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Radio Free HPC Does the SC14 Wrapup Show

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In this episode, the Radio Free HPC team wraps up the SC14 conference. It was a big week for all of us, so in the interest of time we each picked one big thing to talk about.

How to Reap the Benefits of the Evolving HPC Cloud

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In such a demanding and dynamic HPC environment, Cloud Computing technologies, whether deployed as a private cloud or in conjunction with a public cloud, represent a powerful approach to managing technical computing resources. Now, learn how breaking down internal compute silos, by masking underlying HPC complexity to the scientist-clinician researcher user community, and by providing transparency and control to IT managers, cloud computing strategies and tools help organizations of all sizes effectively manage their HPC assets and growing compute workloads that consume them.

How Allinea Performance Reports Helps Jülich Scale their Applications

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“I have a few people helping out and tuning user applications, but we cannot serve all of our 500 users– we don’t have enough people. But if I have such a tool like Allinea Performance Reports, we tell them to try that out first and then if they have a problem, then they can do the first assessment themselves. Then we can use this tool to find the hard cases when my guys need to get involved. This is great.”

Ping Golf Optimizes Finite Element Analysis with Hyperworks

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“We started using finite element analysis along with computational fluid dynamics, and we really needed a good tool that could work with all different kinds of software, and Altair really has those tools that are multi-functional across different software.”

The Beginning of an Era – HPC, Take Your Rightful Place in the Data Center

Jill King, VP of Marketing, Adaptive Computing

“Please join me in welcoming a new era — an era where HPC is the center of the business universe. It’s about keeping it simple and creating an ecosystem that adapts as demands dictate. Take the ease-of-use and collaboration of the cloud, couple that with the horsepower of HPC and extract the data necessary for the business to make game changing decisions. That’s the recipe for success and HPC is the cornerstone. HPC, take your rightful place in the data center.”

Virtual Supercomputer Service Enters Beta

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“We would like to provide HPC resources and expertise to a broader business and academic community to accelerate their research and product development. We believe that the Virtual Supercomputer is more than just a technological platform – it is a tool to democratize HPC industry. And this is how the concept of eManufacturing will become a reality.”, says Dmytro Fedyukov, the CEO of Massive Solutions. “We welcome users, datacenters, universities, application developers, and experts to evaluate beta service and join partner alliance to make VSC a success.”

Video: Micron Showcases Automata Processor for Big Data

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“By providing a fundamentally new and powerful technology, plus the tools to operate and program it, Micron is providing developers and customers an entirely new way to power their innovation,” said Paul Dlugosch from Micron. “The Automata Processor and SDK will provide a new alternative for implementing very high levels of hardware parallelism without the complexities associated with von Neumann-style architectures.”

Argonne Researchers Receive IDC’s HPC Innovation Excellence Award

Elia Merzari, Paul Fischer, Shashikant (Shashi) Aithal

A team of researchers from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, in collaboration with scientists from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and three nuclear reactor design centers in the United States and Europe, received the HPC Innovation Excellence Award at SC14.

Data and Goliath: Why Startups Own the Future of Big Data

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So, if I had to put this talk in a nutshell, Yes, I am very bullish on how Docker (containers) and virtualization are going to change the face of HPC. If you want to understand why, check out what my friends Christian Kniep and Josh Simons have been up to on those fronts.

AMD & Pathscale Join OpenACC While Nvidia Readies Compilers for IBM Power

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At SC14 last week, AMD and Pathscale announced that they have joined the OpenACC standards group. Meanwhile, Nvidia announced that high-performance computing compilers are coming to IBM Power Systems.