Primeur magazine

Edition: flash - Issue: 2015-10-12

Hardware

Jahrl Stefan Norberg reports on some interesting news from the Datacenter Dynamics event in Paris last week. He includes the distributed HPC (High Performance Computing) through heating radiators talk from Paul Benoit, Qarnot Computing. Their two products Q.rad and Q.ware do permit local heating and distributed HPC capability. The Q.rad radiator includes computing components, local WiFi, security system and more, as well as direct energy management. The system is remotely managed via a secured cloud system through the Q.ware platform. Read further...

Applications

In a "Scientific Computing" blog, Deborah Bard, NERSC writes about how HPC transforms cosmology. "Ultimately, ever-more-detailed simulations and ever-larger astronomical surveys are aiding cosmologists to understand the nature of our universe", Bard notes. "But the lessons learned from the discovery of dark energy remain with us - the most transformative things happen when we *don't* see what we expect. Possibly the most exciting prospect from the coming era of data/simulations is the possibility that we will observe something that doesn't fit with any of our simulated universes - and then the fun really begins." Read further...

Focus on Europe

Big data and cloud computing are thriving in commerce and business, but scientific and engineering applications appear to be lagging behind. Tom Wilkie reports from the ISC Cloud and Big Data Conference in Scientific Computing World. Wilkies elaborates: "In business and commercial computing, momentum towards cloud and big data has already built up to the point where it is unstoppable. In technical computing, the growth of the Internet of Things is pressing towards convergence of technologies, but obstacles remain, in that HPC and big data have evolved different hardware and software systems while Open Stack, the Open Source cloud computing platform, does not work well with HPC." Read further...