Creative thinking pays dividends

first_imgCreative thinking pays dividendsOn 9 Jan 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. As the judges for this year’s RAD Awards draw up their shortlist of winners, Richard Staines reports on the judging process and what the judges thought of the general standard of entriesEmployers will have to become increasingly creative to lure people into their companies in today’s hugely competitive recruitment market – that was the final verdict of judges at this year’s Recruitment Advertising Awards.Some companies used multi-pronged advertising campaigns involving the Internet, mailshots and traditional press advertising, making them eligible for several categories.Companies invested heavily in web sites, which reinforced company branding and values, rather than using single job adverts.But some judges claimed corporate vanity is preventing companies realising their true recruitment potential. Tracey Yates, head of recruitment at One to One, said, “I think having creativity in recruitment adverts is critical, given the conditions in the industry.“But sometimes this has been choked by corporate messages, which is a shame because more creativity would give them a better chance of winning an award – and, of course, recruiting more staff.”This year there were 20 categories and more than 700 entries. The judges were particularly impressed by the Sales and Creative Marketing categories and the Professional Services category. The category for Best Campaign also proved to be a source of fresh and vibrant ideas.But judges said they found many categories contained entries that were easily superior to those around them. Maxine Packer, graduate recruitment manager for Logica, said, “In many categories there were entries that stood out from the others by a very clear margin.“There has been a great deal of creativity but it has been hard to differentiate between most adverts with only a few standing out as being really good.”Packer said the intensity of the recruitment market has caused companies in the IT sector to become disenchanted with traditional single job adverts. The favoured approach is to use a web site to attract people with expertise in the field to contact the company directly, rather than through the traditional CV application process.She said, “As we all know, the industry is facing a very severe skills shortage and is using more innovative techniques to find staff. “Also, IT adverts don’t tend to quote salaries, and it seems much more common to sell the job rather than the pay package. You don’t see that so much in the sales category, where it is much more in your face, with single job adverts quoting salaries and benefits.”Emma McCarthy, business partner at the Royal Bank of Scotland, said the standard has been patchy in places. “The standard has varied between categories. There have been some stars which have risen above the rest,” she said.“What we have seen is a huge range of innovative schemes to recruit people. Companies are not just relying on traditional adverts – they are using post cards and delivering leaflets to try to recruit people.”McCarthy urged companies to choose carefully if they decide not to have their recruitment process in-house.She said, “It is important that, if you choose to use someone outside the organisation to do your recruiting, you choose an agency which is interested in results. It must take responsibility for its actions in getting people into the company.”Simon Minty was judging adverts according to their portrayal of disabled people, and was slightly disappointed by some of the results. He said he found the representation of disabled people by a major car maker in its Internet campaign to be “patronising”.He said, “I am looking for positives rather than negatives and I think that a lot of what I have seen is very good. There are a lot of companies who now take diversity very seriously but there is still work to be done.”Carol Brown, resourcing manager at Connex Trains, said companies in the rail industry have borne the brunt of the skills shortage.She said, “It is very difficult to recruit train drivers because there are only a few people who have the skills necessary to do the job. We are also having to put a lot of effort into looking at new ways of recruiting people.“But we have managed to recruit more train drivers in the country, partly because of our training scheme and partly by raising the profile of the profession using adverts.”Connex has used a series of adverts comparing the job of train driver to that of pilots to attract prospective candidates.Sarah Jordan, recruitment services consultant for Virgin Atlantic, said the Internet has provided companies with new opportunities for creative advertising. “We have seen a huge increase in the number of companies using the Web to attract recruits and there has been a lot of innovation in this area,” she said.The Judges Chairman Pauline Edgar, Chairman, Scott Edgar GroupColin Gilby, Client services director, TMP Worldwide Sara Hornby, Director, Lawton Ware Advertising Emma McCarthy, Business partner, The Royal Bank of Scotland Maxine Packer, Graduate recruitment manager, Logica Francesca Okosi, Director of human resources, London Borough of Brent Gavin Anderson, Creative director, Thirty Three Limited Mark Rice, Creative partner, And Advertising Tracey Yates, Head of recruitment, One 2 One Simon Minty, Diversity trainer and consultantBronwen Jones, Regional director, Barkers Lesley Chalbot, Graphic designer, Computer FuturesSimon David, Design manager, Reed Creative Neil Wiseman, Group account director, Stafford Long & PartnersSarah Jordan, Recruitment services consultant, Virgin AtlanticCarol Brown, Resourcing manager, Connex.last_img read more

