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CCC Weighs in on Need for Industry-Academic Collaboration

Sep 22, 2016 |

How best to foster academic-industry collaboration is a hot topic. The National Strategic Computing Initiative calls it out as one of five imperatives. The Department of Energy’s HPC4Mfg program has been liberally doling project grants. Now, Community Computing Consortium has issued a report, The Future of Computing Research: Industry-Academic Collaborations, which likewise underscores the success Read more…

New Genomics Pipeline Combines AWS, Local HPC, and Supercomputing

Sep 22, 2016 |

Declining DNA sequencing costs and the rush to do whole genome sequencing (WGS) of large cohort populations – think 5000 subjects now, but many more thousands soon – presents a formidable computational challenge to researchers attempting to make sense of large cohort datasets. No single architecture is best. This month researchers report developing a hybrid Read more…

Energy Giant Vestas Harnesses HPC and Analytics for Renewables

Sep 21, 2016 |

The energy industry was an early adopter of supercomputing; in fact, energy companies have the most powerful supercomputers in the commercial world. And although HPC in the energy sector is almost exclusively associated with seismic workloads, it also plays a critical role with renewables as well, reflecting the growing maturity of that vertical. The largest Read more…

Larry Smarr Helps NCSA Celebrate 30th Anniversary

Sep 20, 2016 |

Throughout the past year, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications has been celebrating its 30th anniversary. On Friday, Larry Smarr, whose unsolicited 1983 proposal to the National Science Foundation (NSF) begat NCSA in 1985 and helped spur NSF to create not one but five national centers for supercomputing, gave a celebratory talk at NCSA.

DDN Names Robert Triendl SVP Global Sales, Marketing and Field Services

Sep 16, 2016 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 16 — DataDirect Networks (DDN) today announced the promotion of Robert Triendl to senior vice president of global sales, marketing and field services. Leveraging his more than eight years of experience successfully leading DDN’s Asia Pacific, European and Japanese markets, Triendl will now focus on accelerating the worldwide adoption of DDN’s end-to-end Read more…

Gartner Says Worldwide Server Revenue Declined in Second Quarter of 2016, While Shipments Increased

Sep 14, 2016 |

STAMFORD, Conn., Sept. 14 — In the second quarter of 2016, worldwide server revenue declined 0.8 per cent year over year, while shipments grew 2 per cent from the second quarter of 2015, according to Gartner, Inc. There was some shuffling among the top vendors in the second quarter, as Dell moved into the top spot Read more…

Altair Acquires Solid Iris Technologies

Sep 14, 2016 |

TROY, Mich., Sept. 14 — Altair has acquired Solid Iris Technologies, a Greece-based technology company specializing in photorealistic rendering and visualization, with its high-end solution “Thea Render”. The companies have built a relationship over the past several years, with Altair using Solid Iris’ Thea Render superior technology to provide rendering functionality in its solidThinking Evolve concept design Read more…

Bright Computing Announces Reseller Agreement With SGI

Sep 13, 2016 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 13 — Bright Computing, the leading provider of hardware-agnostic cluster and cloud management software, today announced a reseller agreement with SGI, a global leader in high-performance solutions for compute, data analytics and data management. Bright’s cluster management software is compatible with SGI ICE X and XA systems, and SGI Rackable systems. Deploying Bright Cluster Manager on SGI supercomputers Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup (Sept. 8, 2016)

Sep 8, 2016 |

Here at HPCwire, we aim to keep the HPC community apprised of the most relevant and interesting news items that get tweeted throughout the week. The tweets that caught our eye this past week are presented below. Check back in next Thursday for an entirely updated list. The Tweet of the Week goes to @hpcnotes for Read more…

IBM Debuts Power8 Chip with NVLink and 3 New Systems

Sep 8, 2016 |

Not long after revealing more details about its next-gen Power9 chip due in 2017, IBM today rolled out three new Power8-based Linux servers and a new version of its Power8 chip featuring on-chip NVLink interconnect. One of the servers – Power S822LC for High Performance Computing – uses the new chip (Power8 with NVLink) to Read more…

Merged Dell-EMC Targets Hybrid Cloud

Sep 7, 2016 |

If bigger is better, the new IT behemoth Dell Technologies Inc. that combines the holdings of Dell and storage leader EMC Corp. fits the bill with the completion a $60 billion merger of cloud, storage, virtualization and hardware components that will seek to be all things to all enterprise IT customers.

