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Faster SAS Analytics Using DDN Storage Solutions

Parallel file systems have become the norm for HPC environments. While typically used in high end simulations, these parallel file systems can greatly affect the performance and thus the customer experience when using analytics from leading organizations such as SAS. This whitepaper is an excellent summary of how parallel file systems can enhance the workflow and insight that SAS Analytics gives.

Lustre 101: A Quick Overview

In this video from LUG 2016 in Portland, Steve Simms from Indiana University presents: Lustre 101 – A Quick Overview. Now in its 14th year, the Lustre User Group is the industry’s primary venue for discussion and seminars on the Lustre parallel file system and other open source file system technologies.

Announcing the COMPSs 1.4 Programming Environment from BSC

Today the Barcelona Supercomputing Center released version 1.4 of the COMPSs programming environment. COMPSs includes new features that improves runtime performance, a new tracing infrastructure, and support for dockers and Chameleon infrastructure.

Video: SGI Production Supercomputing

Mark Seamans from SGI presented this talk at the HPC User Forum in Tucson. “As the trusted leader in high performance computing, SGI helps companies find answers to the world’s biggest challenges. Our commitment to innovation is unwavering and focused on delivering market leading solutions in Technical Computing, Big Data Analytics, and Petascale Storage. Our solutions provide unmatched performance, scalability and efficiency for a broad range of customers.”

Dr Zoe Cournia to Receive 1st PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC

Today PRACE announced that Dr Zoe Cournia is the recipient of the 1st PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC. As a Computational Chemist, Investigator – Assistant Professor level at the Biomedical Research Foundation, Academy of Athens in Greece, Dr Cournia was selected for her outstanding contributions and impact on HPC in Europe on a global level. “Using the PRACE HPC resources and recent advances in computer-aided drug design allow us to develop drugs specifically designed for a given protein, shortening the time for development of new drugs,” says Dr Cournia. “I believe that our work is a good example of how computers help develop candidate drugs that have the potential to save millions of lives worldwide. I am honored to receive this prestigious award and hope that this serves as inspiration to other female researchers in the field.”

Building Efficient HPC Clouds with MVAPICH2 and OpenStack over SR-IOV Enabled InfiniBand Clusters

“Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV) technology has been steadily gaining momentum for high-performance interconnects such as InfiniBand. SR-IOV can deliver near native performance but lacks locality-aware communication support. This talk presents an efficient approach to build HPC clouds based on MVAPICH2 over OpenStack with SR-IOV. We discuss the high-performance design of virtual machine-aware MVAPICH2 library over OpenStack-based HPC Clouds with SR-IOV. A comprehensive performance evaluation with micro-benchmarks and HPC applications has been conducted on an experimental OpenStack-based HPC cloud and Amazon EC2. The evaluation results show that our design can deliver near bare-metal performance.”

Driving Innovation at the Hartree Centre with the OpenPOWER Architecture

In this video from the OpenPOWER Summit, Dr. Mike Ashworth from the STFC Hartree Centre presents: Driving Innovation at the Hartree Centre with the OpenPOWER Architecture. “The STFC Hartree Centre has been established with a focus on economic impact through our collaborations with UK industry, offering access to HPC and data intensive systems, code development expertise and collaborative research opportunities. Through a major partnership with IBM we have been porting and evaluating our key application codes on the OpenPOWER architecture seeking to leverage performance and productivity gains for the benefit of our key customers. We will describe progress in porting and optimization of applications from a range of science areas.”

Job of the Week: HPC Linux Engineer at Pfizer

Pfizer in Connecticut is seeking an HPC Linux Engineer in our Job of the Week. “We are seeking an accomplished Linux operations engineer with a comprehensive understanding of Linux including systems administration, application tuning and optimization with a strong working knowledge of multiple scientific domains in support of HPC users. The candidate should have demonstrated troubleshooting abilities and would lead our efforts in enabling and maintaining leading edge scientific applications.”

Video: Lustre 2.9 and Beyond

In this video from LUG 2016, Andreas Dilger from Intel presents: Lustre 2.9 and Beyond. “I do this presentation every year and I think it is important to focus on features that are going to be available in the short term.”

Designing Interfaces in Materials with Supercomputers

Designing materials atom-by-atom has long been a science fiction dream. Georg Schusteritsch and Chris Pickard of the University of Cambridge are bringing science fiction one step closer to reality using the UK National Supercomputing Facility, ARCHER to reveal the interfaces forming within and between materials. “We have developed a general first-principles approach to predict the crystal structure of interfaces in materials, a technique that represents a major step towards computationally developing materials with specially designed interfaces.”