Utah beats BYU in OT 102-95; 1st win over Cougars since 2015

first_imgDecember 4, 2019 /Sports News – Local Utah beats BYU in OT 102-95; 1st win over Cougars since 2015 Tags: BYU Cougars Basketball/Holy War/Rivalry/Utah Runnin’ Utes Basketball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Rylan Jones found redemption Wednesday night as Utah defeated rival BYU 102-95 in overtime to claim its first victory over the Cougars since 2015.With Utah down by one with 30 seconds remaining in regulation, Jones missed a layup that could have put the Utes ahead, but after Alex Barcello made two free throws Jones tied the game with a 3-pointer to force overtime.Utah outscored BYU 16-9 in the extra period, led by eight points from Jones, who was a perfect 2-for-2 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line.Jones finished with 25 points, six assists and three rebounds. Timmy Allen added 27 points, five rebounds and five assists and Mikael Jantunen contributed 18 points.In his first game back from a nine-game suspension, Yoeli Childs scored 29 points and had seven rebounds for BYU.Following a Jake Toolson 3-pointer to put BYU up 74-65 with eight minutes left in regulation the Utes went on a 10-2 run led by Jantunen and Riley Battin. Battin made two three throws to cut the lead to one with just over five minutes left.Childs sparked BYU in the first half, tying a career high for points in a half by scoring 18 on 7-of-9 shooting from the field and a perfected 3-of-3 from the 3-point line.Childs had 13 points as BYU raced to a 25-12 lead nine minutes into the game, including a run of seven straight points.Utah answered with a 16-7 run of its own, but BYU extended its lead to 62-48 in the second period — thanks to 11 straight points from Childs, who limped off the floor with 4:48 left in the second half and didn’t return.UP NEXTBYU: The Cougars begin a six-game homestand when they host Nevada on Tuesday.Utah: The Utes wrap up their three-game homestand as they host Central Arkansas on Saturday. Associated Press Written bylast_img read more

William Reed reveals Baking Industry Exhibition plans

first_imgResearch conducted after this year’s NEC shows resulted in a clear majority of exhibitors saying they wanted British Baker and publisher William Reed to run a bakery show for the industry.William Reed Exhibitions said it is therefore proud to launch a major new event, The Baking Industry Exhibition (BIE), at the NEC from 6-9 April 2008.This exciting new event will run alongside Food & Drink Expo, the Convenience Retailing Show and Foodex Meatex, which in 2006 attracted well over 70,000 visitors to see the largest gathering of exhibitors in the UK.Charles Reed, group MD of William Reed, said: “The UK bakery sector is diverse covering craft, plant bakers as well as supermarkets. It is therefore vital for our industry to have a truly focused event with British Baker and The Grocer leading the way. I feel confident that we will be able to convert the industry enthusiasm for a quality marketing platform.”Big investment is planned for BIE with many new visitor benefits such as a demonstration theatre, artisan master classes and competitions, a fully functional bakery, and industry trend update analysis.last_img read more

