Canadian HPC Lab Breaks New Ground with Sun

John West at HPCwire spoke recently with the Ken Edgecombe at HPCVL, a virtual HPC organization spread out over the campuses of eight universities in Ontario.

"Something that struck me as unusual for an academic computer center is
HPCVL’s focus on security. Their Web page calls it "one of Canada’s
leading secure HPC environments," and Edgecombe referred to security
issues several times in the first few minutes of our conversation. Why
the focus on security, when university compute environments are
typically thought of as a little more relaxed? Edgecombe explains that
when the laboratory was started, a key goal was to grow HPC use among
non-traditional users. One of the groups they targeted was medical and
pharmaceutical industry researchers, both of which have not only
regulatory issues around data preservation and protection, but also
have serious concerns about the protection of intellectual property.
"And the integrity of the data itself is a core issue for every
researcher," Edgecombe points out."  Full Story

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About Rich
FlexRex began his life as a cartoon character I created a Sun Microsystems. As the world's first "fictional blogger," he appeared in numerous parody films that made fun of the whole work-from-home thing. Somewhere along the line, the Sun IT department adopted FlexRex as their spokesman in a half-dozen security awareness films for employees. So when I left Sun recently, I started FlexRex Communications, a Marketing company in Portland, Oregon.

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