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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.”

Video: Intel and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Team Up with Scalable System Framework at SC15


In this video from SC15, Intel’s Barry Davis and and Scott Misage from Hewlett Packard Enterprise describe how their two company’s are driving HPC innovation with the Intel Scalable System Framework and Intel Omni-Path interconnect technologies. “As a result of a new alliance with Intel, HPE is offering its HPC Solutions Framework based on HPE Apollo servers, which are specialized for HPC and now optimized to support industry- specific software applications from leading independent software vendors. These solutions will dramatically simplify the deployment of HPC for customers in industries such as oil and gas, life sciences and financial services.”

SC Perennials Keep Coming Back


SC15 will the 28th supercomputing event in the conference series, a long tradition that brings some 10,000 HPC professionals to Austin this week. While many of us regulars have attended for years, there is a hearty group of 18 SC Perennials that have managed to attend every conference since the beginning.

Podcast: SC15 Keynote Speaker Alan Alda on How HPC Transforms

Alan Alda

“To model climate change is one of the great benefits we’re going to get from supercomputing. The trouble is, to really help the public understand all the benefits that they can get from supercomputing, it has to be communicated with clarity so that they get it and they get excited by it… (thus) I think we have to transform the scientists who are explaining this to the public before the public will allow them and participate with them in transforming their own lives with this amazing ability to model things on supercomputers.”

The Hyper-Converged Approach to Storage – a Natural Next Step

Laura Sheppard DDN

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Laura Shepard, Sr. Director Vertical and Product Marketing at DDN looks at trends in commodity hardware, specifically a converged approach to storage and the many benefits it offers to supercomputing professionals.

NICE to Demo Technical Computing Apps in the Cloud at SC15


Today Italy’s NICE Software announced plans to demonstrate their latest remote visualization technologies at SC15 in Austin. Enhanced products include new release of NICE Desktop Cloud Visualization (DCV), improvements for ParaView users developed in collaboration with Kitware on NVIDIA GPUs, and the latest release of SGI VizServer powered by NICE software.