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Supporting scientific research at the Atomic Weapons Establishment

There aren’t many organisations that are able to claim they’ve helped with the support and maintenance of the UK’s Trident missile system, but that’s exactly what OCF has been able to do thanks to a new HPC cluster and separate big data storage system.  The Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) has been synonymous with science, engineering […]

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How Faster Deep Learning Research Strengthens Industry Partnerships

In this post, we’re going to look at how advanced deep learning technology can help a university to strengthen its partnerships and industry links. And we’re going to do so by sharing a success story. At Queen Mary University London (QMUL), two IBM Power systems S822LC systems supplied by us have led to all manner […]

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Why IBM ‘Minsky’ Is Greater than the Sum of Its Parts

We recently shared a post on three remarkable deep learning projects at Queen Mary University London (QMUL). SketchX, Warblr and folk-rnn were underpinned by a powerful IBM-NVIDIA system provided by OCF, called IBM Power System S822LC and codenamed ‘Minsky’. The three projects were undoubted successes, leading to major media coverage and awards for QMUL. You […]

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Three Astounding Deep Learning Projects

Deep learning is now a fundamental part of research and teaching at many universities and organisations around the world. Yet as with all kinds of academia, those fastest to findings take the limelight – as well as the next round of research grants. At the forefront of deep learning is the relatively new IBM Power […]

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OCF and MRC eMedLab win at the UK Cloud Awards

I’m delighted to share with you that OCF and MRC eMedLab won an award this week at the UK Cloud Awards for the ‘Best Public Sector Project’ category. Creating a new HPC cloud environment for the MRC eMedLab consortium has been an exciting project for us over the past two years. MRC eMedLab is a […]

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OpenStack’s Ocata release improves container integration and networking and High Availability are simplified

Here at OCF we have integrated a number of installations that include OpenStack. There have been some exciting developments recently that I would like to share with you. OpenStack Ocata Release OpenStack’s 15th release arrived after a shorter 4-month development cycle rather than the usual biannual release. This is to allow for a change in […]

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Double whammy! Two of OCF’s supercomputers enter the TOP500 list

In 1993, it was decided to assemble and maintain a list of the 500 most powerful computer systems. The list has been compiled twice a year since then, with the help of high-performance computer experts, computational scientists, manufacturers, and the Internet community. The main objective of the TOP500 list is to provide a ranked list […]

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HPC 2017 Part 3: Making Waves in the Market

In my final post on HPC in 2017, I’ll be discussing the HPC channel, suppliers and challenges they face. There are lots of technologies and companies, alongside OCF, making waves in the HPC market. NVIDIA is ‘going great guns’, for example. In 2017, there will be an increased emphasis on accelerators –which should benefit NVIDIA […]

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