Dell Completes Acquisition of EMC

Sep 7, 2016 |

AUSTIN, Tex., Sept. 7 — Dell Technologies today announced completion of the acquisition of EMC Corporation, creating a unique family of businesses that provides the essential infrastructure for organizations to build their digital future, transform IT and protect their most important asset, information. This combination creates a $74 billion market leader with an expansive technology portfolio Read more…

Adaptive Computing Acquired by ALA Services

Sep 7, 2016 |

PROVO, Utah, Sept. 7 — Adaptive Computing, provider of award-winning workload and resource orchestration software, announces it has been acquired by ALA Services LLC (ALA), the investment entity of Arthur L. Allen, founder, former President and CEO of ASG Software Solutions Inc. Art Allen and team bring a wealth of experience in understanding software platforms used Read more…

SAVE Project to Improve HSA Energy Use Wraps Up

Sep 6, 2016 |

The three-year European SAVE project, which wraps up this week, has produced tools and technologies that can help reduce heterogeneous system architecture (HSA) energy costs by 20 percent say its organizers. SAVE is the somewhat abbreviated acronym for Self-Adaptive Virtualization-Aware High-Performance/Low-Energy Heterogeneous System Architectures, a EU collaborative research project, funded by the EU’s Seventh Framework Read more…

Intel to Acquire Movidius

Sep 6, 2016 |

The following is a blog post written by Josh Walden, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Intel’s New Technology Group. Sept. 6 — We’re entering an era where devices must be smart and connected. When a device is capable of understanding and responding to its environment, entirely new and unprecedented solutions present themselves. As part Read more…

HPC Career Notes (Sept. 2016)

Sep 1, 2016 |

In this monthly feature, we’ll keep you up-to-date on the latest career developments for individuals in the high performance computing community. Whether it’s a promotion, new company hire, or even an accolade, we’ve got the details. Check in each month for an updated list and you may even come across someone you know, or better Read more…

DOE’s Year-old HPC4Mfg Program Announces 13 New Projects

Aug 31, 2016 |

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) program, roughly a year old, continues to gather momentum with the recent award of $3.8M for 13 new industry projects. More effective collaboration with and transfer of HPC knowledge to industry is a growing imperative at DOE and aligned with the National Strategic Computing Read more…

Dell and EMC Transaction Set to Close on September 7

Aug 31, 2016 |

Aug. 31 — Dell Inc. and EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC) announced that they intend to close the transaction to combine Dell and EMC on Wednesday, September 7, 2016.  Dell Technologies, the name of the new combined company, will begin operating immediately following the close of the transaction. Today’s announcement follows regulatory approval of the Dell Read more…

Rackspace Acquired by Apollo Global for $4.3 Billion

Aug 29, 2016 |

SAN ANTONIO, Tex., Aug. 29 — Rackspace (NYSE: RAX), the #1 managed cloud company, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with affiliates of certain funds (the “Apollo Funds”) managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC (together with its consolidated subsidiaries, “Apollo”) (NYSE: APO), a leading global alternative investment manager, to be acquired for $32.00 per share Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Aug 25, 2016 |

Here at HPCwire, we aim to keep the HPC community apprised of the most relevant and interesting news items that get tweeted throughout the week. The tweets that caught our eye this past week are presented below. Check back in next Thursday for an entirely updated list. Prof. Keyes, director of @KAUST_ECRC mentoring #KAUST #VSRP students Read more…