Dell EMC believes customers need to focus on delivering deeper insights and enhanced data-driven decision making. This is why Dell EMC provides expert guidance and knowhow to streamline the architecture, design, planning and configuration of Hadoop environments. Customers should be spending time on the use case to enable data solutions and analytics, not the front-end work that must be done before they can get to the business value.We’ve held this belief for as long as we’ve been developing Hadoop solutions, and today we are still holding true to our core value—make Hadoop less complex for customers by providing flexible, validated architectures. With the recent launch of a new version of the Cloudera distribution of Hadoop, Dell EMC goes to market with its 18th and 19th versions of validated reference architectures for Hadoop.We have been out front in this market from the earliest days of Hadoop. Together with Intel, Dell EMC has designed custom Hadoop platforms since 2009, and we published our first Hadoop reference architecture in 2011. This leadership continues today with two new leading-edge configurations for organizations looking for a simplified and affordable solution to capitalize on the open source Apache Hadoop platform.One of the new end-to-end validated configurations with the hardware, software, services and support is based on the Dell EMC PowerEdge R730xd server, which provides an ideal, flexible building block for Hadoop workloads. This Intel-based system is the world’s top-selling server. It’s used in big data and analytics deployments around the world.Our other new end-to-end validated configuration is based on the Dell EMC PowerEdge FX2 server. It’s a 2U hybrid rack-based computing platform that combines the density and efficiencies of blades with the simplicity and cost benefits of rack-based systems. This configuration enables our customers to pack twice the capacity into the same footprint.These validated solutions can help your organization unleash the capabilities of version 5.9 of the Cloudera Distribution of Hadoop (CDH 5.9) on a certified architecture. CDH 5.9 is at once fast for business, easy to manage and secure without compromise. It delivers the performance needed to unlock the potential of unlimited data. It provides the operations that keep mission-critical applications up and running, especially at scale, and it incorporates a comprehensive, integrated approach to data security and governance.Of course, I’m just scratching the surface here. If you have any doubts about whether Hadoop is ready for the enterprise, I encourage you to take a close-up look at the features in CDH 5.9 and the capabilities of the new Dell EMC reference architectures for Cloudera Hadoop.When you base your Hadoop environment on one of these validated configurations, you gain not just a proven Hadoop solution but also the confidence that comes with a partner who has provided innovative server platforms for big data since 2009. Dell EMC was an early leader in Hadoop implementations, and today that leadership continues as Hadoop makes deeper and deeper roads into the enterprise.For a closer look at Dell EMC solutions for Hadoop, visit Dell.com/Hadoop or EMC.com/BigData. And if you have a question, send a note to Hadoop@Dell.com.
These days, organizations can find it tough to keep driving user productivity and collaboration. That’s why Dell R&D and product development teams keep driving innovation, especially in our workstations, PCs and displays. In fact, a good place to have seen what’s “new and improved” in the Dell portfolio would have been January’s big #ces2017 show in Las Vegas.For anyone who didn’t make it, below are CES highlights, with some world-firsts winning CES Innovation Awards. We also enjoyed visits by Tom Holland (above), star of the upcoming new Spider-Man: Homecoming movie, who discussed the processing power of Dell laptops and Dell STEM initiatives.Erik Strauss, executive director of software development at Sony Pictures Imageworks, told exhibit visitors:“For a movie like Spider-Man there’s only so much you can capture on set. That’s why Dell Precision workstations are our primary workstation for a team of almost a thousand artists.ShareDell Canvas 27 — a CES 2017 Innovation Award honoree — was a big CES hit at the show, with a 27-inch QHD horizontal working surface that encourages content interaction through touch, a highly precise pen and totems. As part of the Dell Precision workstation family, it will revolutionize the work and creativity of graphic artists and engineers, who choose the Precision platform for its graphics power. PC