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NICE Receives Honors in 2015 HPCwire Awards

NICE is Honored with HPCwire Readers’ and Editor’s Choice Award for Best HPC Visualization Product or Technology

Annual HPCwire Award to Recognized Leaders in the Global HPC Community


Austin, Texas, November 16, 2015 — NICE, the leader in remote visualization and cloud portal solutions for HPC and technical computing, is honored to receive this year HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Award for Best HPC Visualization Product or Technology. The award will be presented at the 2015 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis (SC15) in Austin, Texas.


Readers' Choice Award: Best HPC Visualization Product or Technology
Editors' Choice Aword: Best HPC Visualization Product or Technology


  • NICE DCV has won the Readers’ Choice Award.
  • SGI VizServer, powered by NICE DCV, has won the Editors’ Choice Award.


The coveted annual HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards are determined through a nomination and voting process with the global HPCwire community, as well as selections from the HPCwire editors. The awards are an annual feature of the publication and constitute prestigious recognition from the HPC community.

We are very honored to receive this coveted recognition within the HPC community and the editors of HPCwire”, said Andrea Rodolico, NICE CTO and co-founder. “Our vision of re-defining the technical computing experience in the Cloud is ambitious, but thanks to partners like SGI our products have come to signify excellence in mobility and collaboration for high-end modeling and interpretation”.

"HPCwire readers are among the most informed in the HPC community and these awards are ultimately given to the organizations that are making the greatest impact in advancing technology and humanity itself through high performance computing”, said Tom Tabor, CEO of Tabor Communications, publisher of HPCwire.  "The HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards send a strong message of support and appreciation from those in the global HPC community. We are proud to be able to recognize these efforts each year and our congratulations go out to all the winners”.

More information on these awards can be found at the HPCwire website or on Twitter through the following hashtag: #HPCwireAwards.

You can start a free NICE DCV trial immediatly at this link.

About HPCwire
HPCwire is the #1 news and information resource covering the fastest computers in the world and the people who run them. With a legacy dating back to 1986, HPCwire has enjoyed a legacy of world-class editorial and journalism, making it the news source of choice selected by science, technology and business professionals interested in high performance and data-intensive computing. Visit HPCwire at

About NICE
Leveraging 20 years of experience and proven customer success, NICE delivers software that enables Technical Computing users to enter the Cloud era with a mobile, secure, elastic platform, and a twist of instant gratification. Thanks to NICE EnginFrame and DCV, HPC becomes an intuitive, collaborative experience accessible from any client and network, without the need to move large amounts of data, both in Public Cloud scenarios as well as in more traditional on-premise deployments. Visit NICE at


NICE at SC15 in Austin, Texas (Nov/15-20)

NICE will have a booth at the International Conference & Exhibition for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis - SuperComputing 2015 in Austin.

SC14 Logo


If you are attending SC15, please stop by booth #310 and speak with the NICE team, learn more about the new versions of NICE EnginFrame 2015 and NICE DCV 2016, and enjoy our remote, collaborative visualization demos.

We also have 50 one-day exhibition pass to give away for free, if you are interested to bag one for yourself, fill this form: the first 50 people to respond will receive one.

At NICE booth #310 will be presented the new features of NICE DCV 2016:

  • Remote audio support for Windows servers: Audio will be encoded using the highly versatile Opus audio codec. Opus meets or exceeds existing codecs' quality across a wide range of bitrates, and it operates at lower delay than virtually any existing compressed format.
  • Remote USB support  for both Windows and Linux servers: DCV now allows Windows and Linux users to plug USB devices on their client machine and to use them on the remote desktops.
  • Support for NVIDIA GRID 2.0 technology.
  • New supported Operating Systems: DCV can now be installed also on:
    • Server: Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2
    • Client: Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10

During the show will be presented also the new partnership between NICE and Kitware (booth #4207) to enhance Paraview's  remote accessibility from the Cloud and supercomputing centers. Coupling ParaView with NICE DCV enables users to run ParaView on the same resources where the data are produced and access it remotely on their end stations.

SGI has been a long-time partner with NICE for their VizServer product. SGI will be demonstrating the latest update of VizServer in their booth (#1033) at SC15.

