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Is Europe Leading the Energy Efficiency Race?

Tom Wilkie, Scientific Computing World

Europe is notorious for its high energy costs. In the first of three articles on energy efficiency in high-performance computing, Tom Wilkie from Scientific Computing World asks if that’s why so much of the initiative appears to be coming from Europe.

Petroleum Geo-Services to Acquire 5 Petaflop Cray XC40

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Today Cray announced a contract to provide Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) with a 5 Petaflop Cray XC40 supercomputer. The system will be one of the largest supercomputers ever deployed in the commercial sector.

Video: Dimensioning Data Centre Resiliency at CSCS

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“The Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) offers a range of computing and storage services to Swiss and international research communities. These services are provisioned by an array of solutions including leading edge Cray XC40 and hybrid XC30 systems, commodity clusters, files systems such as Lustre and site-wide GPFS storage as well as centre-wide Ethernet and InfiniBand networks.”

Video: RSC Technologies – Leading Energy Efficient Supercomputing to Exascale

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In this video from the HPC Advisory Council Switzerland Conference, Alexander Moskovsky from RSC presents: Leading Energy Efficient Supercomputing to Exascale.

IBM’s Dave Turek on the First Look at OpenPOWER Hardware for HPC

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This week at the OpenPOWER Summit in San Jose, the OpenPOWER Foundation showed off real hardware for the first time with 13 systems including a a prototype HPC server from IBM and new microprocessor customized for China. Built collaboratively by OpenPOWER members, the new solutions exploit the POWER architecture to provide more choice, customization and performance to customers, including hyperscale data centers.

QCT to Develop First x86 Servers with Nvidia’s NVLink Interconnet

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Today Quanta Cloud Technology (QCT) announced plans to build the first x86 CPU-based servers with Nvidia’s NVLink high-speed GPU interconnect technology. “NVLink unlocks the full potential of GPU accelerators by enabling CPUs and GPUs to transfer data at unprecedented speeds,” said Sumit Gupta, general manager of the Accelerated Computing business at NVIDIA. “QCT extends the benefits of NVLink to the x86 ecosystem and gives our customers an easy path to higher levels of enterprise and HPC application performance.”

OpenPOWER Showcases Real Hardware including Prototype HPC Server

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The OpenPOWER Foundation showed off real hardware for the first time today with 13 systems including a a prototype HPC server from IBM and new microprocessor customized for China.

Cavium Adds GPU Support to 64-bit ARMv8-A ThunderX Processor Family

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Today Cavium announced support for Nvidia Teslas GPUs in its ThunderX ARM processor family.

E4 Rolls Out ARM-based ARKA Servers for HPC and Big Data

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Today E4 Computer Engineering from Italy announced a new series of ThunderX ARMv8-A enabled ARKA dense computing sever product line.

Interview: Why Software Defined Infrastructure Makes Sense for HPC

Jay Muelhoefer, IBM

“I came to IBM via the acquisition of Platform Computing. There’s also been other IBM assets around HPC, namely GPFS. What’s been the evolution of those items as well and how they really come together under this concept of software-defined infrastructure, and how we’re now taking these capabilities and expanding them into other initiatives that have sort of bled into the HPC space.”