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The ins and outs of high-performance computing as a service

Published on 1st April, 2020, 5:00 AM

Electronics on missiles and military helicopters need to survive extreme conditions. Before any of that physical hardware can be deployed, defense contractor McCormick Stevenson Corp. simulates the real-world conditions it will endure, relying on finite element analysis software like Ansys, which requires significant computing power.

Then one day a few years ago, it unexpectedly ran up against its computing limits.

"We had some jobs that would have overwhelmed the computers that we had in office," says Mike Krawczyk, principal engineer at McCormick Stevenson. "It did not make economic or schedule sense to buy a machine and install software." Instead, the company contracted with Rescale, which could sell them cycles on a supercomputer-class system for a tiny fraction of what they would've spent on new hardware.

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Neural computing should be based on insect brains, not human ones

Published on 31st March, 2020, 11:16 AM

The bumble bee brain is a better model than the human brain for neural networks that might be used to run autonomous robots, an academic team believes.

“It is pretty impressive that a bee can fly over five miles, then remember its way home, with a brain the size of a pinhead,” says Professor James Marshall, of the University of Sheffield, quoted by multiple newspapers that were reporting on a presentation Marshall made to the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in February.

“It makes sense to me that we should try and mimic a bee brain in [autonomous systems], drones and driverless cars.”

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5 metrics you need to know about your backup and recovery system

Published on 30th March, 2020, 11:35 AM

Finding out whether backup and recovery systems work well is more complicated than just knowing how long backups and restores take; agreeing to a core set of essential metrics is the key to properly judging your system to determine if it succeeds or needs a redesign.

Here are five metrics every enterprise should gather in order to ensure their systems meet the needs of the business.

Storage capacity and usage

Let's start with a very basic metric: Does your backup system have enough storage capacity to meet your current and future backup and recovery needs? Whether you are talking a tape library or a storage array, your storage system has a finite amount of capacity, and you need to monitor what that capacity is and what percentage of it you're using over time.

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