Starting from the HP-CAST event, on saturday 14th Andrea Rodolico, NICE CTO, will give the following speeches:

TITLE: "Advanced Remote Visualization"
ABSTRACT: "The rapid technological evolution as well as growing adoption of GPUs in Private and Public Clouds is enabling new performance levels when accessing highly visual applications remotely"
DAY: Sat, November 14th, 2015
TIME: 13:30AM-14:30AM CT
WHERE: TUTORIAL "B" SIG - Big Data and Visualization

TITLE: "Self Service HPC"
ABSTRACT: "The growing addiction to "instant gratification" is driving new levels of expectations from the HPC user community. Be it an on-premise HPC system or a Cloud-based service, users expect faster deployment, intuitive experience and immediate productivity"
DAY: Sat, November 14th, 2015
TIME: 14:15PM -15:00PM CT
WHERE: TUTORIAL "E" SIG - Workflow and HPC

Kitware and NICE Collaborate to Push Visualization to the Next Level

Kitware, the lead developer of ParaView, and NICE, whose Desktop Cloud Visualization (DCV) enables technical computing users to remotely access interactive engineering and scientific applications, are partnering to enhance ParaView’s remote accessibility from the Cloud and supercomputing centers.


We want to optimize support for ParaView users and to make the experience of using the application as easy and as uniform as possible”, said Berk Geveci, Kitware’s Senior Director of Scientific Computing.

Using ParaView to analyze computations run on supercomputers or in the cloud generally entails copying large data sets onto workstations. As the sizes of simulation outputs increase, copying data becomes impractical. Coupling ParaView with NICE DCV enables users to run ParaView on the same resources where the data was produced and access it remotely on their end stations.

We are excited about this partnership, as both Kitware and NICE leverage the latest NVIDIA graphics processing unit (GPU) innovations in their flagship products for handling large data analysis and visualization challenges”, said Bhushan Desam, NVIDIA’s Senior Alliances and Marketing Manager for Visualization in HPC.

With DCV, only rendered images are sent between the machines and the end stations", Geveci said. "Large computation data such as geometry and scene information is left on the machines. This allows ParaView users to leverage the high-memory and high-performance input/output of more advanced machines, such as those at data centers, without waiting for data to load on their end stations".

Using ParaView in combination with NICE DCV has additional benefits. For one, users can access ParaView without the added step of downloading clients onto their end stations. ParaView users can also benefit from enhanced collaboration through DCV’s session-sharing capabilities for multiple end stations.
While ParaView can be run on supercomputers, as well as on desktops, laptops, and tablets, there are scenarios that are well suited to using ParaView with DCV”, Geveci said. “For example, an organization may have multiple people who need to use ParaView remotely, in full mobility, over a slow/unreliable network or without the possibility to install our software on their client. In such cases, it makes sense to run ParaView on a corporate server and provide access to the application through DCV”.
NICE DCV was designed and built with the ParaView use case in mind. Helping engineers and scientists to work on larger models, collaborate, and not be bound to their workstation so they can get the most from their application software is what we aimed for”, said Andrea Rodolico, NICE CTO. “Our partnership with Kitware will expand the base of users who are able to experience NICE DCV benefits, and ensure they get the top notch performance they deserve”. 

ParaView is an open-source, multi-platform data analysis and visualization application. It allows users to quickly build visualizations to analyze data using qualitative and quantitative techniques. ParaView’s flexibility allows developers to tailor functionality to specific problem domains. For more information on leveraging ParaView, please stop by Kitware’s booth (#4207) at SC15.

About NICE
Leveraging 20 years of experience and proven customer success, NICE delivers software that enables Technical Computing users to enter the Cloud era with a mobile, secure, elastic platform, and a twist of instant gratification. Thanks to NICE EnginFrame and DCV, HPC becomes an intuitive, collaborative experience accessible from any client and network, without the need to move large amounts of data, both in Public Cloud scenarios as well as in more traditional on-premise deployments. More information on

About Kitware
Kitware is an advanced technology, research, and open-source solutions provider for research facilities, government institutions, and corporations worldwide. Founded in 1998, Kitware specializes in research and development in the areas of HPC and visualization, medical imaging, computer vision, data and analytics, and quality software process. Among its services, Kitware offers consulting and support for high-quality software solutions. Kitware is headquartered in Clifton Park, NY, with offices in Carrboro, NC; Santa Fe, NM; and Lyon, France. More information can be found on

NICE is nominated for 3 HPCWire Readers Choice Awards


NICE has been nominated in 3 categories!


