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Cray and Markley Group to Offer Supercomputing as a Service

Today Cray and the Markley Group announced a partnership to provide supercomputing as a service solutions. “The need for supercomputers has never been greater,” said Patrick W. Gilmore, chief technology officer at Markley. “For the life sciences industry especially, speed to market is critical. By making supercomputing and big data analytics available in a hosted model, Markley and Cray are providing organizations with the opportunity to reap significant benefits, both economically and operationally.”

Fujitsu and 1QBit Collaborate on Quantum-Inspired AI Cloud Service

Today Fujitsu and 1QB Information Technologies Inc. announced that they are collaborating on quantum-inspired technology in the field of artificial intelligence, focusing on the areas of combinatorial optimization and machine learning. The companies will work together in both the Japanese and global markets to develop applications which address industry problems using AI developed for use with quantum computers.

Genome Analytics Driving a Healthcare Revolution

Next-generation sequencing methods are empowering doctors and researchers to improve their ability to treat diseases, predict and prevent diseases before they occur, and personalize treatments to specific patient profiles. “With this increase in knowledge comes a tidal wave of data. Genomic data is growing so quickly that scientists are predicting that this data will soon take the lead as the largest data category in the world, eventually creating more digital information than astronomy, particle physics and even popular Internet sites like YouTube.”

Penguin Computing Adds Support for Singularity Containers on POD HPC Cloud

Today Penguin Computing announced support for Singularity containers on its Penguin Computing On-Demand (POD) HPC Cloud and Scyld ClusterWare HPC management software. “Our researchers are excited about using Singularity on POD,” said Jon McNally, Chief HPC Architect at ASU Research Computing. “Portability and the ability to reproduce an environment is key to peer reviewed research. Unlike other container technologies, Singularity allows them to run at speed and scale.”

Mellanox InfiniBand to Power Science at University of Waterloo

Today Mellanox announced that the University of Waterloo selected Mellanox EDR 100G InfiniBand solutions to accelerate their new supercomputer. The new supercomputer will support a broad and diverse range of academic and scientific research in mathematics, astronomy, science, the environment and more. “The growing demands for research and supporting more complex simulations led us to look for the most advanced, efficient, and scalable HPC platforms,” said John Morton, technical manager for SHARCNET. “We have selected the Mellanox InfiniBand solutions because their smart acceleration engines enable high performance, efficiency and robustness for our applications.”

Gauss Centre in Germany Awards 2.1 Billion Core Hours for Science

Today the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) in Germany approved 30 large-scale projects as part of their 17th call for large-scale proposals. Combined, these projects received 2.1 billion core hours, marking the highest total ever delivered by the three GCS centres. “GCS awards large-scale allocations to researchers studying earth and climate sciences, chemistry, particle physics, materials science, astrophysics, and scientific engineering, among other research areas of great importance to society.”

Intel Omni-Path Architecture: What’s a Supercomputer App Want?

The Intel Omni-Path Architecture is the next-generation fabric for high-performance computing. In this feature, we will focus on what it takes for for supercomputer application to scale well by taking full advantage of processor features. “To keep these apps working at their peak means not letting them starve for the next bit or byte or calculated result—for whatever reason.”

IBM’s New PowerAI Software Speeds Deep Learning

IBM PowerAI on Power servers with GPU accelerators provide at least twice the performance of our x86 platform; everything is faster and easier: adding memory, setting up new servers and so on,” said current PowerAI customer Ari Juntunen, CTO at Elinar Oy Ltd. “As a result, we can get new solutions to market very quickly, protecting our edge over the competition. We think that the combination of IBM Power and PowerAI is the best platform for AI developers in the market today. For AI, speed is everything —nothing else comes close in our opinion.”

Living Computers Museum Adds Two Iconic Cray Systems

Today the Living Computers: Museum + Labs added a pair of Cray supercomputers to its permanent collection. The Cray-1 supercomputer went on display at Living Computers this week and will be joined by the Cray-2 supercomputer later this year. Living Computers intends to recommission the Cray-2 and make it available to the public. “I honestly can’t overstate how important these two supercomputers are to computing history, and I am thrilled to be adding them to our collection,” says Lath Carlson, Executive Director of Living Computers. “Bringing these milestones back from the depths of storage has been an incredible journey, and we look forward to making them available to the public.” Living Computers will also host a private reception for the Cray User Group on May 9th to celebrate the new home of these Cray supercomputers.

Bright Cluster Manager 8.0 Release Sets New Standard for Automation

Today Bright Computing announced the release of Bright Cluster Manager 8.0 and Bright OpenStack 8.0 with advanced, integrated solutions to improve ease-of use and management of HPC and Big Data clusters as well as private and public cloud environments. “In our latest software release, we incorporated many new features that our users have requested,” said Martijn de Vries, Chief Technology Officer of Bright Computing. De Vries continues, “We’ve made significant improvements that provide greater ease-of-use for systems administrators as well as end-users when creating and managing their cluster and cloud environments. Our goal is to increase productivity to decrease the time to results.”