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Oakforest-PACS: Overview of the Fastest Supercomputer in Japan

Prof. Taisuke Boku from the University of Tsukuba & JCAHPC presented this talk at the DDN User Group at SC16. “Thanks to DDN’s IME Burst Buffer, researchers using Oakforest-PACS at the Joint Center for Advanced High Performance Computing (JCAHPC) are able to improve modeling of fundamental physical systems and advance understanding of requirements for Exascale-level systems architectures. With DDN’s advanced technology, JCAHPC has achieved effective I/O performance exceeding 1TB/s in writing tens of thousands of processes to the same file.”

DDN and IBM Team on 50 TB per Day, Inter-Continental Active Archive Solution

Today DDN announced that Yahoo Japan has deployed an active archive system jointly developed by DDN and IBM Japan. The new system allows Yahoo! JAPAN to cache dozens of petabytes of data from its OpenStack Swift storage solution in a Japan-based data center, and transfer data to a U.S.-based data center at an astonishing rate of 50 TB of data per day – thus enabling energy cost savings of 74 percent due to lower energy rates in the United States versus Japan, while ensuring fast data access regardless of location.

Call for Sessions: Open Fabrics Workshop 2017 in Austin

The OpenFabrics Alliance Workshop 2017 has issued their Call for Sessions. The event will take place March 27-31, 2017 in Austin, Texas. “An ongoing collaboration between OpenFabrics Software (OFS) producers and users is necessary to address difficult network challenges. The 13th Annual OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) Workshop is a key industry event encouraging a dialogue that is geared toward strengthening high-performance networks end-to-end and represents a joint effort among open source networking community members.”

How Researchers Will Benefit from Canada’s National Data Cyberinfrastructure

“Individual institutions or organizations will have opportunities to deploy storage locally and can federate their local repository into the national system,” says Dr. Greg Newby, Compute Canada’s Chief Technology Officer. “This provides enhanced privacy and sharing capabilities on a robust, country-wide solution with improved data security and back-up. This is a great solution to address the data explosion we are currently experiencing in Canada and globally.”

NIH Powers Biowulf Cluster with Mellanox EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand

Today Mellanox announced that NIH, the U.S. National Institute of Health’s Center for Information Technology, has selected Mellanox 100G EDR InfiniBand solutions to accelerate Biowulf, the largest data center at NIH. The project is a result of a collaborative effort between Mellanox, CSRA, Inc., DDN, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “The Biowulf cluster is NIH’s core HPC facility, with more than 55,000 cores. More than 600 users from 24 NIH institutes and centers will leverage the new supercomputer to enhance their computationally intensive research.”

DDN IME Burst Buffer Exceeds 1 TB/s for Japan’s Fastest Supercomputer

“Storage performance has been one of the biggest challenges in developing supercomputers. To meet the demands for storage performance, IME was introduced to the Oakforest-PACS on a massive scale, the first such introduction in the world,” said Osamu Tatebe, lead, public relations, JCAHPC / professor, Center for Computational Sciences, University of Tsukuba. “We are very pleased that we could achieve effective I/O performance exceeding 1 TB per second in writing tens of thousands of processes to the same file. With this new storage technology, we believe that we will be able to contribute to society with the further development of computational science, big data analysis and machine learning.”

New InfiniBand Architecture Specifications Extend Virtualization Support

“As performance demands continue to evolve in both HPC and enterprise cloud applications, the IBTA saw an increasing need for new enhancements to InfiniBand’s network capabilities, support features and overall interoperability,” said Bill Magro, co-chair of the IBTA Technical Working Group. “Our two new InfiniBand Architecture Specification updates satisfy these demands by delivering interoperability and testing upgrades for EDR and FDR, flexible management capabilities for optimal low-latency and low-power functionality and virtualization support for better network scalability.”

Avere Speeds Hybrid Cloud at SC16

“Avere Hybrid Cloud is a groundbreaking solution that changes the economics and functionality of data storage and computing. Avere Hybrid Cloud enables companies to leverage public and private storage clouds, IaaS, and elastic compute for workloads previously limited to on-premises high-performance (HPC) storage systems. With Avere Systems, you can achieve unlimited performance scaling, eliminate latency and cut storage costs by more than 50%.”

Nvidia’s Bill Dally to Keynote HiPINEB 2017 Exascale Workshop

Nvidia’s Bill Dally will keynote HiPINEB 2017 – the 3rd IEEE International Workshop on High-Performance Interconnection Networks in the Exascale and Big-Data Era. The event takes place Feb. 5, 2017 in Austin, Texas and will be held in conjunction with the IEEE HPCA Conference.

Sugon Moves HPC as a Service to Europe with Arctur-2 Supercomputer

As announced at SC16, Chinese HPC vendor Sugon has built a new datacenter in Slovenia based around the Arctur-2 system, Sugon’s first installation in continental Europe and a major milestone in the company’s globalization strategy. “Arctur-2 is Sugon’s flagship hyperconverged HPC & Cloud computing infrastructure. According to Sugon, the system was designed and built to fit various and diverse usage scenarios, from general use Cloud Computing to HPC computing as well as Big Data analytics. By converging different types of servers into single entity we achieved high performance, energy efficiency and seamless management, Sugon is able to provide an HPC on demand to its customers.”