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Altair HPC Cloud Challenge Shows Customers a New Way Forward

Today Altair announced that eleven international customers participated in the company’s recent HPC Cloud Challenge. The contest was set up to demonstrate the benefits of leveraging the cloud for large-scale design exploration in the area of computer-aided engineering. Organizations of all sizes from manufacturing and academic fields participated in the Challenge, utilizing Altair technologies in structural, CFD and design studies, and expressed great satisfaction with the program overall.

Supercomputing the Dwarf Dark Galaxy Hidden in ALMA Gravitational Lens Image

Astronomers are using the Blue Waters supercomputer and the ALMA telescope in Chile to investigate the location of a dwarf dark galaxy. Subtle distortions hidden in ALMA’s stunning image of the gravitational lens SDP.81 are telltale signs that a dwarf dark galaxy is lurking in the halo of a much larger galaxy nearly 4 billion light-years away. This discovery paves the way for ALMA to find many more such objects and could help astronomers address important questions on the nature of dark matter.

Get Some Big Lunch at the Big Data & HPC Events coming to Portland & Seattle

If you are in the Northwest and you happen to like surf and turf, have I got a deal for you! Dell is hosting a series of Big Data lunch events in Seattle and Portland at the end of April. On April 26, Dell brings the event to Blueacre Seafood in Seattle. In Portland, lunch is on April 27 at the mighty Fogo de Chao, a Brazilian steak house for the Where’s the Beef? crowd. They’re also coming to Flemings in Salt Lake City on April 28.

Discover why GPUs are driving the future of HPC

According to the latest Intersect360 Research site census data, of the 50 most popular application packages mentioned by HPC users, 34 have offer GPU support, including 9 of the top 10. As is evident from the number of GPU-accelerated applications available in areas such as chemical research, physics, structural analysis, and visualization, the use of this accelerator technology has become well established in the HPC user community. “According to the latest Intersect360 Research site census data, of the 50 most popular application packages mentioned by HPC users, 34 have offer GPU support, including 9 of the top 10. As is evident from the number of GPU-accelerated applications available in areas such as chemical research, physics, structural analysis, and visualization, the use of this accelerator technology has become well established in the HPC user community.”

Molex Acquires Interconnect Systems, Inc.

This week, Molex announced the acquisition of Interconnect Systems, Inc. (ISI) which specializes in the design and manufacture of high density silicon packaging with advanced interconnect technologies. “We are thrilled to join forces with Molex. By combining respective strengths and leveraging their global manufacturing footprint, we can more efficiently and effectively provide customers with advanced technology platforms and top-notch support services, while scaling up to higher volume production,” said Bill Miller, president, ISI.

Live Report from LUG 2016 Day 3

In this special guest feature, Ken Strandberg offers this live report from Day 3 of the Lustre User Group meeting in Portland. “Rick Wagner from San Diego Supercomputing Center presented progress on his team’s replication tool that allows copying large blocks of storage from object storage to their disaster recovery durable storage system. Because rsync is not a tool for moving massive amounts of data, SDSC created recursive worker services running in parallel to have each worker handle a directory or group of files. The tool uses available Lustre clients, a RabbitMQ server, Celery scripts, and bash scripts.”

Live Report from LUG 2016 Day 2

In this special guest feature, Ken Strandberg offers this live report from Day 2 of the Lustre User Group meeting in Portland. “Scott Yockel from Harvard University shared how they are deploying Lustre across their massive three data centers up to 90 miles apart with 25 PB of storage, about half of which is Lustre. They’re using Docker containers and employing a backup strategy across the miles of every NFS system, parsing of the entire MDT, and includes 10k directories of small files.”

Italy’s E4 Computer Engineering Builds HPC OpenPOWER Server

Italy’s E4 Computer Engineering announced that it has sealed an agreement with Wistron Corporation to market and distribute the OP205, the Company’s first POWER8 processor- based system in Italy and Europe. “We are very committed to OpenPOWER and we are going to great lengths to ensure we create a system that can be a reference for the Foundation’s amazing eco-system,” said Cosimo Gianfreda, CTO E4 Computer Engineering. “Wistron has worked for many years with many major players and we jumped at the opportunity of working together for this project. We know Europe is ready for OpenPOWER and we are actively encouraging its implementation in a number of Scientific and industrial environments”

Live Report from LUG 2016 Day 1

“The Lustre User Group (LUG) 2016 conference is well under way. The morning of the first day was spent on looking at Lustre today and tomorrow and security developments in the code. Peter Jones and Andreas Dilger described what is in the newest release of Lustre 2.8 and will be in Lustre 2.9, targeted for release this fall, and beyond. These features include growing support for ZFS, security, multi-rail LNET, progressive file layouts, project quotas, and more.”

Supermicro Launches Total Solution for Lustre on ZFS

“With Supermicro’s 90 top-load 3.5” hot-swap bay JBOD as the storage core of our Lustre Pod Cluster, we maximize performance, density and capacity and simplify serviceability for massive scale HA storage deployments. Combining our preconfigured, validated 2U SuperStorage OSS, 1U Ultra SuperServer with Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre software, and global service and support, Supermicro has the Total Solution for Lustre ready for HPC, Genomics and Big Data.”