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Requesting Your Input on the HPC & Large Enterprise Purchase Sentiment Survey


We’d like to invite our readers to participate in our new HPC & Large Enterprise Purchase Sentiment Survey. “It’s designed to get a feel for the technology purchasing plans of HPC and large enterprise data centers. We’ll also ask some questions about how your data center is approaching new technologies, usage models, and the like. Additionally, we’d like to know how you regard major vendors in the data center space.”

Video: Is Remote GPU Virtualization Useful?


“Although the use of GPUs has generalized nowadays, including GPUs in current HPC clusters presents several drawbacks mainly related with increased costs. In this talk we present how the use of remote GPU virtualization may overcome these drawbacks while noticeably increasing the overall cluster throughput. The talk presents real throughput measurements by making use of the rCUDA remote GPU virtualization middleware.”

HPC News Bytes for Oct. 7, 2015

Amazon Snowball

Sometimes the inbox for HPC news fills up faster than we can handle. In an effort to keep up, we’ve compiled noteworthy news into a Jeopardy type of Speed Round that phrases topics in the form a question.

Leveraging HPC for Alzheimer’s Research and Beyond


Joseph Lombardo from UNLV presented this talk at the PBS Works User Group. “Lombardo will highlight results from an Alzheimer’s research project that benefited from using PBS Professional. He will then describe the NSCEE’s new system at the Supernap and how this system can be used to advance research for HPC users in both academia/R&D and commercial industry. Lombardo will also highlight two emerging projects; the New School of Medicine and new Technology park.”

Video: Intel 3D XPoint Technology

3D Xpoint™ technology is up to 1000x faster than NAND and an individual die can store 128Gb of data.

In this video from the Disruptive Technologies Session at the 2015 HPC User Forum, Intel’s Ralph Biesemeyer presents: Intel 3D XPoint Technology.

“For decades, the industry has searched for ways to reduce the lag time between the processor and data to allow much faster analysis,” said Rob Crooke, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group. “This new class of non-volatile memory achieves this goal and brings game-changing performance to memory and storage solutions.”

Operational Characteristics of a ZFS-backed Lustre Filesystem


In this video from the LAD’15 Conference, Daniel Kobras from science+computing presents: Operational Characteristics of a ZFS-backed Lustre Filesystem.

Argonne’s Dr. Marius Stan from Breaking Bad on Computational Science in Cinema

Dr. Marius Stan (right) plays Bogdon Walnetz in Breaking Bad

In this video from the recent Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing event, Argonne computational scientist Dr. Marius Stan discusses Computational Science in Cinema. You may know Dr Stan from the role he played as Bogdan Wolynetz, the car wash owner on the hit TV show Breaking Bad.

IDC’s Steve Conway on Why HPC Matters


Steve Conway from IDC describes high performance computing and how it really does impact our daily lives. “When you put HPC together with some of the most creative, scientific, engineering & business minds on the planet, magical things happen.”

Video: Infinite Memory Engine (IME) Burst Buffer Experience at CSCS


Hussein Harake from CSCS presented this talk at the HPC Advisory Council Spain Conference. “IME unleashes a new I/O provisioning paradigm. This breakthrough, software defined storage application introduces a whole new new tier of transparent, extendable, non-volatile memory (NVM), that provides game-changing latency reduction and greater bandwidth and IOPS performance for the next generation of performance hungry scientific, analytic and big data applications – all while offering significantly greater economic and operational efficiency than today’s traditional disk-based and all flash array storage approaches that are currently used to scale performance.”

Video: Intel Commitment to Lustre


“For High Performance Computing users who leverage open-source Lustre software, a good file system for big data is now getting even better. Building on its substantial contributions to the Lustre community, Intel is rolling out new features that will make the file system more scalable, easier to use, and more accessible to enterprise customers.”