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Open Computing: Vendor Landscape

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The Open Compute Project, initiated by Facebook as a way to increase computing power while lowering associated costs with hyper-scale computing, has gained a significant industry following. Several vendors have released, or will soon release, servers based on Open Compute specifications.

Seagate Powers 120 Petabytes of HPC Storage with Cray

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“The Cray-Seagate partnership is helping expand the boundaries of what’s possible in large-scale, data-intensive computing, far beyond what we could have imagined just 10 years ago. This continued innovation using the Lustre open file system is helping assist data-intense applications critical to advancements in important industries around the world.”

Special Feature: Slideshow from #LUG2015

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We had a great time covering the Lustre User Group meeting in Denver last week. In this special feature, we added a blues music track to the OpenSFS slideshow from the event. Enjoy!

HPC People on the Move – April Edition

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Dr. Lewey Anton brings us the scoop on who’s jumping ship and moving on up in high performance computing.

Applications Performance Optimizations – Best Practices

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“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.”

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.”