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Registration Opens for OFS Developer Workshop and User Group

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Registration is now open for 11th annual International OFS Developers’ Workshop and the 2015 OFS User Group (formerly known as IBUG) Workshop. Both events are being held the week of March 15, 2015, at the Marriott Hotel in Monterey, California.

Star Tribune Reflects on the Life of Seymour Cray

Seymour Cray showed off the Cray-1 supercomputer built in 1976 by Cray Research in Chippewa Falls, Wis. Cray revolutionized computing, ramping up productivity and speed with each new design.

Over at the Star Tribune, Curt Brown has posted a brief history on the life of Seymour Cray, the Father of the Supercomputing Industry. “It seems impossible to exaggerate the effect he had on the industry,” said Joel Birnbaum, a Hewlett-Packard executive. “Many of the things that high performance computers now do routinely were at the furthest edge of credibility when Seymour envisioned them. He ranks up there with Edison and Bell.”

Thought Leaders Gather in Barcelona for Exascale Workshop

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More than 100 exascale experts will gather in Barcelona this week for the Big Data and Extreme-scale Computing (BDEC). Along with application leaders confronting diverse big data challenges, attendees will include members from industry, academia, and government, with expertise in algorithms, computer system architecture, operating systems, workflow middleware, compilers, libraries, languages and applications.

Radio Free HPC Compares Providers at CloudHarmony

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In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at CloudHarmony, an online service that measures and compares cloud provider uptime. “At CloudHarmony, we simplify the comparison of cloud services by providing reliable and objective performance analysis, reports, commentary, metrics and tools.”

Job of the Week: HPC Cluster Systems Engineer at Intel

Intel in Champaign, Illinois is seeking an HPC Cluster Systems Engineer in our Job of the Week.

University of New Mexico to Repurpose 3000 LANL Cores

The University of New Mexico’s Center for Advanced Research Computing is renovating its principle machine room in order to install a new supercomputer. The new 3000-core system will be used for bioinformatics and bionomic research, combining computer science, statistics, mathematics and engineering to study and process biological data.

Video: Unleashing Powerful Monte Carlo Parallel Methods

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In this video from the Go Parallel Blog, Jeff Cogswell looks at an example of the Monte Carlo methods used in scientific and engineering applications for modeling sophisticated systems. Although these methods can be complex, some easy examples like this demonstrate their power.

Seagate & Supermicro Optimize SQL Databases

This week Seagate and Supermicro announced a preconfigured SQL server reference architecture for data warehouse deployments, as part of Microsoft’s SQL Server 2014 Fast Track program.

Intel Extends Collaboration with Barcelona Supercomputing Center

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The Barcelona Supercomputing Center and Intel have renewed their collaboration research agreement at the Intel and BSC Exascale Laboratory in Barcelona. Now funded through 2017, the Intel and BSC Exascale Lab in Barcelona focuses on software and extraordinary levels of parallelism that will be needed to use future Intel-architecture-based supercomputers.

Megware in Germany Celebrates 25 Years of Computing

Today MEGWARE in Germany announced that the company will celebrate its 25th anniversary in Februray. And while the company is now known for its HPC know-how, it’s humble beginnings actually go back to a garage-based business that got it’s start a few months after the fall of the Berlin wall.