take a look at three companies — NASDAQ, Wal-Mart and FedEx — that are using HPC assets to run their businesses.

HPC and Supply Chain Management

Sep 15, 2006 |

Is supply chain management poised to become an important new application for HPC? At the Council on Competitiveness’ annual HPC Users Conference on September 7, panelists from commercial powerhouses Wal-Mart, Procter & Gamble, Pratt & Whitney and Clopay Plastic Products described their experiences.

High Performance (Potato) Chips

May 5, 2006 |

In this article, we focus on how Procter & Gamble is using high performance computing to create some common, everyday supermarket products. Tom Lange, a 27-year veteran of the company, tells us how P&G models products, processes and production systems for the betterment of consumer package goods.

Family Dollar to Install HP 9000 V-Class Enterprise Srvrs

Oct 23, 1998 |

Palo Alto, CA — Hewlett-Packard Company announced that Family Dollar, Inc., one of the fastest-growing discount-store chains in the United States, will move its enterprise from its current mainframe environment to an HP 9000 Enterprise Server platform running integrated, packaged retail applications from Oracle and Retek Information Systems. The new enterprise solution will allow Family Read more…

Budgens Purchases Sequent NUMA-Q 2000 Servers

Aug 7, 1998 |

Beaverton, OR — Budgens, operator of around 180 small supermarkets and convenience stores, has invested over GBP 700,000 in Sequent Computer System’s powerful NUMA-Q 2000 enterprise servers and professional services as part of an overhaul of its core retail online transaction processing (OLTP) and accounts systems. The contract represents the largest ever spend in a Read more…