New GPU Solutions for Grid Computing and other Supercomputing Needs

We’ve just launched two new GPU products, along with our new GPU supercomputing solutions section! GPU computing is the use of a graphics processing unit (GPU) in computing purposes, from general-purpose to supercomputing tasks. With a constantly increasing demand for greater computing performance across the board, supercomputing is more and more drawing upon a hybrid model which integrates the […]

Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) to spur innovation

On June 24, President Obama announced the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) between the federal government, academia, and businesses to help stimulate the manufacturing sector of the U.S. economy. We have been following the so-called “Missing Middle” of small- to medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) on this blog, and I’d like to describe some of the recent initiatives to […]

Cluster computing for small and medium businesses

We’ve updated our high-density servers webpage with a solution tailored to small and medium businesses (SMB): the ICC Modular Server (IMS). Built on similar principles to blade servers, we are selling our IMS to organizations that can benefit from an upgrade of their current (limited) server resources to an entry-level cluster solution. Let’s take a […]

National Center for Supercomputing Applications turns 25

Miles south of Chicago, amid the wind-swept flatlands of central Illinois, is the home of perhaps the world’s next fastest supercomputer. The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, which is co-developing the Blue Waters supercomputer, is today at the forefront of petascale computing. But 25 years ago, when […]

Graph 500, Green500, HPCC, and SPEC: Alternative benchmarks for high-performance computing

Supercomputers have become a vital part of almost any innovative project undertaken by collaborative teams in the developed world. Server clusters can be found anywhere from the offices of small businesses to compartments in U.S. Navy submarines. So which are the fastest supercomputers on earth? The usual measurement for high-performance computer (HPC) clusters is the […]

GPU workstation sale (and other news)

Wow, this is the first update in a while on the ICC blog. We have been working on several web-based projects that have been keeping us busy, and I would like to highlight some of them (and other news) in this post. Website and product news First of all, as you may have noticed, our […]

China builds the world’s fastest supercomputer

After almost a year-long run, the Jaguar supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee has relinquished its title as the world’s fastest computer. This honor now belongs to the Tianhe-1A supercomputer located in the National Supercomputing Center in Tianjin, China. Tianhe-1A is expected to officially become the leader of the TOP500.org list of the […]

OpenSFS formed to lead development of Lustre file system

OpenSFS (Open Scalable File Systems, Inc.), a non-profit corporation, has recently been formed to continue development of the Lustre file system alongside Oracle, which owns and maintains the Lustre code even though it is an open-source technology. Lustre has been and continues to be used by many high-performance clusters for managing storage systems. When Oracle […]

How a SAS switch can improve storage management

Last week, LSI announced their release of “the industry’s first 6Gb/s SAS switch”. The switch offers unique opportunities for cluster managers to improve the architecture of their storage systems. The value of the SAS switch is its function of transforming a cluster from a NAS (network-attached storage) structure into a DAS (direct-attached storage) structure. With […]

HPC and the life sciences

This week, a team from our company visited a large laboratory located in the Chicago area. IT representatives there told us how a major focus for them has been migrating their computing resources from a model of individual workgroups using separate clusters to a shared private cloud that all research teams in the facility can […]