Category Archives: Events

Clouds at a Distance – Can RDMA Enhance Collaborative Video Workflows?

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In this video from the 2013 Open Fabrics Developer Workshop, Tom Coughlin from Coughlin Associates presents: Clouds at a Distance – Can RDMA Enhance Collaborative Video Workflows?

You can check out more OFA videos at our Open Fabrics Workshop Video Gallery.

Video: The New Style of IT – HP Moonshot Update for Moabcon 2013

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In this video from Moabcon 2013, Dick Bland and Jérôme Labat from HP present: The New Style of IT: HP Update for Moabcon 2013.

Cloud, Mobility, Security, and Big Data are transforming what the business expects from IT resulting in a “New Style of IT.” The result of alternative thinking from a proven industry leader, HP Moonshot is the world’s first software defined server that will accelerate innovation while delivering breakthrough efficiency and scale.

IT Organizations to be Profoundly Affected by the Cloud in the Future

Over at IDG, Bernard Golden writes that the tone of cloud computing discussions have turned from sexy to the practical and chief among these topics is the nature of IT organizations down the road.

It’s remarkable how the tone at Cloud Connect in Silicon Valley has changed over the years. The conference has turned from cheerleading to nuts and bolts. This means it’s less fun, but it’s also more grounded in the day-to-day realities of implementing change instead of envisioning utopia. Many presentations focus on real-world use cases and concrete action steps, with a strong focus on hybrid cloud computing.

Read the Full Story.

Video: EUDAT and Big Data in Science

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In this video from the 2013 National HPCC Conference, Wolfgang Gentzsch presents: EUDAT and Big Data in Science.

Big data science emerges as a new paradigm for scientific discovery that reflects the increasing value of observational, experimental and computer-generated data in virtually all domains, from physics to the humanities and social sciences. Addressing this new paradigm, the EUDAT project is a European data initiative that brings together a unique consortium of 25 partners — including research communities, national data and high performance computing (HPC) centers, technology providers, and funding agencies — from 13 countries. EUDAT aims to build a sustainable cross-disciplinary and cross-national data infrastructure that provides a set of shared services for accessing and preserving research data. The design and deployment of these services is being coordinated by multi-disciplinary task forces comprising representatives from research communities and data centers.”

View the slides on Slideshare.

Video: Hands-on Training: Know Your Cluster Bottlenecks and Maximize Performance

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In this video from the HPC Advisory Council Switzerland Conference, Dan Waxman from Mellanox provides a hands-on training for InfiniBand entitled: Hands-on Training: Know Your Cluster Bottlenecks and Maximize Performance.

Depending on the application of the user’s system, it may be necessary to modify the default configuration of the network adapters and the system/chipset configuration. This slide deck describes common tuning parameters, settings & procedures that can improve performance of the network adapter. Different Server & NIC vendors may have different recommendations for the values to be set – but the general tuning approach should be similar. For the hands-on demo we will utilize Mellanox ConnectX adapters – thus we will implement the recommended settings issued by Mellanox.

Download the Slides (PDF).

Video: Nvidia Rolls Out GRID Visual Computing Appliance for the Cloud

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In this video from the GPU Technology Conference, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang provides an update on GPU computing for the Cloud.

The NVIDIA GRID Visual Computing Appliance (VCA) is a powerful GPU-based system that runs complex applications such as those from Adobe Systems Incorporated, Autodesk and Dassault Systèmes, and sends their graphics output over the network to be displayed on a client computer. This remote GPU acceleration gives users the same rich graphics experience they would get from an expensive, dedicated PC under their desk.

You can watch the entire keynote at Livestream.

Video: The UberCloud HPC Experiment – Paving the Way to HPC as a Service

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In this video from the HPC Advisory Council Switzerland Conference, Wolfgang Gentzsch presents: The UberCloud HPC Experiment – Paving the Way to HPC as a Service.

You can participate in this experiment as an industrial End-User in need of instant additional computing power accessible remotely, or as a compute Resource Provider, or as a Software Provider, or as an HPC Expert.

Read the Full Story or Download the Slides (PDF).

Video: Building a Cost-Effective and High-Performing Public Cloud

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In this video from the HPC Advisory Council Switzerland Conference, Sander Cruiming from CloudProvider presents: Building a Cost-Effective and High-Performing Public Cloud.

You can use Cloud Servers for various purposes, including hosting websites and applications. A Cloud Server is an isolated server environment with an operating system and root access, that you can configure according to your needs. You can create, resize, or delete a Cloud Server at any time, making it a very flexible solution.”

