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e-IRG Roadmap to Help Shape European Open Science Cloud

This week, the European Commission presented a vision for the European Science Cloud that will bring together current and future data infrastructures. The European Open Science Cloud will be created for European researchers and their global scientific collaborators by integrating and consolidating e-infrastructure platforms, federating existing scientific clouds and research infrastructures, and supporting the development of cloud-based services.

Why the HPC Industry will Converge on Europe at ISC 2016

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, ISC’s Nages Sieslack highlights a convergence of technologies around HPC, a focus of the ISC High Performance conference, which takes place June 19-23 in Frankfurt. “In addition to the theme of convergent HPC technologies, this year’s conference will also offer two days of sessions in the industry track, specially designed to meet the interests of commercial users. Our focus is Industrie 4.0, a German strategic initiative conceived to take a leading role in pioneering industrial IT, which is currently revolutionizing engineering in the manufacturing sector.”

Altair HPC Cloud Challenge Shows Customers a New Way Forward

Today Altair announced that eleven international customers participated in the company’s recent HPC Cloud Challenge. The contest was set up to demonstrate the benefits of leveraging the cloud for large-scale design exploration in the area of computer-aided engineering. Organizations of all sizes from manufacturing and academic fields participated in the Challenge, utilizing Altair technologies in structural, CFD and design studies, and expressed great satisfaction with the program overall.

Jetstream – Adding Cloud-based Computing to the National Cyberinfrastructure

Matt Vaughan from TACC presented this talk at the HPC User Forum. “Jetstream is the first user-friendly, scalable cloud environment for XSEDE. The system enables researchers working at the “long tail of science” and the creation of truly customized virtual machines and computing architectures. It has a web-based user interface integrated with XSEDE via Globus Auth. The architecture is derived from the team’s collective experience with CyVerse Atmosphere, Chameleon and Quarry. The system also fosters reproducible, sharable computing with geographically isolated clouds located at Indiana University and TACC.”

How Verne Global is Moving HPC Workloads to Iceland

“At Verne Global we combine low power costs, free cooling for 365 days of the year and optimized infrastructure to reduce the total costs of ownership for your data center. Our customers have achieved savings of more than 80% on power alone. The only place in the world where your data center can operate with 100% sustainable green power is at Verne Global’s Icelandic campus. Powered by geothermal and hydro-electric sources, your IT power costs will be stable and predictable for up to 20 years.”

Video: The Internet of Machines

In this video, Steve Hebert from Nimbix presents: The Internet of Machines. “The good folks at Nimbix have also posted full a set video presentations from their recent Developer Summit. The event brought together the best and brightest minds building the next generation of cloud computing applications. The invigorating discussions span topics from rendering and simulation to big data and machine learning, and everything in between.”

Now on Azure: Intel Cloud Edition for Lustre* Software

The Intel Cloud Edition for Lustre* Software is now available on Microsoft’s Azure platform. Intel Cloud Edition for Lustre Software on Azure is a scalable, parallel file system designed as the working file system for HPC or other IO intensive workloads. Built for use with the virtualized compute instances available from Microsoft Azure scalable cloud infrastructure, it is designed for dynamic, pay-as-you-go applications.

Video: HPC and Hyperscale Trends for 2016

Addison Snell from Intersect360 Research presented this talk at the Switzerland HPC Conference. “Based on updated research studies, Addison Snell of Intersect360 Research will present on forward-looking topics for HPC and Hyperscale markets. With an expanding look at hyper- scale, Intersect360 Research will describe the size and influence of the market, including evolving standards like Open Compute Project, OpenStack, and Beiji/Scorpio. Intersect360 Research has also investigated users’ plans for evaluating competing processing and interconnect options, including Xeon, Xeon Phi, GPU, FPGA, POWER, ARM, InfiniBand, and OmniPath.”

Intel Rolls Out New Xeon Processors & 3D NAND SSDs

Today Intel announced new technologies, investments and industry collaborations that make it easier for any business to harness the power of the cloud. The news featured the new Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v4 product family (Broadwell), collaborations with leading cloud software and solution providers, and Intel’s first 3D NAND SSDs optimized for cloud and enterprise workloads.

Reducing the Time to Science with Efficient Clouds

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Dr Bruno Silva from The Francis Crick Institute in London writes that new cloud technologies will make the cloud even more important to scientific computing. “The emergence of public cloud and the ability to cloud-burst is actually the real game-changer. Because of its ‘infinite’ amount of resources (effectively always under-utilized), it allows for a clear decoupling of time-to-science from efficiency. One can be somewhat less efficient in a controlled fashion (higher cost, slightly more waste) to minimize time-to-science when required (in burst, so to speak) by effectively growing the computing estate available beyond the fixed footprint of local infrastructure – this is often referred to as the hybrid cloud model. You get both the benefit of efficient infrastructure use, and the ability to go beyond that when strictly required.”