New Dell HPC System Drives New Research, Innovations and National Economic Benefits in South Africa

first_imgThis week I had the pleasure of participating in and Dell powering our customer and longtime collaborator, the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC), which is part of South Africa’s   Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), as they unveiled the FASTEST computer on the African continent and a future Top-500 class system. It was an honor to represent Dell’s HPC teams at the launch event, only a few short days after we joined the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Texas at Austin to celebrate its own new Dell HPC System and milestones.CHPC’s Dell-powered “Lengau” System (“Cheetah” in Setswana) provides high performance computing access and will help drive new research, new innovations and new national economic benefits in a country filled with both talent and opportunity. While Lengau surely benefits from the latest technology advancements, the most important benefit is that it will enable new opportunities and avenues in cutting edge research (such as the Square Kilometer Array) and will provide the computational capacity to build the private sector and non-academic user base of the CHPC to help spur national economic growth.Lengau boasts a speed of roughly one petaflops (1,000 teraflops or 1,000 Trillion floating point operations per second)–15 times faster than the CHPC’s previous system and, yet, within a smaller footprint and consuming less energy. The new system is comprised of 1,039 Dell PowerEdge servers, based on Intel Xeon processors, totaling 19 racks of compute nodes and storage. It has a total Dell Storage capacity of five petabytes, and uses Dell Networking Ethernet switches and Mellanox EDR InfiniBand with a maximum interconnect speed of 56 GB/s.Compared to the previous system, Lengau will now provide access to compute resources for users, scientist and innovators, who had limited or no access to the resources in the past due to capacity constraints. Additionally, it will enable high performance for large-scale simulations that were impossible in the past, opening completely new avenues of research and, ultimately, enabling human potential.But this event was much more than about products–it also was about people. Educating the next generation of students on the capabilities and possibilities of HPC is just as critical as introducing new technologies. What use is the technology if no one is using it to learn or innovate? To that end, CHPC and Dell are co-sponsoring Team South Africa as they compete for a winning title at this year’s Student Cluster Competition at the International Supercomputing Show (ISC), June 20-22 in Frankfurt Germany. The 5th annual competition, organized by HPC Advisory Council and ISC, features teams of six undergraduate and/or high school students who build a small compute cluster of their own design on the ISC exhibit floor and race to demonstrate the greatest performance across a series of benchmarks and applications.In preparation for the competition, Team South Africa spent a week at Dell’s Round Rock campus to meet with HPC experts;  check out our next-generation HPC innovations and clustered systems designs, thermal labs; and receive hands-on tutorials and feedback sessions from Dell design teams. I am very confident in the skills of these brilliant minds and can’t wait to see how they do in Frankfurt at ISC!As Dell continues to democratize HPC and grow our HPC customer business, we have plenty of exciting new things on the horizon to discuss during ISC. I hope you’ll come by and visit the HPC team and me in Frankfurt later this month or watch this space as we have MUCH more to come!last_img read more

Persaud strikes gold in 100M butterfly at CARIFTA Aquatic Championships

first_imgALEKA Persaud finished with a gold medal in the 100M butterfly event at the 2019 CARIFTA Aquatic Championships, which started yesterday at the Barbados Aquatic Centre in Wildey.Team Guyana, which includes six swimmers, had four top five finishes on Day One with the 12-year-old leading the charge.Persaud stormed to an almost two seconds win in the event (for 11-12 year-old swimmers) last night. She finished in a time of 1:08.52, over a second faster than her preliminary time of 1:09.61s and quite faster than Giani Francis from Jamaica, who settled for a silver after clocking 1:10.17. Harper Barrowman from the Cayman Islands placed third in a time of 1:10.53.Due to her dominance in the 100M butterfly, the preteen also qualified for the Caribbean and Central American Championships, which is scheduled for later this year.Prior to that clash, Patrice Mahaica, the other Guyanese female at the championships, finished fourth in the 50M backstroke after clocking a time of 35.67s, while Persaud finished fifth in a time of 35.78s.Both swimmers had registered better times in the preliminaries. Persaud had clocked 34.53s for a fifth place position, while Mahaica was tied for sixth on 34.97s.Raekwon Noel was the other swimmer to register a top five performance.The 13-year-old swam 18:18.88 to finish fifth in the Boys 13-14 age division in the 1500M freestyle event. Noel was in third for a few hours, before two swimmers registered better time in the final round yesterday afternoon.Leon Seaton, who registered a PB in the 50M back with a time of 30.54s, just missed qualifying for the final after placing ninth. In the 13-14 100M butterfly Seaton finished 13th after clocking a time of 1:04.86.Paul Mahaica also just missed the final, after finishing ninth in the 11-12 100M butterfly preliminaries in a time of 1:11.19s.All the swimmers swam yesterday morning, except Nathan Jackson.last_img read more

