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Job of the Week: HPC Pre-Sales Engineer at SGI

SGI_logo_platinum_lgSGI is seeking an HPC Pre-Sales Engineer in our Job of the Week. “The HPC Pre-Sales Engineer role provides in depth technical and architectural expertise in Federal Sales opportunities in the DC area, primarily working with DOD and Civilian Agencies. As the primary technical interface with the customer, you must be able to recognize customer needs, interpret them and produce comprehensive solutions.”

Superfacility – How New Workflows in the DOE Office of Science are Changing Storage Requirements

Katie Antypas from NERSC presented this talk at the 2016 MSST conference. Katie is the Project Lead for the NERSC-8 system procurement, a project to deploy NERSC’s next generation supercomputer in mid-2016. The system, named Cori, (after Nobel Laureate Gerty Cori) will be a Cray XC system featuring 9300 Intel Knights Landing processors. The Knights Landing processors will have over 60 cores with 4 hardware threads each and a 512 bit vector unit width. It will be crucial that users can exploit both thread and SIMD vectorization to achieve high performance on Cori.”

An Open Letter to the HPC Community

Altair is making a big investment toward uniting the whole HPC community to accelerate the state of the art (and the state of actual production operations) for HPC scheduling. Altair is joining the OpenHPC project with PBS Pro. They are focused on longevity – creating a viable, sustainable community to focus on job scheduling software that can truly bridge the gap in the HPC world.

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.

Slidecast: Getting Started with HPC using the New IBM Platform LSF Suites

In this slidecast, Gabor Samu from IBM describes the newly available IBM Platform LSF Suites for Workgroup and HPC. Designed to make it much easier to “kick the tires” on LSF, the new suites can help you configure install, maintain, and job manage HPC clusters with a single download. “The new IBM Platform LSF Suites are packages that include more than IBM Platform LSF, they provide additional functionalities designed to simplify HPC for users, administrators and the IT organization.”

Replay Available Now: HPC for Manufacturing Webinar

Watch our replay of the HPC for Manfacturing Webinar with SGI and Altair. “Manufacturing is enjoying an economic and technological resurgence with the help of high performance computing. In this insideHPC webinar, you’ll learn how the power of CAE and simulation is transforming the industry with faster time to solution, better quality, and reduced costs.”

Video: Shifter – Containers in HPC environments

“Containers wrap up software with all its dependencies in packages that can be executed anywhere. This can be specially useful in HPC environments where, often, getting the right combination of software tools to build applications is a daunting task. However, typical container solutions such as Docker are not a perfect fit for HPC environments. Instead, Shifter is a better fit as it has been built from the ground up with HPC in mind. In this talk, we show you what Shifter is and how to leverage from the current Docker environment to run your ap- plications with Shifter.”

RCE Podcast Looks at EasyBuild Installation Framework

“EasyBuild, a software build and installation framework, can be used to automatically install software and generate environment modules. By using a hierarchical module naming scheme to offer environment modules to users in a more structured way, and providing Lmod, a modern tool for working with environment modules, we help typical users avoid common mistakes while giving power users the flexibility they demand. EasyBuild is developed by the High-Performance Computing team at Ghent University together with the members of the EasyBuild community, and is made available under the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2.”

Elastic Computing Comes to Swiss University from ProfitBricks and Bright

Today Bright Computing announced that it has teamed up with the Germany-based ProfitBricks to provide a cutting edge elastic HPC solution to a Swiss University. “This is a unique example of how Bright Computing can help a company move their HPC requirement to the cloud,” said Lee Carter, VP EMEA at Bright Computing. “Bright enables the university to dynamically expand and contract the infrastructure needed to support their research projects, all at the click of a button. This ensures the university only pays for the computational resources it needs, when they need them, saving time and expense.”

Dell Powers New Pearcey Cluster at CSIRO in Australia

The CSIRO national science agency in Australia has teamed up with Dell to deliver a new HPC cluster called “Pearcey.” The Pearcey cluster supports CSIRO research activities in a broad range of areas such as Bioinformatics, Fluid Dynamics and Materials Science. One CSIRO researcher benefiting from using Pearcey is Dr. Dayalan Gunasegaram, a CSIRO computational modeler who is using Pearcey for the modeling work behind the development of an improved nylon mesh for use in pelvic organ prolapse (POP) surgery, which has the potential to benefit the one in five Australian women that have surgery for the condition at some point in their lives.