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Azure Cloud Used to Discover Lost Prime Number with 342K Digits

The Prime Challenge launched by Microsoft Azure in November last year has come to an end with a user registered as PHunterLau being declared the winner. PHunterLau emerged as the winner after discovering a prime number that was over 342,000 digits long.

Project CoolEmAll Collaboration Delivers Next-Gen Datacenter Management Tools


Today European Commission funded CoolEmAll project announced significant progress on a range of holistic datacenter management technologies thanks to a collaboration with Future Facilities and TSO Logic.

It’s Official: Seagate Acquires Xyratex


Today Seagate Technology announced it has completed its previously announced acquisition of Xyratex, a leading provider of data storage technology.

Arista Networks Files for IPO

Andy Bechotolsheim

Arista Networks filed for an initial public offering today. Founded by Andy Bechtolsheim, Arista builds switches that handle traffic at large internet data centers for companies including Facebook Inc, Yahoo Inc, Comcast Corp and Citigroup Inc. The company said it would raise $200 million from the offering, but the final size of the IPO could vary.

Nvidia’s Steve Oberlin on his New Role as CTO for Accelerated Computing


In this video from GTC 2014, Steve Oberlin from Nvidia describes his new role as Chief Technical Officer for Accelerated Computing. Along the way, he discusses: the HPC lessons learned from the CRAY T3E and other systems, Nvidia’s plans to tackle the challenges of the HPC Memory Wall, the current status on Project Denver, and how Nvidia plans to couple to the POWER architecture in future systems.

Radio Free HPC Looks at GTC 2014 Technology Announcements


With their upcoming Pascal generation of GPUs, Nvidia plans to bring NVLink and 3D stacked memory to market in their ongoing battle against the HPC memory wall. “This is our 50th episode of Radio Free HPC, so I’d like to offer a Tip of the Hat to my co-hosts, Henry Newman and Dan Olds!”

Silicon Mechanics Appoints Former Disney Exec Daniel Chow as COO

Daniel Chow

Silicon Mechanics has announced the appointment of Daniel Chow as Chief Operating Officer. Mr Chow will lead Silicon Mechanics’ project management, business integration, architecture/engineering, and production groups.

HPC Advisory Council Announces Brazil Conference for May 26


The HPC Advisory Council just announced the HPCAC Brazil Conference, which takes place on May 26, 2014, in São Paulo, Brazil.

ISC’14 Makes Two Key Appointments

Prof. Dr. Arndt Bode

Today the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC’14) announced two key appointments to its management structure.

Peter B. Littlewood Named Director of Argonne National Lab


This week Argonne National Lab announced that Peter B. Littlewood from the University of Chicago has been selected to serve as Argonne’s 13th director.