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NEC to Build Fastest Supercomputer in Belgium for VSC


Last week at SC15, NEC Corporation announced that the Flemish Supercomputer Center (VSC) has selected an LX-series supercomputer. With a peak performance of 623 Teraflops, the new system will be the fastest in Belgium, ranking amongst the top 150 biggest and fastest supercomputers in the world. Financed by the Flemish minister for Science and Innovation in Belgium, the infrastructure will cost 5.5 million Euro.

Radio Free HPC Reports Live from SC15


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.

Video: Intel Debuts Omni-Path at SC15


In this video from SC15, Barry Davis from Intel describes the ecosystem for the newly launched Intel Omni-Path fabric and Scalable System Framework. “Intel OPA delivers the performance for tomorrow’s high performance computing (HPC) workloads and the ability to scale to tens of thousands of nodes—and eventually more—at a price competitive with today’s fabrics. The Intel OPA 100 Series product line is an end-to-end solution of PCIe adapters, silicon, switches, cables, and management software. As the successor to Intel True Scale Fabric, this optimized HPC fabric is built upon a combination of enhanced IP and Intel technology.”

HPE Shows Momentum in HPC


Today at SC15, Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced that more than a third of the HPC market is leveraging HPE Compute platforms. Among the organizations using HPE solutions are The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, Texas Advanced Computing Center at the University of Texas at Austin, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Ghent University and the Academic Computer Centre Cyfronet. They use HPE solutions based on the HPE Apollo server line to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems in science and engineering. HPE also announced the first solution deployments resulting from the HPC alliance with Intel.

PICA8 Drives High-Speed SDN AT SC15


Today Pica8 announced that the California Institute of Technology, Northwestern University and SURFnet will be demonstrating Pica8-powered Inventec 100G Ethernet solutions at the SC15 conference in Austin, Texas.

Benchmarks, Schmenchmarks: Big Iron Data and the November 2015 TOP500

Peter ffoulkes, OrionX

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.”

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.”

Slidecast: Mellanox Announces Switch IB2 on the Road to Exascale


“Today Mellanox announced Switch-IB 2, the new generation of its InfiniBand switch optimized for High-Performance Computing, Web 2.0, database and cloud data centers, capable of 100Gb/s per port speeds. Switch-IB 2 is the world’s first smart network switch that offloads MPI operations from the CPU to the network to deliver 10X performance improvements. Switch-IB 2 will enables a performance breakthrough in building the next generation scalable and data intensive data centers, enabling users to gain a competitive advantage.”

ESnet and NERSC Build 400G Production Network


The Department of Energy’s Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) and the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) have built a 400 gigabit-per-second (Gbps) super-channel, the first-ever 400G production link to be deployed by a national research and education network.

DDN Introduces the World’s Fastest Hybrid SSD and Hyper-Converged Storage


Today DDN announced the new DDN SFA14K and SFA14KE high performance hybrid storage platforms. According to DDN, the new SFA14K and SFA14KE deliver the world’s fastest, densest storage with more than 6 million IOPS and 60GB/sec in 4U with scalability to nearly 7PB of capacity in a single rack.