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NICE to join forces with Amazon Web Services

Today we are pleased to announce that we’ve signed an agreement to be acquired by Amazon Web Services, the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform.

With our software and services, we help hundreds of customers all over the world optimize and centralize their HPC, Cloud and visualization resources while empowering distributed and mobile workforces.

NICE will operate under the existing brand and will continue to innovate on behalf of customers and partners, developing and supporting EnginFrame and Desktop Cloud Visualization (DCV) products.

Like AWS, we are a customer obsessed company and we are globally appreciated for the excellence of our support and professional services”, said Bruno Franzini, Support and Professional Services Manager at NICE. “With the backing of AWS, we will pamper our customers even more!

NICE and AWS will be able to work closely together to create innovative and exciting technologies and services for high performance and technical computing, with the goal to help customers to accelerate and grow their business.

The entire team will be with us to open this new chapter of our history”, said Beppe Ugolotti CEO at NICE. “Everybody is already dreaming about all the new technologies we will be able to develop working together with our future colleagues at AWS.

Customers and partners can contact their account manager with questions, and can read AWS's announcement.

For press inquiries, please contact the AWS press office at aws-pr@amazon.com.

How to successfully use CATIA in the Cloud

The CATIA Operators Exchange (COE) has organized an Ask the Expert Webinar with the NICE CTO Andrea Rodolico and Keith Horton, Engineer and Systems Architect of The NORDAM Group.

Webinar: Tuesday, January 19, 2016

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CST

Click here to register.

 

A few years ago, Andrea Rodolico and Keith Horton did a presentation on “Using Catia V5 in a private Cloud”. During that presentation they introduced NICE DCV, a new 3D virtualization and image compression solution, including an overview of the architecture and functionalities. Now, with the Cloud and many new technologies becoming mainstream, it’s time for an update. This presentation will provide you with an overview of latest enhancements and new features that the Private Workstation Cloud offers today. Keith Horton will be here to talk about how the project has progressed over the last several years, lessons learned, and what the future holds.

 

Andrea, an entrepreneur since 1994, co-founded NICE and, since then, has led the technology strategies of the company. He has evolved their Grid, Cloud and Remote 3D Visualization products and solutions to meet the most challenging needs of many Fortune 2000 companies, including Oil & Gas, Aerospace, Automotive, Financial Services, Life Sciences, and Research customers worldwide.

Keith Horton currently manages all Engineering, and Manufacturing applications for “The NORDAM Group”.  He is also the Engineering Systems Architect, responsible for all Hardware, HPC, and Visualization environments.  He has been with “The NORDAG Group” for over 12 years, and has been working in Aerospace for over 15.  Prior to his Aerospace endeavors, Keith has worked in Automotive, and Defense industries.

NICE DCV 2016 is here

NICE is pleased to announce the final release of DCV version 2016, the remote visualization technology that enables Technical Computing users to remotely access 2D/3D interactive applications over a LAN or WAN networks.

 

download desktop cloud visualization dcv

 

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 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.

What’s new in NICE DCV 2016:

  • Audio remotization 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.
  • Improved USB remotization: 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

The new release has been presented at SC15 and it's now general available to the public. NICE customers with a valid support contract can download the new release and access the documentation.

 Useful links:

 

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 www.hpcwire.com

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 www.nice-software.com.

 

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:

HP-CAST - SIG
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

HP-CAST - SIG
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.

partner

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 http://www.nice-software.com.

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 http://www.kitware.com.

 
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
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.

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