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Video: Building the Owens Cluster at OSC

In this time-lapse video, engineers build the Owens cluster at the Ohio Supercomputing Center. “Named after Olympic track star Jesse Owens, the new Owens Cluster is be powered by Dell PowerEdge servers featuring the new Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v4 product family, include storage components manufactured by DDN and an EDR interconnect provided by Mellanox. The center earlier had acquired NetApp software and hardware for home directory storage.”

RSC Tornado Breaks Record with 1.41 Petaflops per Rack

Today Russia’s RSC Group announced that the company has achieved a record compute density of 1.41 Pflops per rack using direct liquid cooling and Intel Xeon Phi processors. “RSC supported the TUM student team from Munich with 8 nodes mobile cluster based on RSC Tornado direct liquid cooled architecture. This computing system provided stable operation of computing nodes in “hot water” mode at +63 °С cooling agent temperature at node inputs and had the following configuration: 72-cores Intel Xeon Phi 7290 processors, Intel S7200AP server boards, Intel SSD DC S3500 Series M.2 340 GB solid-state drives, switch and adapters based on Intel Omni-Path high-speed fabric, highly efficient Micron DDR4-2400 VLP 16-32 GB memory modules.”

Full Rundown of SC16 Stats, World Records, and Awards

The numbers are in for SC16, the international supercomputing conference that wrapped up last week in Salt Lake City. The conference drew more than 11,100 registered attendees and featured a technical program spanning six days. “The SC16 Exhibition was the largest in the history of the conference, with 349 exhibitors from industry, academia and research organizations from around the world.”

CERN Selects T-Systems and Huawei for Helix Nebula Science Cloud

Today CERN announced that it has selected T-Systems and Huawei to design, prototype the pilot phase of the Helix Nebula Science Cloud. T-Systems and Huawei will develop a solution based on its Open Telekom Cloud public cloud service launched in March 2016 and which currently supports workloads from various leading enterprises, SMEs and public sector organizations.

Why Intel Omni-Path is Growing Fast on the TOP500

In this video from SC16, Joe Yaworsky describes how Intel Omni Path is gaining traction on the TOP500. As the interconnect for the Intel Scalable System Framework, Omni-Path is focused on delivering the best possible application performance. “In the nine months since Intel Omni-Path Architecture (Intel OPA) began shipping, it has become the standard fabric for 100 gigabit systems. Intel OPA is featured in 28 of the top 500 most powerful supercomputers in the world announced at Supercomputing 2016 and now has 66 percent of the 100Gb market. Top500 designs include Oakforest-PACS, MIT Lincoln Lab and CINECA.”

First-phase Bull sequana Supercomputer at CEA is Number 55 on TOP500

“Atos is incredibly proud to see the concrete results of the Tera1000 project,” said Philippe Vannier, CTO in the Atos Group. “Today we are taking a major step on the road towards exaflops. Undoubtedly, the interconnect technologies will provide a crucial contribution in achieving exaflops performance. With BXI, Atos is confirming its leadership in the field of supercomputers and beyond in the processing of very large volumes of data.”

What’s Next for HPC? A Q&A with Michael Kagan, CTO of Mellanox

As an HPC technology vendor, Mellanox is in the business of providing the leading-edge interconnects that drive many of the world’s fastest supercomputers. To learn more about what’s new for SC16, we caught up with Michael Kagan, CTO of Mellanox. “Moving InfiniBand beyond EDR to HDR is critical not only for HPC, but also for the numerous industries that are adopting AI and Big Data to make real business sense out the amount of data available and that we continue to collect on a daily basis.”

One Stop Systems Introduces a New Line of GPU Accelerated Servers for Deep Learning at SC16

Today One Stop Systems announced two new deep learning appliances that leverage the NVIDIA NVLink. One Stop Systems’ deep learning appliances are designed for augmented performance in machine learning and deep learning applications. These appliances provide the ultimate power for performing deep learning training and exploring neural networks,” said Steve Cooper, OSS CEO. “The OSS-PASCAL4 and OSS-PASCAL8 […]

Mellanox Brings HDR to SC16 while Dominating Today’s TOP500

“InfiniBand’s advantages of highest performance, scalability and robustness enable users to maximize their data center return on investment. InfiniBand was chosen by far more end-users compared to a proprietary offering, resulting in a more than 85 percent market share. We are happy to see our open Ethernet adapter and switch solutions enable all of the 40G and the first 100G Ethernet systems on the TOP500 list, resulting in overall 194 systems using Mellanox for their compute and storage connectivity.”

Radio Free HPC Reviews the New TOP500

The new TOP500 list is out, and Rad is Free HPC is here podcasting the scoop in their own special way. With two new systems in the TOP10, there are many different perspectives to share. “The Cori supercomputer, a Cray XC40 system installed at Berkeley Lab’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), slipped into the number 5 slot with a Linpack rating of 14.0 petaflops. Right behind it at number 6 is the new Oakforest-PACS supercomputer, a Fujitsu PRIMERGY CX1640 M1 cluster, which recorded a Linpack mark of 13.6 petaflops.”