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IBM and Xilinx Team to Accelerate Datacenter Applications


Today IBM and Xilinx announced a multi-year strategic collaboration to enable higher performance and energy-efficient data center applications through Xilinx FPGA-enabled workload acceleration on IBM POWER-based systems. IBM and Xilinx, through a private signed agreement and collaboration through the OpenPOWER Foundation, are teaming to develop open acceleration infrastructures, software and middleware to address emerging applications such as machine learning, network functions virtualization (NFV), genomics, high performance computing (HPC) and big data analytics.

Video: Intel and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Team Up with Scalable System Framework at SC15


In this video from SC15, Intel’s Barry Davis and and Scott Misage from Hewlett Packard Enterprise describe how their two company’s are driving HPC innovation with the Intel Scalable System Framework and Intel Omni-Path interconnect technologies. “As a result of a new alliance with Intel, HPE is offering its HPC Solutions Framework based on HPE Apollo servers, which are specialized for HPC and now optimized to support industry- specific software applications from leading independent software vendors. These solutions will dramatically simplify the deployment of HPC for customers in industries such as oil and gas, life sciences and financial services.”

TACC to Provide Onramp for Project Catapult Reconfigurable Fabric Platform

Catapult board with Altera FPGA

Today TACC announced it will enable users to take advantage of the capabilities of Microsoft’s Project Catapult reconfigurable fabric platform. Project Catapult is expected to improve the speed and efficiency of science and engineering calculations using conventional cluster nodes augmented with field-programmable gate arrays, or FPGAs.

Atos Launches Bull sequana X1000 Supercomputer


Today Atos launched the Bull sequana X1000, its new family of supercomputers on the company’s road to exascale. “The new Bull sequana system, powered by future Intel Xeon processors and the Intel Xeon Phi processor, code-named “Knights Landing”, is designed to address the performance, reliability and energy-efficiency requirements of exascale-class supercomputers,” said Raj Hazra, vice president and general manager, Enterprise and HPC Platforms Group, Intel Corporation. “We’re excited to be collaborating with Bull to bring to market this new generation of supercomputers on the path to exascale.”

Amber Molecular Dynamics Optimization on Intel Xeon Phi


“The Amber Molecular Dynamics software is a well known and understood application for the structural dynamics of large biological molecules. With modern computer systems, a speedup in the computations can lead to studying events that occur on longer timescales, as well as statistical convergences. By incorporating the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor into the workflow on a compute server, additional speedups can be obtained.”

Nimbix Speeds Cloud HPC with New JARVICE Platform


Today Nimbix announced the release of its JARVICE 2.0 cloud platform. As Nimbix’s Platform-as-a-Service for big data and HPC applications, JARVICE simplifies compute-intensive engineering/simulation, rendering and analytics by reducing complex configuration and tedious data movement.

CoolIT Systems to Showcase New Liquid Cooling Technologies at SC15


Today CoolIT Systems announced plans to showcase new server cooling technologies at the SC15 conference in Austin. Exhibiting at booth #163, CoolIT Systems will exhibit an expanded line of heat exchange solutions. Attendees will also find new customer case studies outlining the real-world benefits the industry is experiencing with liquid cooling.

DEEP Project Unveils 500 Teraflop Prototype

DEEP Cluster nodes with front-panel connectors for the Ethernet-based service network. Power, Infiniband® and liquid cooling connectors are embedded into the backplane for minimal maintenance overhead.

The EU-funded DEEP Project has unveiled their innovative HPC platform: a 500 TFlop/s prototype system that implements a Cluster-Booster concept that has a lot in common with a turbocharged engine. The prototype operates with a full system software stack and programming environment engineered for performance and ease of use.

PGI Accelerator Compilers Add OpenACC Support for x86


“Our goal is to enable HPC developers to easily port applications across all major CPU and accelerator platforms with uniformly high performance using a common source code base,” said Douglas Miles, director of PGI Compilers & Tools at NVIDIA. “This capability will be particularly important in the race towards exascale computing in which there will be a variety of system architectures requiring a more flexible application programming approach.”

WRF Microphysics Optimization


“Microphysics provides atmospheric heat and moisture tendencies. This module has been optimized to take advantage of the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor. However, some manual optimization can lead to even greater performance gains. By using manual optimizations, the overall speedup on a host CPU (Intel Xeon E5-2670) was 2.8 X, while the performance of running on the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor was 3.5 X.”