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Radio Free HPC News Roundup for Friday the 13th

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the news highlights for the week leading up to Friday the 13th of May, 2016. Highlights include a 25 Petaflop Fujitsu supercomputer coming to Japan, an OpenPOWER Summit coming to Europe, and fighting the Zombie Apocalypse with HPC.

June 1 Deadline for SC16 Student Volunteer Applications Fast Approaching

Applications to attend SC16 as a Student Volunteer are due Wednesday, June 1. “As part of the Students@SC program, Student Volunteers play a key role in supporting the overall conference and conference attendees. Undergraduate and graduate student volunteers help with the administration of the conference and have the opportunity to participate in student-oriented activities, including professional development workshops, technical talks by famous researchers and industry leaders, a job fair, exhibits by 350 organizations, as well as develop lasting peer connections.”

OpenPOWER Summit Coming to Frankfurt June 16-17

The OpenPOWER Foundation is pleased to announce the first OpenPOWER Europe Summit taking place on June 16-17 in Frankfurt.

Video: Enabling High-Performance Storage on OpenPOWER Systems

In this video from the 2016 OpenPOWER Summit, Stephen Bates of Microsemi presents: Enabling high-performance storage on OpenPOWER Systems. “Non-Volatile Memory (NVM), and the low latency access to storage it provides, is changing the compute stack. NVM Express is the de-facto protocol for communicating with local NVM attached over the PCIe interface. In this talk we will demonstrate performance data for extermely low-latency NVMe devices operating inside OpenPOWER systems. We will discuss the implications of this for applications like in-memory databases, analytics and cognitive computing. In addition we will present data on the emerging NVMe over Fabrics (NVMf) protocol running on OpenPOWER systems.”

Teratec Forum to Put Spotlight on Big Data & HPC

The TERATEC Forum has posted their agenda for their 11th annual meeting. The event takes place June 28-29 in Palaiseau, France. “TERATEC brings together top international experts in high performance numerical design, simulation and Big Data, making it the major event in France and in Europe in this domain.”

MarsFS – A Near-POSIX Namespace Leveraging Scalable Object Storage

David Bonnie from LANL presented this talk at the 2016 MSST Conference. “As we continue to scale system memory footprint, it becomes more and more challenging to scale the long-term storage systems with it. Scaling tape access for bandwidth becomes increasingly challenging and expensive when single files are in the many terabytes to petabyte range. Object-based scale out systems can handle the bandwidth requirements we have, but are also not ideal to store very large files as objects. MarFS sidesteps this while still leveraging the large pool of object storage systems already in existence by striping large files across many objects.”

Storage Performance Modeling for Future Systems

In this video from the 2016 MSST Conference, Yoonho Park from IBM presents: Storage Performance Modeling for Future Systems. “The burst buffer is an intermediate, high-speed layer of storage that is positioned between the application and the parallel file system (PFS), absorbing the bulk data produced by the application at a rate a hundred times higher than the PFS, while seamlessly draining the data to the PFS in the background.”

Radio Free HPC Trip Reports from ASC16 & MSST

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team recaps the ASC16 Student Cluster Competition in China and the 2016 MSST Conference in Santa Clara. Dan spent a week in Wuxi interviewing ASC16 student teams, he came back impressed with the Linpack benchmark tricks from the team at Zhejiang University, who set a new student LINPACK record with 12.03 TFlop/s. Meanwhile, Rich was in Santa Clara for the MSST conference, where he captured two days of talks on Mass Storage Technologies.

Video: Versity HSM – Archiving to Objects

In this video from the 2016 MSST Conference, Harriet Coverston from Versity presents: Versity – Archiving to Objects. “Introducing Versity Storage Manager – an enterprise-class storage virtualization and archiving system that runs on Linux. Offering comprehensive data management for tiered storage environments and the ability to preserve and protect your data forever. Maximum protection at a minimum cost. Versity supports nearly unlimited volumes of storage and offers the most robust archive policy engine on the market.”

Agenda Posted for FLOW-3D European User Conference

Today Flow Science announced the speakers for its annual FLOW-3D European Users Conference that will take place on June 15-16, 2016 in Kraków, Poland.