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Video: Exploring I/O Challenges at Exascale

“Clear trends in the past and current petascale systems (i.e., Jaguar and Titan) and the new generation of systems that will transition us toward exascale (i.e., Aurora and Summit) outline how concurrency and peak performance are growing dramatically, however, I/O bandwidth remains stagnant. In this talk, we explore challenges when dealing with I/O-ignorant high performance computing systems and opportunities for integrating I/O awareness in these systems.”

NSF Awards $110 Million for XSEDE 2.0

Today, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced a $110 million award to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and 18 partner institutions to continue and expand activities undertaken through the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE).

Avere Systems Teams with Cycle Computing for High Performance Multi-cloud Orchestration

Today Avere Systems and Cycle Computing announced a technology integration that enables hybrid high-performance computing (HPC) in popular public cloud computing environments. By integrating the Avere vFXT Edge filer cloud bursting technology with Cycle Computing’s CycleCloud offering, users are now able to launch an Avere tiered file system on demand linked directly with the CycleCloud managed scalable compute nodes through cloud providers like AWS, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure.

SimScale Integrates with Autodesk Fusion 360

Today SimScale in Germany announced a partnership with Autodesk, a leader in 3D design and fabrication software. The SimScale add-in for Autodesk Fusion 360 aims at improving the design engineering workflow between the design (CAD) and virtual testing phases (CAE). With the help of the add-in, users creating their 3D models in Autodesk Fusion 360 will be able to push their geometry directly to an existing CFD, FEA, or thermal analysis project on SimScale, where they can simulate it in the cloud.

Podcast: Supercomputing Better Soybeans

In this TACC Podcast, Researchers describe how XSEDE supercomputing resources are helping them grow a better soybean through the SoyKB project based from the University of Missouri-Columbia. “The way resequencing is conducted is to chop the genome in many small pieces and see the many, many combinations of small pieces,” said Xu. “The data are huge, millions of fragments mapped to a reference. That’s actually a very time consuming process. Resequencing data analysis takes most of our computing time on XSEDE.”

NASA Optimizes Climate Impact Research with Cycle Computing

Today Cycle Computing announced its continued involvement in optimizing research spearheaded by NASA’s Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) and the University of Minnesota. Currently, a biomass measurement effort is underway in a coast-to-coast band of Sub-Saharan Africa. An over 10 million square kilometer region of Africa’s trees, a swath of acreage bigger than the entirety […]

Nimbus Data Rolls Out ExaFlash Storage Platform

“The ExaFlash Platform is an historic achievement that will reshape the storage and data center industries,” said Thomas Isakovich, CEO and Founder of Nimbus Data. “It offers unprecedented scale (from terabytes to exabytes), record-smashing efficiency (95% lower power and 50x greater density than existing all-flash arrays), and a breakthrough price point (a fraction of the cost of existing all-flash arrays). ExaFlash brings the all-flash data center dream to reality and will help empower humankind’s innovation for decades to come.”

Nimbix Speeds Cloud-based Machine Learning

Today HPC cloud provider Nimbix announced a significant increase in their presence in the machine learning market space as more customers are using their JARVICE platform to help address the need for an easier, more cost efficient way of working with machine learning. “The Nimbix Cloud was a great choice for our research tasks in conversational AI. They are one of the first cloud services to provide NVIDIA Tesla K80 GPUs that were essential for computing neural networks that are implemented as part of Luka’s AI,” said Phil Dudchuck, Co-Founder at Luka.ai.

Seagate Rolls Out Energy-Efficient SATA SSD For Enterprise Cloud

Today Seagate announced the Nytro XF1230 SATA SSD, an energy-efficient drive specifically designed to meet the performance and reliability requirements of today’s cloud data centers. “SSDs in enterprise data centers provide extremely fast data access in a small footprint, while consuming very little energy. No SSD in its class does this better than Seagate’s latest addition to the Nytro product line,” said Brett Pemble, Seagate’s general manager and vice president of SSD products. “This is a critical addition to our growing SSD portfolio and an answer to what our enterprise customers have been asking for: a highly reliable, very low-latency SATA SSD that’s also energy efficient. It also means more people get more value from more data for lower cost.”

Bright Computing Powers Electronics Research Institute

Today Bright Computing announced that the Electronics Research Institute (ERI) and Brightskies Technologies have chosen the full suite of Bright technology to manage its HPC, big data, and cloud infrastructure. “Using Bright Computing’s technologies, we were able to showcase how to provision a virtual HPC cluster or big data cluster over cloud as extensions to the existing cluster or on demand as per users’ requests,” said Dr. Khaled Elamrawi, President of Brightskies Technologies. “This was very powerful and clearly addressed the challenges that ERI were facing.”