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High Performance Data Analysis: Big Data Meets HPC

March 7, 2014 | by Steve Conway, IDC | Comments

From the start of the supercomputer era in the 1960s — and even earlier —an important subset of HPC jobs has involved analytics — attempts to uncover useful information and patterns in the data itself. Cryptography, one of the original scientific-technical computing applications, falls predominantly into this category.

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Looking for Job Security? Consider becoming an HPC Performance Tool Developer

April 22, 2014 4:01 pm | by Bernd Mohr, Jülich Supercomputing Centre Institute for Advanced Simulation | Comments

When I started to work on performance tools for parallel computers 25 years ago, I wasn’t sure how long I would be able to work in this interesting and exciting area of high performance computing.  Performance was always in the center of HPC, so anyone helping application developers to optimize and tune their codes was in high demand.

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Up In Smoke: Rocky Mountain High Redefined by Legalized Marijuana

April 21, 2014 3:38 pm | by Randy C. Hice | Comments

Tens of thousands of pot smokers wheezed a sigh of relief when recreational marijuana use was made legal January 1, 2014. Gone is the cottage industry of gray-area physicians rubber-stamping medical prescriptions for a well-informed gaggle of would-be stoners who memorized popular conditions sure to garner approval.

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John D’Ambrosia is chairman of the Ethernet Alliance and chief Ethernet evangelist, CTO office at Dell.

400GbE and High Performance Computing

April 18, 2014 1:54 pm | by John D’Ambrosia | Comments

The last time the IEEE 802.3 Working Group addressed the “Next Rate” of Ethernet was when 10 GbE was Ethernet’s fastest rate. That effort resulted in the development of two new rates — 40 GbE and 100 GbE. The justification for two rates was that 40 GbE was intended to provide the upgrade path for servers, while 100 GbE would target network aggregation applications.

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What is the TOP500 Project?

April 15, 2014 9:26 am | by TOP500 | Comments

The TOP500 project was launched in 1993 to improve and renew the Mannheim supercomputer statistics, which had been in use for seven years. Our simple TOP500 approach does not define “supercomputer” as such, but we use a benchmark to rank systems and to decide on whether or not they qualify for the TOP500 list.

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Bigger than Big Data: The Key to Successful Translational Science

April 4, 2014 9:13 am | by Robin Munro, IDBS | Comments

Is Big Data really the biggest challenge at the moment for translational science? Certainly there are issues with the complexity and size of omics data, which Big Data techniques can help address, but there are two more pressing challenges: enabling collaboration whilst facilitating information sharing, and the ability to better interpret multiple different omics data (multi-omics).

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Cutting-edge Cooling Technologies

April 1, 2014 4:34 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

In the current issue of HPC Source, we explore some of the latest advances in “Power & Cooling” and share expert viewpoints on topics ranging from strategies for coping with escalating power and cooling requirements, to a look at the Tokyo Institute of Technology’s prototype TSUBAME-KFC system, to an examination of today’s liquid-cooling hardware. We also delve into some of the big unknowns in the future of power and cooling.

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Big Data and the Cloud: The Sum Is Greater Than the Parts

April 1, 2014 3:54 pm | by Viacode | Comments

Today's enterprises face unique challenges. In the past, the requirement was to upgrade. Today, it's about building an integrated strategy that involves multiple technologies both existing and new. For example, there's more diversity in database technology than ever before, server technology and data center infrastructure, to name a few. At the moment, none of these technologies are replacing the others; instead, they need to be integrated.

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Streamlining Big Data Analysis Improves Accuracy and Performance

March 12, 2014 3:57 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

Next week, Scientific Computing will host a live panel discussion that looks at how a unique supercomputing system, created to serve the needs of a scientific community alliance in seven northern German states, has unified datacenter resources to address big data challenges. By streamlining the analysis process through automation, the HLRN alliance has improved performance and increased accuracy, resulting in greater efficiency.

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Mobile Tech: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

March 10, 2014 10:13 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

All signs indicate a healthy continuing demand for mobile technology that can support ever-more-demanding eye-candy and apps on very-high-resolution display devices. According to independent high performance computing expert Rob Farber, mobile tech is where the money is right now in computer technology.

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Big Workflow: The Future of Big Data Computing

March 7, 2014 4:04 pm | by Robert Clyde, Adaptive Computing | Comments

How can organizations embrace — instead of brace for v the rapidly intensifying collision of public and private clouds, HPC environments and Big Data? The current go-to solution for many organizations is to run these technology assets in siloed, specialized environments. This approach falls short, however, typically taxing one datacenter area while others remain underutilized, functioning as little more than expensive storage space.

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Taking a Look at Emerging Technologies

March 7, 2014 2:10 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

Scientific Computing is excited to be celebrating its 30th year in 2014, and we have a terrific line-up of new things we will be introducing throughout the coming months. This includes a new global cross-platform app that is available across multiple devices and allows you to browse and read each issue anytime, anywhere. In our latest issue, we explore the theme of “Emerging Technologies” ...

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The Smart Lab: Fostering Bi-directional Data Flow

March 3, 2014 11:48 am | by Seamus Mac Conaonaigh, Thermo Fisher Scientific | Comments

Smartphones are an important part of our everyday life, a trend that holds true for laboratories as well. In countless industries, features and applications on mobile devices allow staff working outside of the lab to easily and more accurately capture new types of data from remote locations. But without proper technology, working remotely also poses unique challenges.

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Big Data Analytics Continues to Evolve

February 28, 2014 12:29 pm | by Mark Anawis | Comments

Size alone does not define big data — it is best defined as a combination of volume, velocity, variety and value.Kevin Geraghty, head of Analytics 360i defined the goal of big data analytics well when he said: “We are trying to listen to what the customer is telling us through their behavior.” The goal of big data analytics is to make the best business decisions possible.

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A New Frontier: Biologics ELN

February 7, 2014 8:52 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

The rapid increase of investment in biotherapeutics is changing the profile of the biopharmaceutical industry and, along with it, data management in the laboratory. With attention on longer patent life, high barriers to generic equivalents and personalized medicine, an increasing portion of R&D spending is being allocated to large molecule therapies, such as monoclonal antibodies.

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In Remembrance: 77 Years with Hans Werner Meuer

January 29, 2014 12:37 pm | by Nages Sieslack, ISC | Comments

On Monday, January 27, over 250 people gathered at the small evangelical church in Daisbach – a very small, quiet town in Southern Germany – to bid farewell to Hans Meuer, the founder of TOP500 and the ISC General Chair. Hans passed away on January 20 at the age of 77.

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