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Flash + Tape and the 8k Race

Last year Japan’s NHK conducted live 8k broadcast tests at the Rio Olympics opening ceremony in preparation for its plan to fully broadcast the Tokyo Summer 2020 Olympics.  As an ultra-high definition, data-hungry new format, questions have ranged from the affordability and availability of consumer devices to watch the content on, to whether the infrastructure […]

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Modern Research Benefits from Old School Storage

How modern tape storage addresses research data needs The preservation of research data is a serious business.  Long-term retention is a central tenet to the success of research facilities such as the University of Oxford1 and the University of Cambridge2 where traditional museum-grade storage conditions for paper documents now sit alongside enterprise-quality data storage solutions. […]

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Flash + Tape – Did this odd couple just get more stylish?

Have we all just been following the latest fashion? We’ve all seen and experienced the metrics in data growth over the years, and now are in the wonderful era of making sense of it all and trying to “get the wardrobe in order”. Not only do we have structured and unstructured data, 4K and 8K […]

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Tape is Dead – Long Live Tape

IBM’s Software Defined approach, helps organisations get the most value from data with something old and something new. Flashing the cache? A colleague told me that he had a conversation with a very large customer not too long ago, wherein they said that they were considering only buying flash arrays in the future. This particular […]

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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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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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Saving lives, alleviating climate impact, and improving product safety – the importance of computational fluid dynamics

Sounds impressive doesn’t it? Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is the analysis of systems involving fluid flow, heat transfer and associated phenomena such as chemical reactions, by means of computer-based simulation. We’ve been working with a number of customers to supercharge their CFD modelling so here’s the first of three blogs looking at the benefits and […]

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Storage wars: file systems vs object storage

For HPC temporary scratch storage there are a few prominent technologies (Spectrum Scale previously known as GPFS, Lustre and increasingly BeeGFS) and all offer very good performance in a scratch storage environment. However, for me, Spectrum Scale is still the hands down winner. Its data management features, which actually stretch to support more than just […]

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