Today Russia’s RSC Group announced that Team TUMuch Phun from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) won the Highest Linpack Award in the SC15 Student Cluster Competition. The enthusiastic students achieved 7.1 Teraflops on the Linpack benchmark using an RSC PetaStream cluster with computing nodes based on Intel Xeon Phi. TUM student team took 3rd place in overall competition within 9 teams participated in SCC at SC15, so as only one European representative in this challenge.
Software for data analysis, system management, and for debugging other software were be among the innovations on display at SC15 last week. In addition to the software, novel and improved hardware will also be on display, together with an impressive array of initiatives from Europe in research and development leading up to Exascale computing.
Asetek showcased its full range of RackCDU hot water liquid cooling systems for HPC data centers at SC15 in Austin. On display were early adopting OEMs such as CIARA, Cray, Fujitsu, Format and Penguin. HPC installations from around the world incorporating Asetek RackCDU D2C (Direct-to-Chip) technology were also be featured. In addition, liquid cooling solutions for both current and future high wattage CPUs and GPUs from Intel, Nvidia and OpenPower were on display.
This week, the University of Warsaw in Poland announced plans to install a Cray XC40 supercomputer at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modeling. The six-cabinet Cray XC40 system will be located in ICM’s OCEAN research data center, and will enable interdisciplinary teams of scientists to address the most computationally complex challenges in areas such as life sciences, physics, cosmology, chemistry, environmental science, engineering, and the humanities. ICM is Poland’s leading research center for computational and data driven sciences, and is one of the premier centers for large-scale high performance computing simulations and big data analytics in Central and Eastern Europe.
This week at SC15, One Stop Systems featured the first PCIe 3.0 expansion appliance to support up to sixteen Nallatech 510T accelerator cards. The preconfigured appliance is targeted for data centers operating HPC applications, providing the user with a complete appliance that solves many integration issues, provides enhanced performance, and allows for scalable flexibility. The user simply attaches the HDCA to up to four servers and has thousands of additional compute cores readily available. Each connection operates at PCIe x16 3.0 with speeds of up to 128Gb/s.
Today Dell unveiled sweeping advancements to its industry-leading high performance computing portfolio. These advances include innovative new systems designed to simplify mainstream adoption of HPC and data analytics in research, manufacturing and genomics. Dell also unveiled expansions to its HPC Innovation Lab and showcased next-generation technologies including the Intel Omni-Path Fabric. HPC is becoming increasingly critical to how organizations of all sizes innovate and compete. Many organizations lack the in-house expertise to configure, build and deploy an HPC system without losing focus on their core science, engineering and analytic missions. As an example, according to the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, 98 percent of all products will be designed digitally by 2020, yet 95 percent of the center’s 300,000 manufacturing companies have little or no HPC expertise.
“With high frequency trading becoming so important, the overall system performance, starting with the acquisition of the data from various markets through to the buy or sell decision relies on low latency between various parts of the system. The feed handlers, which accept the data in various formats, can be multithreaded and take advantage of coprocessors such as the Intel Xeon Phi. The NIC on a system waits for the packets to arrive and can then the information to a specified core on the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor system for processing.”
In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team shares their thoughts from SC15 in Austin. Henry is impressed by the increasing presence of FPGAs on the show floor. Dan is really impressed with Allinea Performance Reports profiling tool and how easy it is to use. And Rich sees SC15 as the crossroads that we’ll remember where Intel squared off with the official launch of their Omni-Path Interconnect and Scalable System Framework against the co-design alliance of OpenPOWER with IBM, Mellanox, and Nvidia.
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.”