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Seeking Submissions for the SC16 Impact Showcase

“Organizations who are currently employing high performance computing to advance their competitiveness and innovation in the global marketplace can highlight their compelling/interesting/novel real-world applications at SC16’s HPC Impact Showcase. The Showcase is designed to introduce attendees to the many ways that HPC matters in our world, through testimonials from companies large and small. Rather than a technical deep dive of how they are using or managing their HPC environments, their stories are meant to tell how their companies are adopting and embracing HPC as well as how it is improving their businesses. Last year’s line-up included presentations on topics from battling ebola to designing at Rolls-Royce. It is not meant for marketing presentations. Whether you are new to HPC or a long-time professional, you are sure to learn something new and exciting in the HPC Impact Showcase.”

Mellanox Technology Accelerates the World’s Fastest Supercomputer

Today Mellanox announced that the company’s interconnect technology accelerates the world’s fastest supercomputer at the supercomputing center in Wuxi, China. The new number one supercomputer delivers 93 Petaflops (3 times higher compared to the previous top system), connecting nearly 41 thousand nodes and more than ten million CPU cores. The offloading architecture of the Mellanox interconnect solution is the key to providing world leading performance, scalability and efficiency, connecting the highest number of nodes and CPU cores within a single supercomputer.

Video: How HPC Unlocks Competitive Advantage

In this video, Addison Snell from Intersect360 Research shares how HPC can unlock innovations for a competitive advantage. “Dell HPC solutions are deployed across the globe as the computational foundation for industrial, academic and governmental research critical to scientific advancement and economic and global competitiveness. With the richness of the Dell enterprise portfolio, HPC customers are increasingly relying on Dell HPC experts to provide integrated, turnkey solutions and services resulting in enhanced performance, reliability and simplicity. Customers benefit by engaging with Dell as a single source for total solution design, delivery and ongoing support.”

Mellanox and PNNL to Collaborate on Exascale System

Today Mellanox announced a joint technology collaboration with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to architect, design and explore technologies for future Exascale platforms. The agreement will explore the advanced capabilities of Mellanox interconnect technology while focusing on a new generation of in-network computing architecture and the laboratory application requirements. This collaboration will also enable the DOE lab, through its Center for Advanced Technology Evaluation (CENATE), and Mellanox to effectively explore new software and hardware synergies that can drive high performance computing to the next level.

Altair Releases PBS Pro Source Code

Open source licensing for Altair’s market-leading HPC workload manager, PBS Professional, is now available. PBS Pro development communities are now forming and the full-core open source version of PBS Pro can be downloaded at www.pbspro.org. “Our intent is to continuously push the boundaries of HPC to pursue exascale computing through active participation with the HPC community,” says James R. Scapa, Altair’s Founder, Chairman, and CEO. “Working together toward common goals will allow for resources to be applied more efficiently. Our dual-licensing platform will encourage public and private sector collaboration to advance globally relevant topics including Big Data, cloud computing, advanced manufacturing, energy, life sciences, and the inexorable move toward a connected world through the Internet of Things.”

Context Matters: Distributed Graph Algorithms and Runtime Systems

In this video from the PASC16 conference, Andrew Lumsdaine from Indiana University presents: Context Matters: Distributed Graph Algorithms and Runtime Systems. “The increasing complexity of the software/hardware stack of modern supercomputers makes understanding the performance of the modern massive-scale codes difficult. Distributed graph algorithms (DGAs) are at the forefront of that complexity, pushing the envelope with their massive irregularity and data dependency. We analyze the existing body of research on DGAs to assess how technical contributions are linked to experimental performance results in the field. We distinguish algorithm-level contributions related to graph problems from “runtime-level” concerns related to communication, scheduling, and other low-level features necessary to make distributed algorithms work. We show that the runtime is an integral part of DGAs’ experimental results, but it is often ignored by the authors in favor of algorithm-level contributions.”

Penguin Computing adds Intel Xeon Phi Processors to Tundra Supercomputers

Penguin Computing, a provider of high performance, enterprise data center and cloud solutions, announced its transition from pre-production deployments last year of systems based on the Intel Xeon Phi processor to full production for Penguin’s Tundra product family. “We received early access to the Intel Xeon Phi processor through Penguin Computing and its OCP-based Tundra Extreme Scale (ES) Series,” said James Laros, Principal Member of Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories. “We are seeing very promising results to date.”

Latest Irish Supercomputer List Reflects Growing Capabilities

“The June 2016 Irish Supercomputer List represents a seismic shake-up in the Irish HPC landscape. After a 2015 that saw only three new machines, the list has experienced a turnover of over 50% with three new Top500-class machines topping the list. High Performance Computing is alive and well in Ireland, with a combined national HPC output of over 1 Petaflop. On the global stage, Ireland is now at the envious position of being #2 in the world in terms of Top500 supercomputers per capita.”

DDN Powers Medical Breakthroughs at Children’s Mercy Kansas City

With DDN’s high-performance GRIDScaler platform, Children’s Mercy can scale up or out to handle massive data ingest, processing, storage and collaboration. Not only does DDN deliver performance and scalability unmatched by traditional scale-out, enterprise NAS architectures, the GS7K meets the Center’s imposing requirements for a high-density, cost-effective solution.

Video: Rolling Out the New Intel Xeon Phi Processor at ISC 2016

In this video from ISC 2016, Barry Davis from Intel describes the company’s brand new Intel Xeon Phi Processor and how it fits into the Intel Scalable System Framework. “Eliminate node bottlenecks, simplify your code modernization and build on a power-efficient architecture with the Intel Xeon Phi™ processor, a foundational element of Intel Scalable System Framework. The bootable host processor offers an integrated architecture for powerful, highly parallel performance that will pave your path to deeper insight, innovation and impact for today’s most-demanding High Performance Computing applications, including Machine Learning. Supported by a comprehensive technology roadmap and robust ecosystem, the Intel Xeon Phi processor is a future-ready solution that maximizes your return on investment by using open standards code that are flexible, portable and reusable.”