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SC16 Event Report: Spectrum Scale grows and OpenStack is here to stay

This was my 4th year being at Super Computing, and as ever, there were plenty of people attending as well as an ever expanding exhibition floor packed with the latest and greatest in HPC technology. There was also a small area in the technical talks area to do with Emerging Technologies, where various companies were […]

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Working with the cloud at eMedLab

The dust is just beginning to settle on a busy few months integrating a new cloud HPC system for hundreds of world-leading biomedical researchers working at eMedLab. You might have read about the successful launch on Computing or Computer Weekly. The system is one of the first in the UK and is technically innovative, hence […]

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Breathing new life into xCAT

I read an article recently on The Next Platform stating that Lenovo is to breathe new life into xCAT cluster manager. It was of particular interest to me because in the early days of xCAT I worked heavily on development beta testing – designing and developing various scripts and plugins. Myself and the team at […]

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Working with Warwick, Cardiff, Swansea and Birmingham on Cloud HPC Part 3 of 3: The cloud

In previous blogs, I’ve discussed the technology supporting the CLIMB system, and the research being conducted on CLIMB. In this blog, I intend to focus on why a cloud infrastructure is so valuable for scientific research. The challenge faced by many researchers, not just bioinformaticians, is being able to replicate research across different systems. Scientific […]

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Working with Warwick, Cardiff, Swansea and Birmingham on Cloud HPC – Part 2 of 3: The research

The Cloud Infrastructure for Microbial Bioinformatics (CLIMB) system is a collaboration between the University of Birmingham, Cardiff University, Swansea University and the University of Warwick to develop a national shared infrastructure for the wider microbial bioinformatics community in the UK. In a previous blog, I discussed the technical side of the CLIMB project, but it’s […]

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Working with Warwick, Cardiff, Swansea and Birmingham on Cloud HPC Part 1 of 3: The tech

I’m really pleased to be able to tell you about a fascinating project OCF has been working on – the Cloud Infrastructure for Microbial Bioinformatics (CLIMB) – which is a collaboration between the University of Birmingham, Cardiff University, Swansea University, and the University of Warwick. The majority of pre-existing HPC resources in the UK aren’t […]

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Cloud for Scientific Research

Most universities have some form of cloud infrastructure in place already, for both graduate level students and staff, such as Office365 or Drop Box; HR, payroll or finance services. But, cloud is only just taking off with university-based, post-grad researchers. Researchers want to be able to access research data without delays, and they want a […]

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SC’14 Reflections

In his mid-show report, Keith Vickers shared his interesting insights from the SC14 HPC exhibition and conference, but my colleague Andrew Dean and I have more to share with you since the plane journey home. Lenovo certainly made an impressive debut at the show, bearing in mind its transition over to selling the xSeries only happened […]

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