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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.

Marc Hamilton Looks at China HPC

“Like the US, Japan, and Europe, China still has plans to build giant HPC systems like Tianhe. However, increasingly these systems are being looked at to support commercial HPC workloads like machine vision in a cloud environment in addition to just scientific data processing.”

Feds Probe IBM-Lenovo Deal Over Servers at Pentagon

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“Whether or not the government blocks the deal may be a moot point. Sources tell insideHPC that a number of government agencies are already putting plans in place to oust IBM equipment from their datacenters. This represents a huge opportunity for the competition, and companies such as Cray, HP, and Dell are waiting in the wings.”

Applications Performance Optimizations – Best Practices

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“To achieve good scalability performance on the HPC scientific applications typically involves good understanding of the workload through performing profile analysis, and comparing behaviors of using different hardware which pinpoint bottlenecks in different areas of the HPC cluster. In this session, a selection of HPC applications will be shown to demonstrate various methods of profiling and analysis to determine the bottleneck, and the effectiveness of the tuning to improve on the application performance.”

Hot Interconnects Issues Call for Papers

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The Hot Interconnects Conference 2014 conference has announced their Call for Papers.

iRODS 4.0 Data Management Tool Broadens Appeal

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This week the iRODS Consortium announced the release of the iRODS 4.0 data management platform.

GPU Acceleration Benefits for Applied CAE

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“This presentation examines the HPC performance characteristics of CAE software, and the current state of GPU parallel solvers in commercial CAE that support product design in manufacturing industries. Case studies from industry will be presented that include HPC adoption of GPUs for production CAE and HPC technology and the benefits they provide. Rapid simulation from GPUs demonstrates the potential of a novel HPC technology that can transform current practices in engineering analysis and design optimization procedures.”