Threat Intelligence – Fool’s Errand or Holy Grail?

In recent years, we’ve seen a disturbing trend in computer network defense — attackers are innovating at a much faster pace than defenders can keep up with. We’ve seen malware evolve from primitive code used primarily by the advanced criminal element to commercialized services available to anyone with the financial means to purchase them. A variety of kits are available on the deep web and dark web for anyone looking to initiate an attack. Many attackers reuse tactics, techniques and procedures (TTP), adapting their code over time to keep ahead of both security analysts and the anti-virus and anti-malware industry. As the frequency of attacks continues to increase, so does the likelihood that an organization has seen the attack ... [ Read More ]

Urika-GX: A Game Changer for Big Data Analytics

There’s a lot of hype around big data in healthcare and the life sciences. But big data is here to stay. Information is what drives the entire industry. When I worked in big pharma, I learned that the product of a pharmaceutical company is not a pill, it's a label. And a label is just a specific assemblage of information, carefully distilled from terabytes of information collected and analyzed over the course of many years by many intelligent people. To compete, companies have to be very good at turning data into information, and information into knowledge. The stakes couldn't be higher, because every day millions of patients rely on the quality of this data and the strength of the analyses done by researchers. Analyzing big data is ... [ Read More ]

Boosting Productivity and Reducing Costs in Petroleum E&P

For the month of April, I am fulfilling a long-time dream of living in Florence and learning the Italian language. I’ve been thinking about the vastly different world it was when my grandparents left Italy in the 1930s. I arrived comfortably by air in about seven hours, while it took weeks for them to cross the ocean on a ship. Vast technological advances allow me to communicate real-time with my family and my office essentially at will from almost anywhere in the world. However, a mere two generations back, it took months for letters to cross the Atlantic. There is great value in speed and in embracing the technology that enables it, as the benefits can be both disruptive and transformative to our life experience. In the field of ... [ Read More ]

I/O Accelerator Boosts MSC Nastran Simulations

MSC Nastran is a widely used structural analysis applications, especially for large modal analysis (i.e., eigenvalue) simulations. It requires a high-capability I/O system for good throughput performance. However, good I/O performance on a cluster architecture can be a challenge, since clusters are often configured to maximize compute scalability and have relatively weak I/O capability per node. To address this challenge, Cray introduced the Cray® DataWarp™ I/O acceleration capability, offered in Cray® XC40™ supercomputers. The DataWarp applications I/O accelerator leverages features of the Cray Linux® environment, solid-state storage (SSD) and the Cray high-speed network to enable high-performance I/O at every node in the system without ... [ Read More ]

Credit Valuation Adjustment: Solve Computational Challenges and Reduce Grid TCO

Credit Valuation Adjustment Feature

Financial institutions have long used credit valuation adjustment (CVA) to monitor and manage counterparty credit risk, meet regulatory and reporting requirements, and even price and hedge CVA. In the post-2008 credit crisis world, however, this evaluation activity has steadily increased in demand and complexity, creating tough computational challenges for firms. Where once large banks used CVA on a monthly basis, they’re now performing these calculations at daily to real-time (sub-second) intervals. The active, continuous management demanded by counterparty credit risk (CCR) raises two computational problems in particular: latency sensitivity and vast scale. Alone, these two would challenge traditional scale-out grid infrastructures. ... [ Read More ]