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2015

New HPC Cluster at University of Oxford Designed and Integrated by OCF

Researchers from across the University of Oxford will benefit from an HPC system designed and integrated by OCF.

Storage Newsletter, 21st April

Oxford Research Boosted by Supercomputer

The Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics is using a new high performance cluster or 'supercomputer' to support more than 100 researchers.

University Business, 1st April

OCF Builds CFD-ready Lenovo HPC Appliance

Lenovo is now offering the UK’s first ANSYS CFD-ready HPC appliance designed to ease cluster deployment while boosting engineering productivity. Available through cluster integrator OCF, the plug-and-play appliance includes job scheduling software to provide engineers with an advanced structural analysis and CFD environment that is simple and quick to deploy.

Inside HPC, 30th March

 Genetics research for cancer, diabetes and heart disease boosted by new High Performance Computer

Scientists at the Wellcome Trust Centre in Oxford University are able to analyse the genetics behind illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer faster than ever thanks to a new high performance computing cluster.

12th February, Computerworld UK

OCF joins the OpenPOWER Foundation

OCF, the HPC, big data management and analytics provider, has joined the OpenPOWER Foundation, an open development community based on the POWER microprocessor architecture, as a silver member.

5th February, HPC Wire

Imperial College London uses new Half PB storage to support research and e-learning

A new highly-scalable storage system is supporting staff, students and researchers across multiple departments at Imperial College London. 

4th February, HPC Today

Imperial College London benefitting from new scalable storage system

The new Linux-based, IBM GPFS storage system sits across two separate data centres. 

3rd February, DataCentre Solutions

New IBM Storage System for Imperial College London

A scalable storage system is supporting staff, students and researchers across multiple departments at Imperial College London.

2nd February, Storage Newsletter

Imperial uses new half PB storage

A new highly-scalable storage system is supporting staff, students and researchers across multiple departments at Imperial College London. 

30th January, Supercomputing Online News

Half PB storage boosts Imperial College's e-learning

OCF storage system will enable more than 20,000 students to access video recordings of lectures.

30th January, CBR Online

Bright Computing and OCF Partner

OCF is the latest company to join Bright Computing’s channel partner network in EMEA. 

29th January, HPC Wire

Wellcome Trust builds 1,728-core grid for DNA analysis

Designed in conjunction with OCF, the cluster enables researchers to run statistical analysis on the human genome.

29th January, Computer Weekly

2015 - A year of disruption?

Julian Fielden discusses areas to watch in the industry in 2015. 

9th January, Scientific Computing World

2014

Slidecast: UK HPC in 2015

Julian Fielden from OCF describes the outlook for HPC in the UK for 2015.

29th December 2014

Channel Q&A: Julian Fielden, MD of OCF

Channel Pro quiz OCF's managing director on the HPC business, and what challenges the channel faces in 2015.

17th December, Channel Pro

15 for '15: the top 15 storage predictions for 2015

OCF's Andrew Dean states that software will be the biggest investment in storage management.

2nd December, Information Age

Strategic Choice

OCF's Andy Dean examines how Information Lifecycle Management will save you money and the strategies associated with it.

17th December, Data Centre Management

IBM and Science & Technology Facilities Council form Big Data Innovation Hub to help organisations extract insight and value from data

IBM announces that the Science & Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) Hartree Centre has created a Big Data innovation hub using IBM Big Data and Analytics technology to help organisations solve complex business problems and achieve competitive advantage.

5th November, IBM

OCF Appoints Arif Ali as Technical Director

Arif Ali to advise on new technologies and continue to improve existing supercomputing solutions.

1st December, Supercomputing Online News

Big Data Scientists

OCF's Nick Dingle examines the skills required for today's big data scientists.

13th October, V3

RES Using Supercomputer to Harness Wind

Renewable energy developer, Renewable Energy Systems Group (RES) is using a new high performance cluster and big data storage system to support the design, build and operation of wind farms globally.

27th August, HPC Wire

RES gets ‘seven times more’ HPC compute power with new cluster

Renewable Energy Systems (RES) can now make more accurate decisions about where to build wind turbines since boosting its high-performance computer (HPC) with a a cluster from integrator OCF.

14th July, Computing World UK

PHE Uses Big Data To Prevent Infectious Disease

Public Health England (PHE), an executive agency of theDepartment of Health (DoH), is using a new Big Data storagesystem alongside high-performance computing (HPC) tosequence infectious diseases.

11th July, 24N.Biz

High Performance Computing and Big Data helps sequence infectious diseases

Public Health England [PHE] the executive agency of the Department of Health is using a new big data storage system based on DataDirect Networks [DDN] storage alongside an existing high-performance server cluster to enable faster and effective analysis of genome sequences.

