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Radio Free HPC Compares Providers at CloudHarmony

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In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at CloudHarmony, an online service that measures and compares cloud provider uptime. “At CloudHarmony, we simplify the comparison of cloud services by providing reliable and objective performance analysis, reports, commentary, metrics and tools.”

New Exascale Strategies Go Beyond HPC Market

Tom Wilkie, Scientific Computing World

“While HPC is being pulled in this direction by external market forces, it became clear at the US Supercomputing Conference, SC14, held this year in New Orleans in late November, that the technologies underpinning technical high-performance computing are now changing in response. Paradoxically, the announcement of the largest US Government investment in technical supercomputing for many years will transform business computing.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at Modding the Student Cluster Competitions

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“Henry wants to codify rules that span all competitions in order to provide a level playing field and to satisfy his authoritarian nature. Dan isn’t so sure that would work, given that each of the sponsoring organizations have their own ideas about how to best run a competition. However, both of them believe that the competitions need to become more real world when it comes to systems, applications, and how they’re used. One of the first steps along this road, the guys agree, is to add a storage component to the competitions.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at Network Security in Light of 2014 Data Breaches

Linda Millis, Senior VP for Business Development, Sol-Pass

In this episode, the Radio Free HPC team looks at Network Security in light of the recent series of breaches at places like Sony, Home Depot, and Target. Our special guest this week is Security Expert Linda Millis, who has a day job as Senior VP of Sol-Pass.

Funding the March Towards Exascale

Robert Roe

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Robert Roe writes that recent DOE funding for high end supercomputing bodes well for the continuing march to Exascale levels of computation.

A Look at 2014 as the Year in Parallel Computing

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Over at the Go Parallel Blog, John O’Donnell has posted highlights of the year 2014 in parallel computing.

Hyped Technologies that Won’t Shine in 2015

Enrico Signoretti

“100% Flash in the Datacenter? It won’t happen any time soon. Many (most?) tier one workloads will be moved to flash of course, but data is adding up so quickly that it’s highly unlikely you will be seeing a 100% datacenter any time soon. It will take a few years to have about 10/20% of data stored on flash and the rest will remain on huge hard disks (cheap 10+TB hard disks will soon be broadly available for example).”

Radio Free HPC Takes a Hilarious Look at the Turing Test

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In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the Turing Test for artificial intelligence. Does the Turing Test need to be retired as discussed on insideHPC, or does it just need an update for modern culture? The discussion quickly degrades into what may be our funniest show ever!

Will Containerization Eat Configuration Management?

Christian Kniep

Over at QNIB, Christian Kniep writes that his latest presentation examines intersection of Docker, Containerization, and Configuration Management. “In my humble opinion, Configuration Management might become a niche. As hard as it sounds.”

How the Human Brain Project will Push Supercomputing

Bernd Mohr

Over at TOP500.org, Bernd Mohr writes that Europe’s Human Brain Project will have a main production system located at the Juelich Supercomputing Centre. “The HBP supercomputer will be built in stages, with an intermediate “pre-exascale” system on the order of 50 petaflops planned for the 2016-18 timeframe. Full brain simulations are expected to require exascale capabilities, which, according to most potential suppliers’ roadmaps, are likely to be available in, approximately 2021-22.”