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February 2009


From insideHPC

Report from the UPCRC Illinois

Report from the UPCRC Illinois

Clay Breshears was at the 12 Feb UPCRC Illinois Summit meeting earlier this month, and writes about it on Intel’s blogs This was a progress report of various research projects that are going on with faculty and students at the…


From insideHPC

TotalView

TotalView

My post about Microsoft’s DreamSpark program yesterday didn’t gather any response from from the giant of Redmond, but it did get TotalView’s attention. They sent me info about their student program In many cases, engineering…


From insideHPC

Reg opens for PRACE symposium in

Reg opens for PRACE symposium in

Full of Euro love this morning…just a quick note that registration is now open for the upcoming DEISA PRACE Symposium 2009 DEISA, the Distributed European Infrastructure for Supercomputing Applications, and PRACE, the Partnership…


From insideHPC

AMD updates on

AMD updates on

Got an email from AMD late last night letting me know that AMD would be providing an update on Istanbul today, this follows news earlier this week that AMD is getting revved up to start shipping, possibly earlier than expected…


From insideHPC

EuroPVM/MPI

EuroPVM/MPI

For my pals across the Atlantic, and those on this side with passports and itchy travel accounts, EuroPVM/MPI 2009 just announced its call for papers. In case you aren’t familiar PVM (Parallel Virtual Machine) and MPI (Message…


From insideHPC

Cray uses strong balance sheet buy back drowning

Cray uses strong balance sheet buy back drowning

Now, this is the kind of news that you only get from insideHPC. I was trolling the SEC filings for our HPC companies, as I am wont to do, when I came upon Cray’s most recent filing, form SC TO-I. Ah, good old SC TO-I. So what…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Digital Coupons on the Rise

Digital Coupons on the Rise

Good Financial Times Piece, mentions P&G, Kimberly Clark. It is inevitable that we see more of this kind of play. One example, Ecrio's Mobeam system.


From insideHPC

SDSC Completes Major Storage

SDSC Completes Major Storage

The San Diego Supercomputing Center has announced that they have completed a major upgrade to their archival storage system.


From Wild WebMink

Responding to Canada

Responding to Canada

It seems the Government Open Source Tipping Point (GOSTiP, as all government things need an acronym) is proceeding apace as national government after national government learns from the pioneers and dips a toe into the waters…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ken Karakotsios on Simulation

Ken Karakotsios on Simulation

Ken Karakotsios, creator of the game Simlife, now has a blog devoted to simulation. Great start. Instructive. See also my post on his company DecisionPower. See also more about his cellular automata based IPhone application…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sands Research Challenges NM Analysis

Sands Research Challenges NM Analysis

Have now followed this neuromarketing analysis work from Sands Research for three years: Sands Research Challenges Instant Analysis .... Impressive overall work, although I always wonder about what controls are in place for…


From insideHPC

Sun matching grant program for

Sun matching grant program for

This from Marc Hamilton’s blog Just in time to help school’s balance their budgets, Sun’s 2009 Matching Grant Program for Education is here. So no matter if you are trying to build a world class supercomputer to simulate unpredictable…


From insideHPC

LNXI Veteran Forms HPC

LNXI Veteran Forms HPC

Linux Networx veteran Nate Fuhriman has formed a new cluster computing professional services firm aimed at providing installation, monitoring and tuning services for small and medium cluster sized systems.


From insideHPC

Microsoft not sparking any HPC

Microsoft not sparking any HPC

I just saw a tweet about Microsoft’s DreamSpark program DreamSpark is simple, it’s all about giving students Microsoft professional-level developer and design tools at no charge so you can chase your dreams and create the next…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Collective Intelligence in Action

Collective Intelligence in Action

Reading Satnam Alag's Collective Intelligence in Action. Good, technical, probably not a read but rather a deep browse. See the book's site for more. Some similarities to Toby Segaran's book: Programming Collective Intelligence…


From Wild WebMink

UK Government Endorses Open Source and ODF

UK Government Endorses Open Source and ODF

Late today (UK time), the British Government issued a bold new strategy for use of open source software - and open standards - in Great Britain. In Open Source, Open Standards and Re-Use, the government's Minister for Digital…


From insideHPC

LUG2009

LUG2009

Sun, yesterday, announced details for the Seventh Annual Lustre User Group meeting.


From insideHPC

Sun HPC Consortium

Sun HPC Consortium

Sun has announced they will hold another Sun HPC Consortium event this summer in Europe.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Automated Innovation

Automated Innovation

A book about automating innovation just brought to my attention ... not available until April 15. I guess I would be more interested in an automated capability to evaluate inventions effectively. Have investigated geneticThe…


From insideHPC

Interactive Supercomputing Lands New VP of

Interactive Supercomputing Lands New VP of

Interactive Supercomputing, purveyors of Star-P, has announced that Kevin Shea has joined the company as the new VP of Engineering.


From insideHPC

SGI Wins Six of Seven for

SGI Wins Six of Seven for

SGI has just announced that they have been awarded six of seven designated systems as a part of the Department of Defense’s High Performance Computing Modernization Program [HPCMP] Technology Insertion 2009 [TI-09].


From insideHPC

HPC for the big

HPC for the big

Last week Fortune Magazine published a profile on how Kenworth is using rented cycles in a server farm to put CFD to use getting your kibbles and bit cross country Most people don’t spend much time thinking about mudflaps - those…


From Wild WebMink

Hear Me Speak - Free

Hear Me Speak - Free

In the unlikely circumstance that you are longing to hear me speak about the adoption-led market and the emerging new business reality it is driving, and on the assumption you can get to New York on Wednesday March 18, you'll…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Fairshare Tracks Quotes

Fairshare Tracks Quotes

I have been running a beta called Fairshare for a month. I submitted the name of this blog and about a month later started getting reports about how the content of this blog was being quoted, used and remixed. The report includes…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Canadian government is cutting science funding

Canadian government is cutting science funding

This article summarizes the results of the current funding cuts in research. It almost feels like Bush moved up North. Dozens of millions are being cut. My previous employer, the National Research Council


From The Eponymous Pickle

An Unfunny Corporate Life

An Unfunny Corporate Life

Colleague Sammy Haroon comments on a recent Economist article about how corporate life and culture may adapt in 2009. And further, can we expect an engaged workforce?


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

How to fund research properly

How to fund research properly

Research is an industry. Unlike other industries, it is often almost entirely bound to government funding. Because research takes a long time to bear fruit, people (not equipment) should be the primary concern of decision makers…


From Putting People First

Why enterprise software is so shockingly bad

Why enterprise software is so shockingly bad

Programmer Michael Nygard thinks that the quality about some software that inspires love in their users, is totally devoid in enterprise software. “The best you can ever say about enterprise software is when it doesn’t get in…


From Putting People First

Ethnographic research: a key to strategy

Ethnographic research: a key to strategy

Ken Anderson, a senior researcher and anthropologist at Intel, wrote a short article for the Harvard Business Review on the importance of corporate ethnography: “Corporate ethnography isn


From insideHPC

Staying connected to SC, year

Staying connected to SC, year

insideHPC’s buddy Rich Brueckner from Sun’s HPC Watercooler is heading up the use of what the kids are calling “social media” tools for SC09 this year, and he’s doing a great job. I wanted to point out all of the new ways that…