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PICA8 Drives High-Speed SDN AT SC15


Today Pica8 announced that the California Institute of Technology, Northwestern University and SURFnet will be demonstrating Pica8-powered Inventec 100G Ethernet solutions at the SC15 conference in Austin, Texas.

Penguin Computing Looks to Cavium ThunderX for ARM HPC Servers


Today Penguin Computing announced first customer shipments of its Tundra Extreme Scale (ES) server based on Cavium’s 48 core ARMv8 based ThunderX workload optimized processors. Tundra ES Valkre servers are now available for public order and a standard 19” rack mount version will ship in early 2016.

Video: IBM Showcases Data-centric Computing at SC15

Matt Drahzal, IBM

In this video from SC15, Matt Drahzal from IBM describes the company’s comprehensive approach to data-centric computing. “IBM is speeding up innovation through Data Centric Design. Limitations in traditional computing are slowing progress in business and society. A new approach to computer design is needed that will accelerate the pace of innovation to benefit organizations and individuals alike.”

Video: Seagate Rolls out All New ClusterStor Lineup for HPC Storage


In this video, Torben Kling-Petersen from Seagate describes new storage innovations for high performance computing. At SC15, Seagate announced a major expansion of its HPC product portfolio including the ClusterStor HPC hard disk drive designed for Big Data applications.

Docker Containers Come to Cray XC Software


Today Cray announced plans to deliver an HPC-optimized Docker solution for the Cray XC line of supercomputers. Available in 2016, the HPC virtualization capabilities will be offered for the Cray CS400, Cray XE and Cray XK platforms.

AppliedMicro and E4 Collaborate on X-Gene Platforms


Today Applied Micro Circuits Corporation announced a collaboration with E4 Computer Engineering, a leading supplier of customized solutions for high performance computing and enterprise data centers, on X-Gene platforms based on ARMv8-A architecture.

Deep Learning Systems Analyze Periscope Streams on a Supercomputer


Today Dextro, developer of advanced computer vision, machine learning, and data analytics technologies, announced that Orange Silicon Valley, an innovation subsidiary of global telecommunications operator Orange, will use Dextro’s Stream application in its prototype to demonstrate the power and performance capabilities of its {Orange Silicone Valley’s} Exascale supercomputing platform, in collaboration with Echostreams and CocoLink. The Exascale one-unit system can do what previously took dozens of servers while making the learning speed of Dextro’s algorithms more than 5x faster.

Video: Early Evaluation of IME as a Burst Buffer and Application Accelerator


Dirk Pleiter from the Jülich Supercomputing Centre presented this talk at the DDN User Group at SC15. “IME unleashes a new I/O provisioning paradigm. This breakthrough, software defined storage application introduces a whole new new tier of transparent, extendable, non-volatile memory (NVM), that provides game-changing latency reduction and greater bandwidth and IOPS performance for the next generation of performance hungry scientific, analytic and big data applications – all while offering significantly greater economic and operational efficiency than today’s traditional disk-based and all flash array storage approaches that are currently used to scale performance.”

One Stop Systems to Showcase the OCP Flash Storage Array at SC15


Today One Stop Systems (OSS), a leading provider of HPC appliances, introduces the OCP Flash Storage Array (OCP-FSA), supporting over 250TB of Flash storage in a 2U form factor. The OCP-FSA supports up to three host servers through PCI Express (PCIe) x16 Gen3 connections. In addition, a shelf manager provides an IPMI connection as well as hot-plug support and thermal management of the system. OSS will be showing the OCP-FSA in booth 2324.

Cray CS400 to Power Polar Research at Alfred Wegener Institute


Today Cray announced the Company has been awarded a contract to provide the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) with a Cray CS400 cluster supercomputer. Headquartered in Bremerhaven, Germany, AWI is one of the country’s premier research institutes within the Helmholtz Association, and is an internationally respected center of expertise for polar and marine research.