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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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CIUK Event Report: Lack of Coding is still a Hindrance to Research Progress

Last week saw OCF attend the last HPC event on the 2017 calendar, Computing Insight UK. A cold and frosty start was braved by the delegates at the annual event organised by STFC, held for the second year in a row at Manchester Central. This year the event theme was “Joining Up the UK e-Infrastructure” […]

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No, GPUs aren’t going to replace CPUs, but they are here to stay

There was an interesting story published last month in which NVIDIA’s founder and CEO, Jensen Huang, said: “As advanced parallel-instruction architectures for CPU can be barely worked out by designers, GPUs will soon replace CPUs”. Here’s the thing, a GPU is never going to run an accounting package for example, or Microsoft Word, it’s always […]

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AI in University research – the time is now

No matter where you look it now seems like everyone is involved in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning or Deep Learning in some way. For this blog I’m going to make the assumption you know the differences between the three, but if not, NVIDIA has written a great blog that’ll get you started. There’s good reason […]

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How to choose high performance storage for your organisation

Our customers often ask what storage technologies they should be using. The answer, invariably, is complex. There’s no right or wrong answer. But, choices made now will have an impact on how well the system will perform in the future so, careful, intelligent planning is essential. If you need a large amount of performance and […]

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How to ensure data is at its best in healthcare

Successfully deploying data analytics, as its use continues to evolve in the healthcare industry, is an area of critical concern. In our previous posts, ‘Can Analytics Save the NHS from Collapse?’ & ‘Towards a data driven healthcare system’ we discussed the necessity and the advantages of the NHS being a data-driven healthcare organisation. Being informed by descriptive, […]

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OCF, the BBC and Machine Learning

It was with great interest that I read about a new project that has been announced by BBC Research and Development, which is partnering with eight UK universities – several of which are customers of OCF.  The Data Science Research Partnership (DSRP) aims to be at the forefront of Machine Learning in the media industry, […]

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