Video: PriceAdvice – The Blue Book for Everything Else

In this slidecast, Ira Williams from PriceAdvice provides an overview of the company and describes how they help consumers value items for resale.

We want consumers to know they’re getting the best and most up-to-date prices for any used item they want to buy,” said Ira Williams, president of iTaggit. “Our goal is to become the most accurate valuation tool available for the purchase of used items on sites such as eBay, Amazon and craigslist. PriceAdvice was created in an effort to remove the guess-work many consumers face when buying a used item online and to make the process as easy as possible.”

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Podcast: Clustercorp Turns up the Volume on Rocks with New Round of Funding

In this podcast, I interview Clustercorp’s newest employees: Mason Katz, CTO, and Greg Bruno, VP of Engineering. As key developers of the Rocks open source software, Bruno and Katz came over to Clustercorp last week to bolster the commercial version of Rocks.

As announced this morning, Clustercorp has just completed its first round of institutional funding, which it will use to scale development and accelerate its successful entry into the cloud management space.

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In this time-lapse video from SC2003, SDSC builds a live, 128-node Rocks cluster in the Sun booth in approximately one hour and forty minutes.

Slidecast: Cycle Cloud HPC Clusters – 10,000 Cores in 45 Minutes

In this slidecast, Cycle Computing CEO Jason Stowe describes how the company provisioned a 10,000-core, top 114-equivalent supercomputer utilizing its CycleCloud service.

Since 2005, Cycle has helped clients maximize the world’s compute resources through its reliable, secure and elastic high performance computing (HPC) solutions, both internally and in the cloud. CycleCloud massively scaled up client resources to perform hundreds of thousands of computational tests in a matter of eight hours. Once the results were produced, the customer could just “turn off” those resources with no further charges. Additionally, the 10,000-core cluster was run on a cost of only $1,060/hour. Leveraging CycleCloud and Cycle’s HPC proficiency delivered these stats:

  • Infrastructure: 1250 instances with 8-core / 7-GB RAM
  • Cluster Size: 10,000 cores, 8.75 TB RAM, 2 PB of disk space total
  • Scale: Comparable to #114 of Top 500 Supercomputer list
  • Security: Engineered with HTTPS & 128/256-bit AES encryption

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Video: Real-Status Starts Up with 3D Visualization for IT Infrastructure

In this video, Real Status co-founder & CTO Stace Hipperson demonstrates HyperGlance, a software package that uses sophisticated graphics and modelling techniques to create real-time models of complete IT infrastructures in 3D and overlays performance and business metrics.

While HyperGlance currently gathers data from VMWare’s API, since the program is data-driven, the same techniques could be used to monitor large HPC clusters running MPI.

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Video: HandStand Puts iPad in the Palm of Your Hand

In this video, I interview Jamie Smith, creator of the HandStand, an iPad accessory that makes it easy to hold and display presentations and other apps on the iPad. Applications for the HandStand include datacenter monitoring, system control, and remote system administration. And as we can see in the video with BAE’s Steve Finn below, iPads can even be used to work remotely with a 20,000-processor Altix ICE system.

Learn more at theHandStand.com