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Timothy Prickett Morgan

VMware Builds Out Public Cloud In US and Europe

October 18th, 2013 Comments Off on VMware Builds Out Public Cloud In US and Europe
The VMware server virtualization installed base has 40 million virtual machines across its 500,000 customers. Most of those VMware shops will want to run at least some of their workloads on public clouds at some point. But VMware's software ...

Ubuntu Server Linux Wrapped in Latest OpenStack

October 17th, 2013 Comments Off on Ubuntu Server Linux Wrapped in Latest OpenStack
The quickest way to get your hands on a commercially supported variant of the new "Havana" OpenStack cloud orchestrator is to go to Canonical and get its Ubuntu Server 13.10, which was put out concurrently with that new OpenStack ...

OpenStack Havana Makes Clouds Scale Globally

October 17th, 2013 Comments Off on OpenStack Havana Makes Clouds Scale Globally
The OpenStack community that it developing the open source cloud controller by the same name has rolled up the "Havana" release of the tool and made it available for others to commercialize or use as they see fit. The ...

Xeon Phi Coprocessors Accelerate Platform Symphony Grids

October 17th, 2013 Comments Off on Xeon Phi Coprocessors Accelerate Platform Symphony Grids
Financial services institutions running risk analytics, Monte Carlo simulations, or pricing algorithms using IBM's Platform Symphony grid software on their clusters are getting a computational boost now that Symphony is able to dispatch work to Intel's Xeon Phi coprocessors. ...

China Slowdown, HPC Stall Hits IBM System Sales

October 16th, 2013 Comments Off on China Slowdown, HPC Stall Hits IBM System Sales
The Chinese government is in the middle of putting together an economic reform and investment plan, and spending by state-owned industries has stalled. This has affected the performance of a number of big IT suppliers, and IBM is the ...

Tilera Rescues CPU Cycles with Network Coprocessors

October 16th, 2013 Comments Off on Tilera Rescues CPU Cycles with Network Coprocessors
Should an X86 processor be running network functions, or should those jobs be offloaded to a coprocessor? Tilera thinks it is time to get that work off the CPU and onto chips designed specifically to do this work. A ...

Natural Gas Datacenter Makes Home on the Range

October 15th, 2013 Comments Off on Natural Gas Datacenter Makes Home on the Range
After three years of land acquisitions, zoning applications, and the attainment of a license to generate its own electricity from the local natural gas supply, the Niobrara Data Center Energy Park located in northern Colorado has everything in place ...

Windows Server Plus InfiniBand Speeds Storage, VM Migration

October 15th, 2013 Comments Off on Windows Server Plus InfiniBand Speeds Storage, VM Migration
Microsoft will ship its R2 update to the Windows Server 2012 operating system at the end of this week, and one of the key improvements in the platform will be a significant performance boost for InfiniBand networking linking storage ...

Lopoco: Low-Powered Servers Are Both Good Enough And Better

October 14th, 2013 (1)
Andrew Sharp didn't necessarily want to be back in the server business after a decade-long hiatus. But when Sharp went to buy a server for his home office, he was shocked at the inefficiency, in terms of power usage ...

Lucera Opens Door On High Frequency Trading Cloud

October 14th, 2013 (2)
If you think supercomputing is challenging, you should try high frequency trading. High frequency trading and traditional supercomputing simulation have plenty in common, but there are big differences, too. They both require extreme systems, with HFT systems focusing on ...
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