Green Energy Shifts in Cloud Computing

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ZDnet published information earlier today about a recent survey of 136 CIOs and IT managers conducted by Tecala in which participants were asked about top IT priorities. Of those surveyed, nearly all of the respondents said that virtualization and cloud computing rank at the top of their list. Another major consideration that has been at […]

New Green Server Competitor Emerging?

There has been a decent amount of chatter on all the media channels over some of Facebook’s efforts to move forward with innovative technology. The other day I wrote about its new “green” European data center based in Sweden. In addition, at the recent Open Compute Project Summit, Facebook announced its intention to contribute to greater standardization […]

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 […]

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 […]

Microsoft HPC Server 2008 R2 – cool new features

Yesterday, at an HPC conference for the financial industry, Microsoft announced an update (R2) for Windows HPC Server 2008. Aside from offering new features that will take advantage of innovations in cloud computing, Microsoft claims that this update will make HPC Server 2008 less expensive to operate than Linux. The reasoning, according to Microsoft, is […]

Five nines reliability standard

Uptime. It’s all about uptime; ask any sysadmin. Components fail and networks go down. Power goes out. Users download viruses on to systems. Apophis could go to eleven on the Torino impact hazard scale, smack right into Euro Disney, and the call from marketing would be to inquire when the servers are going to be back […]

PUE can be a misleading energy-efficiency standard

The Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) standard is one of the leading benchmarks for measuring energy efficiency in a data center. But there are some situations where an energy-efficient change to a data center will actually register as more wasteful by the PUE. For this reason, it’s important to know the gaps in the PUE metric. […]

Extending Moore’s Law

According to Science News, researchers at Rice University have created the first two-terminal, pure silicon memory chips, easily adaptable to nanoelectric manufacturing. Researchers discovered that silicon oxide could replace carbon in the process. When an electric charge is sent through silicon oxide-an insulator-between semiconducting sheets of polycrystalline silicon, it forms a conductive pathway as small […]