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ESnet Timeline Celebrates 30 Years of Servicing Science

The Department of Energy’s Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) has published a 3D timeline celebrating thirty years of service. With the launch of an interactive timeline, viewers can explore ESnet’s history and contributions.

OrionX Reports Position InfiniBand as the Leading HPI Technology and Mellanox the Leading Vendor

“For now, InfiniBand and its vendor community, notably Mellanox appear to have the upper hand from a performance and market presence perspective, but with Intel entering the HPI market, and new server architectures based on ARM and Power making a new claim on high performance servers, it is clear that a new industry phase is beginning. A healthy war chest combined with a well-executed strategy can certainly influence a successful outcome.”

InfiniBand Continues Dominance of TOP500

Today the InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA) and the OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) today announced that 204 of the world’s most powerful supercomputers accelerate performance through InfiniBand and OpenFabrics Software (OFS). At 41 percent of the TOP500 List, the InfiniBand fabric, together with OFS open source software, continues to be the interconnect of choice for the leading supercomputing systems. Furthermore, InfiniBand and OFS systems outperform competing technologies in overall efficiency, scoring an 85 percent list average for compute efficiency—with one system achieving a remarkable 99.8 percent.

Spartan HPC Service Launches Down Under

The University of Melbourne has launched a new HPC service called Spartan that combines traditional HPC with a flexible cloud computing component. “Many research projects demand high speed interconnect,” said Bernard Meade, Head of Research Computer Services at the University of Melbourne. “Spartan can quickly scale into cloud based virtual machines as needed, and expand the HPC system as user needs evolve. Traditional HPC systems are typically tailored for a few specific use cases, but in practice are used for a much wider variety of applications, resulting in less than optimal usage.”

Video: Discovering the Origin of Stars Through 3D Visualization

This visualization from David Ellsworth and Tim Sandstrom at NASA/AMES shows the evolution of a giant molecular cloud over 700,000 years. It ran on the Pleiades supercomputer using the ORION2 code developed at the University of California, Berkeley. It depicts how gravitational collapse leads to the formation of an infrared dark cloud (IRDC) filament in which protostars begin to develop, shown by the bright orange luminosity along the main and surrounding filaments.

KAUST Empowers Researchers to Think Big

In this special guest feature, Jane Glasser writes that Saudi Arabia has moved into the global supercomputing top ten with Shaheen II, a 200,000-core behemoth that’s taming global warming, earthquakes, and more. “With 5.536 Pflops of sustained LINPACK performance, Shaheen II is the largest and most powerful supercomputer in the Middle East and the tenth fastest supercomputer in the world, according to the June 2016 TOP500 list.”

Video: Analyst Crossfire from ISC 2016

In this this lively panel discussion from ISC 2016, moderator Addison Snell asks visionary leaders from the supercomputing community to comment on forward-looking trends that will shape the industry this year and beyond.

Mellanox Technology Accelerates the World’s Fastest Supercomputer

Today Mellanox announced that the company’s interconnect technology accelerates the world’s fastest supercomputer at the supercomputing center in Wuxi, China. The new number one supercomputer delivers 93 Petaflops (3 times higher compared to the previous top system), connecting nearly 41 thousand nodes and more than ten million CPU cores. The offloading architecture of the Mellanox interconnect solution is the key to providing world leading performance, scalability and efficiency, connecting the highest number of nodes and CPU cores within a single supercomputer.

Mellanox and PNNL to Collaborate on Exascale System

Today Mellanox announced a joint technology collaboration with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to architect, design and explore technologies for future Exascale platforms. The agreement will explore the advanced capabilities of Mellanox interconnect technology while focusing on a new generation of in-network computing architecture and the laboratory application requirements. This collaboration will also enable the DOE lab, through its Center for Advanced Technology Evaluation (CENATE), and Mellanox to effectively explore new software and hardware synergies that can drive high performance computing to the next level.

Intel Omni-Path Deployed at Northumbria in the UK

Today Northumbria University announced that its has become one of the first UK sites to deploy Intel Omni-Path Architecture (Intel OPA) for their centralized HPC infrastructure. Deployed by BIOS IT, this is the first stage of Northumbria University’s long term objective to provide its students, researchers and faculty members with a state of the art multipurpose heterogeneous computing facility.