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Slidecast: Getting Started with HPC using the New IBM Platform LSF Suites

In this slidecast, Gabor Samu from IBM describes the newly available IBM Platform LSF Suites for Workgroup and HPC. Designed to make it much easier to “kick the tires” on LSF, the new suites can help you configure install, maintain, and job manage HPC clusters with a single download. “The new IBM Platform LSF Suites are packages that include more than IBM Platform LSF, they provide additional functionalities designed to simplify HPC for users, administrators and the IT organization.”

Code Modernization for High Performance Hardware

“Parallel software and parallel hardware, used together will give the best results for an application. If the application is serial in nature, and the processor is serial, then there will obviously not be a great gain in performance. When the application is parallelized, but the processor is serial, again, no great gain. A third combination is when the application is serial and the processing is parallel. Since the application cannot take advantage of the increased power of the hardware, there will not be a great performance boost. The best and really only solution is to modify the application to run in parallel, using high performing parallel hardware.”

Video: ASC16 Student Supercomputing Challenge Wraps Up in China

In this video from CCTV News, ASC16 wraps up their Student Supercomputing Challenge. Huazhong University of Science won the overall competition, which concluded April 22 in Wuhan at the Central China University of Science. “With over 175 participating teams, the ASC16 is the world’s largest student cluster competition. In a race against time, student teams build HPC clusters and tune application codes to run with under 3000 watts of power.”

Cray Moves Minnesota Offices from St. Paul to Mall of America

“After a careful consideration of all our options, we have made the decision to leave our current location in downtown St. Paul and relocate our employees to The Offices @ MOA complex,” said Fred Kohout, chief marketing officer at Cray. “Saint Paul has been a great regional home for Cray over the last seven years. While it’s always tough to leave a location you love, we are excited to move to a new site that will better facilitate our growth, and allow us to continue to build upon our strong presence in the region.”

TYAN Servers and Motherboards Add Support for Broadwell Processors

Today TYAN announced support for the new Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v4 product family (Broadwell). Incorporating Intel’s new processor technologies allows TYAN to offer the latest performance and power savings features available. TYAN’s Xeon E5 platform-based server systems and motherboards continue to offer the high performance, power efficiency, and required reliability on the market.

Optalysys Wins DARPA Grant for Optical Computing

Today Cambridge University spin-out Optalysys announced that the company has been awarded a $350k grant for a 13-month project from the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The project will see the company advance their research in developing and applying their optical co-processing technology to solving complex mathematical equations. These equations are relevant to large-scale scientific and engineering simulations such as weather prediction and aerodynamics.

Leveraging HPC for Alzheimer’s Research and Beyond

“The National Supercomputing Center supports research projects at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas by providing a full-service supercomputing facility, plus available training and services, to academic and research institutions, government and private industry. NSCEE’s focus is on R&D related to energy, the environment, medical informatics and health care delivery. In this presentation, Lombardo will highlight results from an Alzheimer’s research project and the NSCEE’s new system at the Supernap and how it is being used to advance research for HPC users in both academia/R&D and commercial industry. Lombardo will also highlight two emerging projects; the New School of Medicine and new Technology park.”

X-Stack PI Meeting Showcases Exascale Code

Berkeley Lab recently hosted the fourth annual X-Stack PI event, where X-Stack researchers, facilities teams, application scientists, and developers from national labs, universities, and industry met to share the latest developments in X-Stack application codes. “X-Stack was launched in 2012 by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Scientific Computing Research program to support the development of exascale software tools, including programming languages and libraries, compilers and runtime systems, that will help programmers handle massive parallelism, data movement, heterogeneity and failures as the scientific community transitions to the next generation of extreme-scale supercomputers.”

Huazhong University of Science Wins ASC16 Student Cluster Challenge

In news from China this week, the Huazhong University of Science has won the ASC16 Student Cluster Challenge. The final round of the competition concluded Friday in Wuhan at the Central China University of Science.

Performing Simulation-Based, Real-time Decision Making with Cloud HPC

Zach Smocha from Rescale presented this talk at the HPC User Forum. “Manor Racing is partnering with San Francisco based Rescale as a key technology provider for its 2016 FIA Formula 1 World Championship challenge. Manor Racing will use Rescale’s cloud high performance computing (HPC) platform to enable trackside simulation on a whole new scale for the team. Working in tandem with Manor Racing’s existing race strategy simulation software, the Rescale cloud HPC platform will enable its engineers to evaluate thousands of simulations and strategies, placing the team to be at the cutting edge of innovative decision making during a Grand Prix weekend. The whole process is executed from a laptop web browser by Rescale’s massively scalable cloud infrastructure and computer environment.”