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Slidecast: SRC Saturn 1 Server Taps FPGAs on HP Moonshot Platform

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In this slidecast, David Eaton and Mark Tellez from SRC Computer describe the company’s new Saturn 1 server, a dynamically reconfigurable modular system for hyperscale data centers and Web operations.

Radio Free HPC Previews the ISC 2015 Student Cluster Competition

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In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks ahead to the ISC 2015 Student Cluster Competition. This year, 11 teams from around the globe will face off to build the fastest HPC cluster.

Seeking Volunteer Parallella Boards for Virtual Supercomputer

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Over at Parallella.org, Adapteva Founder & CEO Andreas Olofsson writes that the organization is seeking help from its user community to “help build the most efficient virtual supercomputer in the world this week.”

Solving Eight Constraints of Today’s Data Center

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With the growth of big data, cloud and high performance computing, demands on data centers around the world are expanding every year. Unfortunately, these demands are coming up against significant opposition in the form of operating constraints, capital constraints, and sustainability goals. In this article, we look at 8 of these constraints and how direct-to-chip liquid cooling is solving them.

Poznan in Poland Goes Green with CoolIT Systems

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Today CoolIT Systems announced that the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center has successfully deployed Rack DCLC liquid cooling. Through a collaboration with Huawei and Itprojektof, the company described the new installation as the most energy efficient HPC cluster in Poland.

PNNL Looks at Undervolting to Meet Exascale Goals

Figure depicting the general constraints at scale for building exascale architectures. The undervolting component (shown in 4) is part of ongoing work that PNNL’s HPC group and their collaborators are conducting in the effort to build highly resilient and energy-efficient HPC systems.

PNNL researchers are using supercomputers to take on two of the main challenges of exascale: energy efficiency and resiliency. Their simulations show that dynamic voltage scaling, also known as undervolting, can reduce power consumption and leverage existing mainstream resilience techniques at scale for improving system failure rates.

Alternatives to x86: Future Processing Technologies

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In the second article in his series on future hardware for HPC, Robert Roe from Scientific Computing World looks at alternatives to the x86, including server on a chip and OpenPower.

E4-ARKA: ARM64+GPU+IB is Now Here

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“E4 Computer Engineering has introduced ARKA, the first server solution based on ARM 64 bit SoC dedicated to HPC. The compute node is boosted by discrete GPU NVIDIA cards K20 with 10Gb ethernet and FDR InfiniBand networks implemented by default. In this presentation, the hardware configuration of the compute node is described in detail. The unique capabilities of the ARM+GPU+IB combination are described, including many synthetic benchmarks and application tests with particular attention to molecular dynamics software.”

Supermicro Rolls Out X10 3U MicroCloud

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Today Super Micro Computer announced a new 3U 8-node MicroCloud solution supporting Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 optimized for data intensive analytics applications in Oil and Gas exploration and HPC environments.

HPC News Roundup for Friday, May 8

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It can be tough to keep up with all that’s happening in HPC these days. Here are some notable items that may have not made it to the front page.