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OpenACC 2.5 Includes Support for ARM and x86 Processors


The OpenACC Standards Group released the 2.5 version of the OpenACC API specification.

Video: OpenHPC Community Launches at SC15


In this video from SC15, Karl Schulz from Intel and Michael Miller from SUSE describe the all-new OpenHPC Community. “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.”

Dell Shows Strategic Focus on HPC at SC15


Today Dell unveiled sweeping advancements to its industry-leading high performance computing portfolio. These advances include innovative new systems designed to simplify mainstream adoption of HPC and data analytics in research, manufacturing and genomics. Dell also unveiled expansions to its HPC Innovation Lab and showcased next-generation technologies including the Intel Omni-Path Fabric. HPC is becoming increasingly critical to how organizations of all sizes innovate and compete. Many organizations lack the in-house expertise to configure, build and deploy an HPC system without losing focus on their core science, engineering and analytic missions. As an example, according to the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, 98 percent of all products will be designed digitally by 2020, yet 95 percent of the center’s 300,000 manufacturing companies have little or no HPC expertise.

Society of HPC Professionals to Focus on Cybersecurity at December Conference


The Society of HPC Professionals will focus its 2015 Annual Technical Meeting on the applications of HPC technology to protect against cyberthreats. The one-day ‘HPC in Cybersecurity’ meeting will be held Wednesday, December 2, 2015, at a Schlumberger location in Houston. This event is free and open to all, but advanced registration is required.

Radio Free HPC Reports Live from SC15


In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team shares their thoughts from SC15 in Austin. Henry is impressed by the increasing presence of FPGAs on the show floor. Dan is really impressed with Allinea Performance Reports profiling tool and how easy it is to use. And Rich sees SC15 as the crossroads that we’ll remember where Intel squared off with the official launch of their Omni-Path Interconnect and Scalable System Framework against the co-design alliance of OpenPOWER with IBM, Mellanox, and Nvidia.

Penguin Computing Looks to Cavium ThunderX for ARM HPC Servers


Today Penguin Computing announced first customer shipments of its Tundra Extreme Scale (ES) server based on Cavium’s 48 core ARMv8 based ThunderX workload optimized processors. Tundra ES Valkre servers are now available for public order and a standard 19” rack mount version will ship in early 2016.

Video: IBM Showcases Data-centric Computing at SC15

Matt Drahzal, IBM

In this video from SC15, Matt Drahzal from IBM describes the company’s comprehensive approach to data-centric computing. “IBM is speeding up innovation through Data Centric Design. Limitations in traditional computing are slowing progress in business and society. A new approach to computer design is needed that will accelerate the pace of innovation to benefit organizations and individuals alike.”

Video: Seagate Rolls out All New ClusterStor Lineup for HPC Storage


In this video, Torben Kling-Petersen from Seagate describes new storage innovations for high performance computing. At SC15, Seagate announced a major expansion of its HPC product portfolio including the ClusterStor HPC hard disk drive designed for Big Data applications.

Video: Early Evaluation of IME as a Burst Buffer and Application Accelerator


Dirk Pleiter from the Jülich Supercomputing Centre presented this talk at the DDN User Group at SC15. “IME unleashes a new I/O provisioning paradigm. This breakthrough, software defined storage application introduces a whole new new tier of transparent, extendable, non-volatile memory (NVM), that provides game-changing latency reduction and greater bandwidth and IOPS performance for the next generation of performance hungry scientific, analytic and big data applications – all while offering significantly greater economic and operational efficiency than today’s traditional disk-based and all flash array storage approaches that are currently used to scale performance.”

USA Has a Shrinking Share of the TOP500


The latest TOP500 list was published today in conjunction with SC15 in Austin. For the sixth consecutive time, the Tianhe-2 supercomputer in China has retained its position as the world’s No. 1 system. “In the bigger picture, China nearly tripled the number of systems on the latest list, while the number of systems in the United States has fallen to the lowest point since the TOP500 list was created in 1993. China is also carving out a bigger share as a manufacturer of high performance computers with multiple Chinese manufacturers becoming more active in this field.”