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High Performance Interconnects: Assessment & Rankings

In this video from the HPC Advisory Council Spain Conference, Dan Olds from OrionX discusses the High Performance Interconnect (HPI) market landscape, plus provides ratings and rankings of HPI choices today. “In this talk, we’ll take a look at the technologies and performance of high-end networking technology and the coming battle between onloading vs. offloading interconnect architectures.”

EUDAT Renews European Data Infrastructure for Research

Today EUDAT, the pan European collaborative data infrastructure announced that 16 major European research organizations and datacenters have signed an agreement to sustain the EUDAT – pan European collaborative data infrastructure for the next 10 years. The organizations stand together behind a long term sustainability plan and commit to develop, maintain and deploy pan-European research data services and to promote harmonization of research data management practices across centers.

Radio Free HPC Looks at Security Concerns for Augmented Reality

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the issue of security for Augmented Reality and IoT. Now that every device in our lives is getting connected to the Internet, how will be prevented from attackers? Henry points out that even our medical devices are not safe any more.

General Atomics Releases Next-Gen Nirvana Data Management Software

Today General Atomics announced the next generation of Nirvana – a premier metadata, data placement and data management software solution for the most demanding workflows in Life Sciences, Scientific Research, Media & Entertainment and Energy Exploration. “Nirvana 5.0 reduces storage costs up to 75% by turning geographically dispersed, multiple vendor storage silos into a single global namespace that automatically moves infrequently-accessed data to lower-cost storage or to the cloud.”

ICC Launches Alpha Series of Overclocked Financial Servers

Today International Computer Concepts (ICC) announced the release of a new line of overclocked servers: ICC Alpha. These systems were designed specifically for high-frequency trading (HFT) applications, where sequential processing speed is critical.
Our HFT customers are seeking absolutely the fastest possible processing available on the market to run their financial applications,” observed ICC’s Director of Development Alexey Stolyar. “ICC AlphaTM allows in an unprecedented way for trading firms to stay ahead of the competition in an industry where nanoseconds could mean the difference between loss or significant profit.”

RSC Group to Market HPC Solutions in Czech Republic

Today Russia’s RSC Group announced a business cooperation agreement with M Computers to market and deploy RSC’s HPC solutions in the Czech Republic. “We believe that partnership with M Computers will help RSC to offer its innovative supercomputing and data center solutions for European clients, which could recognize such advantages of our equipment as the ultimate computing and power density, energy-efficiency, compactness, reliability, ease to manage and maintain.”

Bright Broadens Partnership with Huawei in EMEA

Today Bright Computing announced expanded collaboration with Huawei across EMEA.

Huawei places win-win collaboration at the heart of our business in Europe,” said Jaco Pesschier, Senior Channel Sales Manager, Huawei West Europe Enterprise Business. “We’re committed to building a partner ecosystem which enables end-users to make the most of new ICT to become leaders in their markets. As our relationship with Bright Computing grows we look forward to a productive and optimistic future working together.”

Power8 Systems with NVLink Come to Nimbix HPC Cloud

Today’s emerging workloads like machine and deep learning, artificial intelligence, accelerated databases, and high performance data analytics require incredible speed through accelerated computing,” said Sumit Gupta, Vice President, High Performance Computing and Data Analytics, IBM. “Delivering the capabilities of the new IBM POWER8 with NVIDIA NVLink-based system through the Nimbix cloud expands the horizons of HPC and brings a highly differentiated accelerated computing platform to a whole new set of users.”

Video: Sustainable High-Performance Computing through Data Science

Ozalp Babaoglu from the University of Bologna presented this Google Talk. “At exascale, failures and errors will be frequent, with many instances occurring daily. This fact places resilience squarely as another major roadblock to sustainability. In this talk, I will argue that large computer systems, including exascale HPC systems, will ultimately be operated based on predictive computational models obtained through data-science tools, and at that point, the intervention of humans will be limited to setting high-level goals and policies rather than performing “nuts-and-bolts” operations.”

Preview: SC16 Tutorial on How to Buy a Supercomputer

“This tutorial, part of the SC16 State of the Practice, will guide attendees through the process of purchasing and deploying a HPC system. It will cover the whole process from engaging with stakeholders in securing funding, requirements capture, market survey, specification of the tender/request for proposal documents, engaging with suppliers, evaluating proposals, and managing the installation. Attendees will learn how to specify what they want, yet enable the suppliers to provide innovative solutions beyond their specification both in technology and in the price; how to demonstrate to stakeholders that the solution selected is best value for money; and the common risks, pitfalls and mitigation strategies essential to achieve an on-time and on-quality installation process.”