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NCI Powers Research in the Cloud with Mellanox, RDMA, and OpenStack

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Today Mellanox announced that the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) at the Australia National University has selected the company’s interconnect technologies to support the nation’s researchers.

A Vision of Storage for Exascale Computing

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“Back in July 2012, Whamcloud was awarded the Storage and I/O Research & Development subcontract for the Department of Energy’s FastForward program. Shortly afterward, the company was acquired by Intel. Nearly completed now, the two-year contract scope includes key R&D necessary for a new object storage paradigm for HPC exascale computing, and the developed technology will also address next-generation storage mechanisms required by the Big Data market.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at the 50th Anniversary of the Mainframe

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In this podcast, Dan Olds and Henry Newman wax poetic on the 50th Anniversary of the Mainframe. Dan flew across the country to attend the festivities, and Henry sounds a bit jealous. Rich has no idea why anyone would even cross town for such a thing, so he gets taken to the woodshed on this one.

Panel: 2020 HPC Platform Architectures and Their Impact on Storage

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In this panel discussion from LUG 2014, Lustre users predict 2020 HPC Platform Architectures and Their Impact on Storage. “What will the future of HPC storage look like in the National Labs? This panel discussion suggest that storage will be vectoring off into some very new and interesting directions.”

Interview: Irish Centre for High-End Computing Plans for ISC’14

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“We have developed an active programme of industry engagement, typically consulting in niche areas and helping those partners exploit advanced computing within their organisations. This may be improving fraud detection algorithms, large-scale data management, tailored training courses or oil & gas related work. In fact it is very rarely about computer time! We also work with public sector bodies to support computing centric projects by the state and provide so-called platform technology support for research communities that need more than just raw cycles.”

It’s Time for MPI Over Everything (MPIoE)

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Over at Google Plus, Jeff Squyres has posted a somewhat belated April 1 post announcing an exciting new technology called the MPI over Everything Project (MPIoE). “One key innovative technology developed as part of the MPIoE effort is the Far Reaching Internet Datagram Efficiency (FRIDGE) framing protocol.”

HPCAC Swiss Conference Cluster Competition

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In this video from the HPC Advisory Council Swiss Conference, HPC System Administrators compete in a Cluster Competition. “Administering a cluster with InfiniBand can be tricky. In this competition, contestants have just 10 minutes to answer a series of questions with only the command line at their disposal. It’s a battle; Who will win the iPad Air?”

Fujitsu FX10 Follow-on System at JAXA to Leverage Hybrid Memory Cube Technology

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This week Fujitsu announced that that the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has ordered a 3.4 Petaflop supercomputer.

This Week in HPC: High-Frequency HPC and Japan Space Agency Preps for Petaflops

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In this episode of This Week in HPC, Michael Feldman and Addison Snell from Intersect360 Research discuss high frequency trading and the High Performance on Wall Street Conference. After that, they look at a Fujitsu’s Petascale upgrade at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. The novel architecture for this Sparc-powered FX10 follow-on system will feature Micron’s Hybrid Memory Cube technology.

OpenSFS, Lustre, and HSM: an Update from Cray

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“Cray Tiered Adaptive Storage (TAS) provides a complete and open archiving solution for Big Data and HPC. Powered by Versity’s open storage virtualization technology, data migration policies enable transparent data movement across up to 4 storage tiers comprised of SSD, disk, and/or tape.”