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NICE EnginFrame 2015

Unleash the power of your Technical Cloud

NICE is pleased to announce the release of EnginFrame 2015, the most powerful and easy to use web front-end for accessing Technical and Scientific Applications in the Cloud.

EnginFrame simplifies the execution and the management of batch jobs, big data analytics and interactive applications.

It has been the first Cloud Portal on the market for HPC and Grid applications and today is widely adopted by companies of all sizes, including Fortune Global 500, and across multiple market segments such as Oil & Gas, Life Sciences, Automotive, Aerospace, Manufacturing and Research.

EnginFrame improves team performance allowing users to share their interactive sessions with collaborators.

The new version smoothly integrates with NICE Desktop Cloud Visualization (DCV), leveraging its H.264 encoder. EnginFrame also supports other remote desktop protocols, like HP RGS and the most common VNC implementations, including RealVNC and TurboVNC/VirtualGL.

“This latest release is a giant step forward in the evolution of our product line”, said Paolo Maggi, NICE R&D Director. “EnginFrame has always been a powerful framework for creating HPC portals. In the new release we removed the complexity and focused on ease of use: from the setup to the integration with top applications directly from the renewed web user interface”.

What’s new in NICE EnginFrame 2015.0:

  • Applications and Views Portal: EnginFrame Administrators can now design new services with a drag & drop editor which allows them to configure the interface and scripting elements without leaving the web browser. Moreover, the new Applications and Views interfaces have been completely redesigned in order to improve the ergonomics and reduce the user’s learning curve.
  • Application Templates: Thanks to the experience gained by NICE working with its top customers and leading ISVs in the HPC market, NICE prepared and bundled inside EnginFrame a set of ready to use Application Templates that are available to administrators and users upon installation. Users can deliver HPC as a Service in a matter of minutes. 
  • Simplified Update Procedure: The new EnginFrame directory structure clearly separates the EnginFrame system files from the site specific configurations resulting in a simplified and automated update procedure.
  • Users Management: EnginFrame has a new and powerful approach for defining authorization rules and enabling EnginFrame Administrators to create and manage groups of users through a easy to use web interface. 
  • Job Caching: The job information provided by the resource managers are now cached inside EnginFrame, increasing the responsiveness of the web interface even with a very high number of jobs.
  • Broader Support for Resource Managers: EnginFrame can submit and manage jobs to IBM LSF, Altair PBS Pro (Linux), OpenLava, Adaptive Computing MOAB, Torque, Grid Engine, NICE Neutro, and now also to SLURM.

EnginFrame can be easily integrated with Big Data applications and technologies (like LUSTRE, IBM Spectrum Scale, Hadoop, Rulex, etc.). Using its EnginFrame technology as an integration framework, NICE is working with customers and partners to create sophisticated Big Data applications.

The new features are immediately available for all the product lines:

  • EnginFrame Views: Manage interactive sessions, remote collaboration and VDI
  • EnginFrame HPC: In addition to the Views features, easily submit and monitor the execution of HPC and Big Data applications
  • EnginFrame Enterprise: Both EnginFrame Views and HPC can be upgraded to the Enterprise version. EnginFrame Enterprise can support fault-tolerant and load-balanced deployments of two or more EnginFrame instances

With immediate availability, all NICE customers with a valid support contract can download the new release and access the documentation and the support helpdesk.

Useful links:

Are you going to ISC’15?

NICE will be exhibiting at ISC'15 in Frankfurt between 13th and 15th July.

If you are interested in learning about NICE EnginFrame new features and enhancements, please come by our booth #1026. To contact our team or to set-up a meeting click here.

 

NICE at ANSYS ASWC in Detroit, MI (June 2 - 3) and Convergence in Houston, TX (June 9)
NICE, in collaboration with NVIDIA, will participate to the ANSYS 2015 Automotive Simulation World Congress on June 2-3 in Detroit, MI.

 

 

Come visit our table to:

  • experience a demo of the ANSYS Enterprise Cloud, powered by NICE DCV
  • explore the new and enhanced features of NICE DCV 2014 
  • learn about the how NICE DCV leverages the most advanced features of the NVIDIA GRID cards

 

If you miss this opportunity, NICE will also attend the ANSYS Convergence User meeting in Houston, TX on June 9.

 

 

NICE will be sponsor of EuroVis2015 in Cagliari, Italy (May 25 - 29)

EuroVis 2015, hosted by CRS4 in Italy, is the 17th annual visualization gathering organized by the Eurographics Working Group on Data Visualization and supported by the IEEE Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee (IEEE VGTC). EuroVis has been a Eurographics and IEEE co-supported international visualization symposium held in Europe annually since 1999.

If you are attending EuroVis, please stop by NICE booth with the NICE team, learn more about the new 2015 versions of NICE EnginFrame and NICE Desktop Cloud Visualization (DCV), and enjoy our remote, collaborative visualization demos.

