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Achieving High-Performance Math Processing with Intel MKL 2017

“Many of the libraries developed in the 70s and 80s for core linear algebra and scientific math computation, such as BLAS, LAPACK, FFT, are still in use today with C, C++, Fortran, and even Python programs. With MKL, Intel has engineered a ready-to-use, royalty-free library that implements these numerical algorithms optimized specifically to take advantage of the latest features of Intel chip architectures. Even the best compiler can’t compete with the level of performance possible from a hand-optimized library. Any application that already relies on the BLAS or LAPACK functionality will achieve better performance on Intel and compatible architectures just by downloading and re-linking with Intel MKL.”

GIGABYTE Selects Cavium QLogic FastLinQ Ethernet Solutions

“GIGABYTE servers – across standard, Open Compute Platform (OCP) and rack scale form factors – deliver exceptional value, performance and scalability for multi-tenant cloud and virtualized enterprise datacenters,” said Etay Lee, GM of GIGABYTE Technology’s Server Division. “The addition of QLogic 10GbE and 25GbE FastLinQ Ethernet NICs in OCP and Standard form factors will enable delivery on all of the tenets of open standards, while enabling key virtualization technologies like SR-IOV and full offloads for overlay networks using VxLAN, NVGRE and GENEVE.”

HiPEAC Vision Report Advocates Reinvention of Computing

“Computers as we know them are disappearing from view,’ asserts Koen De Bosschere, Professor at the Engineering Faculty of Ghent University, Belgium, and Coordinator of the HiPEAC network. “The evolution from desktop PC will not stop at smartphone and tablet: the devices and systems that will allow us to automate key infrastructures, such as transport, power grids and monitoring of medical conditions, are bringing us into the age of artificial intelligence. This does not mean man-sized robots, but smart devices that we program and then interact with, such as intelligent personal assistants and self-driving vehicles.”

Appentra Joins OpenPOWER Foundation for Auto-Parallelization

Today Appentra announced it has joined the OpenPOWER Foundation, an open development community based on the POWER microprocessor architecture. Founded in 2012, Appentra is a technology company providing software tools for guided parallelization in high-performance computing and HPC-like technologies. “The development model of the OpenPOWER Foundation is one that elicits collaboration and represents a new way in exploiting and innovating around processor technology.” says Calista Redmond, Director of OpenPOWER Global Alliances at IBM. “With the Power architecture designed for Big Data and Cloud, new OpenPOWER Foundation members like Appentra, will be able to add their own innovations on top of the technology to create new applications that capitalize on emerging workloads.”

Video: How Persistent Memory Will Bring an Entirely New Structure to Large Data Computing

“As data proliferation continues to explode, computing architectures are struggling to get the right data to the processor efficiently, both in terms of time and power. But what if the best solution to the problem is not faster data movement, but new architectures that can essentially move the processing instructions into the data? Persistent memory arrays present just such an opportunity. Like any significant change, however, there are challenges and obstacles that must be overcome. Industry veteran Steve Pawlowski will outline a vision for the future of computing and why persistent memory systems have the potential to be more revolutionary than perhaps anyone imagines.”

Speeding Workloads at the Dell EMC HPC Innovation Lab

The Dell EMC HPC Innovation Lab, substantially powered by Intel, has been established to provide customers best practices for configuring and tuning systems and their applications for optimal performance and efficiency through blogs, whitepapers and other resources. “Dell is utilizing the lab’s world-class Infrastructure to characterize performance behavior and to test and validate upcoming technologies.”

Nimbix Expands Cloud Offerings to Enterprises and Developers

“Delivering optimized technology capabilities to different communities is key to a successful public cloud offering”, said Nimbix Chief Technology Officer Leo Reiter. “With this unified approach, Nimbix delivers discrete product capabilities to different audiences while maximizing value to all parties with the underlying power of the JARVICE platform.”

Video: AI – The Next HPC Workload

“From new cloud offerings on AWS and Azure, to Summit and Sierra, the 150+ PF supercomputers being built by the US in 2017, new AI workloads are driving the rapid growth of GPU accelerated HPC systems. For years, HPC simulations have generated ever increasing amounts of big data, a trend further accelerated by GPU computing. With GPU Deep Learning and other AI approaches, a larger amount of big data than ever can now be used to advance scientific discovery.”

DDN and Inspur Sign Agreement for Joint Sales & Marketing

Today DataDirect Networks announced a joint sales and marketing agreement with Inspur, a leading China-based, cloud-computing and total-solution-and-services provider, in which the companies will leverage their core strengths and powerful computing technologies to offer industry-leading high-performance computing solutions to HPC customers worldwide. “DDN is delighted to expand our work with Inspur globally and to build upon the joint success we have achieved in China,” said Larry Jones, DDN’s partner manager for the Inspur relationship. “DDN’s leadership in massively scalable, high-performance storage solutions, combined with Inspur’s global data center and cloud computing solutions, offer customers extremely efficient, world-class infrastructure options.”

IBM Rolls Out All-flash Storage for Cognitive Workloads

“The DS8880 All-Flash family is targeted at users that have experienced poor storage performance due to latency, low server utilization, high energy consumption, low system availability and high operating costs. These same users have been listening, learning and understand the data value proposition of being a cognitive business,” said Ed Walsh, general manager, IBM Storage and Software Defined Infrastructure. “In the coming year we expect an awakening by companies to the opportunity that cognitive applications, and hybrid cloud enablement, bring them in a data driven marketplace.”