In this podcast, Dan Olds from Gabriel Consulting reports live from the ASC 2014 Asia Supercomputer Challenge, where 16 teams are battling it out for cash prizes. The competition wraps up April 25 at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China.
“The Relion 2808GT was designed to deliver maximum compute power with a minimal datacenter footprint and maximum efficiency. The system supports eight GPUs or coprocessors in two rack units and provides a higher compute density that any other server on the market. Configured with eight NVidia GPUs or eight Intel Xeon Phi co-processors a single Relion 2808GT can achieve over 8TFLOPs of double precision floating point peak performance.”
“Named after the astronomical open star cluster of the same name, Pleiades, one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers, represents NASA’s state-of-the-art technology for meeting the agency’s supercomputing requirements, enabling NASA scientists and engineers to conduct modeling and simulation for NASA missions.”
“Our annual ‘Budget Map’ report series looks at the relative spending between all of the products, components, and services that make up the HPC market. With six years of end user data, we get a strong grip on where the money is flowing, whether it’s on big items like clusters and storage, or on topical things like power consumption, programming, or compute cycles in public cloud. We also get a sense of future budget outlook and how the market is likely to evolve.”
“We have developed an active programme of industry engagement, typically consulting in niche areas and helping those partners exploit advanced computing within their organisations. This may be improving fraud detection algorithms, large-scale data management, tailored training courses or oil & gas related work. In fact it is very rarely about computer time! We also work with public sector bodies to support computing centric projects by the state and provide so-called platform technology support for research communities that need more than just raw cycles.”