We are very honored to be nominated in 3 categories! And it’s thanks to you – our supporters – and your faith in our products.

We are nominated:

  • #12. Best HPC Software Product or Technology
    NICE EnginFrame

  • #13. Best HPC Visualization Product or Technology
    NICE Software

  • #7. Best use of HPC in the Cloud:
    ANSYS, teaming with NICE and AWS, created a solution for remote visualization on the ANSYS Enterprise Cloud such that Desktop Cloud Visualization offers 3 to 10 times bandwidth savings and improved network latency tolerance.

Remember NICE Software as you are making your choices. Vote for US!

NICE Software will be exhibiting at SC15. Come see the technology in person! Click here to schedule a meeting.

NICE EnginFrame
NICE EnginFrame enables efficient access to Grid-enabled infrastructures through a standard browser. Submit, control, and monitor workload, data, licenses – all through the same user dashboard. For more information on EnginFrame, click here.

NICE DCV enable technical computing users to remotely access 2D/3D applications over a standard network. Heterogeneous and infrastructure agnostic, mobile friendly, and secure, NICE DCV enables easy collaboration for highly graphical applications. For more information on NICE DCV, click here.



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.

Progetto 3DCloudViz - Deliverables

NICE e il DIEE (Dipartimento di Ingegneria Elettrica ed Elettronica) dell'Università di Cagliari, in questo progetto si sono posti l’obiettivo di ricercare, studiare e, ove necessario, implementare tecnologie avanzate per la visualizzazione remota ed esecuzione in ambiente virtuale di applicazioni interattive 2D/3D per il Technical Computing. 3DCloudViz si propone di apportare un contributo innovativo alle attuali tecnologie di Cloud Computing, producendo nuova conoscenza scientifica e tecnologica per la creazione di infrastrutture di Cloud, che chiameremo “3D Cloud”, in grado di rendere fruibili in modalità SaaS applicazioni interattive 3D di tipo “legacy”.
Partendo dallo stato dell’arte di riferimento, le attività del progetto saranno focalizzate su tre tematiche principali:

  • Studio di tecnologie che consentano l’esecuzione di applicazioni 3D accelerate basate su DirectX all’interno di macchine virtuali. Tale attività sarò prettamente di Ricerca Industriale.
  • Studio di un protocollo per la visualizzazione remota, con particolare riferimento a reti con banda limitata o latenza elevata. Tale attività sarò prettamente di Ricerca Industriale.
  • Analisi di modelli per il brokering intelligente delle sessioni VDI.

Il progetto si è concluso con successo e la realizzazione di un ambiente demo dove sono state implementate le tecnologie sviluppate. I deliverable di progetto sono scaricabili dai seguenti link:


Remote Visualization Cloud Project - Funded by PIA2010 call

Si sono concluse oggi le attività di ricerca congiunte di NICE e del centro ricerche CRS4 all'interno del progetto "Cloud per la visualizzazione remota".

Il progetto è partito nel 2012 con l’intento di studiare e sperimentare una soluzione versatile e scalabile in uno scenario scientifico e industriale. L'idea della cooperazione tra NICE e il CRS4 partiva dall'esigenza di mercato di avere una soluzione funzionale e portabile in diversi scenari applicativi, dando una risposta innovativa al campo della visualizzazione 3D remota ed al contempo mascherando la complessità della gestione dell'infrastruttura all'utente finale. L’intento alla base del progetto nasceva da due filoni tecnologici, inizialmente distinti, ma che hanno portato alla loro integrazione in una soluzione unica. Il primo filone è il nascente mercato delle tecnologie per il Cloud Computing, ambito nel quale NICE è già presente e nutre un grande interesse in funzione della sua continua evoluzione. Il secondo è relativo alla crescente domanda di soluzioni tecnologiche in grado di visualizzare i risultati scientifici, soprattutto di tipo 3D, senza dover spostare sulla rete i dati sempre più voluminosi.

