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Efforts to Broaden HPC Accelerate as OpenHPC Governing Board and Technical Steering Committee Takes Shape

Since its announcement at SC15 in November, the OpenHPC community has made important strides toward its mission of creating and supporting a flexible open source HPC software stack that simplifies deploying and managing HPC systems. In just a few short months, the open source community hosted at The Linux Foundation has had many productive working group discussions, installed a Technical Steering Committee (TSC) and Governing Board, and even provided releases of the initial software stack based on early community feedback. The initial software stack includes over 60 packages, including tools and libraries, as well as provisioning, a job scheduler and more.

SC16 General Chair John West on Moving the HPC Community Forward

“For SC16, we’re beginning a three-year thrust that will expand state-of-the-practice discussions with content throughout the conference tracks that emphasizes the innovation happening in operations, tools, and software through today’s HPC centers. I’ve spent my career so far in HPC operations of one kind or another, and I know firsthand that there is an incredible wealth of knowledge and expertise that gets developed in supercomputing centers. SC is well established as the place to share academic results; we believe SC can have a large impact on our community by providing developers and researchers with a more operational focus with a forum to share their results as well.”

OpenHPC Establishes Leadership & Releases Initial Software Stack

Today the Linux Foundation announced a set of technical, leadership and member investment milestones for OpenHPC, a Linux Foundation project to develop an open source framework for High Performance Computing environments. “The OpenHPC community has quickly paved a path of collaborative development that is highly inclusive of stakeholders invested in HPC-optimized software,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director, The Linux Foundation. “To see OpenHPC members include the world’s leading computing labs, universities, and hardware experts, illustrates how open source unites the world’s leading technologists to share technology investments that will shape the next 30+ years of computing.”

Bright Computing Partners with ProfitBricks for Elastic HPC

Today Bright Computing announced a partnership with ProfitBricks, the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) company based in Germany. “Cloud-based solutions are increasingly appealing as they offer a cost-effective alternative to traditional on-premise solutions,” said Petra-Maria Grohs, CSO EMEAA at ProfitBricks. “Infrastructure is no exception and we are excited at the level of interest we are seeing in moving HPC and Big Data environments into the cloud, in order to unlock cost and time savings.”

Stampede 2 Supercomputer at TACC to Sport 18 Petaflops

Over at the Dell HPC Community, Jim Ganthier writes that TACC is planning to deploy its 18 Petflop Stampede 2 supercomputer based on Dell servers running Intel Knights Landing processors. “Stampede 2 will do more than just meet growing demand from those who run data-intensive research. Imagine the discoveries that will be made as a result of this award and the new system. Now more than ever is an exciting time to be in HPC.”

Open-source vs. Proprietary – Keeping Ideology Out of the Equation

“One of the most recurrent themes is that of open-source vs. proprietary code. This debate is often painted with the idealistic open-source evangelists on one side, and the business-focused proprietary software advocates on the other. This is, of course, an unfair depiction of the topic. In reality, when debating open-source vs. proprietary, several issues tend to get conflated into one argument – open-source vs. closed-source, free vs. paid-for, restrictive vs flexible licensing, supported vs. unsupported, code quality, and so on.”

CoolIT Systems Partners with STULZ on Chip-to-Atmosphere Cooling

Today CoolIT Systems announced a commercial partnership with STULZ USA. Under the agreement, the two companies will cooperate closely in delivering unique Chip-to-Atmosphere solutions across the globe.

CCIX Open Acceleration Framework to Coherently Share Data with Accelerators

Today AMD, ARM, Huawei, IBM, Mellanox, Qualcomm, and Xilinx announced a collaboration to bring the CCIX high-performance open acceleration framework to data centers. The companies are collaborating on the specification for the new Cache Coherent Interconnect for Accelerators (CCIX). For the first time in the industry, a single interconnect technology specification will ensure that processors using different instruction set architectures (ISA) can coherently share data with accelerators and enable efficient heterogeneous computing – significantly improving compute efficiency for servers running data center workloads.

Video: Lustre Update from Seagate Technologies

Peter Bojanic presented this talk at LUG 2016 in Portland. “At LUG 2016, Seagate announced it will incorporate Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre (IEEL), a big data software platform, into its market-leading ClusterStor storage architecture for high-performance computing. The move will strengthen Seagate’s HPC data storage product line and provide customers with an additional choice of Lustre parallel file systems to help drive advancements in the HPC and big data market.”

Marc Snir on Why Argonne is Part of the OpenHPC Community

Dr. Marc Snir discusses why Argonne is participating in the OpenHPC Community. “OpenHPC can be a good mechanism to make sure all the pieces of open source software in HPC fit well together. It’s an important initiative that can bring together the HPC open source software community. It can make sure that a full stack of HPC software is available in a useful manner to the user community.”