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Predicting the Eclipse: HPC Enables Modern Calculations

Learn how HPC enables science & research with computing power & massive datasets, including the precise calculations used to predict today's total eclipse.

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Today, millions of people across the United States are watching the 2017 total solar eclipse. So much so, that the safety glasses needed to view the eclipse safely have been in short demand, and roads leading to the best viewing spots have been highly travelled as crowds gather. This begs the question, just how did NASA scientists figure out exactly where the moon’s shadow will fall on the surface of the Earth?

While a 19th-century coordinate system was used as a starting point, it did not offer the precision that we demand in the 21st century. “We’re able to do modern calculations now just because of this confluence of computing power and large datasets describing the shape of the moon and the Earth,” NASA’s Ernie Wright said. (Check out this article for details.)

This meeting of compute power and data has enabled scientific and educational organizations like Argonne National Labs, Texas Tech University, and other research-driven organizations to flourish. For research and HPC, robust multi-tenancy that enables shared access to large datasets with integrated NoSQL search and programmatic or web-based metadata customization is critical. (Watch the Power of Metadata webinar.) Stated another way, the key for many of these operations is the ability to store massive amounts of data and make it readily available for analysis.

At Caringo, from Product and Engineering to QA, Marketing and Sales, enabling HPC is something we are absolutely passionate about. Hear what our CEO and Co-Founder Jonathan Ring and our VP of Product had to say about it at SC16 in this video or watch this webinar on HPC use cases for object storage. You can see that passion in the innovation and quality of our product: Caringo Swarm Cloud & Object Storage. Swarm is designed to radically simplify high-performance computing (HPC) archives, providing a massively scalable storage platform for data protection, management, organization and search.

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Swarm can be used to:

  • Tier data from high-cost primary storage to economical, scalable secondary storage in a way that’s transparent to users and applications
  • Consolidate research data, eliminating storage silos
  • Provide metered storage and access services to enable secure collaboration

The next total eclipse viewable in the US will be April 8, 2024 and we will have a great view of it from our headquarters in Austin, TX. While we are not quite planning that viewing party yet (and those of you who know me understand that “yet” is the operative term), we are planning to be at SC17 in Denver, CO this November. We hope you will join us there to talk about how object storage can enable your organization. Caringo is committed to helping HPC customers unlock the value of their data and solve issues associated with data protection, management, organization and search at massive scale. Caringo software is market-hardened and can run on any mix of standard hardware, offering unrivaled flexibility. In the meantime, if you have questions or need a guest pass to the SC17 expo, contact us.

Sarah Cook
Sarah Cook

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Sarah Cook is Caringo's Director of Marketing and brings deep expertise in Product Marketing and Technical/Marketing/Corporate Communications. Sarah has worked for some of the biggest names in technology including Dell and Cisco and holds a B.A. in English Composition with a minor in Music from the University of North Texas. She sings with and serves on the Board of Directors for Panoramic Voices, a 501(c)3 choral collaborative in Austin, TX.

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