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The University of Bradford transforms heritage preservation and Archaeological Research with HPC

By Julian Fielden, Managing Director of OCF. We’ve recently been working with archaeologists and computing scientists at the University of Bradford who are benefitting from the University’s first high performance computing (HPC) system.  This new HPC environment (designed, integrated and supported by OCF) is transforming heritage preservation by revolutionising the capacity for data collation for […]

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How to ensure data is at its best in healthcare

Successfully deploying data analytics, as its use continues to evolve in the healthcare industry, is an area of critical concern. In our previous posts, ‘Can Analytics Save the NHS from Collapse?’ & ‘Towards a data driven healthcare system’ we discussed the necessity and the advantages of the NHS being a data-driven healthcare organisation. Being informed by descriptive, […]

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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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Building a career in HPC

I recently celebrated 28 years at Durham University and wanted to share with you some of my thoughts on building a career in HPC. Supercomputing is one of those industries that never stands still – driven by a race to the top; everyone wants the most powerful computer, the most energy efficient; with the smallest […]

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Event Report: ISC 2015

After (finally) catching up from a few busy days over at the ISC supercomputing conference in Frankfurt I thought it would be worthwhile sharing an update on the conference from a system integrators point of view. Even though the venue was different to last year (this year it was in the Frankfurt Messe) the format […]

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New Cluster for Statistical Genetics Research at the Wellcome Trust Centre

We have recently worked with The Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics (WTCHG) at the University of Oxford to integrate a new server cluster. The new cluster is supporting the statistical genetics research of 25 groups and more than 100 researchers, enabling them to analyse the human genome at much faster speeds. With sophisticated analytical techniques, […]

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Supported OpenStack in 2015

2015 should be a good year for the OpenStack cloud operating system. It successfully integrates a lot of different pieces of the cloud jigsaw: storage, networking and compute. We’ve been seeing a lot of interest from customers in the messaging behind OpenStack – i.e. don’t get locked into proprietary compute, storage or networking infrastructure, increase […]

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Storage in 2015 – what’s hot

Storage file systems will be an important area in 2015 – to help manage increasingly more complex storage environments. The open-source file system Lustre, along with IBM’s General Parallel File System (GPFS) will continue to make good ground increasing deployments in the enterprise and the HPC industry. Intel’s acquisition of WhamCloud last year, which is […]

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