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Quantum Names Molly Rector VP of Marketing

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.

Penguin Computing Rolls Out Magna 1015 OpenPOWER Servers

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.

Job of the Week: Senior HPC Linux Systems Administrator at SMU

Southern Methodist University is seeking a Senior Linux System Administrator for High Performance Computing (HPC) to build, maintain, operate and manage HPC systems. The individual in this position will have shared support responsibility for university HPC as member of a two-person team.

Video: Chapel – Productive, Multiresolution Parallel Programming

“Engineers at Cray noted that the HPC community was hungry for alternative parallel programming languages and developed Chapel as part of our response. The reaction from HPC users so far has been very encouraging—most would be excited to have the opportunity to use Chapel once it becomes production-grade.”

Dell Powers New HPC Cluster at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

Today the University of Alabama at Birmingham unveiled a new supercomputer powered by Dell. With a peak performance of 110 Teraflops, the system is 10 times faster than its predecessor. “With their new Dell EMC HPC cluster, UAB researchers will have the compute and storage they need to aggressively research, uncover and apply knowledge that changes the lives of individuals and communities in many areas, including genomics and personalized medicine.”

Video: HPC Disruptive Technologies Panel

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.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at New HPC Power & Cooling Technologies

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.

NREL to Lead for Wind Power Research for Exascale Computing Project

“This project will make a substantial contribution to advancing wind energy,” said Steve Hammond, NREL’s Director of Computational Science and the principal investigator on the project. “It will advance our fundamental understanding of the complex flow physics of whole wind plants, which will help further reduce the cost of electricity derived from wind energy.”

Podcast: Solar-Powered Hikari Supercomputer at TACC Demonstrates HVDC Efficiencies

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.”

Flow Science Partners with FRIENDSHIP SYSTEMS for Optimizing Simulation

“The integration of FLOW-3D with CAESES creates a powerful design environment for our users. FLOW-3D’s inherent ease of modifying geometry is even more potent when combined with an optimization tool like CAESES, which specializes in optimizing for geometry as well as other parametric studies,” said Flow Science Vice President of Sales and Business Development, Amir Isfahani.