8th July, DCS Europe

OCF draws Big Data sword in fight against infectious disease

Integrator OCF has teamed up with Public Health England (PHE) to help it analyse the DNA of infectious diseases with the help of its big data and high-performance computing offering. 

7th July, CRN

OCF appoints big data scientist

In sign of the growing importance of data as well as processing to HPC, the HPC integrator OCF has appointed a Big Data Scientist to the company.

20th June, Scientific Computing World

New Big Data Scientist at OCF

OCF has appointed Nick Dingle to its big data analytics team.

17th June, Super Computing Online

Cambridge doubles up on data protection

Schools from the University of Cambridge can for the first time store essential research databases to a secure, offsite, replicated data archive.

23rd May, Education Technology

Government must make UK a big dataleader, not follower

Universities and Science Minister David Willets recently announced funding of £73m in big data - with funding split between four UK Research Councils, which will then support nearly 50 big data and analytics related projects.

12th May, Tech Radar

Bitcoin miners and supercomputers:the intriguing parallels

By now you'd have heard of Bitcoin - the digital currency that can be traded and used as a real currency. Did you realise, however, the strong parallel between Bitcoin and the supercomputing industry?

8th May, Tech Radar

OCF plc pledges commitment to apprentices

OCF Plc is the latest organisation to sign Barnsley’s Apprenticeship Pledge.

24th April, Barnsly College 

A Home Fit for HPC

How, after 30 years of hiding its HPC in a basement, the University of Southampton finally got a new home for supercomputing and realised the benefits that only good design can bring.

6th March, DatacenterDynamics Focus

Accelerating supercomputing power

A look at how the supercomputing community is making the best use of different processors, co-processors and accelerators, examining what potential users should be looking out for.

16th February, TechRadar Pro

Investment in skills vital for UK to become global 'big data' leader

For the UK to become a global leader on big data, the government must invest in skills, education programmes and apprenticeships.

14th February, The Information Daily

The push towards exascale

What is the future of supercomputing? Taking us to the reality of Exascale supercomputing machines by 2020.

13th February, TechRadar Pro

 

2013

Supercomputer Iridis4 Launch

The University of Southampton has flicked the on-switch for the most powerful university-based supercomputer in England and the third largest academic supercomputing facility in the UK.

21st October, University Business

CFD: an On-Demand Service?

More and more CFD users are finding they have a requirement for large processing power. As simulations get more complex and with a higher resolution, users really need the extra compute power to get a sensible completion time on their tasks. 

16 September, SC Online

OCF offers XFlow CFD in the Cloud

Engineers in the UK can now access XFlow Computational Fluid Dynamics software as an online HPC service.

24 July, InsideHPC

Expanding enCORE with CFD

Engineers and analysts in the UK can now access XFlow Computational FluidDynamics [CFD] software as an online HPC service, powered by OCF's enCORE HPC on-demand service, an 8,000-core server cluster, for the first time.

19th July, HPC in the Cloud

BlueBEAR Brings More HPC Power to Birmingham University

Researchers at the UK’s University of Birmingham using a centrally funded HPC service will now benefit from additional modelling power and a wider range of services following a replacement of its previous HPC system.

10th July, Inside HPC

Birmingham University upgrades HPC capacity

The University of Birmingham in the UK has upgraded its high performance computing (HPC) system, which will add extra capacity to GridPP, which provides compute resources for particle physicists and computer scientists at CERN and at other researcher organizations across the UK.

9th July, Datacenter Dynamics

BlueBEAR providing analysis inside less time

Researchers across the University of Birmingham employing a centrally funded supercomputing service will now benefit from additional modeling power plus a wider range of services carrying out a complete replacement of their previous system, which was installed in 2007.

9th July, Supercomputing Online

Birmingham Amps Up Research With New Linux Supercomputer

Researchers at the University of Birmingham are looking forward to cracking problems with a newly upgraded Linux supercomputer.

9th July, Linux Today

The big three for big data

It’s difficult to ignore the hype around Big Data. But does it actually offer any ROI?

9th May, The Manufacturer

Durham cluster allows researchers to reach for the stars

A high-performance server cluster is enabling researchers at the Institute for Computational Cosmology (ICC), based at Durham University and throughout the wider UK astrophysics community, to better understand the universe by allowing them to model phenomena ranging from solar flares to the formation of galaxies.

 9th May, insideHPC

Durham University upgrades supercomputer for cosmology research

A high performance server cluster is enabling researchers at Durham University to better understand the universe, by allowing them to model phenomena ranging from solar flares to the formation of galaxies.

