What will the future of computing mean for digital transformation?

Supercomputers are the next big thing in the computing world, changing the way businesses operate and giving them the competitive edge they need to beat rivals in their industry. From mass storage to speed of light calculations, supercomputing is the fuel the world needs to keep it digitally transforming.

Supercomputers date back to the 1960s, when the ‘Atlas’ was created by Seymour Cray and officially commissioned on 7th December 1962 as one of the world’s first supercomputers. Back then, it was considered to be the most powerful computer available, operating at 1m instructions per second.

From the Atlas, supercomputers got faster and faster– the Cray-2 came along in 1985, boosting operating speed to 1.9 gigFlops. Fast forward to 2015, IBM rolled out a supercomputer boasting 2097Flops, a mammoth increase in just 20 years.

What exactly is a supercomputer?
With this vast computational power, supercomputers have revolutionised the way data is processed, stored, and analysed. Best used in fields of work that requires highly analytical data processes and intensive tasks enables supercomputing to be utilised to the full. Weather forecasting, climate research, health data and quantum mechanics are all examples of areas of work supercomputing is used for.

A supercomputer is a computing system, made up of hardware, systems software and applications software, that can perform at the highest operational rate for computers.

Compared to ordinary computers, supercomputers use different technology to process data information; parallel processing enables the system to operate multiple tasks at once, instead of serial processing which only allows the system to process one item at a time.

A mainstream computer can’t compare to a supercomputer on almost every level; only able to carry out singular tasks, working at millions per seconds (MIPS) rather than floating-point operations per seconds (FLOPS) performing up to quadrillions of FLOPS.

Technicalities

Earlier this year, HPE announced the ‘world’s largest’ single memory computer. Designed to work on ‘big data’, the supercomputer is built with a memory of 160TB– the equivalent to analysing 160 million books at the same time. Put into perspective, an iPhone 7 only has 2GB of random-access memory.

Today, supercomputing is used to aid efficient and speedy delivery of data and work processing for business workers and everyday users.

Developing systems that put memory data at the forefront of the computing system will lead to huge jumps in performance and efficiency for companies, saving energy by pulling data from one area of the system, rather than from storage to processor. Additionally, it accelerates the process and enables businesses to move at a quicker pace and keep up with the demand from developing technologies such as AI and Cloud.

Named ‘The Machine’ HPE uses a Linux based operating system, common across other supercomputer models, prioritising memory over processing power unlike the traditional supercomputer. The proto-type is part of HPE’s memory-driven computing project.

Many technology companies around the world offer different supercomputing models, such Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s “The Machine”.

According to experts, it will eventually lead to a ‘near-limitless” memory pool for computing technology. With this in mind, the future of computing would be taken to another level in the digital transformation age.

‘ The Machine’ will create a new world of computing for industry sectors, taking data analytics to the next level by enabling businesses to operate efficiently and effectively to benefit their consumers. The amount of data stored and analysed at one time has increased dramatically to benefit heavily data driven businesses such as those in the financial sector, transportation or healthcare.

Security 101

Of course, supercomputer systems operate much more securely than normal computers. Whilst the system is running, the security system rapidly encrypts data creating two platforms of data storage to ensure maximum security is kept across the system.

With this in mind, supercomputing will enhance future computing by protecting business systems with added levels of security. As digital transformation accelerates, supercomputer systems can easily be added into the current systems of companies to enable quick changes to the system without mass installation.

To industries and beyond

The system plays a crucial role in doing calculations and analysis that would normally take years to complete in a matter of minutes. Allowing researchers and students at the University to process large quantities of data in record time, Blue Crystal 4 works three times the speed of its predecessor, at its peak performing at 600teraFLOPS, enabling research to be carried out quickly and accurately.

Universities can benefit just as much, if not more than standard industries. The University of Bristol invested in the model Blue Crystal 4, a supercomputer that over 1,000 researchers and PhD students covering areas like palaeobiology, biochemistry and aerospace engineering can use to carry out research.

Healthcare can significantly benefit from supercomputers as the system can analyse large amounts of data to conclude a precise diagnosis for patients. As demand increases, doctors need the best system to provide them with sufficient data. Doctors need access to a patient’s full medical history to create a personalised diagnosis and treatment plan, digital transformation to supercomputers allows medics to sift through history quickly and efficiently to find the necessary data to make their conclusion.

Traditionally, supercomputers are used for scientific and engineering applications that handle very large databases or demand vast amounts of computation. Being able to process in FLOPS rather than MIPS allows the system to handle larger quantities of data, which businesses across different sectors will utilise for large operations.

The Future of Computing with Supercomputers

Healthcare can significantly benefit from supercomputers as the system can analyse large amounts of data to conclude a precise diagnosis for patients. Computing’s future will be changed by allowing businesses to store large quantities of data in enhanced memory systems of supercomputers, as well as the ability to restore data from years ago and generate data at a much quicker pace; in seconds rather than hours or minutes. Built to hold more data on the software system will enable future computing to operate more efficiently, driving research and finding answers quicker.

