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ExxonMobil, NCSA, Cray Scale Reservoir Simulation to 700,000+ Processors

ExxonMobil, NCSA, Cray Scale Reservoir Simulation to 700,000+ Processors

In a scaling breakthrough for oil and gas discovery, ExxonMobil geoscientists report they have harnessed the power ...

Tokyo Tech’s TSUBAMI3.0 Will Be First HPE-SGI Super

Tokyo Tech’s TSUBAMI3.0 Will Be First HPE-SGI Super

Editor’s note: Just after posting the story Thursday at 9:30 pm PT, we received confirmation from Dr. ...

Drug Developers Enlist Google Cloud HPC in the Fight Against ALS

Drug Developers Enlist Google Cloud HPC in the Fight Against ALS

Within the haystack of a lethal disease such as ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis / Lou Gehrig's Disease) ...

Open Net Effort Eyes ‘Industrialized’ SDN, NFV

Open Net Effort Eyes ‘Industrialized’ SDN, NFV

Open networking organizations have announced a new development framework aimed at advancing software-defined networks and network virtualization ...

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In a scaling breakthrough for oil and gas discovery, ExxonMobil geoscientists report they have harnessed the power of 717,000 processors – the equivalent of 22,000 32-processor computers – to run complex oil and gas reservoir simulation models. This is more than four times the previous number of processors used in energy exploration HPC implementations, according to ExxonMobil, which worked ... Full article
Access to enterprise software via the cloud or other services platforms may be booming, but the quality of code promoted as a way of streamlining daily operations falls far short, concludes a vendor survey. Those shortfalls have driven early adoption and market gains for an emerging agile software development approach known as "low-code" application development platforms. "Vendors are not ... Full article
Editor’s note: Just after posting the story Thursday at 9:30 pm PT, we received confirmation from Dr. Satoshi Matsuoka that the primary contractor is SGI Japan. Partners include NVIDIA (P100 Pascal with NVLINK), DDN (Exascalar), Intel (Omni-Path + NVMe), Univa, among others. In a press event Friday afternoon local time in Japan, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) announced its plans for ... Full article
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Within the haystack of a lethal disease such as ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis / Lou Gehrig's Disease) there exists, somewhere, the molecular needle that will pierce this therapy-resistant affliction. Finding it is a trial-and-error process of monumental proportions for scientists at pharmaceuticals, medical research centers and academic institutions. As models grow in scale so too does the need for ... Full article
The rise of hybrid cloud adoption among enterprises, powered by a substantial shift to multi-cloud infrastructure designed in part to retain flexibility, has resulted in market gains by rivals of public cloud leader Amazon Web Services, according to an annual cloud report. As public cloud adoption grows at the expense of on-premise infrastructure, Amazon Web Services (NASDAQ: AMZN) rivals ... Full article
Open networking organizations have announced a new development framework aimed at advancing software-defined networks and network virtualization via open source platforms, network device disaggregation and new network standards. The Open Network Foundation (ONF), which is in the process of merging its operations with the Open Networking Lab, a group of more than 200 network operators and vendors, said this ... Full article
“I spend millions on analytics, machine learning and big data. I have tons of insights. Too many insights. What I need is more action.” A CMO recently said this to me during an executive summit, and his feelings are shared by many: with the hype around cognitive computing, most business leaders feel they have more insights to ponder than ... Full article
On its recent earnings call, Cray announced the largest revenue quarter in the company’s history and the second-highest revenue year. The Seattle-based supercomputer maker recorded $346.6 million in revenue for the fourth quarter of 2016, a 30 percent year-over-year improvement. For the full year, Cray booked $629.8 million in total revenue, a shortfall of $94.9 million compared with 2015, which ... Full article
A corporate job opening typically draws as many as 250 applicants with varying qualifications. In stark contrast, a new survey of the growing cyber security skills gap reveals that just over half of U.S. companies looking to fill corporate IT security positions receive five applications. Of those, fewer than one in four candidates possess the qualifications companies are seeking. ... Full article
Oracle has made a lot of noise over the last six months or so intended to challenge public cloud services leaders, especially Amazon Web Services. It is now attempting to flesh out that vision with the introduction of a cloud service designed to integrate data with real-time analytics. The cloud services challenger (NYSE: ORCL) on Monday (Feb. 13) rolled ... Full article