Download the slides (PDF).

Sponsored Post: OpenFabrics Workshops for Users and Developers Coming to Monterey in April

Be a part of the OpenFabrics Alliance’s OpenFabrics Software events in Monterey, CA.

  • The OFA User Workshop, April 18-19, provides opportunities to share experiences and learn from a community of OFS users.
  • The International Developer’s Workshop, April 21-24, will focus on the development and improvement of OFS as well as major developments in RDMA, etc. Agenda and more information is available on OpenFabrics.org.

Registration for the two events is now open. More details are available in this month’s OFA Newsletter, which features an interview with Susan Coulter, HPC Network Administrator at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Video: Access the Cloud with Dell Project Ophelia, an Android PC on a Stick

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In this video from the Mobile World Congress 2013, Dell shows off their Project Ophelia HDMI Stick for Cloud Computing. Available some time in the next few months, the sub-$100 Android PC on a stick is being positioned as an access device towards Dell’s enterprise and personal cloud software and services.

HPC Advisory Council Workshop Returns to Lugano March 13-15

The HPC Advisory Council Switzerland Conference returns to Lugano March 13-15, 2013.

The conference will focus on the following topics: Progress of Exascale in the European Union, high-performance interconnects, Accelerators and Parallel I/O, communication libraries (MPI, SHMEM, PGAS), GPU computing (CUDA, OpenCL) Big Data, advanced topics / technologies / development including server and storage systems, and hands-on clustering, network, troubleshooting, tuning, optimizations. The conference is open to the public and will bring together system managers, researchers, developers, computational scientists and industry affiliates.

Having been to this event several times, I can tell you that Lugano is one of the most beautiful towns in the world. It’s a solid three-day workshop, and this year they’ll be treating attendees to a boat trip on lake Lugano with an on-board apero and dinner.

Check out the Preliminary Agenda and Register now.

Video: Open Data, Open Innovation and The Cloud – Opportunity for Business

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In this video, Mark Gayler from Microsoft presents: Open Data, Open Innovation and The Cloud – Opportunity for Business.

In this presentation session, we will look at open data examples from around the globe and will focus on the business benefits of open data in different scenarios. In addition, we will explore how cloud computing and open technologies are enabling open data to deliver more impact for governments and citizens alike.

The talk was recorded at the Summit of New Thinking 2012.

GreenClouds: Running Cloud Software on Energy Efficient ARM Hardware

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In this video from the CloudStack Collaboration Conference 2012, Ripal Nathuji from Calxeda presents: GreenClouds: Combining cloud computing software with energy efficient ARM hardware.

As a first step towards merging cloud computing with power efficient server infrastructures, we have been working with the bare metal support in CloudStack to deploy instances on ARM servers. Looking forward, as ARM continues to extend features including hardware virtualization support in future processors, the options and opportunities for integration with CloudStack will continue to expand.

Video: Brendan Gregg on the USE Method for Performance Tuning

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In this video from the OakTable 2012 conference, Brendan Gregg presents: USE Method for Performance Tuning.

The USE Method provides a strategy for performing a complete check of system health, identifying common bottlenecks and errors. For each system resource, metrics for utilization, saturation and errors are identified and checked. Any issues discovered are then investigated using further strategies.

Cycle Computing Caps Record 2012 with IDC HPC Innovation Excellence Award

Today Cycle Computing announced that the company capped off its record-breaking fiscal year by winning the IDC HPC Innovation Excellence Award. IDC recognized Cycle’s 50,000-core utility supercomputer run in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud for pharmaceutical companies Schrödinger and Nimbus Discovery. In an unprecedented computer run, the cluster completed 12.5 processor years of computation in less than three hours. Running at a cost of less than $4,900 per hour, the computational drug discovery job was recognized by IDC for its impressive return on investment.

In an industry that is evolving as rapidly as HPC, it’s fascinating to be a part of the creativity and innovation we’ve seen in the past year,” said Chirag Dekate, an analyst with IDC. “Cycle Computing’s impressive 50,000 run for Schrödinger and Nimbus Discovery demonstrated a strong ROI from the use of HPC, and we were pleased to recognize their accomplishment.”

Cycle Computing also reported 85 percent client growth in 2012 and has staffed up its sales and support staff. Read the Full Story or check out this interview with Cycle Computing CEO Jason Stowe from SC12.

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