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High Performance Interconnects: Assessment & Rankings

In this video from the HPC Advisory Council Spain Conference, Dan Olds from OrionX discusses the High Performance Interconnect (HPI) market landscape, plus provides ratings and rankings of HPI choices today. “In this talk, we’ll take a look at the technologies and performance of high-end networking technology and the coming battle between onloading vs. offloading interconnect architectures.”

BSC Lays out European RETHINK Big Roadmap

Today the Barcelona Supercomputing Center presented a big data roadmap that it has coordinated on behalf of the European Commission. As part of the RETHINK Big Project, the presentation was given as part of the Big Data Congress and BSC used it to highlight the need for Europe to carry out research on new solutions for hardware and software for big data use.

Power8 Systems with NVLink Come to Nimbix HPC Cloud

Today’s emerging workloads like machine and deep learning, artificial intelligence, accelerated databases, and high performance data analytics require incredible speed through accelerated computing,” said Sumit Gupta, Vice President, High Performance Computing and Data Analytics, IBM. “Delivering the capabilities of the new IBM POWER8 with NVIDIA NVLink-based system through the Nimbix cloud expands the horizons of HPC and brings a highly differentiated accelerated computing platform to a whole new set of users.”

Mellanox Deploys Standard Linux Operating Systems over Ethernet Switches

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.

Video: Intel Xeon Phi (KNL) Processor Overview

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).”

Mellanox Roll Out New Innova IPsec 10/40G Ethernet Adapters

“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.”

Avere Systems Unveils New Cloud-Core NAS (C2N) for the Enterprise

“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.”

Dell Powers New HPC Cluster at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

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.”

Co-design for Data Analytics And Machine Learning

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.

Video: Intel Scalable System Framework

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.”