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Ellexus Container Checker looks to Revolutionize Cloud Container Use

Ellexus has launched Container Checker on Amazon Web Services’ Marketplace, a pioneering cloud-based tool that provides visibility into the inner workings of Docker containers. “Container Checker will help people using cloud platforms to quickly detect problems within their containers before they are let loose on the cloud to potentially waste time and compute spend. Estimates suggest that up to 45% of cloud spend is wasted due in part to unknown application activity and unsuitable storage decisions, which is what we want to help businesses tackle.”

Video: The State of Linux Containers

“Linux Containers gain more and more momentum in all IT ecosystems. This talk provides an overview about what happened in the container landscape (in particular Docker) during the course of the last year and how it impacts datacenter operations, HPC and High-Performance Big Data. Furthermore Christian will give an update/extend on the ‘things to explore’ list he presented in the last Lugano workshop, applying what he learned and came across during the year 2016.”

Agenda Posted for DDN User Group at SC17

The DDN User Group has posted their agenda for their meetup at SC17. The meeting takes place 2:30pm – 6:30pm on Nov. 13 at the Embassy Suites in Denver. “The DDN User Group brings the HPC community together with DDN executive and technical leadership to share how leading global organizations are leveraging innovative new approaches, best practices, and technologies to raise the bar on HPC discoveries. This year, we are hosting the user group at the Embassy Suites, which is a three minute-walk across the street from the Colorado Convention Center.”

RAID Inc. Unveils Xanadu 500 Storage Appliances

Today RAID Incorporated announced “its most advanced storage series yet.” The Xanadu 500 series is designed to simplify and deliver high performance computing storage at an optimized price/performance ratio. With companies and organizations increasing their IT infrastructure to accommodate Big Data and Analytics at record magnitudes, it is imperative that their storage systems are appropriately […]

Asetek Announces NEC as New Datacenter OEM Partner

Today Asetek announced NEC Corporation as a new data center OEM partner. NEC Corporation, through its subsidiary NEC Fielding, Ltd., will deploy Asetek RackCDU Direct-to-Chip liquid cooling at a new HPC installation in Japan. Asetek has already begun to make shipments in support of this installation. “Liquid cooling technology is becoming a key supercomputer component. Asetek’s direct-to-chip technology enables more effective cooling and increased computational performance in high density HPC clusters, adding value for our end-users,” said Noritaka HOSHI, (Senior Manager), NEC Corporation.

Industry Analysis: AI and Deep Learning – the Voice of the Market

In this video, Dan Olds from OrionX presents insights from their Q2-Q3 2017 Survey on Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning/Deep Learning – one of the industry’s most comprehensive AI/ML/DL surveys to date with more than 144 data points. “Dan Olds talks the audience through the demographics and questions, respondents’ understanding of AI/ML/DL, current projects, who is driving AI in organizations, project attributes and more.”

Video: The Era of Data-Centric Data Centers

Gilad Shainer gave this talk at the HPC Advisory Council Spain Conference. “The latest revolution in HPC is the move to a co-design architecture, a collaborative effort among industry, academia, and manufacturers to reach Exascale performance. By taking a holistic system-level approach to fundamental performance improvements Co-design architectures exploit system efficiency and optimizes performance by creating synergies between the hardware and the software.”

New Subsea Cable Lowers Network Costs from Iceland to North America by 90%

The cost of moving HPC workloads to Iceland is coming down in a big way. Today Verne Global and Tele Greenland announced that the 12.4-Tbps upgrade to the Greenland Connect subsea cable system with three new 100-Gpbs connections into Verne Global’s Icelandic data center, is now complete. The upgraded network provides streamlined routing from Iceland to the New York City metro area, lower latency and up to 90% lower network costs. Tele Greenland has also invested in improving route security to ensure data integrity and protect cables from elemental factors.

Radio Free Looks at why the Tape Storage Market is falling on Hard Times

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team asks the question: Is the Cloud Killing the Tape Market? The issue came up this week that Spectra Logic is laying off 9 percent of its workforce. “The technology has had its ups and downs over the years, and things look positive for it once again as cloud providers have adopted it as a cost-effective way to handle the growing amount of data being generated, TechTarget, a marketing firm, reported.”

NVIDIA GPU Cloud comes to AWS with Volta GPUs

“In just a few steps, the NVIDIA GPU Cloud (NGC) container registry helps developers get started with no-cost access to a comprehensive, easy-to-use, fully optimized deep learning software stack. The cloud-based service is available immediately to users of the just-announced Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) P3 instances featuring NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs. NVIDIA plans to expand support to other cloud platforms soon.”