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Presentation: Progressive Architectures at the Royal Bank of Scotland

by Michael Stal on  Jul 06, 2012 2

In their presentation posted at InfoQ systems and data architects Ben Stopford, Farzad Pezeshkpour and Mark Atwell show how RBS leveraged new technologies in their architectures while facing difficult challenges such as regulation, competition and tighter budgets. They also need to cope with stringent technical challenges, for instance with efficiency and scalability.

AWS Targets Scientific Community with New Resources for High Performance Computing

by Richard Seroter on  Sep 29, 2011

The Amazon Web Services (AWS) team announced a set of resources targeting the high performance computing needs of the scientific community. AWS specifically highlights their “spot pricing” market as a way to do cost-effective, massive scale computing in Amazon cloud environment.

Oracle Coherence 3.7's Elastic Data Offers Transparent Overflow from Memory to Solid State Storage

by Charles Humble on  Apr 18, 2011 9

Oracle has today released version 3.7 of Coherence, its distributed in-memory data grid. The new product introduces a feature called Elastic Data. According to Cameron Purdy, Vice President of Development for the Coherence product, this allows near memory speed access to data, regardless of storage medium.

Hadoop Redesign for Upgrades and Other Programming Paradigms

by Ron Bodkin on  Feb 18, 2011

Yahoo recently announced and presented a redesign of the core map-reduce architecture for Hadoop to allow for easier upgrades, larger clusters, fast recovery, and to support programming paradigms in addition to Map-Reduce. The new design is quite similar to the open source Mesos cluster management project - both Yahoo and Mesos commented on the differences and opportunities.

NASA’s OODT selected as an Apache Top Level Project

by Michael Stal on  Feb 11, 2011

The Apache Software Foundation has selected the Object Oriented Data Technology architecture to become one of its Top-Level-Projects (TLP). Originally created by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, OODT allows transparent integration of geographically distributed and disparate computing and data resources via metadata middleware.

JavaOne Preview: Java Functional Programming in an Interview with GridGain CEO Nikita Ivanov

by Tim Cull on  Sep 13, 2010 1

This month GridGain CEO Nikita Ivanov will be speaking about functional programming at JavaOne in San Francisco. With its 3.0 release, GridGain added a more functional feel to its product by reworking the APIs. InfoQ contacted Mr. Ivanov to get the deeper story about his company's experiences with functional programming.

New Java SDK For Amazon Web Services

by Gilad Manor on  Apr 28, 2010

Amazon has announced the new AWS SDK for Java this March. The aim of the new SDK is to simplify the development of java applications that use the Amazon EC2. The AWS Toolkit for Eclipse automates most of the steps required for the development cycle such as deployment, debugging, instance launching and network access management on the Amazon cluster

GigaSpaces XAP 7.1 EA: Elastic Middleware, Data Querying and Spring 3.x

by Gilad Manor on  Mar 20, 2010

GigaSpaces XAP is a distributed application server with an in-memory data grid. The XAP 7.1 release includes a number of themes: an Elastic Middleware Service, enhanced virtualization compatibility, data querying, an updated web-based management application, embedded Spring 3.0, and performance improvements. InfoQ explored this EA release to learn more.

WebSockets and Bayeux/CometD

by Alex Blewitt on  Mar 19, 2010

There are two technologies which bring communication into browser-based applications at the moment; Bayeux (aka CometD) and more recently, WebSockets. Will one supersede the other, or are there sufficient differences for both to thrive?

Plura, a SETI-like Distributed Grid

by Abel Avram on  Dec 23, 2009

Plura Processing is a SETI-like distributed network harnessing the power of tens of thousands of computers.

Oracle Coherence 3.5 Brings Enhanced WebLogic Support and Tera-Scale Data Grids

by Scott Delap on  Jul 20, 2009 1

Oracle has released Coherence 3.5 with support for tera-scale data grids and a service guardian promoting enhanced cluster health and stability.

Article: Grid Computing on the Azure Cloud Computing Platform, Part 3: Running a Grid Application

by Abel Avram on  May 25, 2009 1

In this 3-parts series of articles, David Pallmann explains how to perform grid computations on the Azure cloud computing platform. In Part 1 he presented a design pattern for using Azure for grid computing, while in Part 2 he showed how to develop such an application in C#. In this part he is going to explain how to run this application.

Article: Grid Computing on the Azure Cloud Computing Platform, Part 2: Developing a Grid Application

by Abel Avram on  May 11, 2009

In this 3-parts series of articles, David Pallmann explains how to perform grid computations on the Azure cloud computing platform. In Part 1 he presented a design pattern for using Azure for grid computing, while in Part 2 he shows how to develop such an application. In Part 3 he is going to run this application.

DryadLINQ, Distributed Computing Made Easy

by Abel Avram on  May 07, 2009

Dryad and DryadLINQ are two Microsoft Research projects which facilitate large data processing on computer clusters or data centers for the C# developer.

Article: Introduction to Virtual Service Oriented Grids

by Dave West on  May 06, 2009

This article from Intel traces three technologies (virtualization, service-orientation, and grid computing) as they merge to offer a hybrid platform for architecture, design, and applications development. The article includes a bit of technology history, a synthesis, and an industry example of the potential of this hybrid technology.

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