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SC17 Preview turns the Spotlight on Making Connections

SC17 General Chair Bernd Mohr introduced the theme of the upcoming conference with these fine words: “One connection can change your life. Our community is making millions of connections every day: by bringing together people at workshops, conferences, in research teams and projects, by connecting extreme-scale supercomputers to instruments and visualization and data analytics systems, by inspiring collaborations between different fields of science And all with the goal of making the greatest impact on society and changing our world I invite you to continue on this journey of creating meaningful connections at SC17.”

Dell EMC & Cycle Computing to offer Cloud Software and Services for HPC

Today Cycle Computing announced that Dell EMC will offer its software and services as an option with Dell EMC HPC Systems.

At Dell EMC, we are constantly looking for the best ways to serve our customers, and Cycle Computing is a valuable addition to our HPC offerings,” said Jim Ganthier, senior vice president, Validated Solutions, and HPC organization, Dell EMC. “With Cycle, Dell EMC will be the first to offer ‘crate to cloud’ for HPC in a matter of hours and will help our customers accelerate time to results while reducing cost and complexity.”

Video: For Precision Medicine, HPC Matters at SC16

In this video from SC16, Steve Conway from IDC moderates a panel discussion on Precision Medicine. “Recently, DOE Secretary Moniz, VA Secretary MacDonald, NCI Director Lowy and the GSK CEO Andrew Witty announced that the Nation’s leading supercomputers would be applied to the challenge of the Cancer Moonshot initiative. This partnership of nontraditional groups, collectively see the path to unraveling the complexities of cancer through the power of new machines, operating systems, and applications that leverage simulations, data science and artificial intelligence to accelerate bringing precision oncology to the patients that are waiting. This initiative is one of many research efforts in the race to solve some of our most challenging medical problems.”

Huawei Showcases FusionServer X6000 at SC16

“Huawei’s new-generation FusionServer X6000 HPC platform, based on the Intel Scalable System Framework, provides the balanced performance, scalability, and flexibility to efficiently handle a wide range of HPC workloads,” said Hugo Saleh, Director of Marketing and Enabling, Intel Scalable Datacenter Solutions. “The FusionServer X6000 is a great example of how Intel Xeon processors and Intel Omni-path architecture can combine to build industry leading solutions with innovative fabric features that optimize performance, resiliency, and traffic movement.”

Video: Time-Lapse Walk-Through of SC16

If you were not able to attend SC16, have we got a video for you! Courtesy of Asetek, this time-lapse walk-through of the exhibit hall sure looks familiar to this reporter who spent the last four days shooting over 50 interviews.

Video: SC16 Keynote Katharine Frase on Cognitive Computing

“Watson and cognitive computing in general can serve significantly in every single arena in which we grapple with multi-layered, data-intensive problems: how to best treat cancers; how to adapt to conditions brought about by climate change; how to quickly and effectively harness new kinds of sustainable energy; how to untangle intractable governmental or community development challenges,” Frase stated. “Now more than ever, visionary thinking will drive an endless and transformative array of applications for Watson and cognitive computing in general, along with whatever comes next.”

Scaling Machine Learning Software with Allinea Tools

“The majority of deep learning frameworks provide good out-of-the-box performance on a single workstation, but scaling across multiple nodes is still a wild, untamed borderland. This discussion follows the story of one researcher trying to make use of a significant compute resource to accelerate learning over a large number of CPUs. Along the way we note how to find good multiple-CPU performance with Theano* and TensorFlow*, how to extend a single-machine model with MPI and optimize its performance as we scale out and up on both Intel Xeon and Intel Xeon Phi architectures.”

Manage Your Lustre HPC Storage with the new Dashboard from RAID Inc.

In this video from SC16, Yugendra Guvvala, VP of Technology at RAID Inc. describes the company’s new Dashboard software. The Dashboard provides a single pane of glass to manage your high performance Lustre storage pools. “Scaling to tens of petabytes and thousands of clients – considered a best filesystem for storage by many – Lustre is a high performance storage architecture for clusters. The central component of this architecture is the Lustre shared file system, which is currently available for Linux, providing a POSIX-compliant UNIX file system interface. RAID, Inc. offers custom Lustre solutions with installation & 24/7 support.”

It’s #SC16, and the SC Perennials Keep Coming Back!

SC16 will the 29th supercomputing event in the conference series, a long tradition that brings some 10,000 HPC professionals to Salt Lake City 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. The SC Perennials are very young at heart,” said conference committee member Mike Bernhardt. “And we stand tall with our motto, ‘We Keep Coming Back.'” If you’re in Salt Lake City this week and see someone wearing the SC Perennial pin, please see hello.

Video: Announcing the New Intel® HPC Orchestrator Software

In this video from SC16, Figen Ulgen from Intel and Maurizio Davini from the IT Center University of Pisa describe the newly announced Intel® HPC Orchestrator software. “With Intel® HPC Orchestrator, based on the OpenHPC system software stack, you can take advantage of the innovation driven by the open source community – while also getting peace of mind from Intel® support across the HPC system software stack.”