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The war is on: Bulky vs Container Based Linux Distributions

Linux warThe war between Linux distributions is heating up, again: For the past few years the Linux distribution (distro) market was divided up between a few major camps as RedHat, Ubuntu, and SUSE dominated the market. Each distribution has its own packaging and focussed on a different niche of the market, education, consumer desktop, enterprise datacenter being few of the major areas of focus. Since early 2014 we see another niche: container based, light Linux distributions. As the popularity of Linux containers climbs like a rocket, the war is on for grabbing the market for the host operating systems these containers will run on. It is way too early to say, which of these will be successful, we will keep an eye on their progress (in no particular order):
CoreOS (recent investment in by Google Ventures)
Project Atomic (by RedHat)
Snappy (by Ubuntu)
Photon (by VMware)

ESI Group Acquires Ciespace’s Technology Assets for Cloud Based CAE Modeling


Alain de Rouvray, ESI Group’s (Paris:ESI) Chairman and CEO states: “Riding the accelerated transformational wave of Information & Communications Technologies (ICT), Ciespace’s leading edge CAE Cloud based modeling tool will provide ESI with a quantum leap in its Go-to-Market strategy. Enabling a full Cloud/SaaS offering of our Virtual Prototyping solutions will create considerable additional value to our existing and future customers; substantially lowering the cost of ownership and the need for in-house expertise. The flexibility and affordability of the Cloud/SaaS business model is expected to progressively attract new types of technical SMECiespace users, beyond the traditional community of CAE specialists. Furthermore Ciespace’s high caliber engineering team will bring to ESI its advanced knowledge and proven experience in both CAE and Cloud technologies. The operation is well aligned with ESI’s strategy to “enable Virtual Prototyping for all”. After an initial integration phase, this acquisition should strongly accelerate the generation of new customers with an offer at minimal transactional costs.” Read more information about this acquisition HERE.

Design Tools Get Comfortable in the Cloud

rob_spiegel_125x125For a whole range of reasons, from lower costs to easier updates, design software customers are responding to cloud-based options. For small to midsize companies, cloud-based tools have become an affordable means to do data- and processing-intensive simulation and number crunching on the pay-per-use model. For larger companies, software-as-a-service (SaaS) moves the IT investment in design tools off the balance sheet, eliminating it as a capital investment. That may sound like accounting sleight-of-hand, but for many CFOs, it’s meaningful. Read the full blog from Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Motion Control, HERE.

Free & All Cost Covered . . . EnterpriseHPC Summit – Inside Advanced Scale Commercial Challenges

HPCwire, EnterpriseTech, and nGage Events would like to invite you to participate in an exclusive VIP summit dedicated to exploring the emergence of advanced scale & high performance computing in commercial settings. This invitation-only summit takes place at the five-star Park Hyatt Aviara Resort May 11-13th in North San Diego County. It presents you with a great opportunity for information gathering as your organization tries to tackle its own scale-out technical challenges, as well as the chance to network and engage with some of the best and brightest minds in advanced & high performance computing for business. Best of all, it is free to attend. Summit expenses are fully paid for qualified attendees, including flight, hotel, meals, and summit badge. View the agenda with this link. You are invited to please click on this link to get qualified for the summit as quickly as possible so that we can get your room reserved and flights booked.

Civil-Comp 2015 Tutorial in Prague: Taking an OpenFOAM Application to the Cloud

prague5The 15th Civil-Comp International Conference on Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Computing in Prague September 1 – 4 will start with a Tutorial about taking an OpenFOAM application to the cloud. In this 3-hour tutorial organized by the UberCloud participants learn the benefits and challenges in using remote cloud resources for real engineering and scientific applications, prepare a simple OpenFOAM CFD application on their own laptop and perform hands-on all the necessary steps about moving the geometry and physics data into the cloud, performing the computation and the remote visualization, and getting the resulting simulation data back to their laptop and visualize the results. Please see the details about the Tutorial and the Conference HERE.