Tutorial - Cloud for Remote Visualization, Fire Forecast simulation system based on virtualization technologies

University of Cagliari - Wednesday April 2015 22th 14:30 - 18:00

Il seminario descriverà un sistema di simulazione e previsione di incendi boschivi per la Sardegna poggiante su un' infrastruttura Cloud. Tale sistema integrato è un esempio di modellistica ambientale avanzata che sfrutta lo stato dell’arte delle tecnologie di virtualizzazione per il calcolo ad alte prestazioni (Cloud Computing) e per la visualizzazione remota (3D Cloud).

Le tecnologie di visualizzazione remota 3D consentono di rendere fruibile ad un utilizzatore locale su un dispositivo client (laptop, PC, tablet, etc.) un'applicazione 2D/3D installata in un server remoto, secondo il paradigma SaaS (Software as a Service). Oltre alle soluzioni modellistiche e tecnologiche adottate, il seminario illustrerà i risultati delle simulazioni di alcuni incendi significativi accaduti in Sardegna. Tale lavoro è stato finanziato dal progetto "Cloud per la Visualizzazione Remota" a valere sul bando R.A.S. Pacchetti Integrati di Agevolazioni "Industria, Artigianato e Servizi" (Annualita' 2010) Programmazione Unitaria 2007/2013 P.O. FESR 2007/2013.

 

NICE at GTC15 in San Jose, California (Mar/17-20)

NICE will be present at GTC15 in full force!

In Booth #733, our NICE team will be showcasing the latest DCV 2014.0 remote, collaboration visualization demos. Speak with the NICE experts and learn how our software can help you improve your collaborative processes, improve time-to-market, and save money.

On friday 20th Andrea Rodolico, NICE USA CTO, will give the following speech:

Title: "Get the Best out of NVIDIA GPUs for 3D Design and Engineering in the Cloud"
Day: Fri, March 20th, 2014
Time: 13:00 - 13:50
Location: Room LL20C

See you in San Jose,
NICE team

NICE DCV 2014 Sets New Performance Standard for 3D Applications in the Cloud

Asti – Italy, 3rd March 2015

NICE is pleased to announce the final release of DCV version 2014.0, the remote visualization technology that enables Technical Computing users to remotely access 2D/3D interactive applications over a LAN or WAN networks.

DCV allows engineers and scientists to take full advantage of the high-end graphics cards, fast I/O performance, and large memory nodes hosted in public or private clouds such as Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Coupled with NICE’s EnginFrame, DCV allows ISVs and customers to build end-to-end, interactive and batch, HPC or design processes in the cloud. NICE DCV also provides desktop sharing capabilities — concurrent access to the same 3D interactive session among multiple users — that enable distributed teams to collaborate in the cloud.

DCV 2014.0 uses H.264 compression and leverages the Kepler™ graphics architecture of NVIDIA GRID™ technology to provide significant acceleration for image encoding. NVIDIA GPU-accelerated compression allows high frame rates, improved accuracy, and reduction in overall bandwidth usage of the visualization stream, to the extent that 3D visualization is now possible over low bandwidth wide-area links.

DCV 2014.0 offers 3 to 10 times bandwidth savings over DCV 2013 and improved network latency tolerance, thus expanding the market for 3D visualization in the cloud to entirely new use cases.

NICE is the first company to leverage the new NVIDIA Kepler-specific H.264 encoder both on Linux and Windows,” said Andrew Cresci, General Manager of the NVIDIA GRID business at NVIDIA. “Our collaboration with NICE is enabling new users and businesses to leverage NVIDIA GRID technologies for optimal graphics performance.

Since the beginning, we have always focused on scientific and technical computing users,” said Beppe Ugolotti, NICE CEO. “The new DCV multi-CODEC intelligently delivers lossy and lossless images, combining H264 with proprietary extensions. It’s ready for multi-4K monitors and improves the user experience in low-bandwidth and high-latency networks with no extra load on CPU nor GPU cores.

"When we had to find a compromise between performance, quality and feature", says Andrea Rodolico, NICE CTO, "we decided not to. The new DCV provides more features and perfect image quality at a fraction of the bandwidth".

What’s new in DCV 2014.0:

  • Hardware-accelerated H.264 encoding
  • Integration with NVIDIA GRID SDK
  • Full desktop remotization on Windows
  • Support for NVIDIA GRID vGPU technology
  • Smart-card support on Linux
  • Adaptive server-side resolution on Linux
  • Remote USB support on Windows

The new release is now available. All NICE customers, with a valid support contract, can download it and access documentation and support: http://www.nice-software.com/download/nice-dcv-2014

To try out the new version, use the following link to request a demo license:
http://www.nice-software.com/contacts/demo-license

Useful links:
NICE DCV demo video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rl28uyZ9-3U
NICE TestDrive www.nice-software.com/testdrive
NICE DCV and NVIDIA GRID www.nvidia.com/object/nice-desktop-cloud-visualization.html

Scientific Computing World interview to Andrea Rodolico

Does HPC’s future lie in remote visualization?

