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InfiniBand Continues Dominance of TOP500

Today the InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA) and the OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) today announced that 204 of the world’s most powerful supercomputers accelerate performance through InfiniBand and OpenFabrics Software (OFS). At 41 percent of the TOP500 List, the InfiniBand fabric, together with OFS open source software, continues to be the interconnect of choice for the leading supercomputing systems. Furthermore, InfiniBand and OFS systems outperform competing technologies in overall efficiency, scoring an 85 percent list average for compute efficiency—with one system achieving a remarkable 99.8 percent.

CFMS in the UK to lead Future Engineering System Research Project

The Centre for Modeling & Simulation (CFMS) in the UK has announced it will be leading the Future Engineering System (FES) Project. FES brings together CFMS, aerospace prime Rolls-Royce, leading global engineering and technology services company Siemens, systems integrator Sysemia and digital quality specialist eQ-Technologic with academic specialists from the Sheffield Advanced Computing Research Centre and Leeds University Socio-Technical Centre. The consortium will develop and demonstrate a prototype future engineering system infrastructure to fully integrate engineering data sources within the process lifecycle management (PLM) tool chain.

Dell & OpenHPC at ISC 2016

In this video from ISC 2016, Onur Celebioglu from Dell describes how the company is working with the OpenHPC Community to ease the deployment of high performance computing solutions. “Community investment in open source frameworks and open standards is the right way to ensure the right capabilities are available to a growing HPC community. The new OpenHPC effort will greatly accelerate HPC adoption, productive usage and innovation. As a long-time leader in democratizing HPC, Dell is proud to be a founding member of this effort.”

SUSE Powers OpenHPC at ISC 2016

With the OpenHPC stack, you can leap forward with a validated, tested and secure infrastructure software stack and get to product in a fraction of the time. This new approach will drive rapid advances in the state of the art and accelerate our progress towards true exascale computing. “SUSE, as a founder and board member of OpenHPC, contributes not just to the Linux OS elements of the project but also to the underlying HPC system building componentry and system tools that can bridge today’s infrastructure development gaps and help move vendors and researchers rapidly towards powerful HPC solution stacks.”

PRACE Elects New Leadership

The PRACE Council in Europe has elected Prof Dr Ir Anwar Osseyran of SURF/SURFsara as Chair and Dr Sergi Girona of BSC was elected Vice-Chair. PRACE – the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe – counts 25 European Members States and Associated Countries as its members. PRACE aims to facilitate excellent research and science in academia […]

Intel to Distribute SUSE High Performance Computing Stack

“The SUSE and Intel collaboration on Intel HPC Orchestrator and OpenHPC puts this power within reach of a whole new range of industries and enterprises that need data-driven insights to compete and advance. This is an industry-changing approach that will rapidly accelerate HPC innovation and advance the state of the art in a way that creates real-world benefits for our customers and partners.”

Video: Announcing Intel HPC Orchestrator

In this video from ISC 2016, Figen Ulgen from Intel describes the new Intel HPC Orchestrator. “Intel HPC Orchestrator simplifies the installation, management and ongoing maintenance of a high-performance computing system by reducing the amount of integration and validation effort required for the HPC system software stack. Intel HPC Orchestrator can help accelerate your time to results and value in your HPC initiatives. With Intel HPC Orchestrator, based on the OpenHPC system software stack, you can take advantage of the innovation driven by the open source community – while also getting peace of mind from Intel support across the stack.”

SGI Opens European Joint Research Centre at EPCC in Edinburgh

Today SGI announced a significant investment in extreme scale software research at The Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC) at the University of Edinburgh. The investments at this top tier research centre highlight the commitment of SGI to the European software research community. These resources, including SGI application software and supercomputing hardware expertise, will assist scientists as they explore issues related to healthcare, materials science, climate change and renewable resources, among many other topics.

Dell Brings Supercomputing Power to Mainstream Enterprises

“While traditional HPC has been critical to research programs that enable scientific and societal advancement, Dell is mainstreaming these capabilities to support enterprises of all sizes as they seek a competitive advantage in an ever increasing digital world,” said Jim Ganthier, vice president and general manager, Dell Engineered Systems, Cloud and HPC. “As a clear leader in HPC, Dell now offers customers highly flexible, precision built HPC systems for multiple vertical industries based upon years of experience powering the world’s most advanced academic and research institutions. With Dell HPC Systems, our customers can deploy HPC systems more quickly and cost effectively and accelerate their speed of innovation to deliver both breakthroughs and business results.”

Cray Adds Intel Xeon Phi Processor to Flagship Line of Supercomputers

Today Cray introduced new performance breakthroughs that will provide customers with the fastest Cray XC supercomputers and Cray Sonexion storage systems to date. “Our customers are taking on increasingly complex computational problems that are expanding the boundaries of supercomputing and storage performance capabilities,” said Ryan Waite, Cray’s senior vice president of products. “We partner closely with our customers to understand their unique requirements and deliver new systems that deliver peak performance. For many of our customers, Intel Xeon Phi processors and Lustre parallel file systems are critical components of their supercomputing infrastructure. Our close collaboration with Intel helps to ensure our Intel Xeon Phi processor-based solutions scale to the most demanding performance requirements and our close partnership with Seagate helps scale Lustre to new levels of performance and stability.”