8th May, Tech World

Cluster allows researchers to reach for the stars

8th May, Scientific Computing World

UK-based high performance computing (HPC) integrator OCF has been chosen by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to provide cluster management support services for its HPC system.

30th April, Data Center Dynamics

OCF to Provide HPC Support for University of Central Lancashire

PC, data management, data storage and data analytics provider, OCF has been chosen by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to provide cluster management support services for its HPC system.

24th April, insideHPC

OCF Providing Cluster Management Support to UCLan

PC, data management, data storage and data analytics provider, OCF has been chosen by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to provide cluster management support services for its High Performance Computer (HPC) system.

22nd April, HPC Wire

Big data: Big problem, big opportunity or big hype?

Data lies at the heart of many business issues; accuracy, duplication, structure, storage and accessibility are allheadaches, and since data has been stored, whether electronically or physically, it is there that informationmanagement grew into the information technology of today. So what is big data?

27th March, Microscope

OCF Helps Businesses Extract Value from Data With New Analytics Unit

OCF has launched a new analytics business unit to help UK businesses extract value from data.

25th March, HPC Wire 

Warning to Cloud Adopters: Check the fine print

Central to the attraction of cloud computing is the "pay for only what you use" claim made by almost all service providers. OCF's HPC on-Demand business development manager Jerry Dixon discusses cloud pricing.

25th February, HPC in the Cloud

Unclear pricing could hinder cloud adoption

OCF's HPC on-Demand business development manager Jerry Dixon discusses cloud pricing.

21st January, SC Online News

Unclear pricing could hinder cloud adoption

Central to the attraction of Cloud Computing are the “pay for only what you use” claims made by almost all service providers. But are they as attractive as they first appears?

21st January, Business Cloud9 

 

2012

Supermicro Supercomputer and Compute-on-Demand

Hosted cluster saves Engys in excess of £30k per annum on operational costs Compute-on-Demand service provides 8000 cores more processing power than previously available.

7th December, Cloud Computing 365

Engys in the U.K Goes With Compute-on-Demand from OCF enCORE

This week SMB engineering software developer Engys in the U.K. announced that its new server cluster wil be hosted by their supplier, OCF.

5th December, Inside HPC

Engys Grabs OCF's enCORE Compute-on-Demand Service

Engys, a developer of computer-aided engineering software and services, is using a new high performance server cluster and Compute-on-Demand facility from OCF.

28th November, HPC Wire

OCF hosts supercomputing environment for CFD company

UK-based developer of computer-aided engineering software and services Engys has purchased a new supercomputing server cluster from high performance computing (HPC) provider OCF, which is also hosting the facility at its own site in England.

28th November, Datacenter Dynamics

Engys Grabs OCF's enCORE Compute-on-Demand Service

Engys, a developer of computer-aided engineering software and services, is using a new high performance server cluster and Compute-on-Demand facility from OCF.

28th November, HPC in the Cloud

OCF Supersizes HPC Service

OCF has significantly expanded its pay-as-you-go supercomputing service, enCORE. The on-demand system first launched in late 2010 to bring additional computing capacity to the UK's small-to-medium-sized business community. What started out as a small beta project has developed into a full-fledged, 8,000-core HPC service.

16th October, HPC in the Cloud

The Next Step for HPC is Into the Cloud

Andy Patrizio discusses the capabilities of HPC on demand and how 'high performance computing for rent' is becoming more viable. The article also features views from OCF's Jerry Dixon, Business Development Manager for OCF's enCORE service.

10th October, HP Input-Output

More Core Business in Britain

OCF has massively expanded its HPC on-demand service, enCORE. 

9th October, InsideHPC

Grounding the HPC Cloud

OCF's Jerry Dixon says that only partnering can lead to successful use of the cloud.

July/August, Data Centre Management (Published October 2012)

OCF Expands HPC-On-Demand Service enCORE 

OCF plc, has massively expanded its HPC On-Demand service, enCORE. It can now deliver up to 8,000 cores of vital processing power to a wide range of business sectors in the UK and beyond.

3rd October, HPC in the Cloud

OCF Expands HPC-On-Demand Service

The expansion of the service follows a newly signed agreement between OCF and the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) Hartree Centre. 

3rd October, HPC Wire

OCF expands cloud service via Blue Wonder

OCF has massively expanded its HPC On-Demand service, enCORE. It can now deliver up to 8,000 cores of vital processing power to a wide range of business sectors in the UK and beyond.

2nd October, SuperComputing Online

UK's HECToR supercomputer in 27PB MEGA-storage boost

HECToR, the Edinburgh-based supercomputer used by UK researchers to tackle science's more thorny mathematical problems, is having petabytes of disk and tape storage installed in a massive storage expansion.