Magazine called Canvas a “cool, natural evolution of the artist’s workspace” and awarded it “Best Display” at CES 2017.Other Dell innovations shown at CES included:New Dell Precision mobile and All-in-One (AIO) workstationsThe Dell Precision 7220 mobile workstation is the world’s first mobile workstation designed specifically to handle complex content-creation workloads for virtual reality (VR) applications. In fact, it’s the most powerful Dell mobile workstation to date, with the latest 7th Gen Intel® Core™ and Intel Xeon® processors, plus NVIDIA Pascal™ Quadro professional graphics. (Available February 28, 2017, starting at $1,699. More info coming.)The Dell Precision 5720 AIO workstation features a touchscreen and some of the best sound capabilities on the market. For example, it has 10 discrete speakers powered and controlled by digital dynamic amplifiers producing 50W per channel. Compared with the iMac, it’s three times louder, 50 percent clearer and with better bass. (Available April 6, 2017, starting at $1,599. More info coming.)New Dell Latitude 5285 and 7285 2-in-1 laptopsWeighing less than two pounds, the sleek Dell Latitude 5285 2-in-1 laptop — a CES 2017 Innovation Award honoree — is super lightweight yet highly secure. Available security features including encryption, advanced threat protection and multi-factor authentication can help protect user data and guard against malware and ransomware. It has an auto-deploy kickstand that extends up to 150 degrees for multiple viewing angles, including laptop, tablet or desktop modes. It offers multiple ports, such as a USB 3.0 port, two USB Type-C ports, plus support for 4G/LTE and wireless WiGig docking. (Available February 28, 2017, starting at $899. More info.)The 12-inch Dell Latitude 7285 2-in-1 laptop, due out later this year, will also be able to charge wirelessly, when combined with a WiTricity charging mat and WiGig wireless dock. Users can take the laptop with them without disengaging any wires or a physical dock. Returning to their desks, they can set the laptop on the charging mat to begin charging, while the laptop automatically reconnects to the WiGig dock and content appears on the external display. (Available in June 2017, with pricing to be announced. More info coming.)New Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 laptop As the world’s smallest, 13-inch laptop, the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 laptop — a CES 2017 Innovation Award honoree — features an InfinityEdge, virtually borderless display, with an UltraSharp QHD+ option. Its integrated security, including Hello Windows, password-free sign-in plus multifactor authentication. At less than three pounds, the laptop is super lightweight. Its premium 360-degree hinge for four, flexible positions – tablet, tent, laptop and stand modes — to suit users’ preferences. (Available now, starting at $999. More info.)Reinventing Desktop Computing’s User ExperienceThe Dell XPS 27 AIO desktop computer — a CES 2017 Innovation Award honoree — has reinvented the desktop user experience with a vivid 4K Ultra HD display. It has 6 million more pixels than full HD and features Adobe RBG color, driving more than 1 billion colors in all. An optional touch display can provide even more user versatility. Like its Precision sibling, it offers sound that’s comparable to a home entertainment sound bar. The XPS 27 is the world’s first PC with two independent, down-firing full-range speakers, tuned to work with front-firing speakers for fully immersive sound. (Available now, starting at $1,499. More info.) For even more — much more — display resolution, the Dell UltraSharp 32 Ultra HD 8K Monitor delivers the world’s first 32-inch 8K resolution display: More than 33.2 million pixels (280 pixels per inch), 16 times more than full HD with a billion-plus colors via Adobe RGB. Monitors with such extreme resolution are critical to industries requiring in-depth image zooming. For example, fields such as photo and video editing, medicine and diagnostic research, and oil and gas exploration are expected to be among early adopters. (Available March 23, 2017, starting at $4,999. More info.)* * *These Dell products are just a small peek at what’s coming out of Dell’s $4.5 billion in annual R&D investments. Whether it’s flashy CES 2017 Innovation Award honorees or more obscure innovations in compute, server, storage, networking or tools, we’re focused on helping enterprises of all sizes get more productivity, efficiency, speed and responsiveness out of each and every day.See several more Dell products that were CES 2017 Innovation Award honorees!
