In this episode, the Radio Free HPC team wraps up the SC14 conference. It was a big week for all of us, so in the interest of time we each picked one big thing to talk about.
“The ICE X is in production now. It is a compute-focused platform. At this show, we’re introducing the ICE XA. It adds several degrees of flexibility. With the ICE XA, we’ll still maintain the compute-only-density that we have in our ICE. But we have another blade available for that, which will enable accelerators, both GPU and Xeon Phi cards. We have an even third blade, will allow people to add hard drives and other IO devices. So, the flexibility of the ICE XA is what we’re talking about today at the show.”
“Please join me in welcoming a new era — an era where HPC is the center of the business universe. It’s about keeping it simple and creating an ecosystem that adapts as demands dictate. Take the ease-of-use and collaboration of the cloud, couple that with the horsepower of HPC and extract the data necessary for the business to make game changing decisions. That’s the recipe for success and HPC is the cornerstone. HPC, take your rightful place in the data center.”
“By providing a fundamentally new and powerful technology, plus the tools to operate and program it, Micron is providing developers and customers an entirely new way to power their innovation,” said Paul Dlugosch from Micron. “The Automata Processor and SDK will provide a new alternative for implementing very high levels of hardware parallelism without the complexities associated with von Neumann-style architectures.”
Penguin Computing just announced the Altus Altus 2a30, a building block for the first application optimized accelerated processing unit (APU) clusters, making seamless GPU and CPU memory sharing on clusters a reality based on heterogeneous system architecture (HSA) from AMD. The shared memory capability involves very lightweight context switches to switch instantaneously between the GPU and CPU, whichever code runs best at a given moment.
“The significance of the Coral announcement goes far beyond the specialism of high-performance computing (HPC) into enterprise computing, where the technologies being developed for HPC could transform this much wider and financially more important sector of the economy, according to the members of the winning partnership of IBM, Nvidia, and Mellanox. ‘There are game-changing elements to what we are doing,’ Ken King, general manger of OpenPower Alliances at IBM, told Scientific Computing World.”
In this video from SC14, Keith Deakin from ICEOTOPE describes the company’s innovative cooling solutions for HPC. “Iceotope is the home of cutting edge liquid cooling technology. Its patented technology offers high density IT, reduces energy consumption and improves computing performance. Iceotope systems have no fans, are virtually silent in operation, and can be positioned in populated or hostile environments in addition to the traditional data centre. Iceotope’s mission is to reduce energy usage, improve performance and drive down the costs associated with high performance computing.”