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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 ...

Linux Distributions Expand on IBM Servers

Linux Distributions Expand on IBM Servers

Since unveiling its Linux mainframe servers at last summer's LinuxCon conference, IBM has been adding more open-source ...

Intel Accelerates Shift Away from PCs; Will Cut 12,000 Jobs

Intel Accelerates Shift Away from PCs; Will Cut 12,000 Jobs

Intel took a major step yesterday in its transformation from a PC company to one focused on ...

Volatile Energy Sector Eyes ‘Information Fusion’

Volatile Energy Sector Eyes ‘Information Fusion’

Given the current state of the global energy sector—including the nation's largest coal mining company filing for ...

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April 21, 2016(0)
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
April 19, 2016(0)
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
April 14, 2016(0)
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
April 6, 2016(0)
OpenPOWER Foundation, the mostly IBM-driven effort to create an alternative architecture to Intel x86, took a major step forward today with the announcement of a joint effort by Google and Rackspace to co-develop an open data center server architecture design specification based on IBM’s new POWER9 CPU. Google said the server supports its work with the Facebook-led Open Compute ... Full article
April 1, 2016(1)
Canadian researchers scanning the universe to develop the most detailed map of our three dimensions ever observed are using AMD's GPU accelerator to crunch the celestial data. Based on internal benchmark testing, the chipmaker (NASDAQ:AMD) bills its FirePro S9300 x2 Server GPU as the world’s fastest single-precision GPU accelerator. It claims 13.9 teraflops of "peak single-precision" compute performance, according ... Full article
March 29, 2016(0)
IBM is expanding its embrace of Apache Spark with the release of a mainframe platform that would allow the emerging open-source analytics framework to run natively on the company's mainframe operating system. IBM (NYSE: IBM) said Tuesday (March 29) its z/OS platform for Apache Spark aims to make it easier to access and analyze data "in-place" via the company's ... Full article
February 26, 2016(0)
The point of operating a business is transactions. Hence, a new open source effort designed to create what amounts to an operating system for transactions has attracted major players from the financial and technology sectors. The Linux Foundation effort launched before the holidays is designed to harness block chain technology at the core of Bitcoin digital currency and optimize ... Full article
February 22, 2016(0)
Silicon vendors are joining forces with appliance, software and platform specialists in the latest effort to forge Internet of Things (IoT) interoperability specifications. The Open Connectivity Foundation unveiled late last week seeks to scale the emerging IoT ecosystem by including a broader array of device and equipment manufacturers. The goal is to create an open IoT interoperability spec that ... Full article
January 28, 2016(0)
If you’ve blown through the limitations of a cluster that can’t handle your modeling workloads, Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Titan system is the stuff dreams are made of. Number two on the Top500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers, Titan is a Cray XK7 system equipped with tens of thousands of AMD Opteron CPUs and NVIDIA Kepler GPUs, ... Full article
January 21, 2016(2)
Just as we’re becoming acclimated to the brave new world of driverless cars, driverless tractors and other agricultural robots will, in the not too distant future, harvest the food we put on our kitchen tables. In fact, agricultural automation – in the form of driverless farm machinery, drone crop dusters, automated milking systems and other emerging technologies – offers ... Full article
January 19, 2016(0)
2016 promises to be pivotal in the IBM/OpenPOWER effort to claim a non-trivial chunk of the Intel-dominated high-end server landscape. Big Blue’s stated goal of 20-to-30 percent market share is huge. Intel currently enjoys 90-plus percent share and has seemed virtually unassailable. In an ironic twist of the old mantra ‘no one ever got fired for buying IBM’ it ... Full article
January 15, 2016(0)
Two thousand and fifteen was a banner year for technology mergers and acquisitions, and market watchers predict that trend will accelerate in 2016 as buyers look beyond consolidation to expansion as technologies converge. Driving the M&A frenzy is technology giants like Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) and Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) sitting on large piles of cash along with a steady stream ... Full article
January 14, 2016(0)
Perhaps not surprisingly hardware still accounts for the lion’s share (48%) of HPC budgets according to Intersect360 Research’s just released 2015 report – HPC Budget Allocation Map: HPC Budget Distribution. Server spending has been the top item the last five years, and edged up about two percent over 2014. Storage was second, again a repeat. More interesting is that ... Full article
January 13, 2016(0)
Intellectual property has become the coin of the realm for technology enterprises. Hence, companies like IBM and high-flying global competitors like Samsung tout their growing patent portfolios as market indicators of unrelenting innovation—and future technology licensing deals. About this time each year, IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) reminds us of its long run as the undisputed champion of U.S. patents. ... Full article
January 11, 2016(0)
The case is being made for applying big data technologies to the management of IT infrastructure, especially DevOps and cloud deployments. The concept, also known as "advanced operations analytics," is being used to boost service performance, improve security and elevate IT to the point where it becomes more than just a cost center in an enterprise. A 2014 survey ... Full article
January 8, 2016(0)
Amazon.com crashed the semiconductor sector this week, announcing that its Annapurna Labs Inc. subsidiary would offer an ARM-based platform-on-a-chip targeting network-attached storage and networking applications. The new chips dubbed Alpine are based on 32-bit ARMv7 and 64-bit ARMv8 architectures. While the new chips are aimed primary at home gateways and Wi-Fi routers, the leading public cloud provider also said ... Full article
January 8, 2016(0)
We recently sat down with Fremont, Calif.-based Penguin Computing to learn about the Linux cluster specialist’s unique approach to the enterprise advanced scale computing, HPC and hyperscale markets, and how this privately owned company has managed to hold its own and then some against much larger competitors such as Dell and HP on the hardware side and Amazon on the public ... Full article
January 5, 2016(1)
Rambus Inc., the chip technology intellectual property vendor, is working with Microsoft Research on future memory requirements for quantum computing. Rambus (NASDAQ: RMBS), Sunnyvale, Calif., confirmed just before the holidays it is collaborating with the software giant (NASDAQ: MSFT) on memory systems for next-generation quantum computing. The promising but largely untested technology is slowly gaining traction as current computing ... Full article
November 23, 2015(0)
The Boeing Company has one of the largest corporate IT portfolios in the world, an organization comprised of some 7,500 people, most of them in the United States. Instrumental to product design at the company’s commercial, defense and R&D units is the Enterprise HPC Service. Developed in recent years, it’s a centralized advanced scale computing capability and a resource ... Full article
November 23, 2015(1)
The churn of technology fuels industry consolidation, an inexorable process that includes individual companies as well as industry groups tasked with driving technical standards. The latest example comes from the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) launched last year to jumpstart interoperability standards for the Internet of Things (IoT). The group said Monday (Nov. 23) it would acquire most of the ... Full article

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