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New Panasas High Performance Storage Straddles Commercial-Traditional HPC

New Panasas High Performance Storage Straddles Commercial-Traditional HPC

High performance storage vendor Panasas has launched a new version of its ActiveStor product line this morning ...

At SC18: GM, Boeing, Deere, BP Talk Enterprise HPC Strategies

At SC18: GM, Boeing, Deere, BP Talk Enterprise HPC Strategies

SC18 in Dallas (Nov.11-16) will feature an impressive series of sessions focused on the enterprise HPC deployments ...

SC 30th Anniversary Perennials: 19 (and 9) Who Stayed, 1988-2018

SC 30th Anniversary Perennials: 19 (and 9) Who Stayed, 1988-2018

Many conferences try, fewer succeed. Thirty years ago, no one knew if the first SC would also ...

AMD Epyc Wins Another Cloud; Debuts on AWS

AMD Epyc Wins Another Cloud; Debuts on AWS

AMD’s mission to add market share in the super-hot data center server processor market has taken its ...

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High performance storage vendor Panasas has launched a new version of its ActiveStor product line this morning featuring what the company said is the industry’s first plug-and-play, portable parallel file system that delivers up to 75 Gb/s per rack on industry standard hardware combined with “enterprise-grade reliability and manageability.” Whereas Panasas has been focused almost entirely on commercial HPC, ... Full article
Hybrid IT specialist Apptio, which went public in 2016, is being taken private by Vista Equity Partners, a private equity firm that has been snapping up enterprise IT vendors. Apptio (NASDAQ: APTI) recently reported stronger-than-expected quarterly revenues. In October, Apptio completed its acquisition of FittedCloud, a provider of cloud optimization software based on machine learning. The deal expanded Apptio’s ... Full article
SC18 in Dallas (Nov.11-16) will feature an impressive series of sessions focused on the enterprise HPC deployments at some of the largest industrial companies: Boeing, P&G, John Deere, GM and BP, among others. Called the HPC Impact Showcase, the sessions will be held on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, Nov. 14 and 15, 1:30-5 pm, in room D171 of the ... Full article
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Microsoft announced last summer it is ending support for Windows Server 2008 in January 2019, with support for Windows SQL server expiring six months later. That has prompted the release of several options for migrating Windows virtual machines and legacy applications to the cloud. Microsoft is of course encouraging customers to rehost on Windows 2008 workloads on Azure, extending ... Full article
Many conferences try, fewer succeed. Thirty years ago, no one knew if the first SC would also be the last. Thirty years later, we know it’s the biggest annual conference for the HPC industry (expected attendance: 11,000), one that has burgeoned from its original focus on scientific computing into the enterprise across multiple industries and the hyperscale arena. All ... Full article
The Cambrian explosion of about 500 million years ago is a popular metaphor for the tail end of Moore’s Law scaling and the emergence of a variety of processing accelerators used primarily to digest data torrents at the network edge. Autonomous vehicle sensors are among the examples, generating on average about 4 Tb of data per day per instrumented ... Full article
It is telling that the keynote speaker at a major U.S. computer engineering conference represents the Department of Defense, which is pouring billions of R&D dollars into new chip architectures, chip design tools, novel semiconductor materials and, most recently, optical interconnects for multichip modules. All are expected to help advance high-performance computing and cloud infrastructure, along with parallel efforts ... Full article
Rackspace is pointing its private cloud services toward multi-cloud deployments with the release of a VMware cloud running on Amazon Web Services. Rackspace said the managed service is intended to enable its private cloud customers to run their infrastructure on the AWS public cloud, customer datacenters or on other hosted platforms. The service also is intended for flexible deployments ... Full article
AMD’s mission to add market share in the super-hot data center server processor market has taken its Epyc chip into the biggest data center of them all, Amazon Web Services, dominant leader in the public cloud services industry. Today at AMD’s Next Horizon conference in San Francisco, AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) and AWS announced the availability of the first AMD ... Full article
AI investments and deployment for driverless vehicles are speeding up, with another auto manufacturer partnering with a computer vision startup and an autonomous vehicle specialist deploying Nvidia’s Xavier platform. Korean car maker Hyundai (OTCMKTS: HYMTF) is investing in Allegro.ai, an Israeli startup applying deep learning to computer vision for car navigation. Founded in 2016, Allegro.ai emerged from stealth mode ... Full article
