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John Kirkley, President of Kirkley Communications, is a writer and editor who specializes in HPC.

A New Dawn: Bringing HPC to Smaller Manufacturers

November 13, 2014 11:26 am | by John Kirkley | Articles | Comments

Folk wisdom can sometimes be right on target. For example, there’s that old bromide about leading a horse to water. In this case, the water is high performance computing, and the reluctant equine is the huge base of small- to medium-sized manufacturers in the U.S. According to the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, there are approximately 300,000 manufacturers in the U.S. Over 95 percent of them can be characterized as SMMs.

Cloud Meets GMP

November 10, 2014 9:45 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Blogs | Comments

As companies move from traditional physical infrastructure operated in house to cloud computing...

The Cloud Meets GMP Regulations – Part 4: Selecting a Cloud Service Provider

November 6, 2014 3:16 pm | by R D McDowall | Articles | Comments

The purpose of this series is to discuss the impact of GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice)...

The Cloud Meets GMP Regulations – Part 3: Options for Auditing a Cloud Service Provider

November 3, 2014 2:53 pm | by R D McDowall | Articles | Comments

The purpose of this series is to discuss the impact of GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice)...

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Products and services based on TIBCO's Fast Data platform are designed to enable businesses worldwide to turn big data into a differentiator.

TIBCO Announces New Ease-of-Use Enhancements to Fast Data Capabilities

November 3, 2014 11:37 am | by TIBCO Software | News | Comments

TIBCO Software has announced improvements to the company's Fast Data capabilities, enabling IT and business users to leverage today’s rapidly changing business environment. Products and services based on TIBCO's Fast Data platform are designed to enable businesses worldwide to turn big data into a differentiator.

Jaspersoft 5.6 Open Source Release

TIBCO Jaspersoft 5.6 Open Source Release

October 31, 2014 11:29 am | Tibco | Product Releases | Comments

The TIBCO Jaspersoftbusiness intelligence platform includes native big data connectors with support for Apache Hadoop, Apache Hive, Apache Cassandra and Cloudera, helping to deliver real-time reporting. Additional interactive reporting features provide a customizable experience for users.

WOS S3 Object Storage Platform Interface

WOS S3 Object Storage Platform Interface

October 29, 2014 11:57 am | Datadirect Networks | Product Releases | Comments

WOS S3 is designed for efficient storing and sharing of massive quantities of big data. It adds support for the industry-standard Amazon S3 API, offering the broadest range of supported interfaces to an object storage platform in the industry.

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R.D. McDowall is Principal, McDowall Consulting.

The Cloud Meets GMP Regulations – Part 2: SaaS and Qualified IT Infrastructure

October 28, 2014 9:40 am | by R D McDowall | Articles | Comments

The purpose of this series is to discuss the impact of GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) regulations on cloud computing and to debate some of the regulatory issues facing an organization contemplating this approach. In this part, we look at the SaaS (Software as a Service) hosting options available to consider for regulated users and the requirement for qualified IT infrastructure.

Working with the Sierra Leone Government, IBM is producing heatmaps showing Ebola-related issues as reported by the citizens of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Courtesy of IBM

IBM Launches Humanitarian Initiatives to Help Contain Ebola

October 27, 2014 3:16 pm | by IBM | News | Comments

IBM has launched several initiatives to help curb the spread of Ebola in West Africa. They include a global platform for sharing Ebola-related open data; a citizen engagement and analytics system in Sierra Leone that enables communities affected by Ebola to communicate their issues and concerns directly to the government; and a donation of IBM Connections technology in Nigeria to strengthen the government’s preparedness for future outbreaks

NIST Cloud Computing Roadmap Details Research Requirements, Action Plans  Courtesy of Irvine/NIST and ©magann/Fotolia

NIST Cloud Computing Roadmap Reflects Worldwide Input

October 23, 2014 3:23 pm | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | News | Comments

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published the final version of the US Government Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap, Volumes I and II. The roadmap focuses on strategic and tactical objectives to support the federal government’s accelerated adoption of cloud computing. This final document reflects the input from more than 200 comments on the initial draft received from around the world.

R.D. McDowall is Principal, McDowall Consulting.

The Cloud Meets GMP Regulations – Part 1: Applicable Regulations

October 20, 2014 2:35 pm | by R D McDowall | Articles | Comments

The purpose of this series is to discuss the impact of GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) regulations on cloud computing and to debate some of the regulatory issues facing an organization contemplating this approach. In this part, we look at the applicable regulations.

