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SGI Powers New SPICE System for Weather Forecasting at UK Met Office

“With the new SPICE system from SGI, we have seen a step-change in performance for our researchers and scientists doing post-processing of weather and climate data,” said Richard Bevan, Head of Operational Technology at the Met Office. “Tasks that used to take 1-2 days to complete are now done in a fraction of that time, allowing scientists to perform multiple runs in one day.”

HPC Bear Cloud to Power Research at University of Birmingham

Designed specifically with researchers in mind, the Birmingham Environment for Academic Research (BEAR) Cloud will augment an already rich set of IT services at the University of Birmingham and will be used by academics across all disciplines, from Medicine to Archaeology, and Physics to Theology. “We are very proud of the new system, but building a research cloud isn’t easy,” said Simon Thompson, Research Computing Infrastructure Architect in IT Services at the University of Birmingham. “We challenged a range of carefully-selected partners to provide the underlying technology.”

HPC Advisory Council China Conference Returns to Xi’an Oct. 26

The HPC Advisory Council has posted their agenda for their upcoming China Conference. The event takes place Oct. 26 in Xi’an, China. “We invite you to join us on Wednesday, October 26th, in Xi’an for our annual China Conference. This year’s agenda will focus on Deep learning, Artificial Intelligence, HPC productivity, advanced topics and futures. Join fellow technologists, researchers, developers, computational scientists and industry affiliates to discuss recent developments and future advancements in High Performance Computing.”

Radio Free HPC Looks into the New OpenCAPI Consortium

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the new OpenCAPI interconnect standard. “Released this week by the newly formed OpenCAPI Consortium, OpenCAPI provides an open, high-speed pathway for different types of technology – advanced memory, accelerators, networking and storage – to more tightly integrate their functions within servers. This data-centric approach to server design, which puts the compute power closer to the data, removes inefficiencies in traditional system architectures to help eliminate system bottlenecks and can significantly improve server performance.”

HPC: Retrospect & Looking Towards the Next 10 Years

In this video from the HPC Advisory Council Spain Conference, Addison Snell from Intersect360 Research looks back over the past 10 years of HPC and provides predictions for the next 10 years. Intersect360 Research just released their Worldwide HPC 2015 Total Market Model and 2016–2020 Forecast.

New OpenCAPI Consortium to Boost Server Performance 10x

“IBM has decided to double down on our commitment to open standards and enablement of industry innovation by opening up access to our CAPI technology to the entire industry. With the support of our OpenCAPI co-founders, we have created a new OpenCAPI specification that tremendously improves performance over our prior specification and IBM will be among the first to implement it with our POWER9 products expected in 2017.”

Gen-Z Consortium to Promote New High-Performance Interconnect

Today a group of leading technology companies today announced the Gen-Z Consortium, an industry alliance working to create and commercialize a new scalable computing interconnect and protocol. This flexible, high-performance memory semantic fabric provides a peer-to-peer interconnect that easily accesses large volumes of data while lowering costs and avoiding today’s bottlenecks.

High Performance Interconnects: Assessment & Rankings

In this video from the HPC Advisory Council Spain Conference, Dan Olds from OrionX discusses the High Performance Interconnect (HPI) market landscape, plus provides ratings and rankings of HPI choices today. “In this talk, we’ll take a look at the technologies and performance of high-end networking technology and the coming battle between onloading vs. offloading interconnect architectures.”

BSC Lays out European RETHINK Big Roadmap

Today the Barcelona Supercomputing Center presented a big data roadmap that it has coordinated on behalf of the European Commission. As part of the RETHINK Big Project, the presentation was given as part of the Big Data Congress and BSC used it to highlight the need for Europe to carry out research on new solutions for hardware and software for big data use.

Power8 Systems with NVLink Come to Nimbix HPC Cloud

Today’s emerging workloads like machine and deep learning, artificial intelligence, accelerated databases, and high performance data analytics require incredible speed through accelerated computing,” said Sumit Gupta, Vice President, High Performance Computing and Data Analytics, IBM. “Delivering the capabilities of the new IBM POWER8 with NVIDIA NVLink-based system through the Nimbix cloud expands the horizons of HPC and brings a highly differentiated accelerated computing platform to a whole new set of users.”