Scientific Computing World interview to Andrea Rodolico (NICE CTO) investigates the future of High Performance Computing and Big Data.
“Today remote visualization is a new concept that is now very popular where you have huge data sets. But if you look five years into the future the real question will be ‘Why I don’t use this kind of model for pretty much all my technical workloads?’

Read the full article here (flash version) or here (pdf).

 

NICE at SC14 in New Orleans, Louisiana (Nov/16-21)

NICE will have a booth at the International Conference & Exhibition for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis - SuperComputing 2014 in New Orleans.

SC14 Logo

If you are attending SC14, please stop by booth #2521 and speak with the NICE team, learn more about the new 2014 versions of NICE EnginFrame and NICE Desktop Cloud Visualization (DCV), and enjoy our remote, collaborative visualization demos.

What's new in NICE DCV 2014:

  • Hardware accelerated H.264 encoding
  • Integration with NVIDIA® Grid SDK
  • Full desktop remotization on Windows®
  • Support for NVIDIA® vGPU technology
  • Smart-card support
  • Adaptive server-side resolution
  • Remote USB support

What's new in NICE EnginFrame 2014:

  • Web-based editor for HPC application interfaces
  • Desktop and interactive application publisher
  • Template library for common HPC applications
  • Fault tolerance and load balancing
  • Job information caching
  • Enhanced monitoring for multi-job launches

Starting from the HP-CAST event, on saturday 15th Andrea Rodolico, NICE USA CTO, will give the following speeches:

HP-CAST - TUTORIAL
TITLE: "Publishing Batch & Interactive services in the HPC Cloud"
DAY: Sat, November 15th, 2014
TIME: 8:00AM-10:00AM CT
WHERE: TUTORIAL C1/2 - "Workflow Management & Clouds"

HP-CAST - SIG
TITLE: "Leveraging Latest GPU Innovations in the HPC Cloud"
DAY: Sat, November 15th, 2014
TIME: 1:30PM -3:00PM CT
WHERE: Cloud & Grid SIG

SC14 - EXHIBITOR FORUM
TITLE: "3D in the Cloud - how NICE DCV 2014 gets the best from virtual GPUs"
DAY: Wed, November 19, 2014
TIME: 1:30PM -3:00PM CT
WHERE: Room 291

NICE Desktop Cloud Visualization (DCV) 2014 Allows Unprecedented CAD/CAE Visualization Experience in the Cloud

Company Releases Beta for DCV 2014, Demonstrates Remote 3D Visualization at AWS re:Invent.

Las Vegas, Nevada, November 11, 2014NICE will demonstrate their upcoming Desktop Cloud Visualization (DCV) 2014 technology at the AWS re:Invent conference, leveraging special-purpose hardware-accelerated stream processing from NVIDIA GRID cards to provide drastically reduced bandwidth usage for high-end graphics. DCV 2014 offers 3 to 10 times bandwidth savings over DCV 2013 and improved network latency tolerance, thus expanding the market for 3D visualization in the cloud to entirely new use cases.

DCV allows engineers and scientists to take full advantage of the high-end graphics cards, fast I/O performance, and large memory nodes hosted in public or private 3D clouds such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), rather than having to wait for their workstations to be upgraded with the latest hardware. Coupled with NICE’s EnginFrame, DCV allows ISVs and customers to build end-to-end, interactive and batch, HPC or design processes in the cloud. NICE DCV also provides desktop sharing capabilities — concurrent access to the same 3D interactive session among multiple users — that enable distributed teams to collaborate in the cloud.

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) G2 instances, which leverage the NVIDIA GRID GPUs based on NVIDIA Kepler™ architecture, provide high-end graphics capabilities for both Windows and Linux applications that are accessible from any network and client. If memory size is an issue, DCV can combine a G2 instance with a Windows R3 instance to provide large memory and graphics acceleration. Being able to visualize Windows applications in the AWS Cloud enables engineers to quickly and easily start or expand CAD/CAE projects, while keeping infrastructure costs down.

DCV uses H.264 compression and leverages the Kepler architecture of NVIDIA GRID in order to provide significant acceleration for image encoding. GPU-accelerated compression further allows high frame rates, more accuracy, and reduction in overall bandwidth usage of the visualization stream, to the extent that 3D visualization is now possible over low bandwidth wide-area links.

"NICE is the first company to leverage the new NVIDIA Kepler-specific H.264 encoder both on Linux and Windows", said Andrew Cresci, General Manager, NVIDIA GRID. "Our collaboration with NICE is enabling new users and businesses to leverage the NVIDIA GRID technologies offered in the Amazon Public Cloud."