Dell EMC The Source Podcast Episode 89: Introducing Dell EMC XtremIO X2Dell EMC World 2017 included over a dozen major product announcements, and as always, Dell EMC The Source podcast is here to get the details. This week we take a closer look at “Dell EMC XtremIO X2 All-Flash ArraySure, XtremIO X2 is an “All-Flash Storage Array” but like the original, Flash is just the storage media. XtremIO and now X2 are all about software. Software that provided consistent performance and efficiency to address your VDI and large scale workload needs. XtremIO X2 delivers 3x the capacity, 25% more efficiency all at 1/3rd the price per GB.I sat down with XtremIO CTO, Itzik Reich (@itzikr) to get the details. You can find more X2 details here Direct2DellEMC Next Gen All-Flash Blog and be sure to check out Itzik’s blog www.xtremio.meDon’t miss “Dell EMC The Source” app in the App Store. Be sure to subscribe to Dell EMC The Source Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play and visit the official blog at thesourceblog.emc.comEMC: The Source Podcast is hosted by Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)The Source Podcast: Episode #89: Introducing Dell EMC XtremIO X2 Audio Playerhttp://traffic.libsyn.com/thesource/DellEMC_The_Source_Episode_89_audio.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Don’t miss “Dell EMC The Source” app in the App Store. Be sure to subscribe to Dell EMC The Source Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play and visit the official blog at thesourceblog.emc.comEMC: The Source Podcast is hosted by Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)
Over time, the definition of what it means to be a responsible corporate citizen has changed. Ten years ago, the focus was on what was happening within a company and its direct engagements. Today, scope and view are broader. Corporate responsibility is not just a “me” issue. It also includes what happens within the ecosystems and value chains within which an organization operates.Our Dell 2020 Legacy of Good Plan embodies this systems-oriented view. When we announced our 2020 Plan in October 2013, we included operational goals – but we were very aware that our most important impacts and opportunities happen outside our walls, both upstream and downstream of our operations. So, we included customer-centric goals, such as our goal on product portfolio energy intensity. We also included supply chain goals, focusing on transparency on key environmental and social issues.Since the introduction of our plan, we have seen much wider acceptance of a broader, more systemic view of impacts. This has sharpened the focus and attention on supply chain issues.More and more companies are taking notice of what happens within their suppliers’ facilities, their suppliers’ suppliers’ facilities and beyond. This includes many of our customers. They are part of the same value chains in which we participate.So, is it any surprise that, if we’re interested in this, our customers are as well?While our 2020 Plan included a focus on supply chain transparency, we did not have an explicit goal looking at supply chain carbon impacts. Few companies did in 2013. When Dell and EMC came together last September, we found ourselves with an opportunity to update our plan – which we talk more about here.It was the perfect time to add a goal to our program aimed directly at our upstream impacts – specifically, supply chain carbon emissions:“By 2020, Dell’s suppliers representing 95% of direct materials spend and key logistics suppliers will set specific greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions targets and report on their emissions inventory.ShareYou can learn more about our 2020 Plan-related supply chain goals and our goal progress on our 2020 Legacy of Good Plan Annual Update web site.This new goal is simple, but it’s also a jumping-off point for deeper engagement on these issues. That deeper engagement has four main elements.First, we have to set expectations with our suppliers with respect to performance and behavior.Our new goal focuses on behavior, specifically reporting and goal-setting. While we’d like to include performance now, there’s a lot more work that has to be done before we can consider that. We need to know more about our suppliers’ carbon emissions and their ambitions for reducing them. We need to know more about their capability and potential. And we need to know more about how they view their suppliers’ efforts.Second, we need our suppliers to have environmental and energy management systems in place.The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published a number of standards that help organizations design and implement environmental and energy management systems (ISO 14001, ISO 50001, respectively). Adherence to these standards are indicators that an organization takes these issues seriously. In addition, these systems are practical. They help provide focus and drive improvement. We use safety, environmental and quality audits to understand which of these systems our suppliers have implemented.Dell has embraced ISO 14001 throughout our own operations. Deployment of these systems in our supply chain is expanding, but is not widespread. While many of our suppliers have ISO 14001 systems in place, ISO 50001 is newer and is making its way into a growing number of facilities (Dell has started to implement ISO 50001 across a number of its facilities).Third, we need to be good partners with our suppliers, providing training, guidance on best practices, and helping them find additional resources for help or assistance.Assistance with the management systems described above is a great example. Many of our suppliers have these in place. Other suppliers, however, may need our help to understand the role these systems play in their business, how they can implement them and how to obtain relevant certifications.This also includes emissions reporting, goal-setting, and strategies for achieving those goals. CDP (originally the Carbon