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400 GbE and HPC

John D’Ambrosia

“The need for 400 GbE goes beyond its actual use in the development of systems for the TOP500.” As noted by the TOP500 itself, as justification for the list, “These people wish to know not only the number of systems installed, but also the location of the various supercomputers within the high performance computing community and the applications for which a computer system is being used. Such statistics can facilitate the establishment of collaborations, the exchange of data and software, and provide a better understanding of the high performance computer market.”

Why the Industry Needs More HPC Performance Tool Developers

Dr. Ing. Bernd Mohr

Over at the ISC Blog, Bernd Mohr writes that HPC programmers are still in demand thanks to the complexity of today’s hybrid supercomputers. So, in reality programming HPC systems is still very complex and if you manage to create a correctly working program, it does not automatically mean you get a very efficiently working program. […]

Radio Free HPC Looks at the Seven Myths of SSD vs. HDD Pricing

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  In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the Seven Myths of SSD vs. HDD Pricing, one of Henry’s recent features at Enterprise Storage Forum. It got picked up on Slashdot, and the comments are flying all over the industry. In a nutshell, Henry thinks that the notion of SSDs replacing spinning […]

Cray’s John Lee on How Cluster Competitions Launch Careers

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“We also discuss something I haven’t talked about before with anyone else – how students can best take advantage of this experience after the competition ends. What doors does their participation open? How they should best pursue positions in business, research, academia, or even with HPC vendors? In this interview, John Lee describes what Cray is looking for in new hires, and how SCC experience pays off for prospective job candidates in a wide variety of fields.”

Interview: Addison Snell of Intersect360 Talks HPC, Cloud and Big Data

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“Our annual ‘Budget Map’ report series looks at the relative spending between all of the products, components, and services that make up the HPC market. With six years of end user data, we get a strong grip on where the money is flowing, whether it’s on big items like clusters and storage, or on topical things like power consumption, programming, or compute cycles in public cloud. We also get a sense of future budget outlook and how the market is likely to evolve.”

Don’t Play MacGyver With Your Data Center Cluster

Dr. Matthijs van Leeuwen, Founder and CEO of Bright Computing

MacGyver is a character famous for getting out of tough situations by coming up with a makeshift solution from whatever bits and pieces he found laying around. That’s no way to manage a critical part of your organization’s infrastructure.

It’s Time for MPI Over Everything (MPIoE)

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Over at Google Plus, Jeff Squyres has posted a somewhat belated April 1 post announcing an exciting new technology called the MPI over Everything Project (MPIoE). “One key innovative technology developed as part of the MPIoE effort is the Far Reaching Internet Datagram Efficiency (FRIDGE) framing protocol.”

MoabCon 2014 Fires Up Attendees

Trev Harmon

“During the MoabCon conference, we learned about the use of HPC and Moab in fields as diverse as satellite imagery processing and agriculture. Another live demo of Moab Task Manager was given showing the completing of 500,000 small tasks on 20 nodes in around 45 seconds. Several sessions were dedicated to outlining the exciting performance improvements that will be coming in the next releases of Moab and TORQUE.”

Lessons from the Railway for Supercomputing at ISC’14

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“The current time-horizon of HPC is not much more than five to ten years, with Exascale as the goal. But can we ensure that supercomputing embeds itself so deeply into the productive economy as to be indispensable a century from now? And will it be regarded as a thing of beauty, rather than just a technical artifact? And is Exascale the only destination?”

Michael Lewis Talks High Frequency Trading on The Daily Show

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High Frequency Trading seems to me to be the ultimate application for High Performance Computing in that only the very fastest get rich. In this video, author Michael Lewis discusses his new book Flash Boys on The Daily Show.