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Intel Beefs up FPGA Line

Today Intel introduced the Intel Programmable Acceleration Card (PAC) with Intel Stratix 10 SX FPGA. The card leverages the Acceleration Stack for Intel Xeon CPU with FPGAs, providing data center developers a robust platform to deploy FPGA-based accelerated workloads. 

Microsoft Previews Avere vFXT for Azure

Over at the Microsoft Blog, Rebecca Thompson writes that Avere vFXT software for Azure delivers new possibilities for running HPC workloads in the cloud. “With this new software solution, you can now easily connect on-premises infrastructure to Azure compute or “lift and shift” file-based workloads in Azure to run between Azure blob in the same manner.”

Data Science meets CFD: FieldView Analytics in Engineering

Steve Legensky from Intelligent Light gave this talk at the HPC User Forum in Detroit. “CFD may be complex, but Intelligent Light’s goal is simple: our customers’ success. Intelligent Light solutions unlock the power and value of a highly productive CFD workflow for engineering and research organizations in variety of industries around the world.”

Versity Open Sources Next Generation Archiving Filesystem

Today Versity Software announced that it has open sourced ScoutFS, a new scale out archiving filesystem. “ScoutFS is the first GPL archiving file system ever released, creating an inherently safer and more user-friendly option for storing archival data where accessibility over very large time scales and the removal of vendor-specific risk is a key consideration.”

Video: HPC Market Update from Hyperion Research

In this video from the HPC User Forum in Detroit, Earl Joseph from Hyperion Research presents an HPC Market Update. The company helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. “Our industry experts are the former IDC high performance computing (HPC) analyst team, which remains intact and continues all of its global activities. The group is comprised of the world’s most respected HPC industry analysts who have worked together for more than 25 years.”

NSF Awards Instrumentation Grant for Research Data Archiving at University of Oklahoma

Today the NSF announced that a University of Oklahoma team led by Henry Neeman is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation grant. The $967,755 award will be used for a new academic research data storage instrument—a massive tape archive known as the OU and Regional Research Store, which will serve as a national model for affordable, large-scale, multi-institutional storage.

Architectural Considerations for AI Workloads in Technical Computing

New workloads in machine learning and analytics have placed significant burdens on traditional HPC systems. This guest post explores how HPE, Intel and WekaIO are working together to solve potential I/O bottlenecks in machine learning and AI workloads. 

Seagate Rolls Out 14 Terabyte Hard Drives

Today Seagate launched the industry’s widest range of advanced 14TB hard drives, enhancing the company’s enterprise and specialty drive portfolio. Their new IronWolf drives for network attached storage (NAS) applications are purpose-built for customers to consume, manage and utilize digital data more effectively and efficiently while establishing new benchmarks in speed and capacity. “Data protection, management and archiving are no longer strictly the realm of IT departments, but are now essential responsibilities for business owners, creative professionals, online gamers and PC users alike,” said Matt Rutledge, senior vice president of devices at Seagate. “We understand the critical nature of data in unlocking opportunities to efficiency. From the largest data center to the personal user, our goal is to ensure every customer can access, store and transfer data quickly and reliably, whenever they need it and wherever they are.”

RAID Inc. Announces High Density EBOD with 106 slots in 4U

Today RAID Inc announced additions to its JBOD series of its enterprise storage solutions with the availability of the 4U 106-Bay JBOD with 12Gbs SAS drives that holds up to an unprecedented 1.2PBl storage capacity. “HPC challenges are increasingly demanding and RAID Inc. is able to meet these demands by offering the highest-performing and most efficient data storage solutions that solve key challenges,” said Marc DiZoglio, president of RAID Inc. “Building on 25+ years of storage design experience, RAID Inc. is committed to delivering true big data storage solutions with best-in-class performance, features, and unprecedented customer service.”

DDN Acquires Tintri for High-Speed Virtualization

Today DDN announced that it has completed the acquisition of Tintri for $60 million. “Tintri offers the best analytics with predictive, efficient and intuitive insight for virtualized environments and databases. Combining these capabilities with DDN’s market-winning performance, efficiency and integration at scale for AI, technical computing and the enterprise is incredibly enabling for customers.”