Why Facebook Ditched the Mobile Web & Went Native With its New iOS App

first_imgFacebook released a completely rebuilt version of its iOS app for iPhone and iPad today, changing a fundamental aspect of the company’s mobile strategy. Gone is the Web-centric, HTML5 approach. In its place, Facebook has rebuilt the iOS app using Apple’s native framework. The result? A more streamlined, faster app for the iPhone and iPad.Ditching the Mobile WebFor earlier app versions, Facebook “wrapped” its mobile website (m.facebook.com) in code that allowed it to run on iOS and Android hardware. Items from Facebook’s newsfeed, friend’s lists and other features would be imported from the website and rendered using HTML5. Facebook would add iOS- or Android-native code that allowed the app to perform functions the mobile website could not, like accessing a smartphone’s camera. Then it would deploy this bundle on the various mobile platforms. Click here for more on how Facebook’s mobile apps were designed for “write once, run everywhere.”The advantages of this approach were several. Facebook could send updates to the app multiple times a day, so it could be very agile in addressing and fixing problems. Facebook could also support many different types of devices and platforms with one code base. The company supported more than 7,000 devices with this approach, reaching 500 million mobile users.Facebook engineering manager Dave Fetterman described the approach at f8, Facebook’s developer conference, last year:“Being able to write it once today and ship it tomorrow? That is something that Facebook is really good at and that we love doing, and that is at the center of being able to move fast. Move fast has an implicit third clause – move fast, break things, and fix things fast. That is very difficult to do if you have already shipped your binary to Apple or Android and they have to download another version of it.”Facebook’s apps on some platforms, including Windows Phone, BlackBerry and Android (as well as the traditional mobile website), are still be built this way. According to The Verge, they may be getting the native treatment in the future. But the company decided to handle iOS differently.“[W]e realized that when it comes to platforms like iOS, people expect a fast, reliable experience and our iOS app was falling short. Now that our mobile services had breadth, we wanted depth. So, we rewrote Facebook for iOS from the ground up (I really did open up Xcode and click “New Project”) with a focus on quality and leveraging the advances that have been made in iOS development,” wrote Facebook developer J.P. Dann in a blog post explaining the changes. Embracing Native, Building for SpeedFacebook achieved three main benefits by embracing native code for its iOS app. Foremost, the app now opens faster, without the lag that many users complained about. Second, scrolling is smoother. Third, photos are uploaded instantly. Facebook is now using Objective-C for its iOS app, which executes much faster than HTML5. It built the app in Apple’s iOS development framework called XCode. The transition created some challenges for the Facebook team, such as pre-caching content on the newsfeed so it would load immediately upon opening the app. A natural consequence of moving from HTML5 to Objective-C is better scrolling. Any developer who works extensively in HTML5 knows that smooth scrolling is not easily achieved. Essentially, Facebook did nothing special here to increase the scrolling outside of moving from one code base to another. Facebook has released two other native applications to iOS: Messenger and Camera. The Messenger feature within the main Facebook app is the same code in the standalone Messenger app. In many ways, Dann explains, the Messenger app was the testing ground for the new Facebook app, helping the Facebook mobile team learn how to develop with native code and how users would respond to the app. Why Rebuild for Native?Facebook has been a firm believer in HTML5 and Web-based technology. The pillar of Facebook’s platform has always been the browser. Why change now?The obvious reason is, as Dann explained, speed and efficiency. Facebook’s iOS app is certainly better now. It is hard to begrudge a company for making a product better, even if it goes against the historic principles of that company.Another reason, a conspiracy theory perhaps, is that Apple forced Facebook to rebuild its mobile app for iOS if it was going to get the deeply embedded treatment in the upcoming release of iOS 6 that Twitter got in iOS 5. One of the biggest threats of Apple’s dominance in mobile is the potential for an open Web-based market independent of Apple’s App Store. Facebook has been one of the biggest proponents of HTML5 and many developers follow the company’s lead in this area. By forcing Facebook to go native, Apple wins a philosophical victory in the war for the hearts and minds of mobile developers.  Tags:#Apple#apps#Facebook#mobile Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement dan rowinski Related Posts center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Labour department gets new building complex

first_imgNew buildings for Labour Department were inaugurated at Melmonavoor in Anaicut constituency in Vellore district. Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami inaugurated these 12 office building under one roof through video conferencing programme from the Secretariat on Friday.Built at a cost of ₹4.25 crore, the building comprises the offices of Joint Commissioner, Assistant Commissioner (Conciliation ) I, Assistant Commissioner (Conciliation) II, Assistant Labour Commissioner (Enforcement), Assistant Commissioner (Social Defence Scheme)-Vellore, Labour Deputy Inspector-Vellore, Labour Assistant Inspectors Division 1 to 4, Stamp Inspector 1 and 2.Additional Labour Commissioner, A. Yasmin Begum lighted the traditional lamp to mark the inauguration at the new sprawling complex. Joint Commissioner (Labour) B. Madhavan, Public Works Department Executive Engineer, S. Sankaralingam, were part of the event.last_img read more