Traditionals with a twist Bakewell Tart by Fiona Burrell

first_imgThe origins of the Bakewell tart are disputed. A question mark hangs over whether it was originally a tart or a pudding and if it was a mistake by an inexperienced cook. Both Bakewell puddings and Bakewell tarts are sold in Bakewell, Derbyshire, and they are very similar. The pudding is made with a puff pastry base covered in jam, with an egg and almond topping, whereas the Bakewell tart has a shortcrust case, spread with jam and a frangipane style topping. The jam used is usually strawberry or raspberry but cherry or blackcurrant jam is also very good or you can use a sweetened fruit purée instead. Some recipes use almond essence, but this can have the effect of overpowering the other flavours and so is left out of the recipe below. If it is not the damson season, use damson jam instead.Damson Bakewell Tart Serves 8Pastry:Plain flour200gPinch of saltButter120gCaster sugar15gEgg yolk1Very cold waterDamsons250gCaster sugar30gFilling:Unsalted butter, softened100gEggs, beaten3Caster sugar125gGround almonds150gFlaked almonds15gMethod1. For the pastry, sift the flour with a pinch of salt and rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs and there are no large lumps of butter left. Then add the sugar.2. Stir in enough of the egg yolk and cold water until the mixture comes together. Transfer the pastry to a lightly floured work surface. Roll the pastry out until it is 3mm thick. Line a 25cm flan tin with the pastry and chill it in the refrigerator for half an hour.3. Wash the damsons well and remove any stalks and leaves. Put into a saucepan with the sugar and 3 tablespoons water. Cook over a low heat until the damsons are soft and push them through a sieve, discarding the stones as you go. Leave the purée to cool. Add more sugar to taste.4. Line the pastry case with baking parchment, fill with baking beans and bake blind at 190°C for 15 minutes. Remove the baking beans and parchment and return to the oven for 5 minutes until lightly golden and dry to the touch. Allow to cool.5. Spread the purée over the pastry.6. For the filling, beat the butter and sugar in a bowl until pale and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs, a little at a time and fold in the ground almonds. Spoon the mixture carefully over the purée and spread it out to the sides. Sprinkle over the flaked almonds.7. Bake the tart in the middle of a 180C oven for 3035 minutes, or until the filling is golden brown and is firm to the touch.8. Remove from the oven, allow to cool slightly before removing the flan tin and base. Dust with icing sugar if liked.last_img read more

Commissioners discuss creation of COVID-19 Relief Fund for small businesses

first_imgFARMINGTON – County commissioner unanimously supported the creation of a COVID-19 Relief Fund to support small businesses at Tuesday’s meeting.The proposal, brought forward by Executive Director Charlie Woodworth of Greater Franklin Development Council, would match funds raised by GFDC from larger businesses with Tax Increment Financing district funds associated with the Kibby wind power project. The grants, which Woodworth previously proposed limiting to $5,000 per business, could be used to meet payroll, cover inventory expenses or pay for new additions, such as marketing plans.Speaking with the county’s TIF attorney, Shana Cook Mueller of the firm Bernstein Shur, commissioners confirmed that the economic development TIF funds could only be used for companies either located in the Unorganized Territory or undertaking work relating to economic development in the U.T. Funds provided by other sources for the relief fund, such as raised from larger businesses, could be issued without restriction.The attorney also confirmed that TIF funds could not be used for supporting non-profits, other than for economic development-related entities.If the program is funded and established, businesses seeking grants would apply through the commissioners and meet whatever criteria was specified. Matching whatever amount of funding Woodworth raised would not be an issue for the TIF, which had plenty of funding available, County Clerk Julie Magoon said Tuesday.Commissioner Charlie Webster of Farmington said that the county should look to help people when possible and that the relief fund offered that opportunity. The commissioners unanimously voted to create the relief funds.Commissioners also brought up another GFDC effort, this one aiming to bring high-speed internet to the area. The Northern Border Regional Commission announced last week that GFDC had received $1 million to bring high-speed internet to six communities in Franklin County, including Carthage, Perkins, Temple, Washington Township, Weld and Wilton. According to Woodworth, a provider had proposed funding 70 percent of the installation costs in those towns, with the federal money providing another 10 percent of the cost. Woodworth hoped to secure another 10 percent match in state funding for the installation of high-speed fiber optic, leaving the communities with 10 percent of the installation cost.Webster took issue with GFDC not giving enough credit to county taxpayers for providing funds to assist in the Franklin County Broadband Initiative’s initial planning. Commissioners voted to provide the initiative with $58,000; other entities providing planning support included Franklin County towns, ConnectMaine and the Maine Community Foundation.Woodworth said at Tuesday’s meeting that GFDC’s press release on the announcement had included county commissioners in the list of entities that provided planning support.Commissioners also briefly addressed a settlement between Franklin County and the Maine County Commissioners Association’s Self-Funded Risk Management Pool, stemming from the county withdrawing from the pool as of Jan. 1, 2018. At that point, commissioners expressed concern at the risk of increased costs to Franklin County residents relating to one or more incidents occurring elsewhere throughout the system. The county’s insurance package was put out to bid in late 2017, with Kyes Insurance’s initial bid coming in at roughly $45,000 and MCCA risk pool offering a bid of $74,000.The settlement agreement discharges Franklin County from any liability or responsibility towards the risk pool – highlighted by Webster as a key component of the settlement from the county’s perspective – as well as vice versa for the risk pool toward the county. The agreement also includes a payment by Franklin County to the MCCA risk pool for $28,750.Commissioners also approved a bid on snow removal in Madrid. The lowest of two bidders, Chase Logging, bid the job at $6,304 per mile for the 12.5-plus miles of county-maintained roads in the Madrid area.last_img read more

SCI’s Michael Kang Talks Ghoul Train’s Return, Gregg Allman, Acoustic Shows & More

first_imgL4LM: I know a lot of fans were blown away by your recent secret show in Colorado. How did that all come together? MK: A good buddy of ours who we’ve known for years and years and years, it was his 40th birthday, and so he invited us up to come play. Some of were like, you know this could be really fun to have a no-pressure party, and so we came around on it. We told him, we don’t want it to get too out of control, so we’re basically just not going to say anything about it, can’t really release it to the general public. There were no tickets sold or anything like that. It just kinda came about that way, it was a 40th birthday, it was only a couple hundred people there. It was just really fun to have this small intimate, no pressure show.We just showed up and played. I live in California now so I had to fly in for it, but yeah it was super fun.You Can Download The String Cheese Incident’s Secret Show For FreeL4LM: You’re hitting Red Rocks this summer in its 75th year too. That must be exciting.MK: They just asked us… I guess there’s a Red Rocks Hall of Fame, and they’re putting us in the Red Rocks Hall of Fame, which is hilarious. I think at this point, besides Widespread, we’re like the second or third band that’s played there the most. It’s just cool for us.L4LM: That’s quite the honor! Congratulations, and thank you so much for your time Michael. We really appreciate it! Just last week, we had the opportunity to sit down with The String Cheese Incident’s founding member, Michael Kang. The multi-instrumentalist spoke to us at length about the band’s newest endeavor, the SCI Sound Lab, which is essentially a creative workspace that the band can call their own. With new music just released and a whole lot more in the pipeline, Kang switched gears and talked about what fans can’t get enough of – live String Cheese shows!With Electric Forest coming this weekend, a major tour that includes shows at Red Rocks, a collaborative set with Gregg Allman, and the return of Hulaween Festival, there was no shortage of great conversation with Kang. Read on for his take on all of these exciting events!L4LM: Summer tour is coming up soon! It all starts this weekend at Electric Forest. I know that festival has evolved over the years, how do you feel about where it is and where it’s going?MK: It’s great. Our history with that festival goes way back and a long way. Back when we were throwing a lot of the Horning’s Hideout shows, back in the 90’s and early 2000’s, we had this concept of wanting to bring a super immersive atmosphere that not only incorporated music but art and performance art. Just really give people a fully immersive experience that they could experience even if they’re not just watching the show. We did those shows for many years, and then it morphed and evolved due to some of our involvement in Burning Man and going there, seeing the potential for how people can have this kinda of experience. It culminated with our management starting the Rothbury Festival.The first years of Rothbury was right actually when the band was taking a break, but some of us still remained in the production side.  I, and some other friends of mine, brought this immersive style and ambiance to the festival. We stayed involved in the production, so when they decided to re-launch it as Electric Forest, we stayed involved and have been a mainstay at the festival. It was the culmination of us wanting to create this Horning’s Hideout style event in the Midwest, and having more resources to be able to go big with it. The first year it did good, the second year it did even better, and now it’s totally blown up. There’s a focus – a lot of the kids these days are listening to EDM. To me, EDM or live or whatever, they’re still getting to see us for the first time. A lot of the mainstay acts are friends of ours really, Bassnectar – I introduced him to the whole jam scene, way back when. We used to play these shows as Elastic Mystic together, way back when I found him at Burning Man. It’s all one big family as far as I’m concerned. The music may sound different, but it’s still kind of the same people that pervade it all.L4LM: Speaking of Bassnectar, we recently caught an interview where he said he was going to be a “resident DJ” of Electric Forest.MK: Yeah, I heard that too! I think that’s great, I think he gets it. He really believes in the same family community, music as a community vibe that all of us come from and the same kind of place and all that. L4LM: I know you mentioned Horning’s in there a couple of times. Is there any chance of you going back there?MK: You know, we’d like to. Unfortunately, the grounds themselves at Horning’s are a little restricted because it’s very difficult to get into. It’s a pretty small venue, and the guy who owns it, Bob Hornings, really has a pretty busy schedule of a lot of events. He really doesn’t do a lot of concerts there, so when we do come in, it’s quite the big impact, for better or worse for him. We still want to focus on creating these events. If you were to ask us what the band goal was over the next 10 years, it’s to really have a few of these hubs throughout the year – one in the East Coast, one in the South, we’ve got Electric Forest up on the North, and on the West Coast we’d like to start something like that. We can spread this transformative music event that really gets people going. We’ve been able to do that in Suwannee for Hulaween and we want to continue being involved in these things that become more of a complete creative expression of what we feel wants to bring to expand.We’re going to continue to look for places, and it may happen at the actual Horning’s Hideout again. But there are some prohibitive issues with that site. It’s really actually very difficult to pull off for our crew and management. But it is magical and we definitely don’t want to take it off the table either.L4LM: I know a lot of fans are going to be excited for the Gregg Allman Incident coming up. Have you met with Gregg yet? MK: He’s an absolute legend. We’ve been conversing, but at a distance. I’m sure once we get through a couple of these events, we’ll hone it down. We’re trying to figure out what the ideal setlist would be, what he wants to do. We’re just going to see what happens. We’ve now done a few of these collaborations, we usually do one or two a year. Since we’re not doing LOCKN’ this year, and having a big collaboration of some sort – last year we did it with the Doobie Brothers. Every single one that we’ve done has been great, where it’s like a real meeting of the worlds. Yeah, it’s been really cool.Right now we don’t have any specific plans, but I’m sure as time goes on, we’ll work it out.L4LM: There’s just so much material from the Allman Brothers catalog to pull from. MK:  Oh man. It’s dizzying when you really start to think about it. L4LM: So I don’t want to keep you for too long, but I have to ask if our April Fool’s joke about the GWAR Cheese Incident made it back to you guys.MK: Yeah… somebody even mentioned it last night. I was like, man that would awesome, but it would be a stretch. People are taking it seriously. Even our bookkeeper asked, “when are you guys doing this heavy metal thing?” I’m like, “You don’t see the joke in that?”L4LM: I mean, we did do a joke about you doing a dubstep set, and you wound up collaborating with Skrillex on stage.MK: We feel the freedom. We’re obviously not an electronic act but we love electronic music. [Michael] Travis and Jason totally have EOTO, so we’re not afraid of throwing that into the set at all. It’s always funny to sometimes see, because some people are like, “no don’t do that,” but other people are like, “oh my god this is the best thing ever.”But that’s always been our shtick from the beginning. There’s nothing we won’t try.L4LM: Is there anything you haven’t tried yet that you want to or is just whatever comes?MK: Whatever comes. We love the collaborations; they’re really cool because you get a sense of how other songwriters and people have done it. It would be really cool one day to do something with an orchestra. There’s all kinds of stuff that’s possible. We’re always trying to come up with new ideas and see what sticks. But we feel like we cover a pretty broad range of things at the same time.I think at some point we want to do some more fully acoustic stuff too, which is a cool part of our whole band. L4LM: That’s interesting, because Bill Nershi had a similar comment when he spoke to us last year.MK: A lot of times when we’ll play festivals, we’ll change the band, because we have such a varied repertoire. For Billy as mainly an acoustic guitar player, and even for me as a fiddle player and a mandolin player – I play mostly electric now but it’s really fun to play acoustic too – it keeps you on your toes having to keep up all your chops in the varying styles.L4LM: Among those many styles was last year’s “Ghoul Train” set at Hulaween. I think fans are curious as to what you’re going to do next.MK: The Ghoul Train is here to stay for a couple years. There’s so much material, and we’ve already been talking about that. There’s no shortage of shit to throw in the mix there.last_img read more

Watch The String Cheese Incident Jam With Vince Welnick, On This Day In 1998

first_imgEven before the days of destination events and transformational festivals, The String Cheese Incident were always looking for ways to give their fans unique concert experiences. One such opportunity came in 1998, when the band traveled South to the Akumal Performing Arts Center in Akumal, Mexico.Cheese rose to the occasion of the run, playing their hearts out under the tropical skies for the multi-night run. In addition to a great setlist on the first night, the band also had some special guests in the form of Vince Welnick (of the Grateful Dead) and Keller Williams.Fortunately, video captured from this Akumal opening night is in circulation, capturing the band’s first set with the Vince Welnick collaboration. Welnick joins Cheese for a rollicking cover of “That’s What Love Will Make You Do,” a Jerry Garcia Band classic, and the band keeps the fans entertained with great jams on songs like “Lester Had A Coconut,” “Round The Wheel” and so many more.Watch the video below, courtesy of mojowrkn on YouTube.The second set is also chock full of highlights, including a jam with Keller Williams on “All Blues” and lengthy renditions of “Impressions”, “Galactic,” “Shine” and more. Check out full audio of the night below, taped by Rob Phillips and transferred by Steve Tighe.last_img read more

Start Making Sense Takes It To The (East) River

first_imgOn Thursday night in Manhattan, Talking Heads cover band Start Making Sense took their talent out to sea. The Rocks Off Concert Cruise provided the perfect party vessel for the evening as strangers became friends on the 300-person capacity excursion.Keeping in line with the infamous 1984 Stop Making Sense concert film, Start Making Sense opened with “Psycho Killer.” As the ship set sail, “Thank You For Sending Me An Angel” and “Slippery People” got the crowd dancing and the boat rocking. Rumors of thunderstorms and torrential rain in the forecast may have created anxiety for certain ship captains, but our driver seemed as cool as cucumber as the crowd showed off their moves during “Making Flippy Floopy.” The Phish hats in the room began bobbing when the band launched into “The Great Curve” off the iconic Remain In Light album.Lead singer and David Byrne look-alike, Jon Braun, mentioned that they hadn’t played “I Get Wild/ Wild Gravity” in about a year but due to the aquatic theme and wild party, they dusted it off for the passengers. Another Remain In Light masterpiece, “Born Under Punches” was blasted just as the boat passed under the Manhattan Bridge which lead to “Cities” being played under the Brooklyn Bridge. New York City is the place that most of the audience had found themselves living in and “Naïve Melody (This Must Be The Place)” reminded us that home is where we wanted to be as the vessel sailed around the Statue of Liberty.As the first set came to a close, the Talking Heads fans young and old tried to piece together what the band could possibly have to offer in the second set. Classics like “Nothing But Flowers,” “Once In A Lifetime,” and “Burning Down the House” kept the lower level of the party bouncing while the upper deck spun and swirled with a beautiful view of lower Manhattan. The aptly placed “Take Me To The River” played as the ship got closer to its final resting place for the evening, but not before “Crosseyed and Painless” came as the third song of the evening from Remain In Light.Cover bands like Start Making Sense give a new generation of fans a chance to see the incredible music of yesteryear played live. Cell phone apps like Sound Hound and Shazam provide services to identify music based on a short sample of sound and would be easily confused by the talent and dedication that Start Making Sense has in relation to their idols, the Talking Heads. The Rocks Off Cruise aligned perfectly with the excellent band creating an evening of true bliss that fans will remember until the next ship sets sail.Setlist: Start Making Sense | Rocks Off | NYC | 7/13/17I: Psycho Killer, Thank You For Sending Me An Angel, Slippery People, And She Was, Making Flippy Floppy, Don’t Worry About the Government, The Great Curve, Stay Up Late, I Get Wild/ Wild Gravity, Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On), Cities, Life During Wartime, What A Day That Was, Naïve Melody (This Must Be The Place)II: Heaven, Like Humans Do, Road To Nowhere, Nothing But Flowers, Once In A Lifetime, Burning Down The House, Girlfriend Is Better, Take Me To The River, Crosseyed and Painless[photo via @willgarris on Instagram]last_img read more

Accelerate Commercial HPC workloads with SAGA – Find out how with Dell EMC Isilon and Altair

first_imgAn ongoing challenge with HPC workloads is that as the number of concurrent jobs increases, storage reaches a critical point where NFS latency spikes, and beyond that critical point, all workloads are running on that storage crawl. An integration of Dell EMC Isilon scale-out storage with Altair Accelerator enables Storage-Aware Grid Acceleration (SAGA), an elegant and innovative solution that can address your next wave of design challenges.As the number of concurrent jobs in HPC workloads increases, storage latency spikes and workloads start to crawl.Let us consider a scenario in which you have 10,000 cores in your compute grid and each of your jobs runs 30 minutes, so if you submit 10,000 jobs to the job scheduler, it should be finished in 30 minutes with no jobs waiting in queue. With time, your test cases have grown to 20,000 jobs, and with 10,000 cores that set finishes in 60 minutes. The business need is that you want those 20,000 jobs to finish in 30 minutes, so you add 10,000 more cores. But now, the job doesn’t finish even in 2+ hours because storage latency has spiked from 3ms to 10ms. Latency has x^2 impact on run time, so doubling latency quadruples your average run time.Let’s now look at another scenario with more I/O-intensive jobs, so just 5,000 concurrent jobs push the NFS latency to that critical point. By adding only 50 more jobs, you would spike the latency to 2x the normal value. And this latency spike doesn’t just affect the additional 50 jobs but the entire 5,050 jobs on the compute grid. Beyond that critical point, there is no value running I/O-intensive jobs on the grid.In a scale-out Dell EMC Isilon Network Attached Storage architecture you can add more storage nodes and push the critical point to the right so that you can run more concurrent jobs on the compute grid. Remember that workloads are unpredictable, and their I/O profiles can change without much notice.Storage latency greatly impacts runtime of a job, which in turn impacts time to market. One of the key pieces of the Electronic Design Automation (EDA) infrastructure — or any HPC infrastructure — is a job scheduler that dispatches various workloads to the compute grid. Historically, the workload requirements that are passed on to the job scheduler have been cores, memory, tools, licenses and CPU affinity. What if we add storage as a workload requirement — NFS latency, IOPS and disk usage? Now the job scheduler managing the compute grid is aware of the underlying storage system and can manage job scheduling based on each job’s storage needs, thus accelerating grid throughput by distributing jobs appropriately. Storage is now a resource just like cores, memory, and tools consumed by the workload based on its priority, fair share and limits.Unmanaged I/O-Intensive jobs cause a dramatic increase in latency.This simple idea has huge implications on job throughput in the EDA world. As you already know, job throughput impacts design quality and reliability, which in turn impacts tape-outs and ultimately time to market. EDA workloads are massively parallel and as you increase the number of parallel jobs, you put more pressure on the underlying storage system, as it should, but this impact on storage is much more drastic on legacy scale-up storage architectures compared to Isilon, a scale-out storage system. Read more about the benefits of an Isilon scale-out NAS architecture in this white paper.Storage-Aware Grid Acceleration with Isilon and Altair Accelerator™With SAGA, you’re throttling and/or distributing jobs that are I/O-intensive as latency spikes beyond a configured value, and now you’re not running 20,000 concurrent jobs but enough so that your jobs finish in 30–45 minutes instead of 4 hours. In addition to 100% throughput gains, you also have substantial indirect cost savings because you’re using 50% fewer licenses and cores. In this example, the numbers are skewed to simplify calculations, but the impact and benefits are similar in the real world.In the example below, an unmanaged workload of 500 I/O-intensive jobs ran in around 3 minutes on 500 CPUs. When Altair Accelerator was implemented to manage the workload, it ran in the same 3 minutes on only 10 processors — using around 50x fewer resources.SAGA lets you run your workload with up to 80x less compute resources.Hot directory detectionAltair Accelerator and Isilon also work together to ensure that filer temperature doesn’t get too hot and compromise performance. Isilon provides feedback to Accelerator, and if an I/O-intensive job needs to be preempted, Accelerator will suspend it.SAGA lets you identify I/O-intensive jobs and responds by preempting jobs — only those in the hot directory.SAGA distributes jobs based on I/O resources and pre-empts I/O intensive jobs in order to maximize job throughput.Storage is a critical resourceLike cores and memory, storage must be a resource in your grid system, and having a true scale-out storage system like Isilon with an extensive API stack is very valuable. Its integration into Altair’s enterprise-grade Accelerator job scheduler is key to solving the next set of design challenges.Next stepsFind out today how you can deploy Storage-Aware Grid Acceleration to accelerate your HPC workloads so that high storage latencies don’t slow down your electronic design workloads.Reach out to your Dell account executive or Altair’s engineering sales team to set up a demonstration of integration between Dell EMC Isilon and Altair Accelerator to enable SAGA.last_img read more

