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The New Age of Aquarius

Is Intel’s processor dominance in HPC at an end? Is this the dawning of a new age? IBM’s POWER8 systems seem to be gaining some traction, especially with interest in the new Minsky platform, specifically the NVlink performance and integration into the system. Accelerator-based computation is progressively seen as a way of increasing HPC performance […]

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Will Brexit have an impact on University research in the UK?

Brexit has been at the forefront of our minds for the past few months and there have been concerns about how the vote to leave the European Union will impact University-based research in the UK. In many walks of life there is the temptation to use the news of a huge ‘macro’ event to cover […]

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GTC 2016: Is this the final frontier?

For the first time, NVIDIA’s largest conference, the GPU Technology Conference, came to Europe. The hot topic of the conference has been Deep Learning on GPUs – this is, of course, a GPU technology event! Right from the get-go, from the Keynote to the talks and seminars of the event, it has all been about […]

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How OpenFOAM® + POWER8 races past x86 in vehicle CFD simulation

The whole purpose of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is to increase design efficiency and innovation. It’s about being able to test more designs, more easily and accurately, in less time than with traditional methods. In other words, CFD simulation run times are very important. More speed and power means you can try out more designs […]

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OCF’s supporting higher education: 4th in spending analysis

Back in June, CRN published an analysis of IT spending data from 94 UK universities. The team obtained the data via Freedom of Information requests. OCF was listed right alongside global names like Apple, Dell, HP, Logicalis and BT. In fact, CRN kindly ranked us 4th overall! Although the article suggested OCF was a surprise […]

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From CFD bottlenecks to champagne pops with OpenFOAM® and POWER8

It’s fitting that an ideal solution to computational fluid dynamics (CFD) bottlenecks is named ‘OpenFOAM’. Because discovering the benefits of faster and more efficient CFD simulations, running on IBM POWER8 servers, can lead to champagne-popping moments for design teams. Last time I talked about the many industries that use CFD simulation to test new product […]

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UCL ‘Graces’ HPC Top 500 List

I am very happy to share with you that UCL’s Grace Expansion project has made #399 on the HPC Top 500 list. Grace has also become the number 1 University HPC system in the UK! The Grace system was launched earlier this year, as a result of hard work not only from the team at […]

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Getting started in OpenStack

Where are all the cloud engineers? There are a growing number of use cases in OpenStack. Telco’s are getting excited about OpenStack and enabling Network Function Virtualisation – i.e. the ability to deploy virtualised appliances over Software-Defined Networks (SDN). Financial organisations are also seriously considering OpenStack, and typically, financial IT rarely changes quickly. Companies like […]

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