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OSC Powers Welding Simulation in the Cloud

awesimThe DOE has announced a grant to Engineering Mechanics Corporation of Columbus (Emc2) and its partners for $1 million to develop a cloud-based tool that will simulate welding processes employed in the manufacture of metallic products.

Small and mid-sized manufacturing firms need improved weld-fabrication processes to ensure improved quality at lower costs to remain globally competitive,” said Frederick “Bud” Brust, Ph.D., senior research leader at Emc2. “A sophisticated high performance computing based tool will be accessible to SMM firms on a supercomputer center to easily permit use of these tools at affordable prices.”

Emc2 seeks to adapt a welding design software package known as Virtual Fabrication Technology, or VFT, to a more accessible “app” format through the Ohio Supercomputer Center’s (OSC) AweSim program. VFT is a mathematics-based computational tool developed in conjunction with Caterpillar in the late 1990s, with improvements since then to permit small- and medium-sized manufacturers (SMM) to take advantage of the benefits of high performance computing. VFT allows designers to “predict weld-induced distortion and residual-stress states so that weld-design strategies can be implemented to significantly reduce or eliminate these undesirable states prior to fabrication.”

For this project, Emc2 has partnered with members of the AweSim program, a $6.4 million initiative led by the Ohio Supercomputing Center. The program kicked off last summer when the Ohio Third Frontier Commission awarded the public/private partnership a $3 million Innovation Platform Program grant to design and deploy easy-to-use advanced “manufacturing apps.” Client partners are funding the balance of the three-year project.

Ubercloud Announces Technical Computing Marketplace and Appstore

In this video from ISC’14, Wolfgang Gentzsch announces the new Ubercloud Technical Computing Marketplace and Appstore.

Two years ago the UberCloud started its free HPC Experiment which today has attracted more than 2,000 organizations and individuals from computational fluid dynamics, finite element material analysis, multi-physics, chemistry, life sciences, biology, finance, big data, and the HPC community. Today, UberCloud announces the addition of its Marketplace and Appstore, where engineers and scientists can discover, try and buy the computing power and expertise they need for their computational and data-intensive tasks.”

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In related news, the Second Ubercloud Compendium of Case Studies is now available for download.

Video: What’s New in Moab 8.0 for Cloud & Big Workflow

In this video, Trev Harmon from Adaptive Computing presents: HPC, Cloud & Big Workflow: What’s New in Moab 8.0.

Adaptive Computing powers many of the world’s largest private/hybrid cloud, and technical computing environments with Moab, its award-winning optimization and scheduling middleware software. Moab enables large enterprises, academic institutions and governments to perform simulations and analyze data faster, more accurately and most cost effectively with its Technical Computing, Cloud and Big Data solutions for Big Workflow applications. With dynamic scheduling, provisioning and management of multi-step/multi-application services across HPC, Cloud and Big Data environments, Moab inspires users to pursue game-changing endeavors. Adaptive Computing’s Moab speeds the time to discovery, allowing the business to gain a competitive advantage.

HP is Looking for a Cloud Deployment Engineer – HP Helion in our Job of the Week

Hewlett-Packard in Seattle, WA is looking for a Cloud Deployment Engineer – HP Helion in our Job of the Week.

“HP has been a consistent leader in defining the next generation computing platforms, and we are doing this again with #HPHelion and the next-generation open source computing platform. More than 2,000 enterprise customers and 37% of the Fortune 100 use our cloud solutions today and serve as the foundation for HP Helion. HP is the #1 private cloud provider in the world. We are a leader in OpenStack and Cloud Foundry foundations and communities. HP is committed to investing billions of dollars in HP Helion products, services, technologies and programs, and the global reach of HP Helion, over the next three years.

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FusionStorm Boosts Its Cloud Computing Offering with Peak’s Enterprise Cloud and NetApp Storage Platform

Peak announces that it will bring its world-class Infrastructure-as-a Service (IaaS) capabilities to FusionStorm to give the IT solution provider a more robust cloud solution.