In advance of next week’s big RSA data security show in San Francisco, we’ve received a bevy of security product announcements from companies leveraging data analytics, AI, behavior analytics and machine learning to automate threat detection, many of them touting breach prevention, rather than post-breach investigation, capabilities. “While most of this is not totally new, we expect to see ... Full article
IBM is expanding its embrace of big data analytics to include support on its open source mainframe for the Anaconda stack used by Python programmers. The company (NYSE: IBM) announced Thursday (Feb. 9) that it is collaborating with Anaconda developer Continuum Analytics and Rocket Software to host the open source analytics platform on IBM z/OS mainframes. Last year, IBM ... Full article
Intel Corp. today announced enhanced performance capabilities from its new Xeon processor E7-8800 v4 product family with the addition of the new high-performance E7-8894 v4 to its SKU stack. The company said the new chip targets scale-up workloads, such as large databases, ERP, CRM, OLTP and in-memory analytics, and emphasized its scale-up capabilities, allowing more resources (more sockets and ... Full article
Cramming more data into memory is a permanent objective for technology strategists seeking to satisfy the surging demand for real-time big data analytics. With the ultimate goal of reducing data center "server sprawl," memory technology specialist Diablo and server maker Inspur announced last July a collaborative effort to expand in-memory computing for Apache Spark workloads. Now the two companies ... Full article
Several application container management tools were released this week with the goals of securing the software supply chain while improving orchestration of container clusters as the percentage of production workloads inches upward. San Francisco-based Docker on Thursday (Feb. 9) released the latest version of its Docker Datacenter, intended as a platform for application developers and IT operators to collaborate ... Full article
In what may be an attempt by President Trump to reset his turbulent relationship with the high tech industry, he and Intel CEO Brian Krzanich today announced plans to invest more than $7 billion to complete Fab 42, which when completed will be the most advanced semiconductor factory in the world according to Intel. The new fab is targeting ... Full article
We humans like to think of ourselves as rational creatures who make decisions with clear, objective and unbiased minds. Many decision making processes have been predicated on this assumption. But back in the late 60’s two psychologists, Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky, after decades of research, proved we are not what we think we are. We have both known ... Full article
The steady enterprise migration to cloud services has users looking beyond the evident advantages of hybrid cloud approaches to consider the importance of attributes such as cloud storage scaling and the wisdom of adopting cloud storage management services. There is broad agreement that the cloud sector, especially hybrid cloud, is booming. Spending on public cloud services alone is expected ... Full article
Application containers get a lot of attention, but remain ephemeral. Converged data platform specialist MapR Technologies is looking to fill that gap in the application container ecosystem with the roll out of a persistent storage capability designed to move stateless containers to a full state status to access database tables and files. The availability of the storage capability addresses ... Full article
The merger of database services with cloud and other datacenter infrastructure continues to accelerate with the latest acquisition of a database-as-a-service vendor by the Israeli cloud infrastructure provider Stratoscale. Stratoscale, Herzliya, Israel, specializes in delivering Amazon Web Services (NASDAQ: AMZN) regional connections to datacenters. The company said Monday (Feb. 6) its acquisition of Tesora Inc., a privately held database ... Full article
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A new infrastructure vulnerability study confirms what became apparent late last year: botnets are exploiting inherent security weaknesses in Internet of Things (IoT) devices. ...
At the AMD Tech Summit in Sonoma, Calif., last week (Dec. 7-9), CEO Lisa Su unveiled the company’s vision to accelerate machine intelligence over the next ...
A flurry of industry surveys have flagged open source and unlicensed software as growing security threats. Moreover, a review released by Flexera Software also ...
Threat actors are getting better, faster, and more efficient at compromising networks, taking only minutes or less to breach systems. Unfortunately, organizations are taking ...
“You can buy your way out of bandwidth problems. But latency is divine.” This sentiment, expressed by Intel Technical Computing Group CTO Mark Seager, ...