Stressed Over Valentine’s Day? At Least You’re Not These Broadway Couples

first_img Valentine’s Day is upon us, and we realize it can be a stressful time, whether you’re in love with a wonderful guy (or girl), looking for somebody to hold you too close or in full “I Hate Men” mode. Fortunately for you, you’re not currently on a train wreck of a date with a fictional Broadway character. We played matchmaker matchmaker with a few musical theater favorites then imagined how their nights would go down. Using Plotagon, we’ve simulated our bizarre cross-fiction for your viewing pleasure. Take a look below. Aaron Burr, Lola, Velma Kelly, Elphaba, the Phantom & Norma Desmond(Photo via Plotagon) Velma Kelly & Aaron BurrYou’d think a merry murderess and the damn fool that shot Alexander Hamilton would hit it off on a blind date. The Chicago and Hamilton scoundrels have so much in common, including a penchant for homicide, jealousy and intense FOMO. But that might just be too much baggage to unpack in a first encounter. Looks like these two will just have to wait for it a little longer. The Phantom & ElphabaElphaba is one smart Wicked witch, but like all of us, she occasionally has a lapse in judgment. (Seriously, why would you run upstairs to an attic when you’re fleeing?) She probably could have predicted that a visit to Phantom’s box five would not have ended well, either. Her date has little respect for boundaries, but Elphaba holds her own. If she’s flying solo, at least she’s flying free from a possessive creeper.center_img Norma Desmond & LolaWe all have our quirks in relationships. Some of us use obnoxious pet names. Others are PDA culprits. And some perpetually obsess over young artists and don’t let them leave their mansion. The Sunset Boulevard diva didn’t learn her lesson with Joe Gillis, and that doesn’t bode will for her new relationship with the Kinky Boots’ thigh-high-clad drag queen. Let’s hope things turn out better in the Land of Lola. View Commentslast_img read more