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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.”

Lessons from the Railway for Supercomputing at ISC’14

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“The current time-horizon of HPC is not much more than five to ten years, with Exascale as the goal. But can we ensure that supercomputing embeds itself so deeply into the productive economy as to be indispensable a century from now? And will it be regarded as a thing of beauty, rather than just a technical artifact? And is Exascale the only destination?”

Integrating Array Management into Lustre

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In this video from LUG 2014, Roger Ronald from System Fabric Works presents: Integrating Array Management into Lustre. “Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre Plug-ins address a significant adoption barrier by improving ease of use. Now, System Fabric Works has implemented a NetApp plug-in for Intel EE Lustre and additional plug-ins for storage, networks, and servers are being encouraged.”

Michael Lewis Talks High Frequency Trading on The Daily Show

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High Frequency Trading seems to me to be the ultimate application for High Performance Computing in that only the very fastest get rich. In this video, author Michael Lewis discusses his new book Flash Boys on The Daily Show.

HLRN Orders up Cray Tiered Adaptive Storage Solution

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Today Cray announced a contract to deliver a Cray Tiered Adaptive Storage (TAS) solution to the North German Supercomputing Alliance (HLRN).

3M Demos Immersion Cooling with Help from SGI and Intel

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Today 3M demonstrated a new two-phase immersion cooling technology designed to reduce water consumption and energy use, while increasing supercomputer efficiency.

Russia Offers Collaboration with India to Counter Chinese Supercomputing

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Over at The Economic Times, Peerzada Abrar writes that Russian supercomputing vendor RSC group and the Russian Academy of Sciences have proposed a collaboration with India to develop supercomputing facilities that will rival China’s Tianhe-2, the world’s fastest supercomputer.

Video: The Future of Interconnect

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“The emerging large-scale Data Centers for high-performance computing, clouds, and Web 2.0 infrastructures span tens and hundreds-of-thousands of nodes, all connected together via high-speed connectivity solutions. With the growing size of systems and CPU cores per server node, not only the traditional demands from the interconnect increase dramatically, but also new demand is introduced. Traditional interconnect solutions do not scale out to deliver efficient and balanced throughput and scalable latency at reasonable power and cost. This session introduces Mellanox interconnect solutions based on InfiniBand and Ethernet networks, presents multiple deployment examples, and outlines a vision for the future of interconnects and a roadmap of the company’s products.”

OpenSFS Benchmarking Working Group Releases I/O Characterization Report

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“The OpenSFS Benchmarking Working Group (BWG) was created with the intent of defining an I/O benchmark suite to satisfy the requirements of the scalable parallel file system users and facilities. The first step toward this end was identified as characterization of I/O workloads, from small- to very large-scale parallel file systems, deployed at various high-performance and parallel computing (HPC) facilities and institutions. The characterization will then drive the design of the I/O benchmarks that emulate these workloads.”

Big Data Visualization with TACC Maverick

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Over at VizWorld, Dean Meyers writes that the new Maverick system at TACC is a unique, powerful, high performance visualization and data analytics resource for the open science and engineering community.