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Build or Buy? That’s the Big (Data) Question

Apr 8, 2015 |

“You can learn a lot from my failures, maybe,” says Ron Van Holst, an HPC director at Ontario Centres of Excellence. With decades of experience designing and building high-end telecommunications gear and HPC systems, Van Holst has a better grasp on the tradeoffs you’ll make when you choose to build or buy your next big data system. Van Holst was into a little bit of everything when was building telecommunications gear in the 1990s. From the programming languages and the Read more…

Leverage Big Data 2015 Yields Insightful Gems

Mar 20, 2015 |

Some of the brightest minds in the big data and HPC communities took the stage this week at Tabor Communications’ second annual Leverage Big Data conference, which took place at the beautiful Ponte Vedra Resort in Florida. From the impact of Hadoop to the cutting edge of FPGA research, attendees shared their big data lessons. Big data is everywhere, said Molly Rector, CMO for DDN, who delivered a keynote Monday night. You may not know it, but whenever you use Read more…

Rethinking Hadoop for HPC

Jan 26, 2015 |

Hadoop’s momentum has caught the eye of those in the high performance computing (HPC) community, who want to participate and benefit from the fast pace of development. However, the relatively poor performance and high latency of Hadoop applications is a real concern. To address the problem and make Hadoop a better fit for HPC resources, some are exploring how they can rewrite certain components of Hadoop in a more HPC-like manner. Those in the HPC world look at what’s happening Read more…

Today’s Baseball Analytics Make Moneyball Look Like Child’s Play

Oct 24, 2014 |

Baseball has always been a game of numbers and statistics. But thanks to an explosion of data over the past seven years and the advent of new analytic software running on supercomputers, the game is on the cusp of changes that will make Moneyball look like it belongs in the minor leagues. When the San Francisco Giants take the field against the Kansas City Royals in game three of the World Series tonight, you can bet that the choices made Read more…

What You May Have Missed at Strata + Hadoop World 2014

Oct 21, 2014 |

Talk about information overload. If you were one of the lucky 5,000 to attend the Strata + Hadoop World conference last week, then you were subject to a marathon session of big data keynotes delivered continually for the better part of two days. It’s understandable that you missed out on some of the big data news announced at the show, including Cray’s new Hadoop appliance, or the latest tools from Revolution Analytics and Tableau. Don’t worry: We’ll get you back Read more…

News In Brief

Cray Greases Rails for Hadoop on a Supercomputer

Nov 20, 2013 |

Supercomputer company Cray has joined the Hadoop parade with a new framework that it says will give customers the ability to more easily implement and run Apache Hadoop using Cray’s XC30 supercomputers.

Big IO and the Real Time Future

Mar 4, 2013 |

No stranger to massive data in the HPC context, Cray points to one area that it’s had its paws in for a number of years.

YarcData Architect on Hadoop’s Fatal Flaw

Sep 5, 2012 |

According to YarcData’s Solutions Architect, James Maltby, Hadoop and MapReduce are less suited to handle some of the complex mapping and reducing tasks than the company’s own uRIKA database. He explains the essential difference, nothing that graphs…

Fujitsu Says Big Data Pushing HPC into Mainstream

Apr 19, 2012 |

According to many in the HPC community, especially on the hardware side, the big data trend (and all the buzz associated with it) is creating new opportunities for the once “high and mighty” world of supercomputing. This is a field that….

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Cray Introduces Big Data Framework

Nov 19, 2013 |

Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. today announced a new “Big Data” framework that gives Cray customers the ability to more easily implement and run Apache Hadoop on their Cray XC30 supercomputers. Fusing the benefits of supercomputing and Big Data, the Cray Framework for Hadoop package improves the overall efficiency and performance for Cray XC30 customers deploying Hadoop in Scientific Big Data environments.

Cray Introduces Tiered Adaptive Storage Solution

Nov 6, 2013 |

Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. today introduced a complete and open storage archiving solution for Big Data and supercomputing with the launch of Cray Tiered Adaptive Storage (TAS). Through a strategic partnership with Versity Software, Inc., Cray has developed a deployment-ready, flexible tiered archiving solution designed to be easy to use, reduce costs and preserve data indefinitely.