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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.

TOP500 Shows Growing Momentum for Accelerators


Today Nvidia announced growing momentum for GPU computing as reflected in the latest TOP500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers. “For the first time, more than 100 accelerated systems are on the list of the world’s 500 most powerful supercomputers, accounting for 143 petaflops, over one-third of the list’s total FLOPS. NVIDIA Tesla GPU-based supercomputers comprise 70 of these systems – including 23 of the 24 new systems on the list – reflecting compound annual growth of nearly 50 percent over the past five years.”

USA Has a Shrinking Share of the TOP500


The latest TOP500 list was published today in conjunction with SC15 in Austin. For the sixth consecutive time, the Tianhe-2 supercomputer in China has retained its position as the world’s No. 1 system. “In the bigger picture, China nearly tripled the number of systems on the latest list, while the number of systems in the United States has fallen to the lowest point since the TOP500 list was created in 1993. China is also carving out a bigger share as a manufacturer of high performance computers with multiple Chinese manufacturers becoming more active in this field.”

Benchmarks, Schmenchmarks: Big Iron Data and the November 2015 TOP500

Peter ffoulkes, OrionX

In this special guest feature, Peter ffoulkes from OrionX offers his insights on the latest TOP500 listing of the world’s fastest supercomputers. “Most importantly increasing the number of petascale-capable resources available to scientists, researchers, and other users up to 20% of the entire list will be a significant milestone. From a useful outcome and transformational perspective it is much more important to support advances in science, research and analysis than to ring the bell with the world’s first exascale system on the TOP500 in 2018, 2023 or 2025.”

LANL Looks to Aeon Computing for Lustre


Today Aeon Computing announced that the company will provide two Lustre file systems to enhance LANL’s technical and supercomputing capabilities in support of its national security mission. Each of the two Lustre file systems provide 14 Petabytes of data storage capacity and are capable of up to 160 Gigabytes per second of parallel access performance. According Aeon, this next generation system pushes the limits of Lustre storage performance.