Disclosure Project) provides a mechanism for and yearly guidance on reporting. Dell’s needs, however, go beyond CDP’s guidance. For us to be able to manage our upstream impacts, we need to be able to cleanly articulate what information we need and how best to provide it to us. So, our goal is not just a behavioral requirement for our suppliers, it a requirement for us, too.Help with best practices is valuable as well. Any organization looking to manage its operational carbon impacts, including Dell, has to focus on three specific areas:Direct emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gasesEnergy consumptionEnergy sourcingWe know how to do all of these, but for our business. What’s true for Dell may not be true for our suppliers. They know their business and their operations far better than we do. We look to our suppliers as collaboration partners. We don’t expect to dictate to them; but we do expect to work with them – on issues of importance to both of us.A great example of this will be the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA). While heritage EMC had been working with REBA for some time, we’re only beginning our engagement as Dell. What we learn, though, we’ll be happy to bring to our suppliers in turn.Last, we have to be committed to tracking and assessing our suppliers’ progress.A program such as this will not work if you don’t “close-the-loop”. In this case, that means we need to track how our suppliers are doing, and assess both their current progress, as well as where they’re headed. We know we’ll have plenty of accomplishments to celebrate, but we also know there will be times when we have to have some difficult conversations. Our goal does more than just provide text. It lets our suppliers know that managing carbon emissions is important to us and that we need it to be important to them as well. And we will manage our work accordingly.At Dell, we believe that doing good and doing well are not mutually exclusive. As both Dell and our suppliers become more environmentally-sensitive and sustainable companies, as we become even better corporate citizens, we will see business results supporting our work.Strong sustainability principles go hand-in-hand with strong business principles. Sure, we’ll see operational benefits. But, by being strong partners within the value chains in which we participate, our mutual customers will reward us as well. After all, they need us to manage our impacts if they are to manage their own.For more information about our engagement with our supply chain on issues of both social and environmental responsibility, I invite you to review Dell’s 2017 Supply Chain SER Progress Report.###This article shares one example of how Dell is committed to driving human progress by putting our technology and expertise to work where it can do the most good for people and the planet.Explore our FY17 Annual update on our 2020 Legacy of Good Plan at legacyodgood.dell.com.
As workplaces have evolved, so have the workforces that use them. Several distinct worker personas have emerged, each with its own demands for specific hardware, software and services. We think it’s time your customers knew more about them.Our goal is to help businesses use the most appropriate technology to suit employees’ needs – whatever their role, wherever they work, and however they work. That way, users get a better experience and organizations get more productive employees. Our guides offer the first step by providing you with the right information to further educate your customers about this critical component of workplace transformation.This blog explores what offerings from the Dell Technologies portfolio would suit the needs of field workers.Technology match-upThese workers can be found working in any environment. Their devices need to be robust enough to withstand less than optimal conditions, while maintaining a good mobile connection to data.The Dell Rugged and Rugged Extreme ranges — including both laptops and tablets with Microsoft Windows 10 Pro — have been subjected to independent MIL-STD-810G testing, and have come out unscathed. The Latitude Rugged can survive drops of up to 36 inches. Dust, shocks, humidity, altitude and even extreme temperatures (between -13°F and 140°F) are powerless against its performance. As the name suggests, the Rugged Extreme range goes even further. Add salt fog, freeze/thaw cycles and explosive atmospheres to that list. These workers can go anywhere.Increasingly, organizations are equipping their field workers with sensors to manage assets deployed in the field. This is where Dell EMC’s internet of things (IoT) capabilities come in, providing a way to manage and connect field devices back into a central infrastructure. When machine learning algorithms are applied to the incoming data, a predictive model can be developed to ensure field services teams are able to respond to asset failures before they happen, rather than after they do.Read our field worker guide to discover more about how Talisen obtains meaningful analytics in the aerospace and defence industries by taking advantage of IoT components, maximizing operational efficiencies with Dell EMC technology.Our approachTechnology has a huge potential to help organizations transform their workplaces, and by extension, transform their people’s working lives. We believe that approaching workers as personas is a critical part of workplace transformation, providing personalized products for how employees work today and in the future. We’ll take care of the solutions, so you can take care of your customers.Read the Field Services guides, as well as others, here.We’ve also created related emails here, on our new Digital Marketing Platform so that your marketing teams can quickly get these guides into the hands of your customers. The guides explain how to maximize the productivity of their employees through the right choices from our end-to-end portfolio.If you don’t have access to the Digital Marketing Platform, please register here.