In conclusione possiamo dire che il progetto si è concluso con successo e le compagini NICE e CRS4 sono soddisfatte sia del prototipo sviluppato sia della collaborazione in sè e dello scambio di competenze tecniche.



Il progetto ha portato alla realizzazione di vari deliverable che contengono informazioni in forma di codice, documenti tecnici, report scientifici e diagrammi architetturali. Tale deliverable sono reperibile online presso i seguenti link:

  • Deliverable 1.1: Documento illustrante i gruppi di lavoro e organi di coordinamento
  • Deliverable 1.2: Documento di analisi dello stato dell’arte e delle tecnologie attuative
  • Deliverable 1.3: Documento contenente le specifiche tecniche e funzionali di massima delle componenti architetturali
  • Deliverable 2.1: Documento finale sull'analisi delle varie soluzioni che giustifichi la tipologia di Cloud scelta
  • Deliverable 2.2: Documento finale sull'analisi delle soluzioni di Public Cloud che impongono standard de facto
  • Deliverable 2.3: sviluppo di unità di test, report e documentazione per ogni modulo sviluppato
  • Deliverable 2.4: Test e report che evidenzino il comportamento dell'infrastruttura con varie tecnologie di virtualizzazione
  • Deliverable 2.5: sviluppo di unità di test e di report che documentino l'integrazione con l'infrastruttura esistente
  • Deliverable 2.6: sviluppo di unità di test e di report dell'integrazione dei servizi con Public Cloud esterni
  • Deliverable 2.7: sviluppo di unità di test e report che analizzino il comportamento del MiddleWare con le tecnologie sviluppate da NICE
  • Deliverable 3.1: Documento di analisi della visualizzazione 3D in ambiente Cloud e relative problematiche
  • Deliverable 3.2: Documento illustrante l’architettura 3D Cloud per la realizzazione di servizi in modalità SaaS
  • Deliverable 3.3: Documento circa le metodologie di interfacciamento tra il visualizzatore remoto e il portale EnginFrame in ambiente Cloud
  • Deliverable 3.4: Sviluppo di unità di test e report relativi ai moduli di interfacciamento tra EnginFrame e il Visualizzatore Remoto 3D
  • Deliverable 3.5: Sviluppo di servizi di creazione/gestione delle sessioni di visualizzazione remota relative all’applicativo meteorologico
  • Deliverable 3.6: Documento illustrante le metodologie di interfacciamento tra il Portale di visualizzazione remota 3D e il MiddleWare
  • Deliverable 3.7: Test e report relativi ai moduli di interfacciamento tra il Portale di visualizzazione remota 3D e il MiddleWare
  • Deliverable 4.1: Report circa lo stato dell’arte per le tecniche di accelerazione hardware di software meteorologico
  • Deliverable 4.2: Report su algoritmico del software meteorologico per le accelerazione su architettura FPGA
  • Deliverable 4.3: Porting del software meteorologico su architettura Cloud e/o FPGA
  • Deliverable 5.1: Report sullo stato dell’arte circa la modellazione fisica specifica dell’Urban Canopy su scale ridotte
  • Deliverable 5.2: Realizzazione di un report con la descrizione del modello fisico matematico sviluppato
  • Deliverable 5.3: Realizzazione di una versione del codice meteo che includa il modello di fluidodinamica del vento sviluppato
  • Deliverable 5.4: Realizzazione di un report e divulgazione del risultato per la valutazione della propagazione di incendi boschivi
  • Deliverable 6.1: Documentazione e pubblicazioni e divulgazione dei risultati mediante seminari o conferenze e condivisione su Internet
  • Deliverable 6.2: Test e report relativi all’integrazione della soluzione completa e collaudo MiddleWare
  • Deliverable 6.3: Integrazione nel portale di calcolo e report sui test effettuati con l’applicativo meteorologico
  • Deliverable 6.4: Atti delle conferenze e pubblicazioni finali

Il deliverable principale del lavoro di questi 3 anni è la piattaforma accessibile dal link:

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Il progetto "Cloud per la Visualizzazione Remota" è stato finanziato dal bando R.A.S. Pacchetti Integrati di Agevolazioni "Industria, Artigianato e Servizi" (Annualita' 2010) Programmazione Unitaria 2007/2013 P.O. FESR 2007/2013.


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.


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