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Survey: Companies are moving Mission Critical Apps to the Cloud

For the first time, a majority of companies are putting mission critical apps in the cloud, according to the latest report released today by Cloud Foundry Foundation. The study revealed that companies treat digital transformation as a constant cycle of adaptation rather than a one-time fix. As part of that process, cloud technologies such as Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), containers and serverless continue to grow at scale, while microservices and AI/ML are next to be integrated into their workflows.

Video: Defining A New Efficiency Standard for HPC Data Centers

Björn Brynjulfsson from Etix Everywhere gave this talk at CloudFest 2019. “Benefiting from very favorable ambient conditions and drawing on a background of designing, building and operating both high end facilities and super economical blockchain facilities we will show how the Etix team meet the challenge in Blönduós Iceland. The presentation describes how Etix delivered a 45 MW, ultra-green, HPC facility with lowest TCO in class, in under 9 months from start to finish.”

AFRL Unveils Sharable Classified Supercomputing Capability

The Air Force Research Laboratory has unveiled the first-ever shared classified Department of Defense high performance computing capability at the AFRL DOD Supercomputing Resource Center. “The ability to share supercomputers at higher classification levels will allow programs to get their supercomputing work done quickly while maintaining necessary security. Programs will not need to spend their budget and waste time constructing their own secure computer facilities, and buying and accrediting smaller computers for short-term work. This new capability will save billions for the DOD while providing additional access to state-of-the-art computing.”

Video: DDN Accelerates Ai, Analytics, and Deep Learning at GTC

In this video from the 2019 GPU Technology Conference, James Coomer from DDN describes the company’s high-speed storage solutions for Ai, Machine Learning, and HPC. “This week at GTC, DDN is showcasing its high speed storage solutions, including its A³I architecture and new customer use cases in autonomous driving, life sciences, healthcare, retail, and financial services. DDN next generation of A³I reference architectures include NVIDIA’s DGX POD, DGX-2, and the DDN’s AI400 parallel storage appliance.”

Data Management: The Elephant in the Room for HPC Hybrid Cloud

While there are many benefits to leveraging the cloud for HPC, there are challenges as well. Along with security and cost, data handling is consistently identified as a top barrier. “In this short article, we discuss the challenge of managing data in hybrid clouds, offer some practical tips to makes things easier, and explain how automation can play a key role in improving efficiency.”

E-CAS Project to Explore Clouds for Acceleration of Science

Can the Cloud power ground-breaking research? A new NSF-funded research project aims to provide a deeper understanding of the use of cloud computing in accelerating scientific discoveries. “First announced in 2018, the Exploring Clouds for Acceleration of Science (E-CAS) project has now selected the six research proposals to explore how scientific workflows can leverage advancements in real-time analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, accelerated processing hardware, automation in deployment and scaling, and management of serverless applications for a wider range of science.”

UberCloud Publishes Compendium Of CFD Case Studies

If you are considering moving some of your HPC workload to the Cloud, nothing leads the way like a good set of case studies in your scientific domain. To this end, our good friends at the UberCloud have published their Compendium Of Case Studies In Computational Fluid Dynamics. The document includes 36 CFD case studies summarizing HPC Cloud projects that the UberCloud has performed together with the engineering community over the last six years.

Building the business case for Hybrid HPC Cloud

Over the past two years, we’ve seen a dramatic acceleration in cloud adoption for HPC. Intuitively cloud computing makes sense — it enables organizations to rent rather than buy expensive HPC hardware, deploy solutions faster, reduce capital investments, and focus on core competencies. Software company Univa highlights the reason behind the recent cloud adoption boom among the HPC community, and the benefits of the hybrid HPC cloud.

Tachyum Chip Startup gets $17 Million Capital Infusion from Slovak Government

Today chip startup Tachyum announced that it has received capital from the Slovak government of almost $17 million dollars to help build a new R&D center within the country. This funding will assist in the final development phase of the company’s Prodigy Universal Processor Chip, the smallest and fastest general-purpose, 64-bit processor, requiring 10x lower power and 3x lower sell price than competing products with equivalent performance. Together, these two attributes result in Prodigy reducing data center annual total cost of ownership (CapEx + OpEx) by a factor of 4x.

Mellanox NVMe SNAP Technology to Simplify Composable Storage

Today Mellanox announced NVMe SNAP (Software-defined, Network Accelerated Processing), a storage virtualization solution for public cloud, private cloud and enterprise computing. This new SNAP technology allows customers to compose remote server-attached NVMe Flash storage and access it as if it were local, to achieve all the efficiency and management benefits of remote storage, with the simplicity of local storage.