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Radio Free HPC Looks at the IBM Global Foundries Deal

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In this episode, the Radio Free HPC team looks at IBM’s plans to hand off its microelectronics unit to Global Foundries. “Is Big Blue on the right track? While Dan believes they’re doing what they need to do, Henry thinks they need to completely retool the company like they did back in 1993.”

This Week in HPC: IBM Hands Off Fabs to Global Foundries and Poland Gets its First Petaflop Super

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In this episode of This Week in HPC, Michael Feldman and Addison Snell from Intersect360 Research discuss recent news that IBM is handing off the company’s chip fabs to Global Foundries. After the break, they look at the new Petaflop Apollo 8000 supercomputer coming to Cyfronet in Poland.

Radio Free HPC Previews the StartupHPC Meetup at SC14

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In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team previews the StartupHPC Meetup at SC14. “Does your Startup have ties to High Performance Computing? SC14 will be in New Orleans this year, and we are holding our first meetup on Nov 17th in New Orleans. Please come, meet like minded people, listen to industry notables, and kick off StartupHPC as a support community.”

Slidecast: Energy-efficient Computation

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“A crazy idea was born at ISC14 while answering questions about the new energy metrics in Allinea Performance Reports and Allinea MAP – could the information in these reports show us an easy way to increase energy efficiency without having to change the program? The idea was to use CPU frequency scaling to run memory-bound jobs at a lower clock frequency. In Lazy Energy Efficiency Challenge One, I found that on a synthetic benchmark I could increase the iterations per watt by 19% on a memory-bound code.”

Webinar: Enhancing HPC Performance Through an Optimized Fabric

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“Today’s High Performance Computing environments are more demanding than ever. To meet the needs of complex simulations and ever-increasing massive workloads, HPC clusters need to support faster, high core count processors, coprocessors, and higher node count clusters. Performance is key … but at what cost? In this webinar, you will learn about the factors that drive fabric performance and their impact on your investment in HPC; How the fabric is a key component of your overall HPC solution; and performance and price comparisons of some of the fabric choices available to you today.”

RCE Podcast: Bringing Modeling & Simulation into the Classroom with the Shodor Foundation

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In this RCE podcast, Brock Palen and Jeff Squyres meet with Dr. Robert Panoff to discuss Shodor, a national resource for computational science education.

Slidecast: Cray Rolls Out Urika-XA Advanced Analytics Platform

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“The Cray Urika-XA system provides customers with the benefits of a turnkey analytics appliance combined with a flexible, open platform that can be modified for future analytics workloads. Designed for customers with mission-critical analytics challenges, the Cray Urika-XA system reduces the analytics footprint and total cost of ownership with a single-platform consolidating a wide range of analytics workloads.”

Radio Free HPC: The Day the Cloud Died

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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.

Slidecast: DDN GS7K – Scale-Out Parallel File System Storage Appliance

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“High performance computing is critical in commercial markets, spanning a wide range of applications across multiple industries, and this trend is only growing. The GS7K from DDN will help bring the latest high-performance storage technologies to more of these markets, connecting companies to their next innovations faster while satisfying their enterprise standards.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at How Paypal is Using DSPs for Systems Intelligence

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In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team discusses a new Paypal project that is leveraging TI Keystone DSP processors for systems intelligence. “Paypal has developed a novel approach to systems intelligence. By analyzing their chaotic real-time server data, they can produce organized, intelligent results using HP’s Moonshot server powered by TI DSP processors.”