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  • Unix pioneers remember the good times

    We caught up with the pioneers who brought us the Unix operating system and asked them to share some memories of the early days of Unix development.

  • Supercomputers face growing resilience problems

    As supercomputers grow more powerful, they'll also grow more vulnerable to failure, thanks to the increased amount of built-in componentry. A few researchers at the recent SC12 conference, held last week in Salt Lake City, offered possible solutions to this growing problem.

  • Spare cloud capacity creates opportunities for CIOs

    Cloud computing is becoming a mainstream technology. However, cloud providers are beginning to see price pressure to reduce their costs to remain competitive.

  • Intel VP: Parallelism will drive energy efficiency in HPC

    At the International Supercomputing Conference in Hamburg this week, Intel announced that all future products based on its Many Integrated Core (MIC) architecture would become part of its newly-named Xeon Phi product family.

  • High performance computing ? Is HPC now an enterprise proposition?

    High performance computing (HPC) has long been the preserve of academic institutions and highly specialised industries needing to run data hungry applications that carry out advanced analytics and rapid simulations.

  • Supercomputer to connect to 400PB of storage via Ethernet

    The National Center for Supercomputing Applications in the US is rolling out a storage infrastructure that will include 380 petabytes of magnetic tape capacity and 25 petabytes of online disk storage made up by 17,000 SATA drives.

  • Are we actively encouraging destructive hacking?

    People seem to think that organising teams of people to hack into systems is a way to bring together the best computer talent to square off against each other. I look at it as a waste of that talent.

  • Oracle to continue supporting Lustre

    While a number of small companies have been ramping up support for a file system called Lustre that Oracle acquired in its Sun Microsystems purchase earlier this year, Oracle itself has no plans to abandon the technology, a company executive told the IDG News Service in an interview.

  • HPC experts look past petaflop to the exascale

    High-performance computing researchers consider the billion-dollar investment required to usher in the exascale era.

  • China challenges US for supercomputing dominance

    China and other nations are beginning to challenge US supercomputing leadership, something that has implications for every aspect of US leadership in science and product development, say experts.





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