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Panasas & Western Digital to Power Life Science Research with iRODS

“Our solutions ultimately make data readily available for users, applications and analytics, helping to facilitate faster results and better decisions,” said Gary Lyng, senior director of marketing, Data Center Systems at Western Digital. “We are excited to be working with Panasas as the volume, velocity, variety and value of data generated by modern lab equipment along with varying application and workflow requirements make implementing the right solution all the more challenging – and we have the right solution.”

ICC Launches Alpha Series of Overclocked Financial Servers

Today International Computer Concepts (ICC) announced the release of a new line of overclocked servers: ICC Alpha. These systems were designed specifically for high-frequency trading (HFT) applications, where sequential processing speed is critical.
Our HFT customers are seeking absolutely the fastest possible processing available on the market to run their financial applications,” observed ICC’s Director of Development Alexey Stolyar. “ICC AlphaTM allows in an unprecedented way for trading firms to stay ahead of the competition in an industry where nanoseconds could mean the difference between loss or significant profit.”

RSC Group to Market HPC Solutions in Czech Republic

Today Russia’s RSC Group announced a business cooperation agreement with M Computers to market and deploy RSC’s HPC solutions in the Czech Republic. “We believe that partnership with M Computers will help RSC to offer its innovative supercomputing and data center solutions for European clients, which could recognize such advantages of our equipment as the ultimate computing and power density, energy-efficiency, compactness, reliability, ease to manage and maintain.”

Bright Broadens Partnership with Huawei in EMEA

Today Bright Computing announced expanded collaboration with Huawei across EMEA.

Huawei places win-win collaboration at the heart of our business in Europe,” said Jaco Pesschier, Senior Channel Sales Manager, Huawei West Europe Enterprise Business. “We’re committed to building a partner ecosystem which enables end-users to make the most of new ICT to become leaders in their markets. As our relationship with Bright Computing grows we look forward to a productive and optimistic future working together.”

Dell Powers RENCI Supercomputer Tracking Hurricane Matthew

RENCI’s Dell-powered supercomputer is working overtime to model the storm surge that Hurricane Matthew could bring to communities along the Eastern Seaboard. Named Hatteras, the 150-node M610 Dell cluster runs the ADCIRC storm surge model every six hours when a hurricane is active. “We are working on doing storm surge predictions the same way that meteorologists develop predictions for rain and wind speeds.”

SGI Powers New Cirrus Supercomputer at EPCC

Businesses could dramatically cut the time taken to bring new products and services to market with help from a new SGI supercomputer at EPCC, the UK’s leading supercomputing center based at the University of Edinburgh. “This newly installed computing power – in tandem with EPCC’s in-house expertise – means we are well placed to help businesses meet many of the computational challenges associated with developing new products and services,” said George Graham, Commercial Manager of EPCC.

BSC Lays out European RETHINK Big Roadmap

Today the Barcelona Supercomputing Center presented a big data roadmap that it has coordinated on behalf of the European Commission. As part of the RETHINK Big Project, the presentation was given as part of the Big Data Congress and BSC used it to highlight the need for Europe to carry out research on new solutions for hardware and software for big data use.

Power8 Systems with NVLink Come to Nimbix HPC Cloud

Today’s emerging workloads like machine and deep learning, artificial intelligence, accelerated databases, and high performance data analytics require incredible speed through accelerated computing,” said Sumit Gupta, Vice President, High Performance Computing and Data Analytics, IBM. “Delivering the capabilities of the new IBM POWER8 with NVIDIA NVLink-based system through the Nimbix cloud expands the horizons of HPC and brings a highly differentiated accelerated computing platform to a whole new set of users.”

CSIRO Deploys NVIDIA DGX-1 Deep Learning Supercomputers Down Under

Today NVIDIA announced APAC’s first deployment of NVIDIA DGX-1 deep learning supercomputers CSIRO in Australia. “There is a growing interest from research groups to adopt machine learning techniques to support their projects,” said Angus Macoustra, executive manager for Scientific Computing at CSIRO. “CSIRO research projects are already using the DGX-1 systems, and in time, it is expected that machine learning will have applicability across all our areas of research and be used by hundreds of researchers.”

insideHPC Readers: Weigh in on Why AI is Taking Off Now

This may indeed be the year of artificial intelligence, when the technology came into its own for mainstream businesses. “But will other companies understand if AI has value for them? Perhaps a better question is “Why now?” This question centers on both the opportunity and why many companies are scared about missing out.”