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RCE Podcast Looks at the Fasterdata Knowledge Database

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“Fasterdata provides proven, operationally sound methods for troubleshooting and solving performance issues. Our engineers have identified a common set of issues that hinder performance and we would like to share our experiences and findings in this knowledge base.”

Ed Seidel Presents: Supercomputing in an Era of Big Data and Big Collaboration

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“Supercomputing has reached a level of maturity and capability where many areas of science and engineering are not only advancing rapidly due to computing power, they cannot progress without it. I will illustrate examples from NCSA’s Blue Waters supercomputer, and from major data-intensive projects including the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, and give thoughts on what will be needed going forward.”

HPC News Bytes for June 19, 2015

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While we’re always on the lookout for HPC news, not everything makes it to the front page. Notable items from this week include big boosts for Apache Spark, Containerization, and Lustre.

Mellanox Announces ConnectX-4 Lx 25/50 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

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Today Mellanox announced its ConnectX-4 Lx 10/25/40/50 Gigabit Ethernet adapter, delivering optimal cost-performance and scalable connectivity for Cloud, Web 2.0 and storage platforms. As the first adapter designed to serve as a direct replacement for commonly deployed 10 Gigabit Ethernet adapters, the ConnectX-4 Lx allows businesses to migrate to higher-performance technology as their bandwidth requirements increase without demanding an infrastructure overhaul or added operating expense.

SGI Ships 2.65 Petaflop ICE XA Supercomputer to ISSP in Japan

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Today SGI announced its latest win at the Institute for Solid State Physics (ISSP) of the University of Tokyo. Scheduled to start operation on July 1 of this year, the 2.65 Petaflop SGI ICE XA supercomputer will be used by material science researchers across Japan.

Podcast: TACC Supercomputers Power Cancer Discovery

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In this podcast, Karen Vasquez and Albino Bacolla of the University of Texas at Austin describe how TACC supercomputers have helped scientists find a surprising link between cross-shaped pieces of DNA and human cancer.

Computing With MPI in Heterogeneous Environments

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Designating the appropriate provider for large MPI applications is critical to taking advantage of all of the compute power available. “A modern HPC system with multiple host cpus and multiple coprocessors such as the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor housed in numerous racks can be optimized for maximum application performance with intelligent thread placement.”

DTU Denmark Chills Computerome with CoolIT Systems

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Today CoolIT Systems announced it has successfully deployed its Rack DCLC liquid cooling solution at the Center for Biological Sequence Analysis (CBS) at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). The installation addresses DTU’s need to be CO2 neutral in the university’s High Performance Computing facility by replacing traditional air cooling with highly efficient liquid.

Mellanox Spectrum: World’s First 25/100 Gigabit Open Ethernet Switch

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Today Mellanox announced the industry’s first 100 Gigabit Ethernet, Open Ethernet-based, non-blocking switch. Spectrum, the next generation of its Open Ethernet-based switch IC, overcomes current data center challenges by providing a highly flexible and scalable solution that allows businesses to deploy the hardware-software combinations best suited to meet their unique needs. With Spectrum, Mellanox is the first to offer end-to-end 10/25/40/50 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity.

Industrial Computational Breakthroughs on Blue Waters

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“Blue Waters can tackle a very wide range of challenging tasks, not only from science, but also from engineering demonstrating the feasibility of efficiently solving extreme size real world multi-physics problems on the peta-scale and potentially exa-scale level, and thus adding tremendous value to future engineering simulation and research.”