An IBM logo displayed in Berlin, VT. IBM is paying $1.5 billion to Globalfoundries in order to shed its costly chip division. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

IBM to Pay $1.5B to Shed Costly Chip Division

October 20, 2014 10:54 am | by Michelle Chapman, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

IBM will pay $1.5 billion to Globalfoundries in order to shed its costly chip division. IBM Director of Research John E. Kelly III said in an interview on October 20, 2104, that handing over control of the semiconductor operations will allow it to grow faster, while IBM continues to invest in and expand its chip research.

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10/40/56 Gigabit Ethernet Switches for Hyperscale and Cloud Data Centers

10/40/56 Gigabit Ethernet Switches for Hyperscale and Cloud Data Centers

October 15, 2014 3:53 pm | Mellanox Technologies, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

SX1400, SX1700 and SX1710 Ethernet switches are top-of-rack Open Ethernet software-defined networking (SDN) 10/40/56 Gigabit switches. Based on Mellanox’s SwitchX-2 switch ICs, they provide enhanced control plane capabilities and allow for the design of hyperscale data center networks and control-intensive cloud applications.

Winning NVIDIA’s 2014 Early Stage Challenge helped GPU-powered startup Map-D bring interactivity to big data in vivid ways.

Hot Young Startups Vie for $100,000 GPU Challenge Prize

October 15, 2014 9:24 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | News | Comments

NVIDIA is looking for a dozen would-be competitors for next year’s Early Stage Challenge, which takes place as part of its Emerging Companies Summit (ECS). In this seventh annual contest, hot young startups using GPUs vie for a single $100,000 grand prize.

IBM is focusing its storage business on a new model for enterprise data storage that is optimized for interoperability across hardware and software solutions.

Software Defined Storage a Tipping Point in Taming Big Data Deluge

October 14, 2014 4:57 pm | by IBM | News | Comments

In a keynote speech at IBM Enterprise, Jamie Thomas, General Manager, Storage and Software Defined Systems at IBM, unveiled a bold strategy for the company’s storage business. Building upon the Software Defined Storage portfolio announced last May, IBM is focusing its storage business on a new model for enterprise data storage that is optimized for interoperability across hardware and software solutions.

The Oil and Gas High Performance Computing (HPC) Workshop, hosted annually at Rice University, is the premier meeting place for discussion of challenges and opportunities around high performance computing, information technology, and computational science

2015 Rice Oil & Gas High Performance Computing Workshop

October 13, 2014 2:45 pm | by Rice University | Events

The Oil and Gas High Performance Computing (HPC) Workshop, hosted annually at Rice University, is the premier meeting place for discussion of challenges and opportunities around high performance computing, information technology, and computational science and engineering.

Tom Conte is President-elect, IEEE Computer Society; Professor of Computer Science and Electrical & Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology; and Elie Track is President, IEEE Council on Superconductivity; CEO, nVizix.

Technology Time Machine Looks Far Ahead at Future of Processing

October 7, 2014 3:25 pm | by Tom Conte and Elie Track, IEEE | Blogs | Comments

The IEEE Technology Time Machine (TTM) is going further into the future. Now in its third year, the annual two-day IEEE meeting is mixing things up a little in terms of format and topics. Rather than just looking at how some technologies might evolve in the next decade, experts and visionaries are going to look out to 2035 and beyond.

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IBM has announced new capabilities for its System z mainframe.

IBM Delivers New Analytics Offerings for the Mainframe to Provide Real-Time Customer Insights

October 7, 2014 2:09 pm | by IBM | News | Comments

Building on client demand to integrate real-time analytics with consumer transactions, IBM has announced new capabilities for its System z mainframe. The integration of analytics with transactional data can provide businesses with real-time, actionable insights on commercial transactions as they occur to take advantage of new opportunities to increase sales and help minimize loss through fraud prevention.

The ISC Cloud Conference will be offering attendees an Amazon Web Services tutorial on launching high performance computing clusters in the AWS Cloud.

Amazon Tutorial at ISC Cloud

September 19, 2014 3:10 pm | by ISC | News | Comments

For the first time, the ISC Cloud Conference is offering attendees an Amazon Web Services tutorial on launching high performance computing clusters in the AWS Cloud. The presenter, Dougal Ballantyne, is a HPC solutions architect at Amazon Web Services. This workshop is free-of-charge for attendees and will provide an introduction to cfncluster, a framework for launching HPC clusters on AWS.

Real Success and Proven Approaches to HPC as a Service

Real Success and Proven Approaches to HPC as a Service

September 17, 2014 3:50 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Blogs | Comments

On Tuesday, September 23, Scientific Computing will host a live panel discussion that examines how researchers and engineers are looking for ways to make product innovation, research and data insight faster and more competitive — including adopting or expanding their use of high performance computing to more users and projects. This educational webinar will explore real successes, research and proven approaches.

On September 20, early-bird pricing for the ISC Cloud and ISC Big Data registrations will be replaced with regular registration fees.

