Monday, January 28, 2013

Intel's Eric Barton Updates Progress on Fast Forward Storage & IO Program

In this podcast, Eric Barton, Lead Architect for Intel's High Performance Data Division presents a progress update on the Fast Forward I/O & Storage program. Back in July 2012, Whamcloud was awarded the Storage and I/O Research & Development subcontract for the Department of Energy’s FastForward program. Shortly afterward, the company was acquired by Intel. The two-year contract scope includes key R&D necessary for a new object storage paradigm for HPC exascale computing, and the developed technology will also address next-generation storage mechanisms required by the Big Data market.
The subcontract incorporates application I/O expertise from the HDF Group, system I/O and I/O aggregation expertise from EMC Corporation, and scale testing facilities from Cray, teamed with file system, architecture, and project management skills from Whamcloud. All components developed in the project will be open sourced and benefit the entire Lustre community.
This is a fascinating presentation for those interested in how an Exascale system might handle data, and the prototype that comes out of it may well represent the roadmap to the future of supercomputing. Download the MP3 * Download the Slides (PDF)Subscribe on iTunes * If Dropbox is blocked, download audio from Google Drive.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

TheInfoPro Research Report on Server and Virtualization Trends

In this podcast, Peter ffoulkes from TheInfoPro presents results from a recent study on Servers and Virtualization markets. As an analyst with a deep background in HPC, ffoulkes does a great job of bringing this research into perspective with high performance computing markets.
TheInfoPro’s latest report focusing on Servers and Virtualization is set to be released on 1/8. I am writing to see if you would be interested in a pre-interview with Peter ffoulkes, lead analyst on the report. Conducted during the second half of 2012, TheInfoPro study identifies key initiatives of senior server infrastructure managers and examines market factors and major players. This annual study is based on extensive live interviews with server professionals and primary decision-makers at large and midsize enterprises in North America and Europe."
Learn more about research services at TheInfoPro. Download the MP3 * Download the Slides (PDF) * Subscribe on iTunes * If Dropbox is blocked, download audio from Google Drive.

Acronis: What's Next for Cloud Storage?

In this podcast, Scott Crenshaw from Acronis presents: What's Next for Cloud Storage?
Acronis can help you securely migrate, protect and recover critical data wherever it resides in your physical, virtual or cloud environments. With a Unified Platform and next generation technology, its innovative solutions are designed to ease the management burden and reduce total cost of ownership, while improving your recovery time objectives."
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ScaleOut Software: In-Memory Data Grids Enable Real-Time Analysis

In this podcast, CEO Bill Bain from ScaleOut Software presents: In-Memory Data Grids Enable Real-Time Analysis.
ScaleOut Software is a pioneer and leader in data grid software. Since our first products shipped in January 2005, we have consistently developed leading-edge technologies that help our customers solve scalability and performance challenges and gain competitive advantages for their businesses."
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Friday, January 4, 2013

Unreasonable at Sea - An Experiment in Transnational Entrepreneurship

In this podcast, Luke Jones presents: Unreasonable at Sea - An Experiment in Transnational Entrepreneurship.
Unreasonable at Sea is a radical experiment in global entrepreneurship, design-thinking, and education, designed to scale-up effective technological solutions to the greatest challenges of our time. We do this by hedging our bets on the most thrifty, resourceful, creative, and disruptive class amongst us: entrepreneurs. We are a mentor-driven accelerator for tech-entrepreneurs who desire to take their ventures into new international markets, and we choose to work exclusively with companies working on "intractable" social and environmental challenges. We could think of no better way to accelerate our portfolio companies' ability to scale across borders than to put them all on one ship, align them with some of the world's greatest mentors, and set sail more than 25,000 nautical miles while visiting 13 countries over the course of 100 days."
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