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Radio Free HPC: The Day the Cloud Died

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In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team discuss the possibility of a future where the Big 3 (Amazon, Google, and Microsoft) figure out that Cloud is not profitable and pull the plug. If that Cloud Apocalypse sounds far fetched, a look at recent AWS revenue numbers may prompt you to stock up your bomb shelter.

This Week in HPC: HP Splits Up While AMD CEO Steps Down, Plus a Fall Conference Recap

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In this episode of This Week in HPC, Michael Feldman and Addison Snell from Intersect360 Research discuss the split of HP and the new CEO at AMD. After the break, they look back on their recent travels to a series of Fall HPC conferences.

Agenda Posted: StartupHPC Meetup at SC14

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The StartupHPC Meetup at SC14 has published their agenda. Entrepreneurs interested in high performance computing are encouraged to attend the event, which will take place at the Royal Sonesta in the French Quarter in New Orleans on Monday, Nov. 17 from 9:00am-3:30pm.

HP to Split into Enterprise & Consumer Companies

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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.

Interview: Why You Shouldn’t Miss the StartupHPC Meetup at SC14

Cydney Ewald Stevens, Director, StartupHPC

“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.”

Video: IDC Market Update on HPC including Growth Areas

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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.”

U.S. Government Clears Lenovo to Acquire IBM x86 Business

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.

New Zennet HPC Cloud to be Free-Market Alternative to AWS

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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.

Atos Moves Towards Closure on Bull Acquisition

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Today Atos announced the successful completion of their tender offer for all the issued and outstanding shares of French supercomputer vendor Bull.

Cray Optimistic Through Current Dip in Profits

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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.”