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Spartan HPC Service Launches Down Under

The University of Melbourne has launched a new HPC service called Spartan that combines traditional HPC with a flexible cloud computing component. “Many research projects demand high speed interconnect,” said Bernard Meade, Head of Research Computer Services at the University of Melbourne. “Spartan can quickly scale into cloud based virtual machines as needed, and expand the HPC system as user needs evolve. Traditional HPC systems are typically tailored for a few specific use cases, but in practice are used for a much wider variety of applications, resulting in less than optimal usage.”

Rescale HPC Cloud to Expand with $14 Million Funding Round

“High performance computing is a $20 billion market dominated by legacy on-premise IT players with minimal cloud penetration today,” said Toshi Otani, Managing Director at TransLink capital. “Rescale’s platform solution addresses the key security and performance challenges that have historically held back enterprises from pushing their HPC data centers into the cloud. As the industry-leading platform solution for enterprise HPC, Rescale has demonstrated to be uniquely well positioned as HPC makes the inevitable transition to the cloud.”

WorldQuant Ventures Invests in Cycle Computing

Today Cycle Computing announced that angel investment firm WorldQuant Ventures has invested in Cycle Computing. This is the company’s first outside investment. “We are excited to announce our investment in Cycle Computing,” said Steven Lau, Managing Director at WorldQuant Ventures. “Companies in the financial services industry are increasingly turning to computing resources to help meet business and regulatory needs. We believe Cycle Computing’s innovative cloud computing platform, along with the growing demand for computing services, provides an attractive investment opportunity for WorldQuant Ventures.”

Learnings from Operating 200 PB of Disk-Based Storage

Gleb Budman from Backblaze presented this talk at the 2016 MSST Conference. “For Q1 2016 we are reporting on 61,590 operational hard drives used to store encrypted customer data in our data center. In Q1 2016, the hard drives in our data center, past and present, totaled over one billion hours in operation to date. That’s nearly 42 million days or 114,155 years worth of spinning hard drives. Let’s take a look at what these hard drives have been up to.”

Bright Computing Partners with ProfitBricks for Elastic HPC

Today Bright Computing announced a partnership with ProfitBricks, the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) company based in Germany. “Cloud-based solutions are increasingly appealing as they offer a cost-effective alternative to traditional on-premise solutions,” said Petra-Maria Grohs, CSO EMEAA at ProfitBricks. “Infrastructure is no exception and we are excited at the level of interest we are seeing in moving HPC and Big Data environments into the cloud, in order to unlock cost and time savings.”

Alces Flight from AWS Lets You Build a “Self-service Supercomputer in Minutes”

“In the past, researchers often had to wait in line for the computing power for scientific discovery. With Alces Flight, you can take your compute projects from 0 to 60 in a few minutes. Researchers and scientists can quickly spin up multiple nodes with pre-installed compilers, libraries, and hundreds of scientific computing applications. Flight comes with a catalog of more than 750 built-in scientific computing applications, libraries and versions, covering nearly everything from engineering, chemistry and genomics, to statistics and remote sensing.”

Rescale HPC Cloud to Foster Return of Supersonic Travel

Denver-based Boom Technology is leveraging Rescale’s cloud-based simulation and optimization system to enable a rebirth of supersonic passenger travel. “Rescale’s cloud platform is a game-changer for engineering. It gives Boom computing resources comparable to building a large on premise HPC center. Rescale lets us move fast with minimal capital spending and resources overhead,” Joshua Krall, Co-founder & CTO.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Adds Persistent Memory to Server Portfolio

“As the industry’s leading server vendor, HPE is committed to bringing new infrastructure innovations to the market that enable organizations to derive more value from their data,” said Vikram K, Director, Servers, Hewlett Packard Enterprise India. “We are delivering on that commitment by delivering a complete Persistent Memory hardware and software ecosystem into our server portfolio, as well as high-performance computing enhancements that will allow customers to increase agility, protect critical information and deliver new applications and services more quickly than ever before.”

ISC High Performance Announces Conference Chairs for 2017

Today the ISC Group announced the appointment of Prof. Dr. Jack Dongarra of University of Tennessee, USA, as the program chairman for ISC 2017. This appointment underlines the international dimension of this conference. “I am honored to be named the program chair for ISC High Performance in 2017. I have been participating and actively contributing to ISC every year over the last three decades, first as a speaker, and later as a collaborator with Hans Meuer, Erich Strohmaier, and Horst Simon as one of the TOP500 authors,” said Dongarra. “My mission as program chair for ISC 2017 is to continue to improve the quality of the ISC technical program and to help expand the HPC community.”

CIPRES Offers Gateway to Supercomputing Life Sciences

In this special guest feature, Lance Farrell from Science Node writes that CIPRES is a web-based gateway that allows researchers to easily explore evolutionary relationships between species using NSF supercomputers. “In the six years since it was established, CIPRES has enabled 2,300+ scientific publications, while only occupying about 1% of the NSF supercomputing resources. That’s an impressive return on investment.”