Hazard still wants to reach the top four

first_imgChelsea managed to beat Swansea 1-0 away from home and it was a crucial win for them as they managed to stay in the race for the top four finish – and Hazard still believes in achieving it.The Belgium international spoke about his side’s chances of playing the Champions League next season as they are trailing on the top four places but they still have got a chance of reaching them.The former Marseille player spoke about his team’s ending of the season as he said, according to chelseafc.com:Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“It was important to keep momentum. We are in good form, we are winning tough games, so now we have three games to left play in the league and then we will see what’s happened at the end.”“Of course, we want to reach the top four, it’s not depending only on Chelsea, but we can do it if we are like we were against Swansea if we keep fighting together.”“We are in the race. Like I said, we have three games to play, we play Liverpool so that is a big game for us next week, so now we can prepare for that game and we have one week to be ready for this big game.”last_img read more

Nuno Espirito wants a clinical Wolves side

first_imgNuno Espirito Santo has challenged Wolves to be more organised and clinical in front of goal after failing to bury their chances against Burnley.A Raul Jimenez’s second-half strike was enough to secure a 1-0 win over Burnley, but Nuno believes it could have been more if they had converted most of their chances.Wolves recorded 30 shots against the Clarets making it the most they have managed against any other side in a single match in Premier League history.Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Nuno called on his side to be more clinical in front of goal.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We did a good game, we were organised, Burnley didn’t have any chances, we had a lot,” the Wolves boss said.“It was a lot, we should improve on that, but it’s hard to build the way we build and stay organised in the shape.“It could have been a different result but how we played is more important at this stage of the season.“The scoreline could have been more. The way we create those chances requires the last touch, but things will come if we stay organised and are more clinical.last_img read more

Get a Grip on Your Operating Costs By Moving to the Cloud

first_img 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. July 22, 2016 In the golden age of the software services company, Novell — remember? — I worked in public relations for CEO Eric Schmidt. And even back then, before talk of “the cloud,” Schmidt was spreading his vision of “One Net.”Related: 4 Entrepreneurs Trying to Bring Cloud Computing to Tech-Leery Law FirmsHe went on to build out that vision with a little startup called Google.When I started my own first company, I already shared that vision of doing business online and knew how to connect people and systems, to facilitate a “virtual company.”This approach has worked for 13 years, giving us a virtual advantage. Fast-forward to 2016, and the online cloud is now an integral part of that advantage.Why is cloud computing good business? In an Executive Summary to a recent report, Files Anywhere described some interesting, related research. That research found that 37 percent of IT professionals recently surveyed admitted feeling pressured to transition their company’s operations from a traditional capital-intensive physical model to an expense-based cloud model.No surprise there: Businesses are looking to cut overhead costs as much as possible, so they’re looking to the cloud to accomplish this.But, what about you? Are you looking for ways to keep costs down? Clearly, you’re not alone, and moving to the cloud may be your best option. “With smaller businesses, managing operational costs and requirements can slow them down,” says Gerard Szatvanyi, president and CEO of OSF Global Services. “But if [those smaller businesses] are able to define a cloud-computing strategy, they can use enterprise-class technology at a fraction of the cost.”Making that same switch could save you money too.Make a direct impact on expenses with the cloud.Moving to the cloud is not as mysterious as it once was. What was formerly considered to be faddish, trendy technology is now an industry pacesetter. New models involve tiered pricing and boutique offerings. The two features work in tandem to help clients create a custom cloud experience that suits their business needs. This makes an immediate impact on expenses.For starters, cloud-based models have a direct impact on the amount of capital that has to be spent on physical equipment. The cost of data servers, IT infrastructure and the electricity needed to operate them is pretty much a non-issue.And the money saved can be funneled into other areas where it makes more sense. This is only the first of several ways a cloud model can help with operating expenses.How the cloud impacts intangible expenses.Chances are, you will not require a full IT staff once you migrate services over to the cloud. How much could you save by having one or two part-time IT employees versus a full staffed department of five or six? Maybe some employees could work from home? This would free up office space and save money on utilities, as well.Related: 10 Big Misconceptions About Cloud ComputingThere are all sorts of indirect savings associated with moving to the cloud. Paper expenses, filing storage and time gained in efficiency are just a few. Storing documents online requires less time for an individual to physically file the document, make copies of it, find it when it is needed, etc.You have given your employee time back by his or her move to the cloud. This will make your business more efficient, allowing employees to give their full attention to the task at hand.Efficiency encourages profitable productivity.The cloud was one of the ways how Napa Valley wine company Soutirage started killing the competition. Its entire business model is cloud-based, allowing the company to grow rapidly by maintaining a laser focus. Soutirage has a handful of employees and operates above a drugstore in St. Helena, Montana.Managing partner Chadwick Meyer says, “We are singularly focused on a small number of clients who buy a large amount of wine.” The cloud, Meyer points out, lets the staff focus on those individuals because it gives them the ability to offer their product at much cheaper rates than traditional brick and mortar stores. Cloud-based models make a lot of sense when you’re a small business owner. You save money directly, by not having to make capital purchases for equipment, and indirectly, through cuts on spending for staffing.Related: How the Hassle Over Lost Documents Might Be Costing You Thousands Each YearThe cloud makes your business more efficient and greases its gears of productivity. Boutique packages allow you to create an end product that is scalable and specific to your needs. Perhaps the time is right for you, too, to consider making the switch. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more