Today Mellanox announced the availability of standard Linux kernel driver for the company Open Ethernet, Spectrum switch platforms. Developed within the large Linux community, the new driver enables standard Linux Operating Systems and off-the-shelf Linux-based applications to operate on the switch, including L2 and L3 switching. Open Ethernet provides data centers with the flexibility to choose the best hardware platform and the best software platform, resulting in optimized data center performance and higher return on investment.
Adrian Jackson from EPCC at the University of Edinburgh presented this tutorial to ARCHER users. “We have been working for a number of years on porting computational simulation applications to the KNC, with varying successes. We were keen to test this new processor with its promise of 3x serial performance compared to the KNC and 5x memory bandwidth over normal processors (using the high-bandwidth, MCDRAM, memory attached to the chip).”
“Our customers are looking for a highly integrated server adapter that solves their pressing need for network performance, efficiency and security,” said Gilad Shainer, vice president of marketing, Mellanox Technologies. “The Innova adapter provides IPsec offload to deliver complete end-to-end security for traffic moving within the data center. Combined with the intelligent network offload and acceleration engines, Innova IPsec is the ideal solution for cloud, telecommunication, Web 2.0, high-performance compute and storage infrastructures.”
“The Avere C2N System transforms traditional storage environments into cloud infrastructure that scales from 120 Terabytes to more than five Petabytes to provide an easy and economical path to the cloud. Unlike other object storage solutions that start at a petabyte or more, Avere offers an entry-point solution built for starting small and scaling to large capacities for demanding applications in media and entertainment, life sciences, financial services, technology and other high data-growth industries.”
Today the University of Alabama at Birmingham unveiled a new supercomputer powered by Dell. With a peak performance of 110 Teraflops, the system is 10 times faster than its predecessor. “With their new Dell EMC HPC cluster, UAB researchers will have the compute and storage they need to aggressively research, uncover and apply knowledge that changes the lives of individuals and communities in many areas, including genomics and personalized medicine.”
The big data analytics market has seen rapid growth in recent years. Part of this trend includes the increased use of machine learning (Deep Learning) technologies. Indeed, machine learning speed has been drastically increased though the use of GPU accelerators. The issues facing the HPC market are similar to the analytics market — efficient use of the underlying hardware. A position paper from the third annual Big Data and Extreme Computing conference (2015) illustrates the power of co-design in the analytics market.
Gary Paek from Intel presented this talk at the HPC User Forum in Austin. “Traditional high performance computing is hitting a performance wall. With data volumes exploding and workloads becoming increasingly complex, the need for a breakthrough in HPC performance is clear. Intel Scalable System Framework provides that breakthrough. Designed to work for small clusters to the world’s largest supercomputers, Intel SSF provides scalability and balance for both compute- and data intensive applications, as well as machine learning and visualization. The design moves everything closer to the processor to improve bandwidth, reduce latency and allow you to spend more time processing and less time waiting.”
Today Juniper Networks announced it has been selected by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) to provide the networking infrastructure for a new supercomputer that will be used by researchers to predict climate patterns and assess the effects of global warming.
“Nimbis was founded in 2008 by HPC industry veterans Robert Graybill and Brian Schott to act as the first nationwide brokerage clearinghouse for a broad spectrum of integrated cloud-based HPC platforms and applications. Our fully integrated online Technical Computing Marketplace comprises several stores hosting modeling and simulation applications on HPC platforms in the cloud.”
“With the Yottabyte Research Cloud, researchers will be able to ask more questions, faster, of the ever-expanding and massive sets of data collected for their work,” said Yottabyte CEO Paul Hodges. “We are very pleased to be a part of the diverse and challenging research environment at U-M. This partnership is a great opportunity to develop and refine computing tools that will increase the productivity of U-M’s world class researchers.”