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Star Tribune Reflects on the Life of Seymour Cray

Seymour Cray showed off the Cray-1 supercomputer built in 1976 by Cray Research in Chippewa Falls, Wis. Cray revolutionized computing, ramping up productivity and speed with each new design.

Over at the Star Tribune, Curt Brown has posted a brief history on the life of Seymour Cray, the Father of the Supercomputing Industry. “It seems impossible to exaggerate the effect he had on the industry,” said Joel Birnbaum, a Hewlett-Packard executive. “Many of the things that high performance computers now do routinely were at the furthest edge of credibility when Seymour envisioned them. He ranks up there with Edison and Bell.”

HPC People on the Move: Superbowl Edition

Dr. Lewey Anton

It’s me again–Dr. Lewey Anton. I’ve been commissioned by insideHPC to get the scoop on who’s jumping ship and moving on up in high performance computing. This week familiar faces like Dr. Richard Juday and Anton Korzh have new gigs.

Video: Unleashing Powerful Monte Carlo Parallel Methods

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In this video from the Go Parallel Blog, Jeff Cogswell looks at an example of the Monte Carlo methods used in scientific and engineering applications for modeling sophisticated systems. Although these methods can be complex, some easy examples like this demonstrate their power.

Applications Performance Optimizations – Best Practices

Pak Lui

“To achieve good scalability performance on the HPC scientific applications typically involves good understanding of the workload through performing profile analysis, and comparing behaviors of using different hardware which pinpoint bottlenecks in different areas of the HPC cluster. In this session, a selection of HPC applications will be shown to demonstrate various methods of profiling and analysis to determine the bottleneck, and the effectiveness of the tuning to improve on the application performance.”

GPU Acceleration Benefits for Applied CAE

Axel

“This presentation examines the HPC performance characteristics of CAE software, and the current state of GPU parallel solvers in commercial CAE that support product design in manufacturing industries. Case studies from industry will be presented that include HPC adoption of GPUs for production CAE and HPC technology and the benefits they provide. Rapid simulation from GPUs demonstrates the potential of a novel HPC technology that can transform current practices in engineering analysis and design optimization procedures.”

Ingram Micro Artizen Soutions for HPC

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In this video from the GPU Technology Conference, Rick Young from Ingram Micro describes the company’s Artizen HPC solutions. “Available now to channel partners in the U.S., the distributor’s new and exclusive line of Artizen High Performance Computing (HPC) offerings include turnkey high performance servers, ultimate workstations, and customizable supercomputing clusters, as well as computing integration and software installation services.”

Monitoring and Management Interfaces for GPU Devices in a Cluster Environment

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“This presentation will provide an overview of the Nvidia Tesla Deployment Kit (TDK) from a user and a system administrator point of view. TDL contains Nvidia Management Library (NVML) and nvidia-healthmon–a tool for detecting and troubleshooting known GPU issues in a cluster environment. Usage models within a cluster environment will be presented along with a discussion on how existing resource management tools can be extended to improve allocation and accounting of GPU resources.”

Video: ClusterStor Update

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“HPC storage solutions and futures continue to evolve as growth and performance requirements permeate every HPC market segment. Torben discusses these challenges and how the company’s storage solutions are addressing these shifting needs with new developments around disk drives, RAID, CIFS, security, small file handling, and other related technologies.”

Managing the GPUs of Your Cluster in a Flexible Way with rCUDA

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In this talk, we introduce the rCUDA remote GPU virtualization framework, which has been shown to be the only one that supports the most recent CUDA versions, in addition to leverage the InfiniBand interconnect for the sake of performance. Furthermore, we also present the last developments within this framework, related with the use of low-power processors, enhanced job schedulers, and virtual machine environments.”

Troy Baer from NICS Wins Lifetime Achievement Adaptie Award

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“Congratulations go out to Troy Baer, HPC system administrator at the National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS), University of Tennessee. Troy Baer’s contributions in scheduling and resource management using Moab have helped Kraken—NICS’ flagship computing resource and the first academic computer to break the petaflop barrier—achieve outstanding 90-95% utilization rates since 2010. Baer’s administrative capabilities enable researchers in numerous scientific arenas, from climate to materials science to astrophysics, to achieve breakthroughs not yet possible on other resources. In November 2012, Baer helped NICS’ Beacon system secure a No. 1 ranking on the Green500 list of energy-efficient supercomputers.”