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A new dawn for security vulnerabilities in HPC

by Mischa van Kesteren, OCF Pre-sales Engineer In February 2018, Russian nuclear scientists at the Federal Nuclear Centre were arrested for using their supercomputer resources to mine crypto-currency, Bitcoin. Previously, HPC security breaches like this tended to be few and far between, however recent trends are increasing the vulnerabilities and threats faced by HPC systems. […]

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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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Queen Mary University of London ranks 8th in the 10 Node Challenge

Congratulations to our client, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) who has ranked 8th place on the 10 Node Challenge, part of the IO500 Awards at SC18.   The IO500 is quickly becoming the de-facto benchmarking standard for HPC storage, showcasing the world’s fastest HPC infrastructures based on two critical components, bandwidth and metadata operations. […]

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OCF customer University of Bimingham wins HPCwire award

We are delighted to share with you that one of our long standing customers, the University of Birmingham, has won the prestigious HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Award for ‘Best use of HPC in Manufacturing’.   The award was received for the University’s work with its partner, Rolls Royce. The PRISM2 group, a research centre […]

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Newcastle University installs first University-wide HPC

With a data explosion in every single aspect of science, universities realise the importance of providing the appropriate computational resources to be able to process this data. One university doing just this and paving the way to encourage cross-departmental research, helping it to remain a world-class research institution, is Newcastle University. So much so, the […]

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Is AI The Terminator or the next industrial revolution?

There has been a lot of hype over Artificial Intelligence (AI), however, there will many who will be disappointed as AI fails to deliver the promised business benefits. Those businesses that approach it from the perspective of small focused improvements, to interactions with their customers and internal workflow improvements, will gain a competitive advantage. According […]

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Cloud bursting is on the horizon for universities series: part 3

In the final part of our ‘cloud bursting in universities’ series, I will look at the advantages of bursting HPC platforms. Typically, HPC services or systems are bought from research council funding and the best HPC system is bought at the time. But, eighteen months later, its utilisation is close to 100% and the compute […]

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Cloud bursting is on the horizon for universities series: part 2

In my last blog, we talked about how cloud bursting came about and the benefits of the private cloud. So, what about the public cloud? We have found that usually, the groups who provide Research Computing Infrastructure at universities lead the way in the uptake of new technology, but because the public cloud has been […]

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