“The Avere C2N System transforms traditional storage environments into cloud infrastructure that scales from 120 Terabytes to more than five Petabytes to provide an easy and economical path to the cloud. Unlike other object storage solutions that start at a petabyte or more, Avere offers an entry-point solution built for starting small and scaling to large capacities for demanding applications in media and entertainment, life sciences, financial services, technology and other high data-growth industries.”
“EXAScaler 3.0 raises the bar for Lustre performance and management,” said Laura Shepard, senior director of products and vertical markets, DDN. “As the world’s most experienced Lustre provider, DDN leverages input from a broad installed base and the Lustre community to deliver the most advanced Lustre solutions to our customers around the globe.”
Today, the European Adept Project wrapped up by releasing a set of open-source energy measurement tools. “This is a significant step forward in understanding where exactly in a parallel computing system energy is consumed,” says Dr Michèle Weiland, Project Coordinator for Adept. “Giving both hardware and software developers access to this type of information allows them to make informed choices about new implementations, without guesswork.”
Today Quantum announced that Molly Rector has joined the company as vice president, marketing. Rector brings more than 15 years of enterprise storage experience to the role, including 12 years as a chief marketing officer — most recently at DDN and previously at archive storage vendor Spectra Logic.
Based on the “Barreleye” platform design pioneered by Rackspace and promoted by the OpenPOWER Foundation and the Open Compute Project (OCP) Foundation, Penguin Magna 1015 targets memory and I/O intensive workloads, including high density virtualization and data analytics. The Magna 1015 system uses the Open Rack physical infrastructure defined by the OCP Foundation and adopted by the largest hyperscale data centers, providing operational cost savings from the shared power infrastructure and improved serviceability.
In this video from the 2016 HPC User Forum in Austin, a select panel of HPC vendors describe their disruptive technologies for high performance computing. Vendors include: Altair, SUSE, ARM, AMD, Ryft, Red Hat, Cray, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “A disruptive innovation is an innovation that creates a new market and value network and eventually disrupts an existing market and value network, displacing established market leading firms, products and alliances.”
In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at some interesting new developments in HPC Power & Cooling including: the Solar-Powered Hikari Supercomputer at TACC that is demonstrating the advantages HVDC racks. Plus, Aquila’s new OCP Server Platform has an innovative, fan-less design based on liquid cooling technology from Clustered Systems that supports up to 100 Kw per rack.
Engineers of the Hikari HVDC power feeding system predict it will save 15 percent compared to conventional systems. “The 380 volt design reduces the number of power conversions when compared to AC voltage systems,” said James Stark, director of Engineering and Construction at the Electronic Environments Corporation (EEC), a Division of NTT FACILITIES. “What’s interesting about that,” Stark added, “is the computers themselves – the supercomputer, the blade servers, cooling units, and lighting – are really all designed to run on DC voltage. By supplying 380 volts DC to Hikari instead of having an AC supply with conversion steps, it just makes a lot more sense. That’s really the largest technical innovation.”
“The drive towards Exascale computing requires cooling the next generation of extremely hot CPUs, while staying within a manageable power envelope,” said Bob Bolz, HPC and Data Center Business development at Aquila. “Liquid cooling holds the key. Aquarius is designed from the ground up to meet reliability and the feature-specific demands of high performance and high density computing. Our design goal was to reduce the cost of cooling server resources to well under 5% of overall data center usage.”
“AMD has been away from the HPC space for a while, but now they are coming back in a big way with an open software approach to GPU computing. The Radeon Open Compute Platform (ROCm) was born from the Boltzmann Initiative announced last year at SC15. Now available on GitHub, the ROCm Platform bringing a rich foundation to advanced computing by better integrating the CPU and GPU to solve real-world problems.”