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Trim Cloud Fat to Reduce Your ‘Waste Line’

Trim Cloud Fat to Reduce Your ‘Waste Line’

Who doesn’t love the cloud? You have to enjoy the agility and ability to spin up resources ...

A Call for National Action: HPC ‘At the Frontier of Competition’

A Call for National Action: HPC ‘At the Frontier of Competition’

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a Washington D.C. think tank with close ties to the ...

Trio of New Systems Expands IBM All-Flash Storage Portfolio for Hyperscale and Cloud

Trio of New Systems Expands IBM All-Flash Storage Portfolio for Hyperscale ...

Calling it the foundation of its cloud and cognitive computing strategy, IBM has significantly expanded its all-flash ...

Orchestrating Simulations on a Formula 1 CFD Cluster with Grid Engine

Orchestrating Simulations on a Formula 1 CFD Cluster with Grid Engine

Sports and advanced scale computing have teamed up for well over a decade, but in possibly no ...


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Who doesn’t love the cloud? You have to enjoy the agility and ability to spin up resources at the drop of a credit card, as well as the way you can easily scale resources up and down, at will to match demand. On the other hand, it’s easy to have too much of a good thing. That’s how you ... Full article
The electrical grid, water, roads and bridges—the infrastructure we take for granted—is seldom noticed until it's unavailable. The burgeoning open source software movement is taking steps to help rebuild crumbling U.S. civil infrastructure while capitalizing on expansion in emerging markets by providing software building blocks to help develop interoperable and secure transportation, electric power, oil and gas as well ... Full article
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a Washington D.C. think tank with close ties to the Office of Science and Technology Policy and government broadly, today released an expansive report – The Vital Importance of High- Performance Computing to U.S. Competitiveness – and also held a panel to discuss the report’s recommendation. Noteworthy, many of the panelists are ... Full article
The inexorable shift to cloud computing and the embrace of scalable cloud-native applications and services has prompted an industry effort to harmonize IT technologies emerging around the nascent application container movement and the packaging of application development and operations. The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) launched last year to coordinate interface and other standards. By harmonizing container technologies and ... Full article
In a bid to bring Google-like cloud infrastructure to the enterprise, application container specialist CoreOS is rolling out a tool for managing OpenStack deployments based on its technology stack for deploying containers based on the Kubernetes cluster manager. The CoreOS tool dubbed Stackanetes unveiled at this week's OpenStack Summit in Austin, Texas, leverages Google's cluster orchestration technology to deploy ... Full article
The OpenStack community is highlighting the cloud platform's steady progress within large enterprises during its annual summit this week in Austin, Texas. Along with a growing list of hyper-scale use cases, the nascent movement sought to dispel deployment and complexity worries by claiming that half of Fortune 100 companies are now running OpenStack. A user survey released earlier this ... Full article
Promoters of software-defined datacenters insist this is year that the IT strategy gains traction and, according to one upbeat survey, becomes a fixture in U.S. enterprises. A key reason is that a growing percentage of tech executives believe security will be less of an obstacle to wider adoption of software-defined infrastructure. Nevertheless, a survey by cloud security specialist HyTrust ... Full article
Since unveiling its Linux mainframe servers at last summer's LinuxCon conference, IBM has been adding more open-source distributions to its LinuxOne line of z Systems-based mainframes. This week it added the latest release of Canonical's Ubuntu platform that the partners said would help ease growing hybrid cloud deployments. Ubuntu joins a growing list of Linux distributions running on IBM ... Full article
A new data-as-a-service platform targeting high-frequency traders adds momentum to the growing trend toward combining cloud-based computing with precise market data. In this case, a widely used time-sensitive data format called GPS packet capture. Manhattan-based financial software and data management specialist MayStreet this week rolled out a data platform that targets precise, GPS capture data, otherwise known as .pcap, ... Full article
Intel took a major step yesterday in its transformation from a PC company to one focused on the data center, Internet of Things (IoT), and the cloud, announcing plans to cut approximately 12,000 jobs in a restructuring. The announcement coincided with release of Q1 results in which Intel had GAAP revenues of $13.7 billion and net income of $2.6 ... Full article
The datacenter operating system movement continues to gather momentum with the announcement by Apache Mesos developer Mesosphere of a broad alliance backing the beta release of an all-encompassing platform for building and scaling enterprise applications. The new platform, dubbed DC/OS, is based on Mesosphere's datacenter operation system tool. The initial release of DC/OS announced on Tuesday (4/19) expands earlier ... Full article
The application container ecosystem continues to thrive as illustrated by another burst of activity this month, including the release of a new image specification and more evidence that Docker containers are making steady headway in upgrading the enterprise software supply chain. Container leader Docker released a user survey in mid-April asserting that its platform is hastening the enterprise shift ... Full article
Custom versions of application containers are emerging that meet stringent requirements. Among the first is an HPC-specific container platform dubbed "Singularity" built around what its developers say is the concept of "mobility of compute." Despite the fact that commercial and open source application containers are making steady headway in production settings, researchers overseeing HPC operations at Lawrence Berkeley National ... Full article
Organizations are racing to the cloud at an accelerating pace – with growing anxiety. Concerns about cloud security are the core finding of a new study from Intel Security that reveals a variety of conflicting cloud adoption perceptions. Even as most IT managers point to compliance as the biggest concern with cloud adoption (some admit they don’t know if ... Full article
Given the current state of the global energy sector—including the nation's largest coal mining company filing for bankruptcy protection this week—no current operator can afford to drill a dry well. Given the high stakes, the oil and gas industry is embracing new HPC techniques that now include information fusion and metadata analytics. Practitioners of these approaches speaking at the ... Full article
Advancements in assisted driving software and self-driving vehicles portend a new era for ground transportation. One of the less-talked-about set of capabilities behind this trend is the integration of automobiles with the internet. This coalescence of two different industries is already underway and is changing the way we travel in areas like navigation, safety, and in-car entertainment. But the ... Full article
As OpenStack users align around its standard APIs for deploying cloud infrastructure, adoption of application container technologies on OpenStack platforms continues to generated the most buzz in the latest OpenStack user survey released this week. Still, the survey found that OpenStack deployments remain complex and the technology brings with it a steep learning curve before users can reap its ... Full article
Building on the growing enterprise shift toward developer operations, a storage startup is emerging from stealth mode with and "elastic" data fabric approach that promises to deliver public cloud-like block storage to hybrid cloud platforms. Datera, founded by the creators of the Linux IO storage stack, also announced a $40 million funding round on Tuesday (April 12) that includes ... Full article
Cloud instances are typically spun out on a one-off basis across an enterprise. Most organizations have multiple cloud accounts purchased in a decentralized, ad hoc way. For large companies with $100,000+ monthly cloud fees, monitoring use and spending on public cloud services is a daunting task. Those with compute- and data-intensive advanced scale analytics implementations are at particular risk ... Full article
Worldwide, the HPC market is booming as the industry enters the era of exascale-size data sets, and supercomputing applications expand beyond the academic and scientific world into financial services, life sciences, manufacturing, oil and gas, aerospace, defense, and more. Analysts predict the HPC market will reach more than $44 billion by 2020. For many more industries, HPC – and ... Full article





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