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Podcast: Intel Moves HPC Forward with Broadwell Family of Xeon Processors

In this podcast, Rich Brueckner interviews Hugo Saleh, Director of Marketing for the Intel High Performance Computing Platform Group. They discuss the new Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v4 product family, based upon the Broadwell microarchitecture, and the first processor within Intel® Scalable System Framework (Intel® SSF). Hugo describes how the new processors improve HPC performance and examine the impact of Intel® SSF on vastly different procurements ranging from the massive 200 Petaflops Aurora system to small and large enterprise clusters plus scientific systems.

SGI Provides Total with Improved Modeling to Support Decision Making

Total, one of the largest integrated oil and gas companies in the world, announced they are boosting the compute power of their SGI Pangea supercomputer with an additional 4.4 petaflops provided by a new SGI ICE X system and based on the Intel Xeon processor. Purchased last year, the new SGI system is now in production and will allow Total to determine the optimal extraction methods more quickly. The SGI supercomputer allows Total to improve complex modeling of the subsurface and to simulate the behavior of reservoirs, reducing the time and costs associated with discovering and extracting energy reserves.

Seagate and LANL to Heat Up Data Archiving For Supercomputers

Seagate Technology and Los Alamos National Laboratory are researching a new storage tier to enable massive data archiving for supercomputing. The joint effort is aimed at determining innovative new ways to keep massive amounts of stored data available for rapid access, while also minimizing power consumption and improving the quality of data-driven research. Under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement, Seagate and Los Alamos are working together on power-managed disk and software solutions for deep data archiving, which represents one of the biggest challenges faced by organizations that must juggle increasingly massive amounts of data using very little additional energy.

Debugging Slow Buffered Reads on the Lustre File System

“Buffered read performance under Lustre has been inexplicably slow when compared to writes or even direct IO reads. A balanced FDR-based Object Storage Server can easily saturate the network or backend disk storage using o_direct based IO. However, buffered IO reads remain at 80% of write bandwidth. In this presentation we will characterize the problem, discuss how it was debugged and proposed resolution. The format will be a presentation followed by Q&A.”

Industry Experts Discuss Accelerating Science with Storage Systems Research

In this special guest feature, Ken Strandberg describes the highlights of panel discussion on high performance storage at SC15. “There was significant discussion about identifying the most important workflows, e.g. will checkpoint/restart continue to dominate I/O demands, difficult to analyze scientific datasets, or some new emerging science workflows. In identifying these workflows, we expect to learn where to focus storage research.”

High-Performance Lustre* Storage Solution Helps Enable the Intel® Scalable System Framework

“Intel has incorporated Intel Solutions for Lustre Software as part of the Intel SSF because it provides the performance to move data and minimize storage bottlenecks. Lustre is also open source based, and already enjoys a wide foundation of deployments in research around the world, while gaining significant traction in enterprise HPC. Intel’s version of Lustre delivers a high-performance storage solution in the Intel SSF that next-generation HPC needs to move toward the era of Exascale.”

ECMWF to Upgrade Cray XC Supercomputers for Weather Forecasting

Today Cray announced a $36 million contract to upgrade and expand the Cray XC supercomputers and Cray Sonexion storage system at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). When the project is completed, the enhanced systems will allow the world-class numerical weather prediction and research center to continue to drive improvements in its highly-complex models to provide more accurate weather forecasts.

The Impact of HPC on Music

Many will be familiar with HPC and industrial or scientific applications, but now HPC is making its impact on something that touches the soul of millions and millions of people every day — music. In an interview with the inventor of HPC for Music, Antonis Karalis shared a brief explanation of how the future of music has been compromised and what steps are being taken to revolutionize music composition, the creative workflow, and deliver new entertainment experiences. Along the way, Karalis is applying cutting edge computing technologies including Intel Optane 3D memory and the Scalable System Framework.

Lustre and Persistent Storage

Lustre was originally developed as the fastest scratch file system for HPC workloads that supercomputer centers could get, but has over the years matured to be an enterprise-class parallel file system supporting mission-critical workloads. Unfortunately, in spite of Lustre having become extremely attractive to enterprises and adopted by IT departments, some naysayers continue toclaim that Lustre is still just a scratch file system. We in the Lustre community see quite a different picture.

Lustre: This is Not Your Grandmother’s (or Grandfather’s) Parallel File System

“Over the last several years, an enormous amount of development effort has gone into Lustre to address users’ enterprise-related requests. Their work is not only keeping Lustre extremely fast (the Spider II storage system at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) that supports OLCF’s Titan supercomputer delivers 1 TB/s ; and Data Oasis, supporting the Comet supercomputer at the San Diego Supercomputing Center (SDSC) supports thousands of users with 300GB/s throughput) but also making it an enterprise-class parallel file system that has since been deployed for many mission-critical applications, such as seismic processing and analysis, regional climate and weather modeling, and banking.”