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UberCloud Publishes Compendium Of Case Studies in Life Sciences

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 a compendium entitled, Exploring Life Sciences in the Cloud. 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. “From the 220 cloud experiments we have done so far, we selected 15 case studies related to the life sciences. We document the results of these research teams, their applications, findings, challenges, lessons learned, and recommendations.”

AMD EPYC Cloud Adoption Grows with Google Cloud

Today Google Cloud announced the beta availability of N2D VMs on Google Compute Engine powered by 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors. The N2D family of VMs is a great option for customers running general purpose and high-performance workloads requiring a balance of compute and memory. “AMD and Google have worked together closely on these initial VMs to help ensure Google Cloud customers have a high-performance and cost-effective experience across a variety of workloads, and we will continue to work together to provide that experience this year and beyond.”

Predictions for HPC in 2020

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Laurence Horrocks-Barlow from OCF predicts that containerization, cloud, and GPU-based workloads are all going to dominate the HPC environment in 2020. “Over the last year, we’ve seen a strong shift towards the use of cloud in HPC, particularly in the case of storage. Many research institutions are working towards a ‘cloud first’ policy, looking for cost savings in using the cloud rather than expanding their data centres with overheads, such as cooling, data and cluster management and certification requirements.”

XTREME-D Launches New HPC Infrastructure Services with Digital Realty

Today Award-winning Japanese HPC Cloud company XTREME-D announced an agreement with San Francisco-based Digital Realty, a leading global provider of data center, colocation, and interconnection solutions. MC Digital Realty will supply 10kW racks from its Digital Osaka 2 facility to host XTREME-D’s flagship product, XTREME-Stargate. XTREME-D has also formed a strategic alliance with Lenovo Enterprise Solutions Ltd. to be a supply partner for the product.

Compute Canada’s Magic Castle: Terraforming the Cloud for HPC

Félix-Antoine Fortin from Compute Canada gave this talk at FOSDEM 2020. “Magic Castle uses the open-source software Terraform and HashiCorp Language (HCL) to define the virtual machines, volumes, and networks that are required to replicate a virtual HPC infrastructure. In this talk, we will give a live demonstration of the creation of a cluster.”

Big Compute 20 Conference Announces Speaker Lineup

Today the Big Compute Conference announced sponsors and speakers for its inaugural event, held February 11-12, 2020 in San Francisco. The two-day conference will feature business leaders and scientists describing how they are transforming their industries with access to unlimited cloud compute. “Big Compute 20 brings together thought leaders in aerospace, automotive, AI, biotech, medical, academic, technology, and chemical industries. In addition to inspiring talks, the event will feature workshops, networking, panels and a hackathon sprint, all focused on the freedom to think big.”

Atos completes acquisition of Maven Wave

Today Atos announced the completion of its acquisition of Maven Wave, a U.S.-based cloud and technology consulting firm specialized in delivering digital transformation solutions for large enterprises. With this acquisition, Atos reinforces its global leadership in cloud-solutions for applications, data analytics and machine learning in hybrid and multi-cloud platforms. “Together, Maven Wave and Atos create the strongest Google Cloud services portfolio offered anywhere, providing customers proven expertise and knowledge in executing their digital transformation and delivering outstanding experiences to their customers,” commented Maven Wave Founders Brian Farrar, Jason Lee and Jeff Lee.

Reflecting on 10 Years of Active Archive

In this special guest feature, Molly Presley from the Active Archive Alliance reflects on how the unstructured data storage industry has evolved and the implications for active archives. “We now have software that allows us to extract data from the archive for things like analytics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, so it adds more value and usability to archived data. And, many of the applications and processes can now be automated through APIs and CLIs to make it easy to automate common tasks and integrate with upstream applications.”

Podcast: The Trouble with ZFS

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team discuss whether ZFS is ever going to meet its potential. “Henry weighs in on the evolution of ZFS and how his opinion of ZFS has changed over the last decade or so. Both Shahin and Henry feel ZFS is unique and highly useful and that maybe Linus isn’t up on current ZFS capabilities.”

Top Data Storage Predictions for 2020

Today Qumulo announced its 2020 data storage predictions. Qumulo’s predictions are guided by the enterprise’s realization that legacy scale-out and scale-up NAS storage solutions were not designed to handle today’s unstructured data volumes, distributed geographies and diverse file types. In 2020, enterprise organizations will focus on their data-driven businesses, rather than on managing their storage.