Matt Bidwell from NREL presented this talk at SC13. “NREL’s HPC center is home to the largest HPC system in the world dedicated to advancing renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. The HPC capabilities of the center propel technology innovation as a research tool by which scientists and engineers find new ways to tackle our nation’s energy challenges—challenges that cannot be addressed through traditional experimentation alone.”
The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and London-based Maxeler Technologies are collaborating in a project funded by the UK Department of Business Innovation and Skills to install the next generation of supercomputing technology in a new facility at the Daresbury Laboratory focusing on energy efficient supercomputing to enable UK industry to have the edge in using a technology designed for the move towards Exascale computing.
Nicholas Dube from HP presented this talk at the Adaptive Computing booth at SC13. “The ESIF data center is designed to achieve an annualized average power usage effectiveness (PUE) rating of 1.06 or better. Going beyond traditional PUE measurements, the NREL HPC Data Center is using warm-water liquid cooling for its high-power computer components, then capturing and reusing that waste heat as the primary heat source in the ESIF offices and laboratory space.”
Steve Fields presented this talk at the Stanford HPC Conference. “Led by IBM, the OpenPOWER Foundation was created to push Power-based chip designs into hardware products such as servers. The founding members of the OpenPOWER Consortium represent the next generation in data-center innovation. Combining our talents and assets around the POWER architecture can greatly increase the rate of innovation throughout the industry.”
Bill Dally from Nvidia presented this talk at the Stanford HPC Conference. “HPC and data analytics share challenges of power, programmability, and scalability to realize their potential. The end of Dennard scaling has made all computing power limited, so that performance is determined by energy efficiency. With improvements in process technology offering little increase in efficiency innovations in architecture and circuits are required to maintain the expected performance scaling.”
Over at Clabby Analytics, Joe Clabby writes that the OpenPOWER Consortium has made progress since it was announced last year. With founding members Google, IBM, Mellanox, and Nvidia, OpenPOWER intends to build advanced server, networking, storage and GPU-acceleration technology aimed at delivering more choice, control and flexibility to developers of next-generation, hyperscale and cloud data centers.
“TSUBAME 2.5 succeeded TSUBAME 2.0 by upgrading all 4224 Tesla M2050 GPUs to Kepler K20x GPUs, achieving 5.76 / 17.1 Petaflops peak in double / single point precision respectively, latter the fastest in Japan. By overcoming several technical challenges, TSUBAME 2.5 exhibits x2-3 speedup and multi-petaflops performance for many applications, leading to TSUBAME 3.0 in 2015-16.”
The European Commission has granted an additional €8 million Euros to extend the Mont-Blanc Project activities until September 2016. This funding comes on the heels of some significant milestones for the project, which endeavors to design a new type of energy-efficient computer architecture for Exascale systems.