In this Intel Chip Chat podcast, Alan Gara describes how Intel’s Scalable System Framework (SSF) is meeting the extreme challenges and opportunities that researchers and scientists face in high performance computing today. He explains that SSF incorporates many different Intel technologies including; Intel Xeon and Phi processors, Intel Omni-Path Fabrics, silicon photonics, innovative memory technologies, and efficiently integrates these elements into a broad spectrum of system solutions optimized for both compute and data-intensive workloads. Mr. Gara emphasizes that this framework has the ability to scale from very small HPC systems all the way up to exascale computing systems and meets the needs of users in a very scalable and flexible way.
Bill Lee presented this talk at the Mellanox booth at SC15. “The IBTA is responsible for compliance and interoperability testing of commercial products and has successfully added hundreds of products to its Integrators’ List. The IBTA unites the industry through IBTA-sponsored technical events and resources, and actively promotes InfiniBand from a vendor-neutral perspective through online communications, marketing and public relations engagements.”
In this video, Dr. David Southwell from Obsidian Strategics discusses conventional InfiniBand technology and goes on to describe how the company’s Longbow, Crossbow and Bowman devices enable what is generally considered as an ‘indoor use only’ protocol to be deployed at scale with security over global distances. The resulting Global InfiniBand Fabrics can be used for a variety of purposes including technical computing, big data migration and streaming distribution.
Today NetApp announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SolidFire for $870 million in cash. Founded in 2010, SolidFire is a market leader in all-flash storage systems built for the next-generation data center where simple scaling, set-and-forget management, assured performance and multi-tenancy, and cloud economic models are driving new market growth.
In this video, Tommy Minyard from TACC describes how Dell helped develop the 9.6 Petaflop Stampede supercomputer for scientific computing. “The Texas Advanced Computing Center supports the University of Texas System and National Science Foundation researchers with the newest version of their Stampede High Performance Computing cluster. Stampede uses Dell PowerEdge servers, Intel Xeon processors and the new Dell Networking H-Series switches and adapters based on Intel Omni-Path Architecture. These newly implemented technologies greatly reduce latency, optimize traffic flow, and give Stampede a peak performance of 10 petaflops.”
Harvey Newman from CalTech presented this talk at the Mellanox booth at SC15. “We describe activities of the Caltech High Energy Physics team and collaborators, related to the use Software Defined Networking to help achieve fast and efficient data distribution and access. Results from Supercomputing 2014 are presented together with our work on the Advanced Network Services for the Experiments project, and a new project developing a Next Generation Integrated SDN Architecture, as well as our plans for Supercomputing 2015.”
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Today ClusterVision and UberCloud formally announced the integration of UberCloud Application Containers with Trinity, ClusterVision’s private cloud solution. Trinity provides a complete HPC cluster manager on top of a cloud platform capable of managing HPC, general IT, and Big Data, bringing the flexibility of Platform-as-a-Service to HPC.
The 2016 OpenFabrics Workshop has issued its Call for Participation. The event takes place April 4-8, 2016 in Monterey, California. The Workshop is the premier event for collaboration between OpenFabrics Software (OFS) producers and those whose systems and applications depend on the technology. Every year, the workshop generates lively exchanges among Alliance members, developers and users who all share a vested interest in high performance networks.
“This talk will discuss the plans to use OpenStack to manage and automate dynamically changing an environment to provide users a highly re-configurable software environment with access to a large number of operating systems and software packages on the “Bridges system.” It will feature elements of OpenStack related to bare-metal booting, network provisioning, container management, storage, and scheduling nodes to match the workloads of the users.”