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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 | Blogs | 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.

European Parliament Adopts Net Neutrality Law

April 4, 2014 4:21 pm | by Toby Sterling, Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Parliament adopted a "net neutrality" bill on April 3, 2014, barring Internet...

HPC Advisory Council Announces HPC Workshop in Conjunction with ISC’14

April 3, 2014 3:10 pm | by HPC Advisory Council | News | Comments

The HPC Advisory Council, an organization for high-performance computing research, outreach and...

HPC Advisory Council European Conference 2014

March 14, 2014 2:14 pm | by HPC Advisory Council | Events

The HPC Advisory Council will hold the 2014 European Conference on June 22, 2014, in conjunction...

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HPC Advisory Council European Conference 2014

March 14, 2014 2:14 pm | by HPC Advisory Council | Events

The HPC Advisory Council will hold the 2014 European Conference on June 22, 2014, in conjunction with the ISC’14 conference in Leipzig, Germany. The workshop will focus on HPC productivity, and advanced HPC topics and futures, and will bring together system managers, researchers, developers, computational scientists and industry affiliates to discuss recent developments and future advancements in High-Performance Computing.

Mellanox, University of Cambridge to Develop Platform for Square Kilometer Array

March 5, 2014 2:50 pm | by Mellanox Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Mellanox Technologies a supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, announced a collaboration with the University of Cambridge for the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) project. The University of Cambridge selected the company’s Virtual Protocol Interconnect (VPI) solution to provide it with interconnect performance and protocol flexibility for SKA test-bed clusters. The University of Cambridge and Mellanox will use the compute clusters for various development projects for the SKA project, an international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope.

CloudX Platform

February 25, 2014 4:01 pm | Mellanox Technologies, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

CloudX is a reference architecture for building efficient cloud platforms. It is based on the OpenCloud architecture, which leverages off-the-shelf components of servers, storage, interconnect and software to form flexible and cost-effective public, private and hybrid clouds.

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Intel Xeon Processor E7 v2 Family

February 18, 2014 4:41 pm | Intel Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The Intel Xeon processor E7 v2 family delivers capabilities to process and analyze large, diverse amounts of data to unlock information that was previously inaccessible. The processor family has triple the memory capacity of the previous generation processor family, allowing much faster and thorough data analysis.

Lenovo buys IBM x86 Server Business for $2.3B

January 23, 2014 2:30 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's Lenovo Group is buying IBM's server business for $2.3 billion, expanding a product line-up dominated by PCs, tablets and smartphones. Lenovo, the world's biggest personal computer maker, said January 23, 2014, it expects to offer jobs to 7,500 IBM employees as part of its acquisition of the x86 server business.

Silicon Mechanics Launches Research Cluster Grant Competition

January 15, 2014 10:24 am | by Silicon Mechanics | News | Comments

Silicon Mechanics has launched its 3rd Annual Research Cluster Grant program, in which the company will donate a complete high-performance computer cluster as part of a highly competitive research grant. The competition is open to all US and Canadian qualified post-secondary institutions, university-affiliated research institutions, non-profit research institutions, and researchers at federal labs with university affiliations.

US Air Force Research Laboratory Orders 20 Teraflop Rugged Computer System

January 14, 2014 2:49 pm | by GE Intelligent Platforms | News | Comments

GE Intelligent Platforms announced that it has received an order from the High Performance Systems Branch (RITB) of the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Information Directorate (RI) for a HPEC (High Performance Embedded Computing) system that will enable the development and deployment of advanced neuromorphic architectures and algorithms for adaptive learning, large-scale dynamic data analytics and reasoning.

2U TwinPro/TwinPro2 Servers

January 10, 2014 1:20 pm | Super Micro Computer, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

2U TwinPro and TwinPro2 2U servers are available in 2-node (TwinPro) and 4-node (TwinPro²) configurations optimized for high-end, high-density data center, cloud computing, enterprise, HPC and big data applications.

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Gecko-like Robots Stick to Surfaces in Space, Crawl along Spacecraft

January 3, 2014 1:05 pm | by ESA | News | Comments

Climbing robots that mimic the stickiness of gecko lizard feet could work in space as well as on Earth, the European Space Agency (ESA) says, raising the prospect of hull-crawling automatons tending future spacecraft. Robots crawling across spacecraft surfaces are a common sight in science fiction films from Silent Running to Wall-E. But, in reality, how might they stick in place while still remaining mobile?

OFC 2014

January 2, 2014 11:31 am | by OFC | Events

OFC brings you the thought leaders and solutions providers ready with the cutting-edge ideas and fiber optic solutions to enhance your systems and revolutionize your network.  Prepare for the transformation of the network with the insights, technologies and products you will only find at OFC.

Observing the Sparks of Life: Researchers isolate photosynthetic complex in its complete functioning state

December 30, 2013 12:00 am | by U.S. Department Of Energy Office of Science | News | Comments

EFRC researchers isolate a photosynthetic complex — arguably the most important bit of organic chemistry on the planet — in its complete functioning state. When sunlight strikes a photosynthesizing organism, energy flashes between proteins just beneath its surface until it is trapped as separated electric charges. Improbable as it may seem, these tiny hits of energy eventually power the growth and movement of all plants and animals.

