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Video: Bridges Supercomputer to be a Flexible Resource for Data Analytics

In this video, Nick Nystrom from PSC describes the new Bridges Supercomputer. Bridges sports a unique architecture featuring Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) large-memory servers including HPE Integrity Superdome X, HPE ProLiant DL580, and HPE Apollo 2000. Bridges is interconnected by Intel Omni-Path Architecture fabric, deployed in a custom topology for Bridges’ anticipated workloads.


“Bridges is a new kind of supercomputer being built at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) to empower new research communities, bring desktop convenience to supercomputing, expand campus access, and help researchers facing challenges in Big Data to work more intuitively. Funded by a $9.65M NSF award, Bridges consists of tiered, large-shared-memory resources with nodes having 12TB, 3TB, and 128GB each, dedicated nodes for database, web, and data transfer, high-performance shared and distributed data storage, the Spark/Hadoop ecosystem, and powerful new CPUs and GPUs.

As the first production deployment of Intel’s new Omni-Path Architecture (OPA) Fabric, Bridges emphasizes usability, flexibility, and interactivity. Widely-used languages and frameworks such as Java, Python, R, MATLAB, Hadoop, and Spark benefit transparently from large memory and the high-performance OPA fabric. Virtualization enable hosting web services, NoSQL databases, and application-specific environments and enhances reproducibility. Bridges, allocated through XSEDE, is available at no charge to the open research community. Bridges is also available to industry through PSC’s corporate programs.

In this video from SC15, Bill Mannel from HPE, Charlie Wuischpard from Intel, and Nick Nystrom from the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center discuss their collaboration for High Performance Computing. This year, Hewlett Packard Enterprise will deploy the Bridges supercomputer based on Intel technology for breakthrough data centric computing at PSC.

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