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Scalable Informatics siFlash Topples Wall Street Benchmarks

There is fast, then there is Scalable fast

Other people outside of HPC like fast computers and storage. One of these groups are the Wall Street mavens who operate on a simple premise "fast makes more money than slow." Recently, super really fast storage vendor Scalable Informatics had their siFlash and JackRabbit boxes tested by STAC (Securities Technology Analysis Center) and the results were quite impressive. The actual results are described in reports KDB130528 and KDB130529, which are only available to STAC members. There is a summary on the STAC Website which provides a summary and some additional information.

Read more: Scalable Informatics siFlash Topples Wall Street Benchmarks

Intel Splits The Network

In a good way, we think

Intel has recently announced a new Ethernet Open Network Platform that splits ("disaggregates") the control plane from the data plane and provides users the ability to control network aspects that were previously hidden "inside the box." The idea is to create global control of large networks, rather than relying on local switches. The control processors are of course of Intel x86 variety. There is an SDK called the Data Plane Development Kit (includes kernel by-pass tools) so that users can twiddle with the network design at a low level.

Don't expect to see products right away, but these are open reference designs offered by Intel. They may offer some interesting options that allow networks designed and tuned for HPC. There is a good in-depth write-up at SemiAccurate.

Intersect360 Research Hires Michael Feldman as Senior Analyst

From the notable news department

Some recent news that arrived in my in box. Intersect360 Research, a leading market intelligence, research, and consulting advisory practice for the High Performance Computing industry, announced today that it has hired Michael Feldman, a 35-year computer industry veteran, to augment its analyst team.

Feldman, recognized as an expert in the HPC industry worldwide, is well-known as the former managing editor of HPCwire, where he spent eight years as one of the foremost predictors of HPC trends. Feldman was also the co-host, along with Intersect360 Research CEO Addison Snell, of the insightful and popular weekly HPCwire Soundbite podcast.

Read more: Intersect360 Research Hires Michael Feldman as Senior Analyst

HPC Cloud Survey

The first and only Survey of HPC Cloud providers has been posted over at HPC-Admin magazine. The article surveys a whole raft of "cloud offerings" from many different companies. If you are unfamiliar with the idea of HPC cloud and are wondering if it is the next big thing, take a look at the recently posted, Will HPC Work In The Cloud?. Remember, we need the "Cloud" because the web is so last year.

Details on Intel's Knights Corner

Is that anything like the Nights Watch?

Just read a very good article over at SemiAccurate that provides many details on Intel's Knight's Corner. In simple terms, Knights Corner, also known as the Intel Many Integrated Core (MIC) architecture is Intel's answer to NVidia and AMD/ATI GPU solutions for HPC. Pay attention to the software and MPI discussion at the end of the article. To add a some green perspective, you may also be interested in reading this blog post from NVidia.

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