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Cloud bursting is on the horizon for universities series: part 3

In the final part of our ‘cloud bursting in universities’ series, I will look at the advantages of bursting HPC platforms. Typically, HPC services or systems are bought from research council funding and the best HPC system is bought at the time. But, eighteen months later, its utilisation is close to 100% and the compute […]

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Cloud bursting is on the horizon for universities series: part 2

In my last blog, we talked about how cloud bursting came about and the benefits of the private cloud. So, what about the public cloud? We have found that usually, the groups who provide Research Computing Infrastructure at universities lead the way in the uptake of new technology, but because the public cloud has been […]

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Cloud bursting is on the horizon for universities series: part 1

Through our work with universities in the UK, we are seeing that cloud bursting is revolutionising university research. A lot of universities are now engaging in using cloud bursting and are regularly taking advantage of public cloud infrastructures that are now widely available by large companies like Amazon, Google and Microsoft. Some of you may […]

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The quest for Exascale: Have the goal posts changed in HPC?

There has been a lot of noise in the Computing Industry over Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) over the last couple of years. The term AI has embedded itself into our culture, together with the word ‘Smart’ and internet giants like Amazon and Google have extended AI’s reach into every nook and cranny […]

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UK Academia’s First IBM POWER9 Systems Deployed at Two Top Universities

We have recently worked with two universities, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and Newcastle University, to bring greater processing power to their existing HPC infrastructures. QMUL’s researchers were undertaking more and more research involving Artificial Intelligence (AI), deep learning and analytics. While Newcastle University had researchers from the mathematics, statistics and physics departments who […]

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OCF HPC machine at University of Southampton enters TOP500

We’re proud to say that one of our recent installations, the new HPC machine at the University of Southampton (named Iridis 5) has entered the TOP500, positioned at 251 on the list. Iridis 5 was designed, integrated and configured by OCF, in collaboration with Lenovo, Bright Computing and NVIDIA.  The HPC system supports research requiring […]

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Update on Spectre and Meltdown

There is a wealth of speculation and information on the internet regarding the Spectre and Meltdown problems recently discovered, and the potential implications for HPC in terms of both performance impact and security vulnerabilities. At present OCF is still continuing to gather information ourselves by executing performance tests in our labs, listening to our customers […]

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Processor design flaw

There has been a great deal of news over the last week generated by the publication of the design flaw in processors, predominantly Intel processors and to a lesser extent AMD and POWER processors, which could lead to performance issues. AMD has created a web page that provides information on how its processors are not […]

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