The NICE DCV 2014 will be released in Q4 of 2014. See a demonstration of the NICE DCV at the re:Invent conference on Tuesday, November 11th, between 1pm and 5pm in the main hall. NICE DCV will also be the remote desktop technology behind the new ANSYS Test Drive demonstration, which will be showcased in the re:Invent main hall on Thursday morning, November 13th.

Useful links
NICE TestDrive www.nice-software.com/testdrive
NICE DCV and NVIDIA GRID www.nvidia.com/object/nice-desktop-cloud-visualization.html
NICE DCV at Ansys Blog www.ansys-blog.com/ansys-on-the-cloud/

UberCloud to Host NICE Software Solutions in the UberCloud Marketplace

The partnership brings together two premium computing companies to offer cloud-enabled software NICE DCV and EnginFrame.

Heidelberg, Germany, September 29, 2014 – UberCloud, a cloud computing marketplace allowing engineers, scientists and their service providers to implement end-users applications in the cloud, and NICE Software, a company dedicated to providing Technical Cloud Products and Solutions to customers worldwide, announced today the development of Cloud-enabled NICE software solutions for the UberCloud marketplace. The announcement was shared at the annual ISC Cloud Conference, an event organizing 200 researchers, engineers and consultants to discuss the latest innovations in cloud computing. In this collaboration, both companies will offer cloud-enabled NICE  DCV and EnginFrame, an advanced commercial grid portal used in a variety of industries. The two will offer professional support and integrate with application software vendors, such as ANSYS, in the cloud.

NICE DCV will soon arrive to the UberCloud online marketplace to deliver efficient and optimized remote access for graphic-intensive, off-the-shelf 3D applications running on desktop environments in the cloud. The software integrates seamlessly with major CAD, CAE, Petro-technical, medical and scientific visualization software, and is encrypted based on enterprise level security standards. NICE  DCV allows sharing of a physical GPU in the cloud between multiple sessions, while offering full graphic acceleration and high-end workstation-class performance. The comprehensive NICE EnginFrame Views session management portal integrates with all major HPC schedulers to distribute and manage remote 3D sessions while maintaining the utmost security. NICE  DCV is certified for various ISVs and provides the highest compatibility, quality and performance of Remote 3D Visualization support for dozens of ISV products currently in the cloud. Based on the performance, scalability and reliable features of NICE DCV, graphic processing unit manufacturer NVIDIA has introduced NICE  DCV as a key Virtualization Solution Partner.

For companies that are curious on how to effectively implement and deploy the targeted Remote 3D and HPC to production operations, NICE offers consulting packages to help any customer move seamlessly into using NICE software solutions.
"Working with the UberCloud marketplace opens NICE DCV to a new and exciting market and online sales channel fostering the presence in the cloud market with an amazingly simple shopping experience for our customers with a focus on the HPC-cloud," said Dr. Karsten Gaier of Italian NICE DCV Software at the ISC Cloud Conference. "Together with UberCloud, NICE DCV offers cloud customers easy access to the NICE DCV leading edge HPC-Cloud enabling solutions in the domain of Remote 3D Visualization and easy to use HPC management portals".

NICE  DCV products will be introduced to the UberCloud marketplace later in 2014, together alongside several dozens of cloud-enabled products from other software vendors. According to UberCloud's CEO Burak Yenier, there are currently 15 software providers in UberCloud's development pipeline, with more than 60 service products for the marketplace.
NICE  was one of the first software companies which approached us to get on the UberCloud marketplace,” added Wolfgang Gentzsch, President of the UberCloud. “We are very pleased to jointly offer three different kinds of products on the UberCloud marketplace: reselling NICE DCV as is; bundling DCV for the cloud together with other ISV software like ANSYS; and packaging professional services for those who want it ready to go.

About NICE

NICE  DCV delivers Technical Cloud Products and Solutions, to worldwide customers, boosting productivity, saving money on IT and enabling faster design cycles and collaboration. NICE helps centralizing, optimizing and consolidating HPC and visualization resources while empowering distributed and mobile Engineering workforces to run batch and interactive applications anywhere, with any client. NICE  DCV also allows engineering teams around the world to collaborate by sharing application sessions over standard networks.

For more information, please visit www.nice-software.com

About UberCloud

The UberCloud started in 2012 with inviting the wider technical computing community of engineers and scientists and their service providers to participate in real-life hands-on experiments to move and run the end-users applications in the cloud. 155 of these experiments have been performed so far and the challenges carefully investigated. Based on this experience, the UberCloud online marketplace platform has been developed. Today, end-users and service providers have one common access point for technical computing in the cloud: the UberCloud information, community, experiment, and online marketplace to discover, try, and buy computing on demand.

For more information, please visit www.TheUberCloud.com

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