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UCX: Co-Design Architecture For Next Generation HPC Systems


“The UCX Unified Communication X project is a collaboration between industry, laboratories, and academia to create an open-source production grade communication framework for data centric and high-performance applications. At the core of the UCX project are the combined features, ideas, and concepts of industry leading technologies including MXM, PAMI and UCCS. Mellanox Technologies has contributed their MXM technology, which provides enhancements to parallel communication.”

User Agency Panel Discussion on the NSCI Initiative


In this video (with transcript) from the 2015 HPC User Forum in Broomfield, Bob Sorenson from IDC moderates a User Agency panel discussion on the NSCI initiative. “You all have seen that usable statement inside the NSCI, and we are all about trying to figure out how to make usable machines. That is a key critical component as far, as we’re concerned. But the thing that I think we’re really seeing, we talked about the fact that a single thread performance is not increasing, and so what we’re doing is we’re simply increasing the parallelism and then the physics limitations, if you will, of how you cool and distribute power among the parts that are there. That really is leading to a paradigm shift from something that’s based on how fast you can crunch the numbers to how fast you can feed the chips with data. It’s really that paradigm shift, I think, more than anything else that’s really going to change the way that we have to do our computing.”

LLNL & Rensselaer Polytechnic to Promote Industrial HPC


Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will combine decades of expertise to help American industry and businesses expand use of high performance computing under a recently signed memorandum of understanding.

Cray Scales Fluent to 129,000 Compute Cores

Gas turbine combustor model using ANSYS Fluent involving complex physics including transient, turbulent flow, mixing of multiple chemical species and turbulence-chemistry interaction.

Today Cray announced a world record by scaling ANSYS Fluent to 129,000 compute cores. “Less than a year ago, ANSYS announced Fluent had scaled to 36,000 cores with the help of NCSA. While the nearly 4x increase over the previous record is significant, it tells only part of the story. ANSYS has broadened the scope of simulations allowing for applicability to a much broader set of real-world problems and products than any other company offers.”

Australia Connects to US Pacific Research Platform


Today the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) and Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet) announced a partnership to connect Australian researchers to the US Pacific Research Platform (PRP), a next generation data sharing network linking research universities and supercomputing centers at unprecedented speeds.

Compute Canada Joins Women in HPC Network

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Compute Canada has become the first international partner to join the Women in High Performance Computing (WHPC) network. “Achieving gender balance in advanced research computing is an important goal for Compute Canada,” said Mark Dietrich, President and Chief Executive Officer Compute Canada. “This is not just an important equality and balance issue. We know achieving gender balance, and diversity in general, improves innovation and research outputs. In order to meet the growing demand for HPC skillsets that address the increasing requirements of key industrial and academic sectors we must support and grow our skill base in this area.”

Advancing HPC with Collaboration & Co-design


In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Tom Wilkie reports on two US initiatives for future supercomputers, announced at the ISC in Frankfurt in July.

TACC Puts Chameleon Cloud Testbed into Production

Kate Keahey, Chameleon primary investigator, computer scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, and CI Senior Fellow

Today the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) announced that its new Chameleon testbed is in full production for researchers across the country. Designed to help investigate and develop the promising future of cloud-based science, the NSF-funded Chameleon is a configurable, large-scale environment for testing and demonstrate new concepts.

Intel and Micron Announce 3D XPoint Non-Volatile Memory

3D Xpoint™ technology is up to 1000x faster than NAND and an individual die can store 128Gb of data.

Today Intel Corporation and Micron Technology unveiled 3D XPoint technology, a non-volatile memory that has the potential to revolutionize any device, application or service that benefits from fast access to large sets of data. Now in production, 3D XPoint technology is a major breakthrough in memory process technology and the first new memory category since the introduction of NAND flash in 1989.

Univa Joins CNCF Cloud Native Computing Foundation


Today Univa joins Google, IBM, and other world-class companies founding members of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). The new CNCF organization will accelerate the development of cloud native applications and services by advancing a technology stack for data center containerization and microservices.