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Virtualization in the Cloud

HPC Cloud

One of the best ways to realize the full performance benefits of virtualization is to make it available through a private cloud. The VMware vCloud Suite realizes operational efficiency through policy-driven operations. By providing simplified operations management, the cloud solution drives greater resource utilization and staff productivity.

Attaining High-Performance Scalable Storage

Intel lustre

This second article is an editorial series that explores high performance storage and the benefits of Lustre solution for HPC. This week we look how Lustre enables scalable storage solution for business.

InsideHPC Guide to Lustre Solutions for Business

Guide to Lustre

The recent release of a commercial version of the Lustre* parallel file system was big news for business data centers facing ever expanding data analysis and storage demands. Now, Lustre, the predominant high-performing file system installed in most of the supercomputer installations around the world, could be deployed to business customers in a hardened, tested, easy to manage and fully supported distribution.

Software Defined Data Center

Software Defined Data Center FI

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.

insideHPC Guide to Virtualization, Cloud and HPC

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Over the past several years, virtualization has made major inroads into enterprise IT infrastructures. And now it is moving into the realm of high performance computing (HPC), especially for such compute intensive applications as electronic design automation (EDA), life sciences, financial services and digital media entertainment. This article is the first in a series that explores the benefits the HPC community can achieve by adopting proven virtualization and cloud technologies.

Cray CS300-LC Cluster: Why Warm Water is the New “Cool”

Cray CS300

With the rise of manycore processors, double-dense blade form factors, and wider and deeper cabinets, the size and density of HPC systems have grown more than 300 percent since 1999. This high density of “heat offenders” requires a much-more efficient method of temperature control than is possible with air cooling. And while liquid cooling is generally more efficient, not all liquid alternatives are created equal.

CoolIT, Intel and Supermicro Collaborate on Innovative HPC Cluster

CoolIT-Rack-DCLC-II

CoolIT recently teamed up with Intel and Supermicro to create an innovative HPC cluster that ranked 400 on the Top500 list of supercomputers and an impressive #41 on the Green 500 list.

Trending Towards Ultra-Dense Servers

Ultra dense servers

In late 2010 and throughout 2011, however, we noticed a shift in the HPC market as new workloads such as digital media, various financial services applications, new life sciences applications, on-demand cloud computing services and analytics workloads made their way onto HPC servers. We are now seeing another new trend developing in the HPC space with the introduction of ultra-dense servers.

Best Practices Selecting an HPC Cluster

Wyoming Supercomputing Center

Everything from life sciences to the financial industry are relying on HPC clusters to perform complex and critical operations. Moving forward, there will be a lot more reliance on various HPC systems. So the all-important question comes in – How do you select, deploy and manage it all? Fortunately, IBM, Intel and NCAR have teamed up to explain their view on best practices selecting an HPC cluster using the process behind building the NCAR Wyoming Supercomputing Center.

Data Center Floor Space Utilization

Data Center Utilization Image

You would probably not be surprised to learn that liquid submersion cooling of your servers can save you money on power and cooling costs. Yet, you might be surprised when you read this paper and find that liquid cooling also provides greater efficiency in terms of data center floor space.