Nimbix Cloud helps oil and gas advisor to focus on making world, safer, smarter, and greener

Oil PlatformWith a mission of making the world safer, smarter and greener, DNV GL delivers technical assurance and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil and gas and energy industries. In order to perform the hydrodynamics assessments, the company needed access to HPC to run CFD on the oil and gas structure using ANSYS® Fluent for physical modeling to determine flow, turbulence, heat transfer, and reactions for industrial applications – meshing and preparing simulation parameters. In total, all this data amounts to a massive 40 million cells. The company used NIBIX Cloud resources to perform these complex simulations. Read the case study HERE

Are you interested in Cloud Standards? Then please fill in the CSC survey questionnaire

EU LogoAre you interested or active in Cloud Computing? Are you concerned by having appropriate cloud standards? What are your needs, objectives, challenges and areas of concern? Share your concerns in a survey launched by the Cloud Standards Coordination (CSC) which is a collaboration initiative between the European Commission and ETSI (the European Telecommunications Standards Institute). CSC Phase 1 took place in 2013 and addressed primarily the standards roadmaps. Now, CSC Phase 2, launched in February 2015, addresses the needs and priorities of Cloud Computing users, assesses the maturity of Cloud Computing standards, and evaluates how standards can support the Cloud users priorities. Please fill in the survey HERE, it will take you max 30 minutes. This survey intends to collect feedback from the Cloud Computing community about needs, objectives, areas of concerns, and typical scenarios. It also intends to evaluate the perceived maturity of Cloud standards.

Video: CloudBroker – Bringing HPC to the Cloud

Wibke Sudholt

One of our long-term UberCloud Experiment partners is CloudBroker in Switzerland. They have successfully performed Experiment #30, supporting Spanish engineering firm Biscarri Consultoria with a heat transfer simulation in the cloud. Now, co-founder and CTO Wibke Sudholz presented an update of CloudBroker’s research and development at the HPC Advisory Council in Lausanne, Switzerland. Her topic: Making Technical Computing Available to Everyone – Bringing HPC to the Cloud. “Cloud computing provides pay-per-use access to scalable compute resources. However, IaaS and HPC-on-demand offerings are still often complex. Instead, the CloudBroker Platform and AppCenter create a SaaS layer on top of the compute resources. In the CloudSME EU project, this is used to develop a simulation platform for manufacturing and engineering.” See the video at insideHPC.

ANSYS – a world of simulations on the horizon?

ANSYS logo w-blurSimulation software expert ANSYS predicts a future where production is based on simulation rather than prototyping. In this interview lead product manager Matt Commens at ANSYS highlights major trends of engineering simulations: in addition to selling simulation software and letting the engineer learn and cope with it a deeper and application oriented consulting is becoming more important to help the design engineer make faster progress, including ANSYS coming in and offering assistance, because complexity might be somewhat of a problem for the ‘everyday stressed out product development engineer trying to make the best use of his or her time’. To further simplify use of the software “what you need to produce as an ISV are more automated flows.” Finally, the cloud will help ANSYS overcome another obstacle: The high investment cost for hardware. With the help of cloud computing, ANSYS wants to take the software into the market without companies having to spend vast amounts of money. Read the article HERE.

UberCloud Containers provide seamless cloud access for combustion training in Michigan

Ferry TapFor the 3-day training on April 15-17th at the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) in Ann Arbor (MI), USA, UberCloud and DACOLT have developed an application container with OpenFOAM and DACOLT’s combustion package including a few training examples, allowing students seamless access and use of cloud resources for their test simulations. The course willfocus on (U)RANS modeling and aims to get the participants familiar with the basic theoretical concepts used in turbulent combustion modeling and to provide hands-on exercises to apply the theory in practice with OpenFOAM. Trainer will be Dr. Ferry Tap, founder and CEO of Dacolt. Dr. Tap has obtained his PhD from the renowned EM2C laboratory at Ecole Centrale Paris. Please see more details and register on the UberCloud Marketplace.

Are you in Silicon Valley? Then join UberCloud CEO Burak Yenier at IEEE in San Jose

Burak Yenier, UberCloud FounderOn Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 6:30 PM at Cadence / Bldg 10, 2655 Seely Ave, San Jose, CA our UberCloud CEO Burak Yenier will speak about The Power of Cloud for Technical Applications. Successful companies use computing power (sometimes even High Performance Computing, HPC) to build better products, faster, cheaper. They often need to chose between workstations, clusters, and cloud computing resources. This talk will address the benefits and challenges which each of these approaches bring. As a part of his talk, Burak will demonstrate how UberCloud uses Docker containers to move engineering applications to Cloud providers such as Microsoft Azure. Read more details HERE.

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