In a rather cryptic announcement today, HP has confirmed that the company will split into two entities, separating its PC computer and printing business from its enterprise technology services such as software and data storage.
“The toughest challenge of being an HPC startup is credibility – building it or having it. And acceptance. Breaking into the (mind) space is hard. Think about a disruptive technology, like virtualization, and the years it took to champion the idea that it could be applied to ‘some’ workloads. Now it’s companies like DWave or ConnectX or even the Cloud, still. Or GPU or ARM, right. Ideas or companies challenging the current convention.”
In this video from the 2014 HPC User Forum in Seattle, Earl Joseph from IDC presents an Update on the High Performance Computing Market. “The HPC User Forum was established in 1999 to promote the health of the global HPC industry and address issues of common concern to users. The organization has grown to 150 members. It is directed by a volunteer Steering Committee of users from government, industry and academia, and operated for the users by market analyst firm IDC.”
The approval of the $2.3 billion sale to Lenovo enables IBM to focus on system and software innovations that bring new kinds of value to IBM clients in areas such as cognitive computing, Big Data and cloud, and provides clarity and confidence to current x86 customers that they will have a strong partner going forward.
Today we caught wind of something coming out of stealth mode called the Zennet initiative, a “public, distributed, and decentralized Supercomputer.” As the brainchild of Israeli computer scientist Ohad Asor, Zennet is essentially a free-market alternative to AWS that sounds a lot like the marriage of BitCoin and SETI@Home.
Cray was bullish in its presentation of financial results for the second quarter, following a series of recent contracts awarded to the company. “Over the last few months, we’ve been on an incredible run of customer wins in both the US and around the world. These awards, some of them multi-year in nature, reaffirm our belief that we’re in a great position to continue to grow, not only in 2014 but also over the coming years.”
“Bright is in markets as competitive as we’ve ever been, especially in the big data Hadoop and OpenStack private cloud spaces. I believe we will thrive in these markets because we are bringing years of relevant experience to bear in new ways that will accelerate the adoption of these new technologies. But most people today are still struggling to build and maintain their clouds and clusters using a collection of mismatched tools. We have a lot of work ahead of us, and we’re ready to roll. Onwards!”
“We will describe the company’s newly updated Worldwide HPC Total Market Model and Forecast. With Intel up, server vendors down, and end users everywhere in-between, what does the HPC market really look like? What happens with the number one server vendor has a bad year, while the number three server vendor has a good one? And what do we make of HPC storage, the 3.4 Billion Euro ($4.6 Billion) growth market that no one seems to want? Intersect360 Research has the comprehensive answer, including the current and forecast effects of cloud, big data, and the ultrascale market.”
In this video from ISC’14, Steve Branton from Asetek describes a series of high profile supercomputing installations that show the growing momentum of Asetek liquid cooling in the HPC market. “Asetek’s liquid cooling innovations for HPC and data centres address key European issues of high energy costs, the need for “green” technology and the importance of waste energy reuse.” said André Sloth Eriksen, Founder and CEO of Asetek.