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Negative Latency and Einstein Express

“I’ve been thinking for a while that our obsession with reduction of latency in computing and storage could be ameliorated by exploiting a negative latency design. A negative latency design would be one where a hypothetical message would arrive at a receiver before the sender completed sending it.”

How Much Should a Teraflop Cost?

Leo Reiter

“Why not pay only for what you need, when you need it? Using our JARVICE supercomputer, we can deliver 120 teraFLOPS for less than $200 per hour. The same electromagnetic simulation costing close to $600 on the ManeFrame (in slice of CAPEX cost alone) can be yours for only $156 total on the Nimbix cloud. And unlike the ManeFrame, it shuts off automatically when it’s done, so you don’t keep paying even when it’s idle. The $156 includes space, cooling, power, and humans to help make sure it runs smoothly as well. Don’t forget that you can’t just “slice off” $600 of ManeFrame – you still have to invest $6.5 million, plus the operating costs. With JARVICE, the $156 is the total amount you pay for the example job with no other strings attached.”

Jeff Layton on Lustre Shared Storage in the Cloud

Jeff Layton

“In addition to NAS, you can also create parallel storage solutions. For example, in Amazon AWS, there are two options, one for Lustre, and one for OrangeFS (PVFS). Both use the same compute and storage instances that you use for NAS, but you create several instances that are combined to create a single file system. If you need more performance, just add more instances. If you need more capacity, just add more instances. Since this is the cloud, it’s very easy to spin up a new instance and add it to the existing storage.”

Why Big Data Translates into Big Bucks


“UK-based Maxeler Technologies took the opportunity to get over the message about the importance of big data to the highest political levels when British Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited its stand at CeBIT this month. Oskar Mencer, Maxeler CEO, spoke to the two world leaders about the design of the company’s dataflow engines and their use in the finance industry where stock exchanges and banks employ the engines to accelerate risk analytics in real-time.”

Will Big Data Drive HPC to the Cloud?

Jason Stowe

“There is a shift underway where researchers, engineers, and analysts, can change the very way they think about problems. Previously, we have been limited by the computing resources we have — the clusters we have on premise. Today, we can change the very way we ask our questions. Ask the right questions — and use the Cloud to create the size of system needed to answer your questions.”

Adaptive Computing Announces Moabcon 2014 Conference Keynotes


Today Adaptive Computing announced the speaker lineup for Moabcon 2014, the company’s annual user conference.

GTC 2014 to Reflect Latest Industry Trends


Marc Hamilton writes that the GTC conference next week will reflect some exciting industry trends in vGPU virtualization, Big Data, and ARM processing. “We have seen an explosion in the use of GPUs for machine learning and pattern recognition. Much of this is going on in Internet data centers.”

Video: CRESTA Takes on the Exascale Challenge


“It is quite clear that the global economies that invest in modelling and simulation are those that will, over time, gain the greatest competitive advantage and reap the largest economic benefits. Hence the current scramble to invest in large-scale leading-edge HPC systems worldwide. There is a clear understanding worldwide that the net economic impact of such systems greatly outweighs the amount of money spent procuring them.”

Allinea Performance Reports Improves HPC Utilization at Cardiff University


A new tool called Allinea Performance Reports is allowing Cardiff University researchers to see clearly what is happening within their HPC system.

Acoustic Simulation is Now Key to Successful Product Design


“Creating the right sound profile for a product is increasingly complicated. The current emphasis on energy efficiency and smaller environmental footprints, driven by government mandates and consumer preferences, influences the design of vehicles, aircraft, personal electronics and household appliances. Integrating acoustic simulation software into their design processes gives them insight before their products hit the showroom floor – or in other words, when it’s too late.”