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Meet us at the Great Plains Network Annual Meeting May 29-31

 

Next Wednesday through Friday, we will be attending the Great Plains Network Annual Meeting in Kansas City, MO. 

 

This conference brings together IT leaders from Midwestern universities to discuss new developments in the industry. This year's theme is "Big Data: From Bits & Bytes to Knowledge & Insights," which explores the latest information in high performance computing.

 

Details about this meeting can be found here:

 www.dce.k-state.edu/conf/great-plains-network

 

If you're planning to attend, we'd love to know! Just drop us a line at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , and we'll see you there.

Addition to the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor x100 family coming soon

 

Intel will soon be introducing a new coprocessor in the same family as the already available 5110P Xeon Phi. This new Phi will be available in both passive and active versions, allowing it to be installed in many server and workstation form factors.

 

The new Phi will be attractively priced, making it ideal for testing and development. For more information about the latest in the Xeon Phi family of coprocessors, please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Xeon Phi support added to actutils

 
Since the Xeon Phi acts much like a "computer in a computer," managing and administrating a cluster of them can be quite complex. We've been working on extending and enhancing our actutils software suite to better handle this new coprocessor paradigm.
 
The new version of the actutils suite will be released soon; the changes facilitate easy setup, administration and management of Advanced Clustering systems with Xeon Phi cards. The beta version supports the latest Intel mpss software stack, multiple coprocessors per machine and all of the programming models (offload and native execution). The tools facilitate management of the Phi's micro-os, and negate the need to separately manage users, ssh keys, ip assignment and static bridge creation.
 

Shortages result in delays, higher prices

 

The tech industry is currently experiencing a shortage of two essential components, DRAM and solid state drives (SSDs), and we are beginning to experience delays in obtaining these parts.

 

Desktop and server DRAM is in short supply because over the past couple of years, demand for smartphones and tablets has increased, leading memory manufacturers to rededicate themselves to the production of mobile chips. During this same time, the desktop/server market was sluggish, leading to a DRAM surplus and historically low prices. 

 

Now that demand for desktops and servers is on the rise, that surplus of DRAM has been nearly depleted, and memory manufacturers are having to scramble to move their attention back to DRAM once again. However, the delay in DRAM production means that availability is limited. We are expecting prices to increase as well over the next year.

 

Meanwhile, that same consumer demand for mobile devices led to overproduction of NAND (flash memory), a key component in both smartphones and SSDs. With NAND prices falling in 2012 due to a surplus, manufacturers ceased production since it was no longer profitable. Today, with the NAND surplus spent, a shortage is limiting the number of SSDs on the market, and the ones that are available are becoming more expensive.

 

At Advanced Clustering, we stay apprised of such situations and do our best to maintain availability of all necessary parts. However, depending on your machine configuration, please be aware that there may be delays. We also recommend that if you are considering placing an order, that you do so soon to avoid increasing prices. Please contact us for more information at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .