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This Week in HPC: Supercomputing Future Uncertain for NSF, and Cray and SGI Unveil Big Data Appliances

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In this episode of This Week in HPC, Michael Feldman and Addison Snell from Intersect360 Research discuss a recent National Research Council report that indicates the NSF is falling behind in supercomputing. After the break, they look at new Big Data Appliances from Cray and SGI.

Gordon Bell Award Winner George Biros on the Importance of Code Modernization

ICES Professor George Biros stands with his code

“If you have something that’s not optimal on a single laptop, that’s no big deal, but if you’re on a large national resource [an HPC system], first you’re preventing other researchers from using the machines, and second, you’re wasting taxpayer money,” Biros said. “Efficient computing is about maximizing science per dollar.”

Amazing Sculptures Show Why #HPCMatters in Art


An innovative artist named Janet Echelman is using HPC to build amazing floating sculptures. “She builds and installs some of the most beautiful and permanent outdoor installations to be found anywhere. This is because her installations are made of a special netting that flows and billows with the wind, yet is strong and stable enough to weather the forces of nature year round. In 2011, Janet explained her journey to creating such lovely sculptures in her TED talk, seen now by over 1.2 million people around the world. I invite you to become one of them.”

Why Governments and HPC Need Each Other

Robert Roe

“High performance computing (HPC) is inextricably linked to innovation, fueling breakthroughs in science, engineering, and business. HPC is viewed as a cost-effective tool for speeding up the R&D process, and two-thirds of all US-based companies that use HPC say that “increasing performance of computational models is a matter of competitive survival.”

Radio Free HPC: The Day the Cloud Died


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.

ISC Cloud Conference Looks at Barriers to Adoption

David Pellerin, AWS

“Slagter remarked that a cloud environment meant at least three actors had both practical and legal responsibility in keeping data private and secure: the cloud provider itself was responsible for the physical security of the building where the servers were located as well as the security protocols used; the ISV had responsibility for the security of the application that was being run; and the customer had to have a set of security policies and procedures governing who had access to the portal into the cloud and who was licensed, within the customer’s own company, to use the application software and access the data.”

Open Compute Project Spurs HPC Innovation for Large and Small Organizations

Phil Pokorny

In this special guest feature, Penguin Computing Chief Technology Officer Phil Pokorny writes that Open Compute Project has great potential to spark HPC innovation. In just three and a half years since Facebook announced the Open Compute Project (OCP), the cooperative industry effort is showing exceptional progress toward delivering significantly more efficient hardware into the […]

Six Myths of HPC for Engineering Simulation, Part II

Wim Slagter, Lead Product Manager for HPC at ANSYS

Over at the Ansys Blog, Wim Slagter has posted the second segment of his blog post six common myths about HPC for engineering simulation. “I would be really ignorant to state that it is easy to deploy and manage a HPC cluster. As a matter of fact, sizing, building, integrating, provisioning and supporting a cluster infrastructure requires highly specialized IT expertise that is often lacking users of engineering simulation software.”

A Hazy Future for Cloud Computing?

Wolfgang Gentzsch, The UberCloud

“The independent software vendors, which make the programs that scientists and engineers would like to use in the cloud, are not sure how they can license their software for such an environment. As Felix Wolfheimer of CST remarked, in a moment of candor: “There is a lot of fear in the sales department about opening up the licensing model’ so that software licenses will be flexible enough for use in the cloud.”