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This Week in HPC: HPC Gets the Drop on Design Simulation, and a Collaboration with Dell, Intel, and Altair

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“Impact analysis or drop testing is one of the most important stages of product design and development, and software that can simulate this testing accurately yields dramatic cost and time-to-market benefits for manufacturers. Dell, Intel and Altair have collaborated to analyze a virtual drop test solution with integrated simulation and optimization analysis, delivering proven gains in speed and accuracy. With this solution, engineers can explore more design alternatives for improved product robustness and reliability.”

Software Defined Data Center

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The software defined data center is the underlying data center architecture that allows most IT infrastructure to be defined in software and to function as enterprise-wide resources. This approach enables ITaaS to be delivered in a virtualized environment with greater agility, speed and quality of service.

Slidecast: IBTA Releases Updated Specification for RoCEv2

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“Major cloud providers and Web 2.0 companies have converged on RoCE to solve the challenges of running compute intensive applications and processing massive amounts of data in hyperscale networking environments,” said Barry Barnett, co-chair of the InfiniBand Trade Association. “The RoCEv2 standard enables multi-vendor, interoperable solutions delivering RDMA that spans hyperscale network environments. This in turn paves the way for broader adoption within enterprise environments in order to improve infrastructure efficiency and lower total cost of ownership.”

Early Bird Rates End Sept. 19 for ISC Cloud and ISC Big Data

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Early Bird registration rates are ending Sept. 19 for the ISC Cloud and ISC Big Data events. Just four weeks away, the sister events take place in Heidelberg, Germany.

Overview of the MVAPICH Project: Status and Roadmap

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“Dr. Panda and his research group members have been doing extensive research on modern networking technologies including InfiniBand, High-Speed Ethernet and RDMA over Converged Enhanced Ethernet (RoCE). The MVAPICH2 (High Performance MPI over InfiniBand, iWARP and RoCE) and MVAPICH2-X software libraries, developed by his research group, are currently being used by more than 2,150 organizations worldwide (in 72 countries).”

Video: Virtualized HPC as a Service

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“The HPC community has had a long-standing interest in creating scale-out environments for running throughput-oriented and parallel distributed workloads. Both large-scale environments (for example, cloud computing facilities) and scale-out workloads (such as Big Data) are becoming more important in the enterprise. In fact, with the rise of Big Data, the advent of affordable, powerful clusters, and strategies that take advantage of commodity systems for scale-out applications, these days the enterprise computing environment is looking a lot like HPC.”

Is ZFS on Linux Ready for Prime Time?

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“Sharing a common code base with other Open ZFS platforms has given ZFS on Linux the opportunity to rapidly implement features available on other Open ZFS platforms. At present, Illumos is the reference platform in the Open ZFS community and despite its ZFS driver having hundreds of features, ZoL is only behind on about 18 of them.”

RCE Podcast: ADIOS Adaptable IO System

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In this RCE podcast, Brock Palen and Jeff Squyres speak with Scott Klasky and Norbert Podhorszki about the ADIOS Adaptable IO SYSTEM, an IO library with features to enable better performance and use for HPC.

HP Acquires Eucalyptus to Accelerate Hybrid Cloud Adoption

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Today HP announced a definitive agreement to acquire Eucalyptus, a provider of open source software for building private and hybrid enterprise clouds.

Transferring Data into Cloud Storage Fast and at Scale

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Over at the Cycle Computing Blog, Rob Futrick writes that the company is tackling one of the toughest challenges for Cloud HPC — transferring data into cloud storage fast and at scale. The Solution? File and file system parallel uploading using the company’s DataMan software.