As a reporter focused on the High Performance Computing market, I have interviewed hundreds of people about everything from Startups to Supercomputing. Well, the tables were turned recently when I was the featured interview on the Bright People blog.
In this slidecast, Avere President & CEO Ron Bianchini explains how the company’s newly announced Global Namespace (GNS) capability will allow organizations to tame NAS sprawl resulting from enormous growth in unstructured data.
With Avere’s GNS, storage administrators can easily create and manage logical groupings of file-based resources regardless of physical location, presenting clients running NFS or CIFS with simplified and transparent access to data with a single mount point. Moreover, when data is moved from one storage server to another within the network, client access is automatically rerouted with no disruption or downtime. GNS is available immediately as part of the 2.0 release of the Avere operating system.”
For HPC and Cloud users, Avere brings the notion of locality and low-latency to NAS through clustered, hierarchical SSD storage. In my view, it’s a scalable approach that’s well worth a look.
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.
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.
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
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.
In this slidecast, Tim Stay from PerfectSearch describes the company’s ultra-efficient search appliance software that is tailor-made for Big Data.
PerfectSearch’s patented software enables search up to a billion documents using a single private cloud appliance. Compared to other solutions that can require more than 10 times the number of servers, the PerfectSearch powered by Fujitsu solution is powerful and economical—even compared to open-source solutions, with lower equipment cost and fewer servers that reduce energy, replacement and administrative costs. Companies now have a cost-effective solution to index and search all content is searchable with a single query. The PerfectSearch powered by Fujitsu appliance uses unique technology that uses disk based indexing rather than memory, requiring a fraction of the hardware—realizing up to a 90% reduction in search-related hardware. These innovations built into the solution permit high-speed retrieval, drastically reduced hardware footprints, and extensive customization.
The good folks from the StartupHPC-15 Conference have posted the Agenda for their meeting at SC15. The day-long conference takes place Monday, Nov 16 in Austin at the Capital Factory in Downtown Austin, Texas.
Does your Startup have ties to High Performance Computing? Please come, meet like minded people, listen to industry notables, and help StartupHPC continue its efforts to build a support community. Echoing Seymour Cray, the supercomputing world’s iconic inventor who once said ‘Thank heaven for start-up companies or we’d never make any progress,’ StartupHPC advocates a sharp increase in entrepreneurship training and support infrastructure for STEM and HPC practitioners.
- Welcome: Steve Campbell, Partner, OrionX
- The “Get-Funded” Framework: From Idea to Launch: Shahin Khan, Partner, OrionX
- Entrepreneur Ecosystem: Grooming for Growth: Mellie Price, MD/Fund Director & GP, Capital Factory, and Founder/CEO, Front Gate Tickets
- Incubators: Cultivating Ideas: Blake Yaeger, Managing Director, TechStars
- Founder Stories: BitFusion: Subbu Rama, CEO, BitFusion.io
- Hot Markets, Key Apps, Core Algorithms: Peter ffoulkes, Industry Insight & Advisory, Partner, OrionX
- The “Inside” Scoop: Signs Your Pitch Won’t Stick: Rich Brueckner, President, insideHPC Media
- Go to Market: Vision & Value Proposition: Shahin Khan, Partner, OrionX
- Digital Marketing: Essentials in Engagement: Kim McMahon, CEO, McMahon Consulting
- Founder Stories: Virtual Bridges: Leo Reiter, CTO, Nimbix/former Founder, Virtual Bridges
- Building Your Base: Landing Early Customers: Dale Geldart, Startup Executive/former CEO eXludus Technologies
- Learning from Failure: 3 Companies (interactive): Dan Olds, Principal, Gabriel Consulting Group, and
Contributing Editor, The Register
- CxO Probe: Q&A Panel: Dr. Stephen Perrenod, (Moderator)
(Panel to be announced) Partner, OrionX
- Founder Stories: WhamCloud: Brent Gorda, Intel, and Founder of WhamCloud
As you may recall from SC14, StartupHPC’s inaugural conference featured an all-star roster of speakers and panelists that includes CEOs, CTOs, Founders, senior executives, serial entrepreneurs, attorneys, marketers, journalists, and industry analysts. Sharing first hand experiences and advice will illuminate the requirements for, and the practical paths towards, the successful creation and growth of startups.
As an added bonus, Video clips of last year’s event are available with registration for this year’s conference or by subscription. If you are a student, please contact us for a 60% discount code.
In this slidecast, Narges Bani Asadi from a new Startup called Bina presents: Bina – Accelerating Data-Driven Healthcare.
In 2008, a renowned team of researchers at Stanford and UC Berkeley came together to solve a critical problem for cancer researchers who were severely constrained by their existing computing capabilities for large-scale data analysis. Through this work they created a new approach to the integrated co-development of statistical algorithms, software and hardware for high performance data analysis. The result was a dramatic improvement in the accuracy, computational efficiency and cost of data analysis. The team founded Bina Technologies in 2010 to bring this approach to market.”