Every month, Dell EMC offers a monthly series of Data Protection Support Newsletters for Data Domain, NetWorker and Avamar. These valuable resources provide key support updates and release details, the latest in service and support offerings for these products, as well as Knowledge Base references. Each issue features helpful technical support advice, including target codes, troubleshooting advice and how to’s for common technical challenges, and top-trending support solutions.See the 2019 Monthly Series below and download previous issues from the 2018 and 2017 archives.DATA DOMAIN Monthly Support NewslettersJanuary 2019 IssueFebruary 2019 IssueMarch 2019 IssueApril 2019 IssueMay 2019 IssueJune 2019 IssueJuly 2019 IssueAugust 2019 IssueSeptember 2019 Issue October 2019 IssueNETWORKER Monthly Support NewslettersJanuary 2019 IssueFebruary 2019 IssueMarch 2019 IssueApril 2019 IssueMay 2019 IssueJune 2019 IssueJuly 2019 IssueAugust 2019 IssueSeptember 2019 IssueOctober 2019 IssueAVAMAR Monthly Support NewslettersJanuary 2019 IssueFebruary 2019 IssueMarch 2019 IssueApril 2019 IssueMay 2019 IssueJune 2019 IssueJuly 2019 IssueAugust 2019 IssueSeptember 2019 Issue October 2019 IssueHave feedback? We welcome your ideas for future issues of our Data Protection Support Newsletter Series. Please share it with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
175 zettabytes, 175×1021 or 175 Billion 1TB drives …or put another way, more than 13 Empire State buildings. For the non-engineers out there – that is the amount of data IDC forecasts will exist by 2025.It’s becoming widely understood that data is an organization’s greatest resource – their data capital. And it’s that data that when applied to analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning, can give lead to new applications, solutions and services that can drive a better business and a better experience for your customers.Making modernization a realityIt’s also becoming widely understood that organizations need to modernize their IT strategy. I recently spoke to this at Dell Technologies World and the five imperatives to making modernization a reality in the Data Era. The first four are largely grounded in IT infrastructure:An infrastructure that can take on structured and unstructured data workloads for AI and Machine LearningA hybrid cloud strategy that includes both public AND private cloudsAn edge strategy that ensures you can support the data being generated across devices, apps and systems with the right compute, real-time analytics, storage, data protection and security; and,A software-defined data center that ensures all those racks can move and manage data in an intelligent and automated way – and rapidly evolve and scale as data management needs change – which in this day in age – can be in the blink of an eye.The fifth is not only an imperative for modernization – it’s critical to how your business will pay off all those insights and deliver on new innovation:Humanity at the center of transformationThere are now FIVE generations spanning your workforce – the latest entrants being Gen Z. They work differently than Millennials, Gen X and Y – and certainly from Baby Boomers, like me.However, they are all deeply connected by the need for innovation and technology that gives them the power to be productive, creative and connected – anywhere in the world, any time of day.Dell Technologies recently collaborated with the Institute of the Future and more than 50 global futurologists, as well as 4,600 business leaders around the world, to better understand and forecast the technology shifts and trends coming in the next decade. Among those trends is understanding the evolving dynamics of the global workforce – and the innovation we need to develop today along the way to 2030.For starters, people want amazing technology at their fingertips to simply get work done. They need systems that become intelligent, personalized and POWERFUL. And, they need to have a killer design – our devices are an extension of us – we want them to look as polished and intelligent as they are on the inside.That technology also needs to enable collaboration with colleagues and creativity in new and compelling ways. That’s where augmented reality and virtual reality come in – giving way to new ways for all generations to learn new skills out in the field, create and design in simulated environments, and collaborate with colleagues thousands of miles away – yet interact as though they’re in the same space.The work that Glen Robson and our innovation teams have underway in our Client Solutions Group continues to push the boundaries of PC, gaming and design innovation for today and the next decade.The human-machine partnership at workFurther, people