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Cray CS400 to Power Polar Research at Alfred Wegener Institute


Today Cray announced the Company has been awarded a contract to provide the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) with a Cray CS400 cluster supercomputer. Headquartered in Bremerhaven, Germany, AWI is one of the country’s premier research institutes within the Helmholtz Association, and is an internationally respected center of expertise for polar and marine research.

TOP500 Shows Growing Momentum for Accelerators


Today Nvidia announced growing momentum for GPU computing as reflected in the latest TOP500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers. “For the first time, more than 100 accelerated systems are on the list of the world’s 500 most powerful supercomputers, accounting for 143 petaflops, over one-third of the list’s total FLOPS. NVIDIA Tesla GPU-based supercomputers comprise 70 of these systems – including 23 of the 24 new systems on the list – reflecting compound annual growth of nearly 50 percent over the past five years.”

Benchmarks, Schmenchmarks: Big Iron Data and the November 2015 TOP500

Peter ffoulkes, OrionX

In this special guest feature, Peter ffoulkes from OrionX offers his insights on the latest TOP500 listing of the world’s fastest supercomputers. “Most importantly increasing the number of petascale-capable resources available to scientists, researchers, and other users up to 20% of the entire list will be a significant milestone. From a useful outcome and transformational perspective it is much more important to support advances in science, research and analysis than to ring the bell with the world’s first exascale system on the TOP500 in 2018, 2023 or 2025.”

IBM and Xilinx Team to Accelerate Datacenter Applications


Today IBM and Xilinx announced a multi-year strategic collaboration to enable higher performance and energy-efficient data center applications through Xilinx FPGA-enabled workload acceleration on IBM POWER-based systems. IBM and Xilinx, through a private signed agreement and collaboration through the OpenPOWER Foundation, are teaming to develop open acceleration infrastructures, software and middleware to address emerging applications such as machine learning, network functions virtualization (NFV), genomics, high performance computing (HPC) and big data analytics.

NUMECA CFD Moves to the Cloud with UberCloud Containers


Today NUMECA announced that its complete suite of CFD software powered by UberCloud application software containers are now available as a service in any cloud.

Until recently it was my firm belief that cloud computing for engineering applications is one of the next big challenges we have to solve,” said Professor Charles Hirsch, President and founder of NUMECA International, and world-renowned expert on Computational Fluid Dynamics. “But when we came across UberCloud’s new application container technology and containerized all our CFD software packages we were surprised about the ease of use and access to any computing system on demand.”

Seagate Launches Government Solutions Group


Today Seagate announced the formation of Seagate Government Solutions, a new U.S.-based business entity dedicated to helping address the growing data-management needs of government agencies.

CEA in France Upgrades Storage to DDN SFA14KE


Today DDN announced that the French CEA has selected DDN’s SFA14KE as the core storage for this year’s comprehensive refresh of the agency’s data management infrastructure, “GS1K”.

New Math Libraries Speed 64-bit ARM-based HPC Systems


Today ARM announced new math libraries that are precision-tuned for 64-bit ARMv8-A processors. Designed for ARM-based HPC servers, ARM Performance Libraries are foundational math routines designed to enable the maximum performance of computational software. ARM math libraries take advantage of each silicon partner’s specific microarchitecture innovations and features within their SoCs based on the ARMv8-A architecture to ensure peak system performance. The HPC community will have an opportunity to see the first public demonstrations of ARM Performance Libraries at the upcoming SC15 conference.

Linux Foundation Announces OpenHPC Collaborative Project


Today the Linux Foundation announced plans to form the OpenHPC Collaborative Project. This project will provide a new, open source framework to support the world’s most sophisticated HPC environments. “The use of open source software is central to HPC, but lack of a unified community across key stakeholders – academic institutions, workload management companies, software vendors, computing leaders – has caused duplication of effort and has increased the barrier to entry,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director, The Linux Foundation. “OpenHPC will provide a neutral forum to develop one open source framework that satisfies a diverse set of cluster environment use-cases.”

The Hyper-Converged Approach to Storage – a Natural Next Step

Laura Sheppard DDN

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Laura Shepard, Sr. Director Vertical and Product Marketing at DDN looks at trends in commodity hardware, specifically a converged approach to storage and the many benefits it offers to supercomputing professionals.