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Get Some Big Lunch at the Big Data & HPC Events coming to Portland & Seattle

If you are in the Northwest and you happen to like surf and turf, have I got a deal for you! Dell is hosting a series of Big Data lunch events in Seattle and Portland at the end of April. On April 26, Dell brings the event to Blueacre Seafood in Seattle. In Portland, lunch is on April 27 at the mighty Fogo de Chao, a Brazilian steak house for the Where’s the Beef? crowd. They’re also coming to Flemings in Salt Lake City on April 28.

Supermicro Showcases New GPU SuperServer at GTC 2016

In this video from the 2016 GPU Technology Conference, Jason Pai from Supermicro describes the new 1028GQ-TRT SuperServer. With support for up to four Nvidia Tesla K80 GPUs, the 1U superserver offers extreme compute density in 1U of rack space. “From HPC to Deep Learning and Big Data Analytics, denser, more powerful GPU solutions have become a necessity in order to service the next generation of GPU-accelerated applications. At GTC, Supermicro demonstrated how these applications have progressed, and how its GPU solutions are influencing this evolution.”

SHAPE Selects Eight Innovative HPC Projects for Access to PRACE Supercomputers

Today the SME HPC Adoption Program in Europe announced the winners from its recent Call for Proposals. SHAPE is a pan-European program supported by PRACE which aims to raise awareness and provide European SMEs with the expertise necessary to take advantage of the innovation possibilities created by HPC, thus increasing their competitiveness.

Video: GPUltima System Delivers a Petaflop in a Rack

In this video from the 2016 GPU Technology Conference, Jaan Mannik from One Stop Systems describes the GPUltima system. Delivering up to 1 Petaflop in a rack, the GPUltima is a single 19″ rack comprised of 8 OSS High Density Compute Accelerators (HDCA) each with 16 NIVIDA Dual GPUs (128 total), 16 dual-socket servers, an Infiniband Switch and an Ethernet Switch.”

Video: Software-Defined Networking on InfiniBand Fabrics

A design for virtual Ethernet networks over IB is described. The virtual Ethernet networks are implemented as overlays on the IB network. They are managed in a flexible manner using software. Virtual networks can be created, removed, and assigned to servers dynamically using this software. A virtual network can exist entirely on the IB fabric, or it can have an uplink connecting it to physical Ethernet using a gateway. The virtual networks are represented on the servers by virtual network interfaces which can be used with para-virtualized I/O, SRIOV,and non-virtualized I/O. This technology has many uses: communication between applications which are not IB-aware, communication between IB-connected servers and Ethernet-connected servers, and multi-tenancy for cloud environments. It can be used in conjunction with OpenStack, such as for tenant networks.”

Live Report from LUG 2016 Day 3

In this special guest feature, Ken Strandberg offers this live report from Day 3 of the Lustre User Group meeting in Portland. “Rick Wagner from San Diego Supercomputing Center presented progress on his team’s replication tool that allows copying large blocks of storage from object storage to their disaster recovery durable storage system. Because rsync is not a tool for moving massive amounts of data, SDSC created recursive worker services running in parallel to have each worker handle a directory or group of files. The tool uses available Lustre clients, a RabbitMQ server, Celery scripts, and bash scripts.”

Now on Azure: Intel Cloud Edition for Lustre* Software

The Intel Cloud Edition for Lustre* Software is now available on Microsoft’s Azure platform. Intel Cloud Edition for Lustre Software on Azure is a scalable, parallel file system designed as the working file system for HPC or other IO intensive workloads. Built for use with the virtualized compute instances available from Microsoft Azure scalable cloud infrastructure, it is designed for dynamic, pay-as-you-go applications.

Live Report from LUG 2016 Day 2

In this special guest feature, Ken Strandberg offers this live report from Day 2 of the Lustre User Group meeting in Portland. “Scott Yockel from Harvard University shared how they are deploying Lustre across their massive three data centers up to 90 miles apart with 25 PB of storage, about half of which is Lustre. They’re using Docker containers and employing a backup strategy across the miles of every NFS system, parsing of the entire MDT, and includes 10k directories of small files.”

Italy’s E4 Computer Engineering Builds HPC OpenPOWER Server

Italy’s E4 Computer Engineering announced that it has sealed an agreement with Wistron Corporation to market and distribute the OP205, the Company’s first POWER8 processor- based system in Italy and Europe. “We are very committed to OpenPOWER and we are going to great lengths to ensure we create a system that can be a reference for the Foundation’s amazing eco-system,” said Cosimo Gianfreda, CTO E4 Computer Engineering. “Wistron has worked for many years with many major players and we jumped at the opportunity of working together for this project. We know Europe is ready for OpenPOWER and we are actively encouraging its implementation in a number of Scientific and industrial environments”

Live Report from LUG 2016 Day 1

“The Lustre User Group (LUG) 2016 conference is well under way. The morning of the first day was spent on looking at Lustre today and tomorrow and security developments in the code. Peter Jones and Andreas Dilger described what is in the newest release of Lustre 2.8 and will be in Lustre 2.9, targeted for release this fall, and beyond. These features include growing support for ZFS, security, multi-rail LNET, progressive file layouts, project quotas, and more.”