and machines must be able to effectively collaborate and work together. AI and machine learning can drive insights and automation that lighten rote tasks for humans, and free up their time to accelerate the development of new services, technologies and innovation born from the influx of data at hand. That’s an important thread to tie back into my first four imperatives discussed above – without an IT infrastructure that can transform into an intelligent business partner, it’s increasingly difficult for people to apply their talents and resources to better outcomes. That’s why driving innovation forward in cloud, edge, and data center solutions is all John Roese and team think about in our ISG business.But like machines, people will also require AI fluency – one of the three major shifts expected to come as we head into 2030 according to our research. AI fluency means overtime, we need to expand the breadth of knowledge on AI technologies and capabilities – from elements as basic as understanding software code to broader technical analytical skills. That training will happen in the workplace and will also require a fundamental shift in how we prepare our students for the workforce.But there’s also a more “human” element to working and collaborating with AI that will need to evolve – and it’s understanding just how to work and collaborate with AI in a social and emotional way. We’ll need to know what AI is capable of and where its strengths digress – and where its strengths should be tempered to ensure human intuition and experience isn’t lost. AI will certainly make incredibly fast decisions and assessments, but not all decisions will be black and white, or fact-based. There’s compassion, judgment – the all-important “gut” instinct that many of us have – and my gut tells me that’s always going to have a place.So what’s next?As we head into the next decade, there’s a lot of anticipation and of course trepidation from some on how AI and humans will co-exist. I’m nothing but optimistic. I believe technology is a force for good and will continue to drive human progress. The innovation underway across Dell Technologies will continue to transform the power of data into intelligent solutions and applications that give mankind the ability to be smarter, more strategic in our work – and deliver on the promise that “data capital” holds.  https://www.networkworld.com/article/3325397/idc-expect-175-zettabytes-of-data-worldwide-by-2025.html
Researchers around the world are sharply increasing computing power for DNA sequencing, cell research and other projects aimed at understanding and defeating COVID-19.Researchers leading the effort to decode COVID-19 say technology is key to beating the virus and saving lives.“The more quickly we can sequence patient DNA, the more effectively we can use that data to track and respond to the pandemic,” said Dr. Tom Connor, a Reader at Cardiff University in Wales. “Having information available in time to make critical decisions will ultimately save lives – and the data that we are generating is already being fed back in real time to colleagues within the NHS and government.”Dr. Connor runs the Welsh COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium sequencing center comprising the university and Public Health Wales NHS trust, where he leads the bioinformatics team within the Pathogen Genomics Unit. The project depends on large-scale, rapid sequencing and analysis. To do this effectively, Dr. Connor needed more compute power for the Cloud Infrastructure for Microbial Bioinformatics (CLIMB) methodology used in the research.That’s when Dr. Connor tapped his longstanding relationship with Dell Technologies. Now, the company is working closely with the university to provide Dell EMC high-performance servers that add significantly to CLIMB’s capacity to share and analyze large volumes of COVID-19 genomics data. With this solution in place, the joint University/NHS sequencing effort in Wales has the potential to sequence and analyze samples within 24 hours, allowing for real-time responses to results.