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3M Demos Immersion Cooling with Help from SGI and Intel

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Today 3M demonstrated a new two-phase immersion cooling technology designed to reduce water consumption and energy use, while increasing supercomputer efficiency.

Seagate Donates Lustre.org Back to the User Community

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Today at LUG 2014, Ken Claffey from Xyratex/Seagate announced that the company is donating the Lustre.org domain back the user community. “From my perspective, this move is a great indication that Seagate intends to be an active, contributing member of the Lustre community. After years of upheaval, Lustre users can now leave the politics behind and focus the world’s toughest computing challenges.”

Russia Offers Collaboration with India to Counter Chinese Supercomputing

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Over at The Economic Times, Peerzada Abrar writes that Russian supercomputing vendor RSC group and the Russian Academy of Sciences have proposed a collaboration with India to develop supercomputing facilities that will rival China’s Tianhe-2, the world’s fastest supercomputer.

Video: The Future of Interconnect

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“The emerging large-scale Data Centers for high-performance computing, clouds, and Web 2.0 infrastructures span tens and hundreds-of-thousands of nodes, all connected together via high-speed connectivity solutions. With the growing size of systems and CPU cores per server node, not only the traditional demands from the interconnect increase dramatically, but also new demand is introduced. Traditional interconnect solutions do not scale out to deliver efficient and balanced throughput and scalable latency at reasonable power and cost. This session introduces Mellanox interconnect solutions based on InfiniBand and Ethernet networks, presents multiple deployment examples, and outlines a vision for the future of interconnects and a roadmap of the company’s products.”

OpenSFS Benchmarking Working Group Releases I/O Characterization Report

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“The OpenSFS Benchmarking Working Group (BWG) was created with the intent of defining an I/O benchmark suite to satisfy the requirements of the scalable parallel file system users and facilities. The first step toward this end was identified as characterization of I/O workloads, from small- to very large-scale parallel file systems, deployed at various high-performance and parallel computing (HPC) facilities and institutions. The characterization will then drive the design of the I/O benchmarks that emulate these workloads.”

Big Data Visualization with TACC Maverick

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Over at VizWorld, Dean Meyers writes that the new Maverick system at TACC is a unique, powerful, high performance visualization and data analytics resource for the open science and engineering community.

Marc Hamilton Looks at China HPC

“Like the US, Japan, and Europe, China still has plans to build giant HPC systems like Tianhe. However, increasingly these systems are being looked at to support commercial HPC workloads like machine vision in a cloud environment in addition to just scientific data processing.”

Feds Probe IBM-Lenovo Deal Over Servers at Pentagon

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“Whether or not the government blocks the deal may be a moot point. Sources tell insideHPC that a number of government agencies are already putting plans in place to oust IBM equipment from their datacenters. This represents a huge opportunity for the competition, and companies such as Cray, HP, and Dell are waiting in the wings.”

Job of the Week: Supercomputing Applications Specialist at iVEC

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iVEC in Australia is seeking a Supercomputing Applications Specialist in our Job of the Week.

HPCmusic — An Advanced Research Project for Enabling HPC in Music Creation and Reproduction

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“Through the advent of IMAX, Dolby Atmos, In-Vehicle Infotainment, 4K and HDMI V.2, the industry has created a roadmap for a quality-aware audience. A true quality upgrade of the overall cinematic experience is on-going. HPCmusic is here to keep music and sound on par with those innovations and meet expectations of the audience.”