Being a daytime Londoner one of my favourite pastimes is to take an occasional ride in a proper London black cab and have a natter along the way. That is often a pretty cathartic experience - probably more so for the driver than the passenger, but I find it entertaining being the listening post, and London cab drivers are a good measure of the mood of the city. Recently I've had some great conversations about Ai and it's impact on society.
Data center operators sometimes find it hard to get a chance to pitch to new business. So much so that they are considering extreme measures. A wholesale colocation operator admitted to a colleague at DCD how hard it is to approach hyperscale customers. There’s a limited number of them, and the decision-makers within those companies can be difficult to access. Our contact then confided that his company had seriously considered using private detectives to track down the actual people involved in buying colocation...
Speaking at a conference in November last year, Bernd Mohr, general chair of the Juelich Supercomputing Center, described HPC as “a new gold rush” . He said: “We are the modern pioneers, pushing the bounds of science for the betterment of society.” That’s a pretty grandiose claim but much of the work being done in HPC does have groundbreaking potential. It’s use in the discovery of new medicines, for example, has allowed pharmaceutical firms to massively accelerate their research.
Building accurate road maps is a central part of the effort to build and deploy more autonomous vehicles in the real world. The term “map” may be a bit of a misnomer, though, because these maps aren’t anything like the flat 2D images available online, they’re complete three-dimensional recreations of roadside environments that are updated on a continuous basis to provide a high degree of accuracy — often down to the centimeter scale. These 3D digital maps are a critical part of an autonomous vehicle’s ability to perceive the world, and have key applications in other technologies, which has made the effort to develop the definitive map a highly competitive endeavour.
The noise around 5G is growing. The new mobile data standard is not only faster than 4G but also capable of handling many more devices, which promises a huge boom for the Internet of Things (IoT), smart cities and all kinds of connectivity. However, there is still plenty of work to be done.
G-Cloud 10 launched at the beginning of July, once again giving suppliers the chance to reach local authorities, government bodies and research institutes with their services. The G-Cloud initiative was announced in 2011 and launched in 2012, as part of a plan to open up government and public sector IT to small and medium enterprise (SME) suppliers, and move local and national government in the UK to a ‘cloud first’ approach and cut costs for IT procurement.
The convergence of two existing disciplines can be an explosively creative force. A great example within the world of tech is the convergence of HPC merging with big data and machine learning. Though in many ways this convergence is still in its early stages, the merging of these technologies is already starting to deliver concrete, real world benefits in the fraud detection field, helping save financial firms hundreds of millions of dollars.
As the Director of Research at Verne Global I spend a lot of my time working with our colleagues and partners within the UK’s publicly funded universities and research and science community. I’m privileged to get to see some of the truly innovative and inspiring research that is taking place, using high performance computing (HPC) and further encouraged with how Verne Global is helping them do this. This is why I was delighted to see Verne Global’s participation in the G-Cloud 10 (G10) framework confirmed last week and indeed strengthened for 2018/19 – enabling more public sector bodies to enjoy the benefits of our on-demand true hpcDIRECT platform.S
At the end of March, Donald Trump signed into law a $1.3 trillion spending bill that covered a vast range of policy areas. The 2,232-page bill ensured that the US Government would not shut down – at least until September – but it also provided an excellent opportunity for legislators to add other measures to the ‘omnibus’ bill, which, according to Senator Rand Paul, was passed without anyone having read the whole thing.
Ten years ago, there was widespread fear that data center power usage was out of control. Then, a couple of years back, fresh figures showed it was not as bad as had been feared. Big outfits like Apple, Facebook and Equinix all promised to use renewable power sources. Problem solved? Unfortunately not quite...
Recent visits to Europe have been significantly influenced by the FIFA World Cup football (‘soccer’ to my American friends) in Russia. Every bar and restaurant has had additional large screen TVs showing the games and important meetings were carefully scheduled around the tournament schedule. Against this backdrop you would expect Europe’s largest HPC conference and trade show - International Supercomputing Conference 2018 “ISC18” - to struggle for attention. However, nothing could be further from the truth.
As I take a short break from the exhibition floor here at another excellent ISC18 in sunny Frankfurt, I’m delighted to announce SATAVIA as the latest customer to join our bare metal high performance computing (HPC) platform – hpcDIRECT.
Yesterday was a good day to be in Frankfurt. All of the majors in the supercomputing universe descended upon the Messe Frankfurt to begin ISC18 with a series of training seminars. For my morning session, I chose Getting Started with Containers on HPC through Singularity put on by the team at Sylabs, Inc. I have been tracking the progress on Singularity in the HPC community since before Sylabs was founded by CEO Greg Kurtzer in an effort to bring the technology of root secure containers into the realm of enterprise supported software. I was excited to hear about the progress that Sylabs has made and to see where the future of containers lies for the broader HPC community. If I was forced to sum the tutorial into a single portmanteau, it would be DevOps. After this session, it is clear to me that the world of DevOps that has been created in the cloud native universe is on a collision course with HPC. And the future of science says that it can’t happen soon enough.