Algorithm Makes Faces More Memorable

December 18, 2013 3:28 pm | by Helen Knight, MIT | News | Comments

Do you have a forgettable face? Now your face could be instantly transformed into a more memorable one without the need for an expensive makeover, thanks to an algorithm developed by researchers at MIT.             

2014 Cybersecurity Forum to Focus on Trusted Computing, Security Automation and Information Sharing

December 17, 2013 3:44 pm | by The National Institute of Standards and Technology | News | Comments

The 2014 Cybersecurity Innovation Forum, to be held January 28-30, 2014, at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD, will focus on the existing threat landscape and provide presentations and keynotes on current and emerging practices, technologies and standards to protect the nation’s infrastructure, citizens and economic interests from cyberattack.

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Mellanox and Dell to Deliver 10/40GbE for Mainstream Servers and Networking Solutions

December 17, 2013 9:25 am | by Mellanox Technologies | News | Comments

Mellanox Technologies, a supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, announced that its dual port ConnectX-3 10/40GbE Network Interface Cards (NICs) are now fully compatible with qualified Dell PowerEdge servers and Dell networking solutions, providing improved performance at higher efficiency and lower latency with reduced application costs.

Supercomputers Capture Turbulence in the Solar Wind, could Help Forecast Destructive Space Weather

December 17, 2013 9:20 am | by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

During particularly intense solar storms the magnetosphere can “crack,” allowing charged particles to seep in and wreak havoc on the Earth’s technological infrastructure — an event called space weather.  Scientists currently do not have the ability to accurately predict the severity of a space weather event or where it will have the most impact. But researchers are hoping to change that.

DOE to Showcase Computational Science Expertise at SC13 Conference

December 5, 2013 4:34 pm | by DOE | Articles | Comments

After unexpectedly missing the opportunity to exhibit their expertise at SC12, the Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories will return to the conference exhibition at the SC13 international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis, to be held November 17 to 22 at the Colorado Convention Center (CCC) in Denver.

OpenStack-based Hybrid Cloud Selected to Build Federated Cloud Service for Research and Education

December 5, 2013 3:29 pm | by Internet2 | News | Comments

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The University of Texas at San Antonio, and the University of Notre Dame are working with Internet2 and Rackspace Hosting, the open cloud company, to build an OpenStack-based hybrid cloud environment for the research and education community. The new Internet2 NET+ services are expected to be available to other institutions in spring 2014.

TACC Serves Up Rodeo

December 4, 2013 3:48 pm | by TACC | News | Comments

The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin has announced the addition of Rodeo, the center's new cloud computing offering that will provide a variety of cloud services to its comprehensive set of advanced computing systems. The system is available for researchers that need large-scale resources, but prefer a virtualized, on-demand environment.

Meet HPC Innovator Taghrid Samak

December 3, 2013 4:03 pm | by Jon Bashor, Berkeley Lab Computational Research Division | Articles | Comments

Everything leading up to the actual coding, figuring out how to make it work, is what Samak enjoys most. One of the problems she is working on with the Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute (JGI) is a data mining method to automatically identify errors in genome assembly, replacing the current approach of manually inspecting the assembly.

Cray XC30 with Big Data Framework for Hadoop

December 2, 2013 4:25 pm | Cray Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Cray Inc. now offers a Big Data framework that gives customers the ability to more easily implement and run Apache Hadoop on their Cray XC30 supercomputers.

Tundra Open HPC Cluster Solutions

November 27, 2013 11:08 am | Penguin Computing | Product Releases | Comments

The Tundra Open HPC clustered architecture can support up to 108 high performance compute servers in a single rack with improved serviceability and investment protection. It is based on the Open Compute Project’s Open Rack form factor that re-engineers the conventional data center rack for maximum power efficiency

PNNL First Customer of BrownDwarf Y-Class Supercomputer

November 27, 2013 11:00 am | by nCore HPC | News | Comments

nCore HPC, a global provider of high performance, low latency HPC systems, services and solutions, announced that Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has become the first customer of nCore’s BrownDwarf Y-class supercomputer. BrownDwarf is a heterogeneous ARM- + DSP-based system that delivers supercomputer-class performance at significantly reduced power levels.

Internet2 100Gigabit, SDN-Enabled Network Advances Next-Gen Research

November 26, 2013 2:29 pm | by Internet2 | News | Comments

Some of the world’s top universities and researchers showcased their innovations to meet the challenges of Big Data and global team science at SC13, the 25th annual supercomputing conference, held November 17 to 21, 2013, at the Colorado Convention Center. SC is the largest international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis.

Cray Adds Tesla K40 GPU Accelerators to its Complete Supercomputing Systems Line

November 25, 2013 1:54 pm | by Cray | News | Comments

Global supercomputer company Cray announced the Cray CS300 line of cluster supercomputers and the Cray XC30 supercomputers are now available with the NVIDIA Tesla K40 GPU accelerators. Designed to solve the most demanding supercomputing challenges, the NVIDIA Tesla K40 provides 40 percent higher peak performance than its predecessor, the Tesla K20X GPU.

SC13 Concludes with Awards for Outstanding Achievements in HPC

November 25, 2013 1:43 pm | by SC13 | News | Comments

SC13, the 25th anniversary conference of high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis, celebrated the contributions of researchers, from those just starting their careers to those whose contributions have made lasting impacts, in a special awards session on Thursday, November 21.

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