There has been much talk with the rise of application containers about the microservices technology replacing virtual machines. VMware made a move this week that may make that a moot point. The company announced on Tuesday (Nov. 6) it is acquiring Heptio, a two-year-old startup founded by the creators of the Kubernetes cluster orchestrator that has emerged as the ... Full article
The likelihood of a job being automated can be understood by asking the 4Ds; is the job dull, dangerous, dirty or dear? Not sure about dirty or dangerous but people tell me backup is dull, and it’s often very expensive. Our ability to keep pace is also a problem. Keeping data protected is a growing challenge as the volume ... Full article
 “I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance.” - William Faulkner, Nobel Prize acceptance speech, 1949 This time, AI isn’t fooling around. This time, AI is in earnest, ... Full article
An open source version of the Kubernetes cluster orchestrator is intended to package and deploy cloud-native applications to restricted, on-premise infrastructure such as government clouds. Gravitational, which was founded by Rackspace veterans in 2015, said its aptly named Gravity open-source Kubernetes packaging tool emphasizes secure cloud-native application deployments. It also allows users to take a snapshot of their Kubernetes ... Full article
Flex Logix, the embedded FPGA specialist, has shifted gears by applying its proprietary interconnect technology to launch an inference engine that boosts neural inferencing capacity at the network edge while reducing DRAM bandwidth requirements. Instead, the inferencing engine draws greater processing bandwidth from less expensive and lower-power SRAMs. That inference approach is also touted as a better way to ... Full article
Industry Program Director Brendan McGinty welcomed guests to the annual National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) Industry Conference, Oct. 9-11 in Urbana, Illinois. One hundred eighty from 40 organizations registered for the invitation-only, two-day event. Day two opened with a keynote address by NCSA Director William Gropp, who explained how advanced computation has changed over the years, and where ... Full article
As native cloud applications expand across companies large and in between, greater attention is being paid to securing the ephemeral application containers increasingly used to deliver distributed apps. Cloud security vendors are now attempting to scale those efforts in order to protect container-native applications and other microservices. With that in mind, Qualys Inc. announced this week its acquisition of ... Full article
In the possible climax to the recent spate of major M&A activity (Salesforce-MuleSoft; Cloudera-Hortonworks), the biggest of the bunch so far is IBM’s acquisition of open source powerhouse Red Hat, a $34 billion blockbuster bid by IBM to lead the surging Linux big data analytics and hybrid cloud market, following a similar splash in June by Microsoft when it ... Full article
In a bold stroke that promises to shake up the hybrid cloud market, IBM is acquiring open source leader Red Hat. "The acquisition of Red Hat is a game-changer,” asserted IBM CEO Ginni Rometty said in announcing the acquisition. "IBM will become the world's number one hybrid cloud provider, offering companies the only open cloud solution that will unlock ... Full article
From supercomputers to cell phones, every system and software device in our digital panoply has a growing number of settings that, if not correctly set, constrain performance, wasting precious cycles and watts. Yet systems tuning is tedious and requires specialized skills and thus commonly falls into the category of tasks left undone. Startup Concertio, creator of the AI-based performance ... Full article
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PALO ALTO, Calif., Nov. 13, 2018 -- The High-Performance Computing Center of the University of Stuttgart (HLRS) and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, a market leader in ...
TAIPEI, Taiwan, Aug. 16, 2018 -- GIGABYTE is bringing ARM to the server world with the official release of our first Cavium ThunderX2 based server systems: the ...
Aug. 17, 2018 -- NVIDIA today reported revenue for the second quarter ended July 29, 2018, of $3.12 billion, up 40 percent from $2.23 billion ...
Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang this week unveiled Turing, the company’s next-gen GPU platform that introduces new RT Cores to accelerate ray tracing and new ...
Data integrators continue to roll out connections between huge data stores and public cloud data warehouses. The latest comes from Talend, which this week ...
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