Those who own the archive own the big data solutions as you cannot move data around.
With ISC’13 coming up in June, a number of ancillary events have been scheduled in Leipzig to take advantage of this annual gathering of over 2500 supercomputing professionals.
- The PRACE Scientific Conference will be held on Sunday, June 16 at the Congress Center Leipzig, Hall 4. Top European scientists present results and advances in large scale simulations obtained with support of PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe.
- The HPC Advisory Council 2013 European Conference takes place on Sunday, June 16th, at the Congress Center Leipzig, Hall 5. The workshop will focus on HPC productivity, and advanced HPC topics and futures, and will bring together system managers, researchers, developers, computational scientists and industry affiliates to discuss recent developments and future advancements in High-Performance Computing.
- HP-CAST 20 will take place in Leipzig, Germany on June 14-15 at the Westin Leipzig Hotel. HP-CAST is an organization of HP customers and partners who provide input to HP to increase the capabilities of HP solutions for large-scale, scientific and technical computing.
- Moabcon 2013 Europe will be held on June 15-16th at the Westin Leipzig Hotel. As the annual European user group meeting for Adaptive Computing, Moabcon offers in-depth technical sessions on Moab and Torque software.
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In this video from the 2013 HPC User Forum, Bronson Messer from Oak Ridge National Laboratory presents: Petascale Supernova Simulation.
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In the example above, the workload in question only needs a four-socket Xeon E5-4600 or Xeon E7-4800 in terms of the processing capacity, but the 48 to 64 memory sticks in this box do not offer enough main memory capacity, and moreover, the fat memory needed to build up terabytes of memory space are very expensive. So instead of buying an eight-socket box to get more memory slots, you get the four-socket box and put in the faster Xeon or Opteron processors you can afford. Then you buy a bunch of skinny server nodes with 24 memory sticks each, and you turn off the cores and leave on the memory controllers and memory in the boxes as well as the InfiniBand ports, and now the FDR links are effectively a backplane for an SMP based on the vSMP hypervisor.
If this sounds enticing, the good news is that there will soon be an easy way to kick the tires and give it a try. Morgan also writes that ScaleMP plans to roll out a variant of vSMP Foundation called Memory Expansion Free. As a free download without support, Memory Expansion Free will have one compute node and up to a total of eight nodes in a cluster and is also limited to four sockets of processing in a machine and 1TB of aggregate main memory across the server nodes in the cluster.
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In this video from the 2013 HPC User Forum, Earl Joseph presents the IDC HPC Market Update.
Harnessing information from DNA sequences in buffalo and cattle is an important step in meeting the growing world’s demand for food. As the world’s population approaches nine billion people in 2050, the demand for food will double. Researchers are hoping new DNA variants will be identified for use in breeding programs to increase milk and meat production. Advances in DNA sequencing technologies are generating a stampede of sequence data for both the water buffalo and bovine research communities.
With help from computational experts at TACC, the researchers were able to sequence data that previously required three weeks of computing time in only 8 to 10 hours. Read the Full Story.
In this video from the Lustre User Group 2013, Andrew Uselton from NERSC presents: Balanced Design fro HPC I/O Capability.
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In this video from the Lustre User Group 2013, Giuseppe Bruno from the Bank of Italy presents: Performance & Functionality Testbed for Clustered Filesystems.
We’ve noticed a rise in the use of Energy-Efficient Computing, especially when it comes to HPC and Datacenter. A key factor in the future of large-scale HPC systems, energy efficiency is emerging as likely a second big obstacle to reaching exascale. The reason is the cost of powering an exascale system is exponentially higher than the current petascale systems, and power isn’t getting any cheaper. As an industry, HPC will have to weigh the benefits, or need, for exascale, versus the cost to house and power such systems. The good news is that many systems in Europe are already thinking green because of the higher energy costs. And, we’re seeing a stronger presence for Green Computing in the United States, with systems like NICS’ Beacon reaching the top of the Green500, a list that has picked up significant steam since its initial release in 2007.