“FusionStorm specializes in helping our clients connect their employees, partners and customers by building solid foundations for their IT infrastructure,” states Mike Souza, Senior VP of Sales and Marketing for FusionStorm. “We know that the cloud has become a key component in delivering resources, increased capabilities and flexibility to our clients, and Peak’s cloud is unmatched in terms of technology and their hands-on expert support at all levels. Peak’s cloud also allows us to easily integrate a NetApp storage component, which is key for our customers.”

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AgileIT is Looking for a Senior Microsoft Cloud Engineer in our Job of the Week II

AgileIT in San Diego, CA is looking for a Senior Microsoft Cloud Engineer in our Job of the Week II.

“Our San Diego network support team is looking for a Microsoft Solutions Engineer (Office 365, Azure, Hyper-V, and Powershell) to assist and support our customer projects.  Join the expert Agile IT team and work in a highly dynamic environment with leading Microsoft architects. Under the direction of project managers and Principal Architects, you will perform customers engagements remotely from our San Diego network operations center (near Sea World).

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Global Music on Demand Market to Grow Says a New Research Report at Sandlerresearch.org

Sandler Research has issued a report detailing the surge in desire for on demand music from various devices. The report says a big portion of the increase is due to the escalation of offerings in music from social media platforms.

“Cloud computing provides consumers with legal access to music online and is rapidly being adopted by firms because it enhances portability, enabling subscribed users to access digital content stored in remote servers irrespective of the devices used. Listening to music, initially, was only possible using devices such as iPods. But the current scenario is witnessing consumers switching to an access-based approach, which consists of subscribing to digital music libraries stored in the cloud.

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OpenStack Delivers the Future of Cloud with Robust Open Source Features

Over at Talkin’ Cloud, David Darrough reports that leading open source cloud solutions provider, OpenStack, is showing the way into a cloud-based future with superb offerings in storage, compute and networking.

“The goal of the OpenStack Foundation is to serve developers, users, and the entire ecosystem by providing a set of shared resources to grow the footprint of public and private OpenStack clouds, enable technology vendors targeting the platform and assist developers in producing the best cloud software in the industry.

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Informatica is Looking for a Senior Sales Operations Analyst – Cloud in our Job of the Week II

Informatica in Redwood City, CA is looking for a Senior Sales Operations Analyst – Cloud in our Job of the Week II.

“Reporting into the Chief-of-Staff for Cloud & Subscription Sales, you will be joining a fast moving, and the fastest growing business at Informatica. You will need to be agile, energetic, thoughtful and collaborative. You will be empowered to grow the depth and breadth of your experience and “write your own job description” and “create your own role”. This position has two major focus areas, where you will divide your attention and energy on.

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Virtustream Takes a New Approach to Take on the Giants of Cloud Computing

Over at Network World, Brandon Butler, reports that Virtustream–while not as big as Microsoft and AWS–has carved out a nice niche in the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) world and takes a unique consultancy approach.

“Co-CEO and CTO Kevin Reid describes it like this: You can’t just walk into a bank and deposit $100,000; the financial institution would ask questions, making sure the money is not laundered or gained from some illicit activity. Similarly, Virtustream doesn’t just allow customers to swipe a credit card and get access to hundreds of thousands of virtual machines holding sensitive data of its large enterprise customers. “We want to know our customers,” says Reid, who used to manage a consulting firm that was bought by Capgemini before working at Virtustream. “We run more of what could be considered a community cloud, or a country club cloud. None of the workloads in our cloud are unknown to us – we know where they came from.”

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Docker Set to Rule Container Architecture for Cloud Portability

Over at  InfoWorld, David Linthicum reports that Docker has truly positioned itself as a big player in cloud portability and generally in cloud computing–especially with the endorsement of Google and Red Hat.

“Everyone loves Docker. What’s not to like? It’s a very nicely constructed container architecture that provides better cloud-to-cloud portability and workload management. It also sets a great foundation to build cloud-based distributed systems that can be moved around much easier than the cloud workloads we manage these days.

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Netflix and Verizon Go After Each Other in War in the Cloud

Over at InfoWorld, David Linthicum reports that Netflix is fuming mad at Verizon over its fiber optic network and its lackluster performance.

