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This Week in HPC: Cray and SGI Land Big HPC Contracts and IBM Teams Up with Twitter

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In this episode of This Week in HPC, Michael Feldman and Addison Snell from Intersect360 Research discuss big wins for Cray and SGI. After the break they look at IBM’s big collaboration with Twitter.

IU to Develop Data Analysis Tools with NSF Grant

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The NSF has awarded $5 million to a team of Indiana University Bloomington computer scientists working to improve how researchers across the sciences empower big data to solve problems.

GPUdb: A Distributed Database for Many-Core Devices

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GPUdb is a scalable, distributed database with SQL-style query capability, capable of storing Big Data. Developers using the GPUdb API add data, and query the data with operations like select, group by, and join. GPUdb includes many operations not available in other “cloud database” offerings. GPUdb applies a new (patented) concept in database design that puts emphasis on leveraging the growing trend of many-core devices. By building GPUdb from the ground up around this new concept we are able to provide a system that merges the query needs of the traditional relational database developer with the scalability demands of the modern cloud-centric enterprise.

Micron Releases SDK for Automata Processor

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Last year at the SC13 conference, Micron announced their Automata processor, a programmable silicon device capable of performing high-speed, comprehensive search and analysis of complex, unstructured data streams. Today, Micron Technology announced the availability of the software development kit (SDK) for the Automata Processor.

Convergence of HPC and the Enterprise Computing

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Both large-scale environments and scale-out workloads (such as Big Data) are becoming more important in the enterprise. In fact, with the rise of Big Data, the advent of affordable, powerful clusters, and strategies that take advantage of commodity systems for scale-out applications, these days the enterprise computing environment is looking a lot like HPC.

IBM Powers Cancer Treatment Molecular Profiling for Caris Life Sciences

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Caris Life Sciences is using IBM technical computing and storage technology to accelerate molecular profiling services for cancer patients.

HPC at Paypal: Leveraging DSPs for Systems Intelligence

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“PayPal’s novel approach is to convert events represented in a plain text format into a numeric format which can be analyzed in real-time using mathematical techniques with hardware specifically designed to operate on such numeric data. The first instantiation of this approach uses ProLiant m800 cartridges powered by TI’s 66AK2Hx DSP processor.”

ISC Big Data Conference Offers Early Bird Discount

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ISC has announced an Early Bird discount for its second annual Big Data conference. The event will offer attendees insights into the latest developments in data-intensive computing from both industry players and researchers.

Video: For Big Data and Technical Computing, Infrastructure Matters

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In this video, Intersect360 Research CEO Addison Snell describes the dynamics unfolding in the technical computing market, and its convergence with big data analytics. “In their customer surveys on big data, Intersect360 finds that end users need to scale their environments from desktops to servers, to clusters of servers, to large supercomputers. Mr. Snell notes that IBM is a leader in HPC and Big Data that is making the investments to extend that leadership.”

TPC Council Launches First Vendor-Neutral Big Data Benchmark

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Today the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) today announced the immediate availability of TPCx-HS, developed to provide verifiable performance, price / performance, availability, and optional energy consumption metrics of big data systems.