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Unlike Oil and Water, Legacy and Cloud Mix Well

Despite the cloud hype, legacy HPC apps are alive and well. While it may seem like they can’t mix, the process of bursting these applications to the cloud is bringing these staples to cloud table. Avoiding rewrites can efficiently bring immediate HPC cloud benefits to organizations big and small. “Many technologies and solutions now available allow for the functional and highly efficient coordination and connection between legacy applications and the well-known advantages of the cloud.”

Job of the Week: Senior HPC Administrator at DownUnder GeoSolutions

DownUnder GeoSolutions (America) is seeking a Senior HPC Administrator in our Job of the Week. “If you are passionate about leading edge technology you will love this role. What you will receive, along with a fantastic group of colleagues who will support and encourage you is the chance to be working on one of the largest private clusters in the world!”

Video: HPC Powers Bioinformatics Research at Rockefeller University

In this video, researchers describe how the new HPC facility at Rockefeller University will power bioinformatics research and more. This is the first time that Rockefeller University has purpose-built a datacenter for high performance computing.

Mellanox BlueField Accelerates NVMe over Fabrics

Today Mellanox announced the availability of storage reference platforms based on its revolutionary BlueField System-on-Chip (SoC), combining a programmable multicore CPU, networking, storage, security, and virtualization acceleration engines into a single, highly integrated device. “BlueField is the most highly integrated NVMe over Fabrics solution,” said Michael Kagan, CTO of Mellanox. “By tightly integrating high-speed networking, programmable ARM cores, PCIe switching, cache, memory management, and smart offload technology all in one chip; the result is improved performance, power consumption, and affordability for flash storage arrays. BlueField is a key part of our Ethernet Storage Fabric solution, which is the most efficient way to network and share high-performance storage.”

One Stop Systems Rolls Out 4U Value Expansion System

“The Value Expansion System is ideal for customers on a tight budget who need high-density PCIe expansion. Customers can utilize the 4UV for GPUs, flash or a combination of both, providing performance gains in many applications like deep learning, oil and gas exploration, financial calculations, and video rendering.”

Intel’s New “Ruler” SSD Form Factor – Up to 1 Petabyte in 1U

Today Intel announced its latest memory technologies to advance datacenter storage. “These new “ruler” form factor SSDs and dual port SSDs are the latest in a long line of innovations we’ve brought to market to make storing and accessing data easier and faster, while delivering more value to customers,” said Bill Leszinske, Intel vice president, Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group (NSG), and director, strategic planning, marketing and business development. “Data drives everything we do – from financial decisions to virtual reality gaming, and from autonomous driving to machine learning – and Intel storage innovations like these ensure incredibly quick, reliable access to that data.”

HPC Analyst Crossfire at ISC 2017

In this video from ISC 2017, Addison Snell from Intersect360 Research fires back at industry leaders with hard-hitting questions about the state of the HPC industry. “Listen in as visionary leaders from the supercomputing community comment on forward-looking trends that will shape the industry this year and beyond.”

Micron Unveils Flagship NVMe SSD Family

“The Micron 9200 Series of NVMe SSDs are specially designed to deliver the blazing fast speeds, low-latency, and high-capacity needed to handle massive files, images and multimedia assets created by today’s complex application workloads,” said Eric Endebrock, vice president SSD and Systems, Storage Business Unit, Micron Technology, Inc. “With the Micron 9200 SSDs added to our SSD playbook, we are providing customers a rich portfolio of storage solutions to manage their changing business needs.”

Wow! Nimbus Data Unveils 50 Terabyte ExaDrive SSDs

“With an interface and form factor identical to HDDs, but with vastly more capacity, ExaDrive will accelerate flash adoption in the data center. Viking Technology and SMART Modular Technologies recently began shipping 50 TB and 25 TB ExaDrive-powered SSDs for cloud infrastructure, technical computing, and digital content storage.”

Will the Cloud steal my job?

In this special guest feature, Dr Rosemary Francis from Ellexus describes why the HPC Community has little to fear from the rise of Cloud Computing. “AWS alone has eight different types of storage that vary hugely in terms of storage size, bandwidth, peak performance and other more complex metrics. It’s not a ‘one set-up’ solution. If you’ve spent time optimizing your on-prem cluster for each different run or set of user expectations, you’re just going to have to do the same in the cloud.”