Put in simple terms, Supercomputers will change the world. Computing’s future will be changed by allowing businesses to store large quantities of data in enhanced memory systems of supercomputers, as well as the ability to restore data from years ago and generate data at a much quicker pace; in seconds rather than hours or minutes. Built to hold more data on the software system will enable future computing to operate more efficiently, driving research and finding answers quicker.

Of course, supercomputer systems operate much more securely than normal computers. Whilst the system is running, the security system rapidly encrypts data creating two platforms of data storage to ensure maximum security is kept across the system.

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Microsoft intends to supplant Skype for Business with Teams

The organization’s Slack adversary, propelled a half year prior, will ‘after some time’ turn into the essential interchanges customer in Office 365.

Microsoft’s Skype for Business will be supplanted by Teams, which is slated to wind up plainly the essential correspondences customer inside Office 365.

The Teams texting stage – which is packaged with the organization’s Office 365 profitability suite – was propelled just a half year back as an opponent to Slack. As indicated by Microsoft, there are presently 125,000 associations utilizing the product all inclusive.

Groups is as of now running on Skype’s cloud-based framework for video and sound calls, which Microsoft is “developing quickly.”

“We are amped up for this new framework since it will give both speed of advancement and also higher quality correspondence encounters,” the organization said in a declaration pegged to its Microsoft Ignite occasion in Orlando, Fla.

Skype for Business had been the essential device for video conferencing and endeavor visit since assuming control from talk application Lync.

Alan Lepofsky, VP and main investigator at Constellation Research, said the choice to eliminate Skype for Business for Teams ought to be met by clients in “a positive light,” as it will additionally disentangle Microsoft’s item portfolio.

“Decreasing the quantity of utilizations that end clients need to pick between should prompt a more consistent coordinated effort encounter,” he said.

Gartner explore executive, Larry Cannell, called the choice a “striking move” as Microsoft faces intense rivalry in the undertaking joint effort advertise. “With Teams, Microsoft isn’t quite recently going up against Slack or Cisco or whomever, they are attempting to change the principles of the amusement for group cooperation all alone terms,” he said.

“By substituting the desktop Skype for Business Online customer with Teams, Microsoft is uncovering the Teams understanding to an altogether more extensive gathering of people,” Cannell said.

Group will substitute Skype for Business “after some time,” Microsoft said in a blog entry, however it intends to keep on supporting both on-start and cloud Skype for Business arrangements. Another form of Skype for Business Server will likewise be discharged in the second 50% of 2018.

In spite of the fact that Microsoft did not give a particular date for resigning Skype for Business, Patrick Moorhead, at Moor Insights and Strategy, said clients are probably going to be given a lot of time to move. “I’m not worried about any current Skype client changing over, as Microsoft gives clients actually years on these sorts of things,” he said.

Microsoft additionally reported new abilities for Teams at the Ignite meeting today. They incorporate the capacity to make and get open system telephone calls from the application, and additionally call hold, call exchange and voice message usefulness.

A sound conferencing highlight, accessible now in see, will enable clients to join a Teams meeting by dialing a telephone number, and there will be more prominent interoperability with Skype for Business.

Microsoft said that Teams will be the focal device for what it calls “shrewd interchanges,” and it laid out plans for new highlights, for example, surfacing reports in front of a meeting, recording and translating exchanges, and accordingly adding notes and chronicles to important Teams channels for survey.

The new highlights take after Microsoft’s expansion of visitor access inside Teams prior this month, and additionally mixes with Adobe’s arrangement of items.

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Toshiba at last pick purchaser for prized memory chip business

Toshiba’s board has allegedly consented to offer its memory chip unit to the Bain-drove consortium for ¥2.1tn ($18bn), in spite of the fact that the gatherings have not yet made all necessary endorsements as indicated by a source by Reuters.

US private value firm Bain Capital will lead the global consortium, alongside different speculators, for example, Apple, which has purportedly contributed in any event $3bn. Assist organizations putting resources into the wander incorporate Dell Technologies, Seagate and South Korea chipmaker SKY Hynix.

Toshiba at last pick a purchaser for prized memory chip business – source

The consortium, drove by Bain, was illustrated as the particular bidder recently, yet delays from claims, government and corporate choices had prompted the postponement of the deal.

Toshiba’s deal has been muddled and postponed by its wander accomplice Western Digital, which needed contribution to any business deal as accomplice in the chip business.

Notwithstanding, to maintain a strategic distance from defers Bain has apparently consented to take care of business with Toshiba regardless of the uncertain fight in court with Western Digital and if concurred with the chip producer organization the price tag would be balanced, as indicated by Bloomberg sources.

The offer of it’s memory chip unit is significant for Toshiba so as to stay recorded on the Toyko Stock Exchange and furthermore increase additionally subsidizes to cover misfortunes from its atomic influence station venture in the US.

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