The other buzzwords include Big Data, Exascale, Petascale Race, and HPC Cloud. Read the Full Story.
In this video from the Lustre User Group 2013, Makia Minich from Xyratex presents: Managing and Monitoring a Scalable Lustre Infrastructure. Download the slides (PDF) or check out our LUG 2013 Video Gallery.
During his talk, Makia mentions an excellent presentation from John West entitled What’s Missing from HPC.
D-Wave Systems, a commercial quantum computing company, has announced the formal launch of its US business.
Industry expert and supercomputing veteran, Robert “Bo” Ewald will lead the new business as president and will head up global customer operations as the company’s chief revenue officer. New offices and R&D facilities have opened in Palo Alto, California and others are expected in the near future.
Bo Ewald joining us is huge validation of our business,’ said Vern Brownell, CEO of D-Wave Systems. “Bo is a legendary figure in the supercomputing industry. His knowledge and influence reach a wide array of sectors, where he has delivered state-of-the-art high performance solutions for research, defence and intelligence, energy, manufacturing, financial services and genomics. Throughout Bo’s career he has been dedicated to helping organisations solve their most difficult challenges, which perfectly matches the mission of D-Wave. Today we launch our formal presence in the US and will start to expand our business globally. It is gratifying to have Bo at the helm.
Ewald added: “I’ve been in pioneering technology organisations for a long time with companies that did things that had never been done before and that allowed their customers to do the same. The quantum computers being developed by D-Wave and the applications that will be used by our customers will be an even more revolutionary step than I’ve seen in the industry. People will be able to solve problems that they can only dream about today, on systems that are turning science fiction into science fact.”
Over at HPC Admin, Dell’s Jeff Layton writes that with today’s explosive data growth, at some point you will have to migrate data from one set of storage devices to another. To help move things along, he provides an overview of data migration tools.
At some point during this growth spurt, you will have to think about migrating your data from an old storage solution to a new one, but copying the data over isn’t as easy as it sounds. You would like to preserve the attributes of the data during the migration, including xattrs (extended attributes), and losing information such as file ownership or timestamps can cause havoc with projects. Plus, you have to pay attention to the same things for directories; they are just as important as the file themselves (remember that everything is a file in Linux). In this article, I wanted to present some possible tools for helping with data migration, and I covered just a few of them. However, I also wanted to take a few paragraphs to emphasize that you need to plan your data migration if you want to succeed.
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In a special session at ISC’13, scientists working on the Human Brain Project will discuss their vision and roadmap for computing. Featuring Dr. Henry Markram of EPFL, the June 18 keynote will be entitled Supercomputing & the Human Brain Project – Following Brain Research & ICT on their 10-Year Quest.
The Human Brain Project, recently awarded a 10 year grant by the EU Commission, will pull together all our existing knowledge about the human brain and to reconstruct the brain, piece by piece, in supercomputer-based models and simulations. Federating more than 80 European and international research institutions, the Human Brain Project is estimated to cost 1.19 billion euros. It will be coordinated at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, by neuroscientist Henry Markram with co-directors Karlheinz Meier of Heidelberg University, Germany, and Richard Frackowiak of Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois and the University of Lausanne. The project will also associate some important North American and Japanese partners.
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The ISC’13 conference takes place June 16-20 in Leipzig, Germany and discounted Early Registration ends May 15.
Over the Intel Datastack Blog, Winston Saunders writes considering the rapidly expanding efficiency and performance capability of supercomputing systems, it may be time to upgrade just for the electricity savings alone.
You can see system-level annualized energy costs in the Figure. From this point it is pretty straight forward to calculate a payback time for replacing inefficient servers. It’s interesting they work out to be vertical lines. It’s interesting that they times for return on investment show up as vertical lines. It’s astounding that they are so short. In several cases, less than a year!
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