“Verizon sells a cloud service of its own that Netflix does not use, and both companies sell streaming video services. Verizon customers who are also Netflix subscribers must access their Netflix content via their Verizon account. That seems to be where things go wrong for Netflix customers with Verizon accounts. Who didn’t see this coming?

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MathWorks is Looking for a Senior Software Engineer – MATLAB on the Web (Cloud) in our Job of the Week

MathWorks in Natick, MA is looking for a Senior Software Engineer – MATLAB on the Web (Cloud) in our Job of the Week.

“The MathWorks is looking for a smart, creative and energetic Senior Software Developer with interest in building massively scalable concurrent systems whose interest, curiosity and passion drives innovation and production quality to new levels.  Successful candidates will work on a cohesive engineering team who share an intrinsic drive for delivering high quality products.

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CoolIT Systems Announces New Split Flow Design

CoolIT has announced receiving a patent for the company’s Split Flow Heat Exchanger technology.  The patent allows for greater cooling design while using less energy overall.

“This is a key patent for the company that adds significantly to our IP portfolio,” said Geoff Lyon, CEO & CTO of CoolIT Systems. “The invention relates to a compact method of delivering coolant through an opening over a central section of micro-channels resulting in a superior level of performance.  This patent strengthens CoolIT’s position with our proprietary technology giving us a tremendous advantage in the market.”

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Open Source Big Boys Join Forces to Offer Private Cloud Platforms

Over at GreatResponder, Mark Dallas writes that Canonical and Mirantis have come together to offer to offer a cloud computing platform based on OpenStack and Ubuntu.

“While providing the details of this collaboration, the VP of Cloud Alliances at Canonical, Mr. John Zannos said, “As the leading provider of scale out and open cloud solutions we are committed to interoperability and freedom from vendor lock-in. We support Ubuntu in the Ubuntu OpenStack distribution and, as part of this strategic relationship with Mirantis, will support Ubuntu in Mirantis OpenStack. This collaboration will further encourage adoption of OpenStack in the enterprise, and working together is a testament to our belief in interoperability and customer choice.”

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Leadtek Reveals Complete Cloud Computing Solutions at Computex

“For the first time, Leadtek will reveal its complete integrated video surveillance products which are vastly different from its competitors. Leadtek’s video surveillance solutions are the first in the industry to support SIP communication protocol. They include SIP IP phone, IP camera, SIP network video recorder (NVR), alarm devices and central management systems (CMS). This means that Leadtek’s video surveillance solutions can immediately integrate with existing SIP communication systems embedded in communities and organizations. The whole system is also connected to users’ video phones, whereby they can watch video surveillance footage by connecting their SIP video phones to any NVR.

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HP is Looking for a Senior Software Engineer – Cloud User Interfaces in our Job of the Week

Hewlett-Packard in Sunnyvale, CA is looking for a Senior Software Engineer – Cloud User Interfaces in our Job of the Week.

“HP Public Cloud (HPPC), is the division within HP delivering public cloud services (IaaS, PaaS, etc). We are a primary consumer, deliverer, and contributor to the OpenStack cloud infrastructure project and our services in HP Public Cloud are built on the OpenStack platform. Our goal is to provide the next generation of open source cloud infrastructure, platform services and cloud solutions for developers, ISVs, and businesses of all sizes.

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Is CAD Based in the Cloud a Viable Option?

Over at Cadalyst, Alex Herrera argues that the flexibility, scalability and elasticity of cloud computing really does offer the end user in the CAD environment many excellent options.

“Server-based computing (SBC) is back in the IT limelight. Granted, it has taken a different shape than in the past, and marches under several different banners: cloud computing, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), client consolidation infrastructure (CCI), and hosted virtual desktops (HVD), to name a few. But while they may differ in implementation, they share one fundamental goal: to move the data and heavy computation and rendering away from distributed desktops and toward a central resource, accessible by many users rather than one. Not only does general operating system (OS) and application processing happen on the server, so does rendering, with image pixel data transmitted from host to client.

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