The NCSA Blue Waters project is offering a Workflows Workshop virtual course in August. To share this class with as many students as possible, they are seeking universities willing to be a local site and offer the course to their students.
For Universities and Colleges that have a traditional infrastructure, adding new programs and applications is a huge endeavor. The IT staff needs to determine if all of the hardware meets the installation requirements and how to deploy these new programs on different models of desktops and notebooks. With a VDI environment that utilizes simple boot-up devices that connect to virtual desktops on the school’s server, the IT staff doesn’t have to worry about the age and capability of each individual PC when installing new software.
Today the Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG) has announced the NAG Software Modernization Service. The new service solves the porting and performance challenges faced by customers wishing to use the capabilities of modern computing systems, such as multi-core CPUs, GPUs and Xeon Phi. NAG HPC software engineering experts modernize the code to enable portability to appropriate architectures, optimize for performance and assure robustness.
“With more than a decade of experience in designing, installing and supporting Lustre-based storage, DDN is the most experienced Lustre provider and has worked closely with us over many years to design optimized Lustre-based storage systems. DDN’s latest ES14K offering delivers a high-performing, high density appliance for the HPC market built on Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre,” said Brent Gorda, GM of Intel’s High Performance Data Division.
Today CoolIT Systems announced that the company will showcase its energy efficient liquid cooling technologies for HPC at ISC 2016 in Frankfurt. “Our comprehensive offering of energy efficient liquid cooling solutions at ISC16 far exceeds anything CoolIT has done in the past,” says CoolIT Systems CEO and CTO Geoff Lyon. “With Europe at the forefront of energy efficient HPC, attendees can discover how rapidly the liquid cooling market is maturing, as evidenced by our growing list of global customers and OEM partners.”
The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) celebrated its 30th anniversary last week. “The beginning of PSC’s fourth decade will see the center with two new supercomputers—the NSF-funded Bridges system, already operational and due for completion this fall, and an Anton 2 molecular dynamics simulation system, provided at no charge by D. E. Shaw Research and with operational funding from the National Institutes of Health to be hosted at PSC also beginning in the Fall.”
While all users of HPC technology want the fastest performance available, price and power consumption always seem to come into play, whether in the initial planning or at a later time. Standard performance measures exist that may or may not relate to an end user’s application mix, but it is important to understand the various benchmark results that go into determining the performance of a CPU, a server or an overall cluster.
SC16 has announced the winner of their Test of Time Award. This year the winning paper “Automatically Tuned Linear Algebra Software” by Clint Whaley and Jack Dongarra. The paper, which has received hundreds of citations with new citations still appearing, is about ATLAS – an autotuning, optimized implementation of the Basic Linear Algebra Subprograms (BLAS).
OCF in the UK reports that the company continues to expand its operations. The high performance computing integrator is recruiting a number of new staff to meet the growing appetite and demand for HPC and data analytics solutions across universities, research institutes and commercial businesses in the UK.
Gleb Budman from Backblaze presented this talk at the 2016 MSST Conference. “For Q1 2016 we are reporting on 61,590 operational hard drives used to store encrypted customer data in our data center. In Q1 2016, the hard drives in our data center, past and present, totaled over one billion hours in operation to date. That’s nearly 42 million days or 114,155 years worth of spinning hard drives. Let’s take a look at what these hard drives have been up to.”