“Technology is a critical part of the COVID-19 research going on right now all over the world,” said Thierry Pellegrino, vice president, Data-Centric Workloads and Solutions, Dell Technologies. “It’s crucial to the population of our planet that researchers have the tools to understand, treat and fight this virus. Researchers around the world are true heroes doing important work under extreme and unfamiliar circumstances, and we couldn’t be prouder to support their efforts.”Dr. Connor’s research is one example of the efforts underway all over the world to beat COVID-19.The Berlin Institute of Health, along with Charité, are working to detect which cells of the lungs and bronchi are targets for COVID-19 infection. Their research involves sequencing 60,000 cells, a task that requires powerful computing capabilities. With Dell Technologies, Intel and System Vertrieb Alexander (SVA), a solution including Dell EMC servers was deployed, allowing BIH and Charité to accelerate their research and identify which specific cells COVID-19 attacks, a fundamental step toward developing treatments.Dell Technologies provided one of its longest-standing customers, the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), with access to the Zenith Supercomputer. This is helping TGen’s efforts to do population-level sequencing which is allowing for rapid genomic analysis, improving public health’s ability to rapidly identify which strains of COVID-19 are circulating more than others, what might be causing local outbreaks, and how fast the genome is mutating and changing. By comparing the results within the context of global genomic information, this COVID-19 sequencing program could additionally inform biomedical researchers in the hunt for better targets for new treatments and vaccines for COVID-19.Universita Degli Studi Di Pisa is a pioneer in high performance computing, and its scientists depend on that infrastructure for research in fields from astrophysics, to computer science and medicine. As COVID-19 significantly impacted Italy, the university doubled down on its partnership with Santa Chiara Hospital, which conducts research into the virus. The university folded the hospital’s needs into an ongoing effort to boost its all-flash storage capabilities and Dell Technologies, with a trusted partner TRII, was able to meet all requirements despite not being able to meet in-person. This allowed the university to support Santa Chiara’s COVID-19 research while proceeding with an AI-based chemistry research project and supporting a multi-cloud shared service for administrative agencies, hospitals and cities in Tuscany.The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin is using advanced computing systems from Dell Technologies to understand how COVID-19 is spreading and how to better track and treat the virus. TACC has joined the COVID-19 High Performance Computing (HPC) Consortium, giving remote access to their two supercomputers, Frontera and Stampede2, to approximately 100 researchers working on COVID-19 research in areas including epidemiology and vaccines. One project, led by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin, is evaluating the impact of social distancing measures to provide policy makers with information about the consequences of relaxing or strengthening those measures. In addition, this research is one of the most prominent sources of projections and analysis for national public health officials.Dell Technologies is also an active supporter of the COVID-19 High Performance Computing (HPC) Consortium, a unique private-public effort spearheaded by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. Department of Energy to bring together federal government, industry and academic leaders who are volunteering free compute time and resources on their world-class machines.Visit The Dell Technologies HPC Community to find out how researchers, computer scientists, technologists and engineers are working together with Dell Technologies to promote the advancement of innovative, powerful HPC solutions.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has named Aaron Klein, a former journalist with the right-wing Breitbart news site, as his campaign chief for March 23 national elections. Klein, who has served as a political strategist to Netanyahu since last year, confirmed his new appointment to The Associated Press on Wednesday. The news was first reported in Israeli media. Klein is a former Jerusalem bureau chief for Breitbart News and was appointed to the post by its executive chairman at the time, Steve Bannon. Klein also has written a number of books that questioned Barack Obama’s fitness for the presidency.
BERLIN (AP) — Officials say a more contagious variant of the coronavirus first detected in Britain now accounts for almost 6% of all cases in Germany. The head of Germany’s disease control agency said labs examined the genome of the virus in more than 30,000 positive samples last week to assess the spread of the variant and two others first found in South Africa and Brazil. He says there are indications that the variant first seen in Britain and now observed in 13 of Germany’s 16 states can lead to more serious illnesses. Germany’s health minister said Friday that despite concerns about the new variants, there are good signs that existing lockdown restrictions are slowing the country’s outbreak.
