Using a Data Access Layer in HPC

Posted by Scott Jeschonek on Fri, Feb 03, 2017 @ 10:55 AM

High-performance computing in the cloud is becoming more and more common, as companies realize its potential to extend their HPC environments without additional significant infrastructure costs. HPC clusters bring hundreds or sometimes even thousands of cores online quickly and efficiently — something perfect for the massive compute farms managed by cloud service providers (CSPs) like Google Cloud Platform and Amazon Web Services. Very large clusters can be created on-demand. You aren’t restricted to one cluster either; you can create any number of clusters on demand, empowering different teams without causing resource contention. 

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Topics: HPC, Data Center Management, Technology Community

Overcoming NAS Bottlenecks in HPC

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Thu, Nov 10, 2016 @ 09:10 AM

As the ability of accessing large computing environments eases with the use of cloud, more and more companies are facing storage challenges in high performance computing (HPC) workloads. As innovation brings larger projects to IT infrastructure, managers are faced with performance, capacity, and budget issues. So how can storage bottlenecks be prevented? 

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Topics: NAS Optimization, HPC, Technology Community

Four Benefits of a Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure for Financial Services

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Thu, Sep 15, 2016 @ 02:35 PM

Market forces and increased volatility are challenging financial service organizations to make changes that allow for operational efficiencies. How companies go about doing that varies widely, but the once shunned idea of using cloud service providers is becoming more and more attractive. Cloud resources can change the possibilities with nearly unlimited compute resources minutes away from deployment.

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Topics: HPC, Data Center Management, Financial Analysis

IT Infrastucture for Independent Research Organizations

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Fri, Sep 02, 2016 @ 03:35 PM

Independent Research Institutes play a key role in discovering everything from new vaccines to understanding the natural world better to providing both protection and new resources to better living. Mostly non-profit research organizations, these centers of science are supported primarily through grants. This reliance on grants comes with unique pressures and requires strategic management of resources to deliver on missions within funded timeframes.

These institutions are also reliant on federal policy which directly impacts funding and research initiatives. The Association of Independent Research Institutes (AIRI) works to inform its members of new developments in Congress and across the federal government of issues, policy development, and risk related to biomedical and behavioral research and health care. Beyond policy, the association provides opportunities for learning through its conferences and webinars.

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Topics: HPC, Data Center Management, Life Sciences

One-Click Cloud ComputE Scalability

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Fri, Aug 26, 2016 @ 09:10 AM

Launching a tiered file system into the cloud is now only a click away. This week, Avere and Cycle Computing jointly announced technology integration that enables high-performance computing (HPC) in popular cloud computing environments. The Avere vFXT Edge filer software can now be launched directly from Cycle Computing’s CycleCloud product, instantly providing users with managed scalable compute nodes.

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Topics: HPC

FinServ IT: Increase Alpha Throughput & Scalability

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Mon, Aug 15, 2016 @ 03:05 PM

Hedge fund and investment managers seek better returns by analyzing many external datasets impacting the market. These analytics are driving decisions; however, most often the key resources on which the analysis depends are provided by the IT department — computing, networking, and data storage access.

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Topics: HPC, Cloud Compute, Financial Analysis

Eliminating Latency to Colocated Infrastructure

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Fri, Aug 05, 2016 @ 03:48 PM

If you are in charge of IT, moves to new office locations mean more than packing up some pens and a stapler, gathering your photo frames and favorite poster from the wall and hauling out. Moving servers and storage isn’t easy and allowing for their unique requirements in the new office space can cause more than a few grumbles from office mates and space planners. And even after you find a place to accommodate what you have, do you have room to allow for growth? 

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Topics: HPC, Data Center Management, Rendering & Transcoding

Cloud HPC: It’s Not Just for Supercomputing

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Thu, Mar 31, 2016 @ 02:40 PM

As we head into a week of industry-specific conferences, the prediction of the rise of high-performance computing becomes reality. HPC Wall Street and Bio-IT World are not your typical Supercomputing conferences attended by those who work for supercomputing centers married to academia or national laboratories. These conferences are filled with systems engineers and IT professionals living in an HPC environment that was only recently built to support new demands.

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Topics: HPC, Life Sciences, Cloud Compute, Financial Analysis

Cloud bursting for Grid Computing at SC15

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Tue, Dec 08, 2015 @ 09:30 AM

Another SC15 has come and gone. The Austin Convention Center turned into a sea of HPC gear and experts for one week. 

Many of our booth visitors took quickly to Avere's ability to cloud burst data into compute resources, especially in grid computing environments. In grid computing, where a distributed architecture of large numbers of computers are connected to solve a complex problem, the ability to connect one or multiple "clouds" can become a powerful part of the infrastructure with near limitless capacity. 

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Topics: HPC, Enterprise Storage, Cloud Compute

Six Reasons to Run Hadoop on the Hybrid Cloud

Posted by Scott Jeschonek on Fri, Nov 06, 2015 @ 01:34 PM

The concept of running Hadoop on the Cloud is not new. The big cloud players like Google Cloud Platform, Amazon Web Services, and Microsoft all have some sort of white paper on their websites and bloggers in big data circles have been considering the pros and cons of the cloud vs. on-premises. Amazon even offers their Elastic MapReduce service.

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Topics: HPC, Data Center Management, Hybrid Cloud NAS, Cloud Compute