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Video: Intel Debuts Omni-Path at SC15


In this video from SC15, Barry Davis from Intel describes the ecosystem for the newly launched Intel Omni-Path fabric and Scalable System Framework. “Intel OPA delivers the performance for tomorrow’s high performance computing (HPC) workloads and the ability to scale to tens of thousands of nodes—and eventually more—at a price competitive with today’s fabrics. The Intel OPA 100 Series product line is an end-to-end solution of PCIe adapters, silicon, switches, cables, and management software. As the successor to Intel True Scale Fabric, this optimized HPC fabric is built upon a combination of enhanced IP and Intel technology.”

HPE Shows Momentum in HPC


Today at SC15, Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced that more than a third of the HPC market is leveraging HPE Compute platforms. Among the organizations using HPE solutions are The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, Texas Advanced Computing Center at the University of Texas at Austin, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Ghent University and the Academic Computer Centre Cyfronet. They use HPE solutions based on the HPE Apollo server line to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems in science and engineering. HPE also announced the first solution deployments resulting from the HPC alliance with Intel.

E4 Ships ARM HPC Servers with Cavium ThunderX


Today Italy’s E4 Computer Engineering announced public availability and deployment of Cavium ThunderX-based ARKA servers. Customers can place orders today for one-socket and two-socket ARKA platforms in multiple chassis configurations based on Cavium ThunderX ARMv8 workload-optimized CPUs.

Penguin Computing Looks to Cavium ThunderX for ARM HPC Servers


Today Penguin Computing announced first customer shipments of its Tundra Extreme Scale (ES) server based on Cavium’s 48 core ARMv8 based ThunderX workload optimized processors. Tundra ES Valkre servers are now available for public order and a standard 19” rack mount version will ship in early 2016.

Video: IBM Showcases Data-centric Computing at SC15

Matt Drahzal, IBM

In this video from SC15, Matt Drahzal from IBM describes the company’s comprehensive approach to data-centric computing. “IBM is speeding up innovation through Data Centric Design. Limitations in traditional computing are slowing progress in business and society. A new approach to computer design is needed that will accelerate the pace of innovation to benefit organizations and individuals alike.”

AppliedMicro and E4 Collaborate on X-Gene Platforms


Today Applied Micro Circuits Corporation announced a collaboration with E4 Computer Engineering, a leading supplier of customized solutions for high performance computing and enterprise data centers, on X-Gene platforms based on ARMv8-A architecture.

Deep Learning Systems Analyze Periscope Streams on a Supercomputer


Today Dextro, developer of advanced computer vision, machine learning, and data analytics technologies, announced that Orange Silicon Valley, an innovation subsidiary of global telecommunications operator Orange, will use Dextro’s Stream application in its prototype to demonstrate the power and performance capabilities of its {Orange Silicone Valley’s} Exascale supercomputing platform, in collaboration with Echostreams and CocoLink. The Exascale one-unit system can do what previously took dozens of servers while making the learning speed of Dextro’s algorithms more than 5x faster.

Cray CS400 to Power Polar Research at Alfred Wegener Institute


Today Cray announced the Company has been awarded a contract to provide the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) with a Cray CS400 cluster supercomputer. Headquartered in Bremerhaven, Germany, AWI is one of the country’s premier research institutes within the Helmholtz Association, and is an internationally respected center of expertise for polar and marine research.

USA Has a Shrinking Share of the TOP500


The latest TOP500 list was published today in conjunction with SC15 in Austin. For the sixth consecutive time, the Tianhe-2 supercomputer in China has retained its position as the world’s No. 1 system. “In the bigger picture, China nearly tripled the number of systems on the latest list, while the number of systems in the United States has fallen to the lowest point since the TOP500 list was created in 1993. China is also carving out a bigger share as a manufacturer of high performance computers with multiple Chinese manufacturers becoming more active in this field.”

Benchmarks, Schmenchmarks: Big Iron Data and the November 2015 TOP500

Peter ffoulkes, OrionX

In this special guest feature, Peter ffoulkes from OrionX offers his insights on the latest TOP500 listing of the world’s fastest supercomputers. “Most importantly increasing the number of petascale-capable resources available to scientists, researchers, and other users up to 20% of the entire list will be a significant milestone. From a useful outcome and transformational perspective it is much more important to support advances in science, research and analysis than to ring the bell with the world’s first exascale system on the TOP500 in 2018, 2023 or 2025.”