Early Bird Rate for ISC Cloud and Big Data Conferences to End Soon

September 16, 2014 3:03 pm | by ISC | News | Comments

On September 20, early-bird pricing for the ISC Cloud and ISC Big Data registrations will be replaced with regular registration fees. With the regular rates, the passes will cost 100 Euro more for each conference, and the combined conference ticket, which allows attendees to participate in both events, will cost 150 Euro more. Thus, ISC is encouraging attendees to register this week in order to benefit from the current savings.

FUJITSU Storage ETERNUS TR series is a storage system designed especially for use in large-scale virtualization environments.

FUJITSU Storage ETERNUS TR Series

September 10, 2014 3:12 pm | Fujitsu America Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

FUJITSU Storage ETERNUS TR series is a storage system designed especially for use in large-scale virtualization environments. It is specially designed for the virtual integration of large-scale servers compatible with VMware, and for desktop-virtualization systems.

ProLiant Gen9 Servers

ProLiant Gen9 Servers

September 9, 2014 3:04 pm | Hp | Product Releases | Comments

HP ProLiant Generation 9 (Gen9) Servers are designed to help users reduce cost and complexity, accelerate IT service delivery and enable business growth. They provide a vast pool of processing resources that can be located anywhere, scaled to any workload and available at all times. The servers are optimized for convergence, cloud and software-defined environments.

The National Science Foundation has announced two $10 million projects to create cloud computing testbeds—to be called "Chameleon" and "CloudLab"—that will enable the academic research community to develop and experiment with novel cloud architectures and

New Future for Cloud Computing: NSF Awards $20M to Two New Testbeds

August 28, 2014 2:45 pm | by The National Science Foundation | News | Comments

The National Science Foundation has announced two $10 million projects to create cloud computing testbeds—to be called "Chameleon" and "CloudLab"—that will enable the academic research community to develop and experiment with novel cloud architectures and pursue new, architecturally-enabled applications of cloud computing.

Within the framework of the project CLOUDS, Madrid-based researchers have made crucial scientific advances in the state-of-the-art of cloud computing. Courtesy of Ehecatl1138

Is Cloud Computing the Last Step toward Technological Globalization?

August 27, 2014 3:22 pm | by IMDEA Networks Institute | Blogs | Comments

Cloud computing is not only the latest revolution in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) world, but a key enhancer of innovation and economic development. Within the framework of the project CLOUDS, Madrid-based researchers have made crucial scientific advances in the state-of-the-art of cloud computing.

An example of a whole slide scan

Leica Microsystems Offers Slide Scanning and Image Hosting for Education

August 27, 2014 2:40 pm | by Leica Microsystems | News | Comments

Leica Microsystems is offering a custom slide scanning and image hosting service for teachers, which makes it possible to share images within the classroom and to expand learning outside the classroom. Glass slides sent to a scanning center are processed to create high-resolution digital image files, which then can be accessed online from a hosted server via any standard Internet browser for study by students anytime, anywhere.

Akselos' software running in a Web browser for 2.01x. This app shows the stresses in the landing gear for a solar-powered airplane. Courtesy of Akselos

Simulation Software Drastically Increases Speed of 3-D Engineering Simulations

August 25, 2014 12:40 pm | by Rob Matheson, MIT | News | Comments

MIT spinout Akselos has developed novel software, based on years of research at the Institute, which uses precalculated supercomputer data for structural components — like simulated “Legos” — to solve FEA models in seconds. Hundreds of engineers in the mining, power-generation, and oil and gas industries are now using Akselos software.

Michael J. Fox speaks at Lotusphere 2012. The potential to collect and analyze data from thousands of individuals on measurable features of Parkinson's, such as slowness of movement, tremor and sleep quality, could enable researchers to assemble a better

Intel, Michael J. Fox Foundation Start Smartwatch Study

August 14, 2014 3:25 pm | by Intel | News | Comments

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF) and Intel have announced a collaboration aimed at improving research and treatment for Parkinson's disease — a neurodegenerative brain disease second only to Alzheimer's in worldwide prevalence. The collaboration includes a multiphase research study using a new big data analytics platform that detects patterns in participant data collected from wearable technologies.

A brain-inspired chip to transform mobility and Internet of Things through sensory perception. Courtesy of IBM

Chip with Brain-inspired Non-Von Neumann Architecture has 1M Neurons, 256M Synapses

August 11, 2014 12:13 pm | by IBM | News | Comments

Scientists from IBM have unveiled the first neurosynaptic computer chip to achieve an unprecedented scale of one million programmable neurons, 256 million programmable synapses and 46 billion synaptic operations per second per watt. At 5.4 billion transistors, this fully functional and production-scale chip is currently one of the largest CMOS chips ever built, yet, while running at biological real time, it consumes a minuscule 70mW.

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