Businesses in the north west of the UK are being helped to develop new products faster and more cheaply. The advanced engineering technology centre was officially opened today at the Science and Technology Facility’s Council’s (STFC) Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire. It will provide UK businesses of all sizes, including small start-ups, with affordable access to more than £2 million of advanced engineering technology, including advanced 3D printing and rapid prototype assistance.
DDN has opened a research and development center in Paris, in response to strong demand the French market and across Europe for high-performance big data storage solutions. DDN’s Newly Created Research and Development Centre, located in the Meudon area of Paris, will develop advanced end-to-end data lifecycle management technology, and a local technical presence for its European customer base – increasing scope for innovation and collaboration.
Today Bright Computing announced that Linvision has become the latest company to join the Bright Computing partner network, to serve customers across Benelux, France and Germany. “At Linvision, we see a high demand from organizations for state of the art HPC systems that enable projects to be carried out efficiently and cost-effectively,” said Karin Peeters, CEO at Linvision. “I’m excited that Bright and Linvision can enter this market together, to see how we can support our customers with their evolving business challenges.”
The Department of Energy’s Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) has published a 3D timeline celebrating thirty years of service. With the launch of an interactive timeline, viewers can explore ESnet’s history and contributions.
“For now, InfiniBand and its vendor community, notably Mellanox appear to have the upper hand from a performance and market presence perspective, but with Intel entering the HPI market, and new server architectures based on ARM and Power making a new claim on high performance servers, it is clear that a new industry phase is beginning. A healthy war chest combined with a well-executed strategy can certainly influence a successful outcome.”
Today the InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA) and the OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) today announced that 204 of the world’s most powerful supercomputers accelerate performance through InfiniBand and OpenFabrics Software (OFS). At 41 percent of the TOP500 List, the InfiniBand fabric, together with OFS open source software, continues to be the interconnect of choice for the leading supercomputing systems. Furthermore, InfiniBand and OFS systems outperform competing technologies in overall efficiency, scoring an 85 percent list average for compute efficiency—with one system achieving a remarkable 99.8 percent.
The Centre for Modeling & Simulation (CFMS) in the UK has announced it will be leading the Future Engineering System (FES) Project. FES brings together CFMS, aerospace prime Rolls-Royce, leading global engineering and technology services company Siemens, systems integrator Sysemia and digital quality specialist eQ-Technologic with academic specialists from the Sheffield Advanced Computing Research Centre and Leeds University Socio-Technical Centre. The consortium will develop and demonstrate a prototype future engineering system infrastructure to fully integrate engineering data sources within the process lifecycle management (PLM) tool chain.
The University of Michigan is seeking a new of Director IT Engineering and Research Development in our Job of the Week. “The Director IT Engineering & Research Development position will be working in a highly collaborative manner with the research community in the University to analyze research needs and design solutions and provide leadership in the proposals for developing applications/solutions needed to successfully support the design and implementation of new network system capabilities; mobile and distributed systems research projects.”
Properly managed HPC supercomputers can deliver sustained Return on Investment for production supercomputing. To ensure ongoing operations are at peak efficiency, system management capabilities should not only include system monitoring and configuration tools, but also workload management, automated power capping, and error and fault detection capabilities.
The University of Melbourne has launched a new HPC service called Spartan that combines traditional HPC with a flexible cloud computing component. “Many research projects demand high speed interconnect,” said Bernard Meade, Head of Research Computer Services at the University of Melbourne. “Spartan can quickly scale into cloud based virtual machines as needed, and expand the HPC system as user needs evolve. Traditional HPC systems are typically tailored for a few specific use cases, but in practice are used for a much wider variety of applications, resulting in less than optimal usage.”