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.”
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.”
“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.”
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.”
Loyola University Maryland has been awarded a $280,120 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to build an HPC cluster that will exponentially expand research opportunities for faculty and students across disciplines.
“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.”
Over at the Nvidia Blog, Jamie Beckett writes that the company’s is expanding its Deep Learning Institute with Microsoft and Coursera. The institute provides training to help people apply deep learning to solve challenging problems.
Gary Paek from Intel presented this talk at the HPC User Forum in Austin. “Traditional high performance computing is hitting a performance wall. With data volumes exploding and workloads becoming increasingly complex, the need for a breakthrough in HPC performance is clear. Intel Scalable System Framework provides that breakthrough. Designed to work for small clusters to the world’s largest supercomputers, Intel SSF provides scalability and balance for both compute- and data intensive applications, as well as machine learning and visualization. The design moves everything closer to the processor to improve bandwidth, reduce latency and allow you to spend more time processing and less time waiting.”
PRACE has announced the winners of its 13th Call for Proposals for PRACE Project Access. Selected proposals will receive allocations to the following PRACE HPC resources: Marconi and MareNostrum.
“We’re currently installing the most powerful supercomputer in the history of the center, but it’s just a roomful of hardware without fast and easy access for our clients,” said David Hudak, interim executive director of OSC. “OnDemand 3.0 provides them with seamless, flexible access to all our computer and storage services.”