In this special guest feature, Cydney Ewald Stevens writes that the StartupHPC Meetup at SC14 has an incredible lineup of speakers.
At roughly six weeks out from SC14 and our first StartupHPC Meetup, if you aren’t registered yet, you should register now! It’s going to sell out and if you’re not there you’re going to be bummed out!
How can I be so confident? This meet up is going to be unlike any other you’ve attended, first because it’s not really adhering to any hardened definition of ‘meet up’. I personally liken it more to an entrepreneur’s IP User Group – an open forum with individuals who really are defying and redefining – everything.
Second, I hope you’re going to be blown away, just like I have been as we lead into this! The sheer brilliance that will be on hand ready to encourage the entrepreneur in you … is stunning! Promise!
Why? Because if you’ve ever tried to pull together a meeting of any sort, or even size, you know the biggest challenge is typically finding compelling topics and captivating delivery. Sometimes you’ll make trade-offs but if you can deliver both, in one package … it’s nirvana!
And that’s what ‘they’, our Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) want to give to you!
- You’ll be able to meet Adrian Cockcroft of Battery Ventures! He’s legend! Now advising and evaluating start-ups himself his original book on Performance and Tuning and the work he did (leveraging core HPC disciplines, btw) for both eBay and Netflix has propelled him to what is nothing short of celebrity in our field.
- I’ll admit that I am totally excited to meet Thomas Thurston in person myself. I am completely intrigued (and a bit intimidated as a startup ourselves) by Growth Science and what he’s been doing around big data, predictive analytics, etc. Who wouldn’t be?
- Then there’s Karl Freund, whom I greatly respect for his willingness to be provocative! I think that is a result of his vast experience in all phases of ‘incorporation’ – as the investor advisor, as the scrappy startup and as the mega corporation energizer. His experience of making and reinventing successful brands that are or have back-ended most everything we do – is epic!
- Of course Wolfgang Gentzsch is legend in HPC! Everyone knows him for his impeccable CV that has influenced world leaders and world leading HPC, Grid, and Cloud initiatives – on top of his latest endeavor Ubercloud and delivering on-demand resources to the research community. He also happens to be the fellow that developed the Grid Engine software, launched and sold companies, thrived through acquisitions, just to do it all again … an authentic, and original, serial entrepreneur indeed.
- A giant issue in a startup’s life is dealing with all the plethora of legal issues. I am incredibly excited to listen to Brad Gersich who is partner at the global law firm DLA Piper in Silicon Valley. Chambers USA has recognized Brad as a key individual with an “incredible work ethic” and a growing practice. He is “very easy to work with, creative and very dedicated to the client’s positive outcome,” commented one client. Brad is also recognized in The Legal 500 United States. His advice is gold!
- So, what if you are a starving STEM student with aspirations of coming to SC14 or going to some other major program but don’t have the means to get there – or you’re a benevolent benefactor who wants to help students in physically getting where they need to go? Well, you’ll want to know about STEM-Trek and meet Elizabeth Leake who will share the work she’s been doing to get STEM scholars on the road! You’ll also see that a big benefit of it is the mind-set, the empowerment, that is facilitated by programs like STEM-Trek but ultimately claimed by the individual.
Then there’s the vast amount of individual and collective knowledge of ‘to market’ that will be on hand! Perhaps the most intimidating part of an entrepreneurial journey but as critical to the start-up strategy as it is for a would-be investor!
And what would any infomercial worth it’s salt be without the proverbial … BUT WAIT … THERE’S MORE …
- The CxO panel that’s been put together is nothing short of astounding. If you’re actively following the latest upstarts in startups, we’re bringing them to NOLA live and in person!
- Prepare to meet Turbostor co-founder & CEO Kevin Canady, who we managed to pull out of stealth mode as he prepares to launch his next big idea.
- It’s ‘Not only luck’ as his blog would suggest but truly by serendipity John Melonakos, CEO of ArrayFire, the company for super CUDA coding is joining the lineup – as is serial entrepreneur and CTO of Nimbix, Leo Reiter, whose latest company is leading visualization and humanization of supercomputing, in the cloud!
- And rounding out this veteran line-up is Thomas Sohmers, CEO of Rex Computing. You may have read about Thomas – and if you haven’t you should! He’s the definition of “Wunderkid” and an inspiration to every age!
- Whether you’re a STEM student or Pro, a start-up in various stages of the cycle or an investor on the hunt – this is your entrée to the possibility that is HPC!
The great charm, IMHO, of HPC is that you are amongst the greatest intellects in the world. And if I’ve learned one thing in this expanse of a career and lifetime of ‘doing this’ is that there is always something to be learned!
So, as you make your plans to Laissez Le Bon Temps Rouler during your SC14 week in the Big Easy add the meet-up to your top picks, get registered and get ready to StartupHPC!
Register now for the StartupHPC Meetup at SC14.
Cydney Ewald Stevens is Director of the StartupHPC Community.