Dr. Umit Catalyurek from Georgia Institute of Technology presented this talk as part of the USC Big Data to Knowledge series. “This lecture will be a brief crash course on computer architecture, high performance computing and parallel computing. We will, again very briefly, discuss how to classify computer architectures and applications, and what to look in applications to achieve best performance on different architectures.”
In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team speaks to our special guest for the week: Binnie Coppersmith, also known as Henry’s Mom. It’s Binnie’s 80th birthday, and Dan wants to know once and for all if Henry is an alien, or at least why he is the way he is. After that, we look at why the UberCloud has received $1.7 Million in Pre-A Series funding. It’s great news for HPC in the Cloud.
“UberCloud has created an entire cloud computing ecosystem for complex technical simulations, leveraging cloud infrastructure providers, developing and utilizing middleware container technology, and bringing on board established and proven application software providers, all for the benefit of a growing community of engineers and scientists that need to solve critical technical problems on demand,” said Roland Manger, co-founder and Partner at Earlybird. “While technical computing has been slow to adopt the benefits of the Cloud, we are convinced that UberCloud can be a catalyst for change.”
Today Rescale announced the company is expanding to Europe with a new office in Munich, Germany. “Europe has always been a crucial market for Rescale,” said Rescale co-founder and CEO Joris Poort. “We are thrilled to be establishing a solid regional foundation for sales and support for our customers in Europe. Wolfgang Dreyer’s HPC expertise and deep familiarity with the region will be a tremendous asset to help serve our European customers.”
Today Atos announced the first installation of its Bull sequana X1000 new-generation supercomputer system in the UK at the Hartree Centre. Founded by the UK government, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Hartree Centre is a high performance computing and data analytics research facility. Described as “the world’s most efficient supercomputer,” Bull sequana is an exascale-class computer capable of processing a billion billion operations per second while consuming 10 times less energy than current systems.
Today Altair announced plans to build and offer HPC solutions on the Oracle Cloud Platform. This follows Oracle’s decision to name Altair PBS Works as its preferred workload management solution for Oracle Cloud customers. “This move signals a big shift in strategy for Oracle, a company that abandoned the HPC market after it acquired Sun Microsystems in 2010.”
“Delivering optimized technology capabilities to different communities is key to a successful public cloud offering”, said Nimbix Chief Technology Officer Leo Reiter. “With this unified approach, Nimbix delivers discrete product capabilities to different audiences while maximizing value to all parties with the underlying power of the JARVICE platform.”
Are you shopping for Public Cloud services? A new Public Cloud Services Comparison site gives a service & feature level mapping between the 3 major public clouds: Amazon Web Service, Microsoft Azure & Google Cloud. Published by Ilyas F, a Cloud Solution Architect at Xebia Group, the Public Cloud Services Comparison is a handy reference manual to help anyone to quickly learn the alternate features & services between clouds.
“Run your Windows and Linux HPC applications using high performance A8 and A9 compute instances on Azure, and take advantage of a backend network with MPI latency under 3 microseconds and non-blocking 32 Gbps throughput. This backend network includes remote direct memory access (RDMA) technology on Windows and Linux that enables parallel applications to scale to thousands of cores. Azure provides you with high memory and HPC-class CPUs to help you get results fast. Scale up and down based upon what you need and pay only for what you use to reduce costs.”
In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team honors the Festivus tradition of the annual Airing of Grievances. Our random gripes include: the need for a better HPC benchmark suite, the missed opportunity for ARM servers, the skittish battery in the new Macbook Pro, and a lack of an industry standards body for cloud computing.