This week, the University of Warsaw in Poland announced plans to install a Cray XC40 supercomputer at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modeling. The six-cabinet Cray XC40 system will be located in ICM’s OCEAN research data center, and will enable interdisciplinary teams of scientists to address the most computationally complex challenges in areas such as life sciences, physics, cosmology, chemistry, environmental science, engineering, and the humanities. ICM is Poland’s leading research center for computational and data driven sciences, and is one of the premier centers for large-scale high performance computing simulations and big data analytics in Central and Eastern Europe.
This week at SC15, One Stop Systems featured the first PCIe 3.0 expansion appliance to support up to sixteen Nallatech 510T accelerator cards. The preconfigured appliance is targeted for data centers operating HPC applications, providing the user with a complete appliance that solves many integration issues, provides enhanced performance, and allows for scalable flexibility. The user simply attaches the HDCA to up to four servers and has thousands of additional compute cores readily available. Each connection operates at PCIe x16 3.0 with speeds of up to 128Gb/s.
This week at SC15, Penguin Computing announced availability of its OCP-compliant Tundra platform on the company’s Penguin Computing on Demand (POD) public HPC cloud service. “POD customers will realize an immediate benefit of more capacity, as Tundra allows us to scale POD faster and more cost effectively,” said Tom Coull, President and CEO, Penguin Computing. “The rapid, modular scaling enabled by Tundra will result in increased capacity and greater performance.”
Scientists at the University of Texas at Austin, IBM Research, New York University and the California Institute of Technology have been awarded the 2015 Gordon Bell Prize for realistically simulating the forces inside the Earth that drive plate tectonics. The team’s work could herald a major step toward better understanding of earthquakes and volcanic activity.
The High Performance Conjugate Gradients (HPCG) Benchmark list was announced this week at SC15. This is the fourth list produced for the emerging benchmark designed to complement the traditional High Performance LINPACK (HPL) benchmark used as the official metric for ranking the TOP500 systems. The first HPCG list was announced at ISC’14 a year and a half ago, containing only 15 entries and the SC’14 list had 25. The current list contains more than 60 entries as HPCG continues to gain traction in the HPC community.
Today Dell unveiled sweeping advancements to its industry-leading high performance computing portfolio. These advances include innovative new systems designed to simplify mainstream adoption of HPC and data analytics in research, manufacturing and genomics. Dell also unveiled expansions to its HPC Innovation Lab and showcased next-generation technologies including the Intel Omni-Path Fabric. HPC is becoming increasingly critical to how organizations of all sizes innovate and compete. Many organizations lack the in-house expertise to configure, build and deploy an HPC system without losing focus on their core science, engineering and analytic missions. As an example, according to the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, 98 percent of all products will be designed digitally by 2020, yet 95 percent of the center’s 300,000 manufacturing companies have little or no HPC expertise.
Today Inspur Group announced the launch of the Inspur I9000 Blade System at SC15. The world’s leading modular product in converged architecture can converge multiple computing solutions in a single chassis, including high-density servers, 4-socket and 8-socket mission-critical servers, software-defined storage and heterogeneous computing, to meet the demands of various applications on hardware platforms.
“With high frequency trading becoming so important, the overall system performance, starting with the acquisition of the data from various markets through to the buy or sell decision relies on low latency between various parts of the system. The feed handlers, which accept the data in various formats, can be multithreaded and take advantage of coprocessors such as the Intel Xeon Phi. The NIC on a system waits for the packets to arrive and can then the information to a specified core on the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor system for processing.”