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Barcelona Hosts In(3D)ustry 3D Printing Congress

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The Catalan city of Barcelona hosts the first edition of In(3D)ustry From Needs to Solutions-- an event focusing on industrial 3D printing.

Fira BarcelonaHeld at the Italian Pavilion of Fira Barcelona in Montjuic, the show features a conference area with experts discussing the state of the 3D printing industry, as well as a showcase of 50 different solutions as divided across Retail and Consumer Goods, Healthcare, Automotive and Aeronautics, Architecture and Habitat, and Miscellaneous segments.

Bechtle Buys Steffen Informatik

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German distributor Bechtle acquires Swiss VAR Steffen Informatik. Financial details of the deal are not available, but the VAR claims annual turnover worth around €30 million.

Steffen InformatikFounded 27 years ago, Steffen Informatik is headquartered in Zurich and has offices in basel, Bern, St Gallen and Zug. It employs 120 people and counts HPE, Microsoft, VMware, Cisco, Citrix and Veeam as core vendor partners.

“Steffen Informatik joins us not only as a well-organised, firmly established system house. They are also bringing with them 120 excellent employees, as well as an experienced team of four leaders with a great track record," Bechtle says. "We could not wish for a better partner to help us reinforce our position as a long-term IT provider for Swiss customers.”

IDC: Flat Q1 2016 for PC Monitors

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According to IDC global Q1 2016 PC monitor shipments reach over 29 million units, a 0.5% Y-o-Y increase (or -5.7% Q-o-Q decrease), even if some regions see some growth.

IDC Q1 2016 monitors

"IDC expects the global monitor market will continue to decline at rates around 3% year over year from 2018 through 2020," the analyst says. "However, there should be some pockets of growth along the way, as illustrated by the MEA region, which experienced its 2nd sequential gain in a row, recording 3.8% Q-o-Q growth in Q1 2016."

For full year 2016 the analyst forecasts shipments will total 114m units, while Q1 2017 shipments are expected to decline by -7.4% Y-o-Y to 27.1m units. This is due to the adoption of mobile devices, since by 2020 global shipments are set to total less than 100m.

TOP500 Names Chinese Supercomputer as World's Fastest

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The ISC High Performance Conference reveals the fastest supercomputer in the world-- the Sunway TaihuLight, a Chinese machine boasting performance of 93 petaflops.

Chinese supercomputerThe previous TOP500 champ was the Tianhe-2, another Chinese machine. The TaihuLight is 100% made in China, being powered by a locally developed ShenWei processor and a custom interconnect, and as such is proof China no longer needs  Western technology in order to compete against the best of the supercomputing world.

“As the first number one system of China that is completely based on homegrown processors, the Sunway TaihuLight system demonstrates the significant progress that China has made in the domain of designing and manufacturing large-scale computation systems,” the Chinese National Supercomputing Centre says.

HPE Presents Software-Defined HPC Platform

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HP Enterprise (HPE) announces a number of high-performance computing (HPC) solutions-- including a software-defined HPC platform and Apollo server enhancements.

HPE ApolloThe HPC platform combines the HPE Core HPC Software Stack with Insight Cluster Management Utility v8.0. The result, according to HPE, is a flexible yet comprehensive software-defined platform for HPC able to speed up server cluster configuration, deployment and management.

Further leveraging on the platform is are enhancements on the Apollo 6000 system-- specifically ProLiant XL260a server trays based on next generation Intel Xeon Phi processors and Intel Omni-Path Architecture (OPA). Apollo 2000 systems and ProLiant DL server platforms also get OPA fabric options, while both Apollo 6000 and 2000 systems get next-generation Mellanox EDR 1000Gb/s Infiniand networking.

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