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Cray and Intel Double Down on Next-gen HPC Systems

Since 2008, the Intel and Cray have rapidly increased their collaboration to the benefit of the supercomputing market and customers. “Most recently, Cray has announced win after win for its Cray XC series systems that feature the Intel Xeon Phi processor, code-named Knights Landing and Knights Hill, which offers peak performance of over half-a-petaflop per cabinet—a 2X performance boost over previous generations. Cray is leading the charge toward many-core-CPU systems that boost application performance without the aid of GPUs.”

It’s Here: The Print ‘n Fly Guide to SC16 in Salt Lake City

At insideHPC, are very pleased to publish the Print ‘n Fly Guide to SC16 in Salt Lake City. We designed this Guide to be an in-flight magazine custom tailored for your journey to SC16 — the world’s largest gathering of high performance computing professionals. “Inside this guide you will find technical features on supercomputing, HPC interconnects, and the latest developments on the road to exascale. It also has great recommendations on food, entertainment, and transportation in SLC.”

SGI UV Powers Romanian Aerospace Agency

The National Institute of Aerospace Research in Romania will power its scientific and aeronautical research program with a new SGI UV system. “This is the second SGI system we have installed at INCAS,” said Costea Emil, head of Department Technical Services at INCAS. “SGI solutions have allowed us to rapidly develop and test our software prototypes and solutions. With our newest installation, we can reduce the time required to program algorithms, allowing us to focus on the key scientific problems we’re chartered to solve.”

New AVX-512 Instructions Boost Performance on Intel Xeon Phi

While there have been previous generations of AVX instructions, the AVX-512 instructions can significantly assist the performance of HPC applications. “The new AVX-512 instructions have been designed with developers in mind. High level languages that are used for HPC applications, such as FORTRAN and C/C++, through a compiler will be able to use the new instructions. This can be accomplished through the use of pragmas to direct the compilers to generate the new instructions, or users can use libraries which are tuned to the new technology.”

OpenPOWER Gains Momentum in Europe

Growing momentum was the watchword at the inaugural OpenPOWER European Summit this week, where the OpenPOWER Foundation made a series of announcements today detailing the rapid growth, adoption and support of OpenPOWER across the continent. ” With today’s announcements by our European members, the OpenPOWER Foundation expands its reach, bringing open source, high performing, flexible and scalable solutions to organizations worldwide.”

Penguin Computing Adds Pascal GPUs to Open Compute Tundra Systems

“Pairing Tundra Relion X1904GT with our Tundra Relion 1930g, we now have a complete deep learning solution in Open Compute form factor that covers both training and inference requirements,” said William Wu, Director of Product Management at Penguin Computing. “With the ever evolving deep learning market, the X1904GT with its flexible PCI-E topologies eclipses the cookie cutter approach, providing a solution optimized for customers’ respective applications. Our collaboration with NVIDIA is combating the perennial need to overcome scaling challenges for deep learning and HPC.”

Video: Jim Ganthier on how Dell EMC Powers HPC & Big Data

“HPC is ‘mainstreaming’ into many industry verticals and converging with Big Data and Cloud. By 2019, HPC will account for nearly 1 in 4 of all servers sold. Our scalable, flexible market-ready solutions — with the latest Intel processors — readily handle compute and data-intensive workloads to drive breakthroughs faster. Dell supports industry, research, government and education with market-ready HPC solutions that enable more innovation and discovery. Our scalable, flexible solutions readily handle compute and data-intensive research workloads, helping drive faster breakthroughs.”

Fujitsu Develops New Architecture for Combinatorial Optimization

Today Fujitsu Laboratories announced a collaboration with the University of Toronto to develop a new computing architecture to tackle a range of real-world issues by solving combinatorial optimization problems that involve finding the best combination of elements out of an enormous set of element combinations. “This architecture employs conventional semiconductor technology with flexible circuit configurations to allow it to handle a broader range of problems than current quantum computing can manage. In addition, multiple computation circuits can be run in parallel to perform the optimization computations, enabling scalability in terms of problem size and processing speed.”

Thomas Schulthess to Present Goals and Baselines for Exascale at SC16

Next month at SC16, Dr. Thomas Schulthess from CSCS in Switzerland will present a talk entitled “Reflecting on the Goal and Baseline for Exascale Computing.” The presentation will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 11:15 am in Salt Palace Ballroom-EFGHIJ.

Students Learn HPC at ARL Supercomputing Summer Institute

The DOD High Performance Computing Program and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) hosted the Supercomputing Summer Institute July 18-29, 2016, at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. The program introduced students to high-tech learning opportunities.