27th July, The Register

7.8PB for UK Users of HECToR HPC

A new storage environment providing 7.8PB of storage and an additional 19.5PB of backup capability is to improve long-term data storage for hundreds of UK users of the HECToR (High-End Computing Terascale Resource) supercomputer.

26th July, Search Storage

HECToR Supercomputer Gains New Storage Environment

Providing 7.8PB of storage and an additional 19.5PB of backup capability, a new storage environment has been added to the HECToR (High-End Computing Terascale Resource) supercomputer, boosting long-term data storage for hundreds of UK researchers. 

24th July, Inside HPC

Academic supercomputer gets 27 PB of HPC storage

The University of Edinburgh-based HECToR (High-End Computing Terascale Resource) supercomputer has had an HPC storage upgrade that includes 7.8 petabytes (PB) in a DataDirect Networks array plus 19.5 PB of IBM tape.

23rd July, Search Storage

HECToR supercomputer gains new storage environment

Providing 7.8PB of storage and an additional 19.5PB of backup capability, a new storage environment has been added to the HECToR (High-End Computing Terascale Resource) supercomputer, boosting long-term data storage for hundreds of UK researchers.

20th July, Scientific Computing World

Big data storage to serve UK researchers

A new storage environment providing 7.8PB of storage and an additional 19.5PB of backup capability is to improve long-term data storage for hundreds of UK users of the HECToR (High-End Computing Terascale Resource) supercomputer.

18th July, Supercomputing Online

Big Data Storage to serve UK Researchers

 A new storage environment providing 7.8 PB of storage and an additional 19.5 PB of back-up capability is to improve long-term data storage for hundreds of UK users of the HECToR - High-End Computing Terascale Resource - supercomputer.

17th July, Primeur Live! Magazine

OCF cashes in on government HPC investment

OCF is celebrating smashing the £20m turnover ceiling as it reaps the benefits of the government’s investment in supercomputing.

17th July, CRN

Warwick part of new £3.5M supercomputing investment

A £3.5M supercomputing hub is set to power growth and innovation in the Midlands and London by opening up its vast number-crunching power to local firms.

24th May, Science Business

University of Southampton Builds UK's Largest University Owned Supercomputer

The University of Southampton has used its share of a substantial £3.7m award given to a new consortium of research-intensive universities by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to upgrade the University’s IBM-based “Iridis3” high performance cluster or "supercomputer".

18th May, HPC Wire

University puts more 'oomph' into supercomputer

Iridis 3 upgrade from OCF means researchers in the UK can now get more out of the data center.

17th May, Datacenter Dynamics Focus

University's new cosmology machine set to 'change the way we do science'

Durham University is addressing some of the most fundamental questions in science, such as where 'it' all began.

May 2012 Edition, Technology in Education

Q&A: Julian Fielden, OCF Discusses High Performance Computing

BCW hooked up with Julian to get his thoughts on high performance servers and storage.

6th April, Business Computing World 

The digital universe that lives inside a supercomputer

A computer model showing the structure of the universe one billion years after the Big Bang, the green swirls represent dark matter and the circles represent growing galaxies.

5th April, Tech Republic

Blighty's new top supercomputer bagged by software boffins

The STFC and IBM have announced a major collaboration that will create one of the worlds foremost contres in software development, by launching the International Centre of Excellence for Computational Science and Engineering (ICE-CSE).

4th April, The Register

OCF plays its part in multimillion-pound HPC deal

OCF has sealed its position as the primary reseller for a £30m deal to create a global centre for software development.

3rd April, CRN

Durham University creates virtual universe with new OCF cluster

Durham University can now simulate the Universe and galaxies, including the Milky Way, with increasing levels of sophistication using a new powerful, eco-friendly server and storage cluster built and managed by OCF, dubbed the ‘Cosmology machine’, in its fourth generation, COSMA4 for short.

2nd April, Super Computing Online

When Size Matters

Big data - the massive amount of information companies now have to manage and store - has created a lucrative opportunity for the channel.

5th March, CRN

Lindon Locks Appointed at OCF

Lindon Locks, former pre-sales consultant at Allinea Software and systems engineer at SGI, will join OCF plc. in a newly-formed sales role. 

24th February, Storage Newsletter

G Cloud Winners Unveiled

A "revolution" in the way IT suppliers work with the public sector kicks off today with the unveiling of CloudStore, the online app store of the government's £60m G-Cloud framework.

20th February, CRN

Wired Science

One Supercomputer at Warwick University is connecting the work of hundreds of science researchers around the world.

16th February, Laboratory News

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