Director of Undergraduate Admissions Dan Saracino will retire from his post after serving for 13 years, the University announced today.The University will begin a national search to hire Saracino’s replacement, and in the meantime, Director of Operations in the Office of Admissions Robert Mundy will serve as interim director.“It truly has been an honor to have served my alma mater these past 13 years,” Saracino said in a press release. “With a passionate and dedicated staff, we have all labored tirelessly to reach those outstanding young men and women who have indeed made this an even better Notre Dame. As an alumnus, I have no doubt that this special place will continue to grow.”During Saracino’s tenure, the Office of Admissions has pushed to increase diversity on campus as well as enrollment of international students. Diversity enrollment has increased from 14 percent to 23 percent in the past 13 years.Yet Saracino has told The Observer that the University still has a ways to go to reach its goals regarding diversity of the student body.“The two areas where we really came up short were African Americans and the internationals,” Saracino said in September of the most recent freshman class.This Class of 2013 is made up of 23 percent ethnic minorities – 10 percent Hispanic, 3 percent Asian, 3 percent black, 3 percent international students and 1 percent Native American.The average SAT score of enrolled students at Notre Dame increased from 1325 to 1410 during Saracino’s tenure as well.During his time as admissions director, Saracino alsomoved the University from a specialized application to the Common Application.“Dan has helped recruit an extraordinary student body to Notre Dame, individuals who have a passion for inquiry, are engaged by their faith and generously use their gifts in service of humanity,” Associate Provost Dennis Jacobs said in the release. “By mobilizing enthusiastic alumni and a dedicated team of admissions professionals, Dan is responsible for annually attracting more than 14,000 accomplished applicants from all 50 states and from over 80 countries around the world.”Saracino’s retirement is effective June 30.
In order to improve off-campus student life at Notre Dame, Campus Life Council (CLC) examined other universities’ policies regarding off-campus parties and city police during its Monday meeting. “It seems that a lot of these programs grew out of situations like we found ourselves in,” student body president Catherine Soler said, referring to the spike in off-campus arrests earlier this semester. “Things were getting really bad and they had to do something.” One of the schools CLC studied is Colorado State University, where the University collaborated with local law enforcement through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish a system for registering parties. Hosts of registered parties benefit from a warning and opportunity to correct the noise violation before police intervention. Soler said this program would be difficult to adapt to Notre Dame. “The immediate problem with that is it’s very high cost, and the area they live in is very low in crime,” she said. Other universities, such as Ball State and Duke, have used MOUs and appeals to state legislatures to enable campus police to patrol the surrounding off-campus community. Andrew Bell, student body vice president, thought using Notre Dame Security Police or another third party to handle off-campus student incidents could be promising. “When we met with [South Bend Police], several officers communicated to us that they’d rather not have to deal with student parties,” Bell said. “We hope to set up a program where the response is still immediate, like the police, but in another form … that could effectively do the same thing as the police without straining [South Bend Police] and without legal consequences if they’re not necessary.” Based on the example of Boston College, which uses off-campus Resident Assistants to patrol and deal with problematic parties, CLC discussed the possibility of instating similar positions as well as developing an administration position to deal with off-campus life exclusively. “A lot of other schools have an office or administrator or someone to deal with things like this,” Soler said. “Is it the responsibility of Notre Dame to create an administrator … to deal with making sure off-campus students’ needs are being met?” Alex Kasparie, Knott Hall senator, said a third-party solution would be appealing to students. “I think any student is going to tell you they’d rather have someone else knocking on their door than SBPD,” Kasparie said. “I think that’s definitely an appealing thing for most students.” Keough Hall rector Fr. Pete McCormick said that, regardless of University or community cooperation, students would have to contribute to the effort. He said students would probably have to trade off some privacy through registering houses and parties if they want to benefit from warnings or non-police intervention. “We’ve talked a lot about what the community can do for off-campus students. The question in my mind is what students can do for the off-campus community,” McCormick said. “There’s got to be some accountability.” Bell reminded members that it would require a specialized and adapted policy to fit the unique Notre Dame community. “We understand no solution is going to be perfect at another school or perfect for us at Notre Dame.”