For decades, Intel has been enabling insight and discovery through its technologies and contributions to parallel computing and High Performance Computing (HPC). Central to the company’s most recent work in HPC is a new design philosophy for clusters and supercomputers called Intel® Scalable System Framework (Intel® SSF), an approach designed to enable sustained, balanced performance as the community pushes towards the Exascale era.
The UK semiconductor company, ARM, may soon be acquired by Japan’s Softbank for £24.3 billion. The Cambridge-based firm is best known for designing microchips used in most smartphones, including Apple’s and Samsung’s. However, this year it was announced that the upgrade to the K computer, Japan’s flagship supercomputer housed at RIKEN would also use ARM-based processors.
“High performance computing is a $20 billion market dominated by legacy on-premise IT players with minimal cloud penetration today,” said Toshi Otani, Managing Director at TransLink capital. “Rescale’s platform solution addresses the key security and performance challenges that have historically held back enterprises from pushing their HPC data centers into the cloud. As the industry-leading platform solution for enterprise HPC, Rescale has demonstrated to be uniquely well positioned as HPC makes the inevitable transition to the cloud.”
Today insideHPC is pleased to share news about Xand McMahon a newly formed marketing agency focused on HPC and technical computing. “Xand McMahon is a joint venture between two familiar faces in the HPC community: Lara Kisielewska from Xand Marketing and Kim McMahon from McMahon Consulting. As kind of a one-stop shop, Xand McMahon provides a full range of strategic and tactical marketing services for companies seeking to capture market share in HPC and technical computing. Both women entered the HPC arena in 1999 and have worked with dozens of HPC firms to provide messaging and branding, go-to-market strategies, advertising, PR, social media, event production, road shows, trade show management, technical content, partner management, lead generation, and product launches.”
Although liquid cooling is considered by many to be the future for data centers, the fact remains that there are some who do not yet need to make a full transformation to liquid cooling. Others are restricted until the next budget cycle. Whatever the reason, new technologies like Internal Loop are more affordable than liquid cooling and can replaces less efficient air coolers. This enables HPC data centers to still utilize the highest performing CPUs and GPUs.
Today Intersect360 Research released its eighth 2015 Site Budget Allocation Map, a look at how HPC sites divide and spend their budgets.
National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) has a private sector program (PSP) which works with the smaller companies to help them adopt HPC technologies based on the expertise acquired over the past quarter century. By working with these organizations, NCSA can help them to determine the Return on Investment (ROI) of using more computing power to solve real world problems than is possible on smaller, less capable systems.
Who are the world’s most important vendors of supercomputers, at least as measured by the number of systems they have in the Top500? HP is the leader with a 31 per cent share; Cray is number two with just under 14 per cent. So far, so unsurprising. But what has been little remarked upon is that in third place – with 49 systems, or 9.8 per cent of the Top500 list – is the Chinese vendor, Sugon. And both Sugon and Inspur, the other main Chinese vendor, have their sights set on expanding still further, with trade missions to Europe and setting up partnerships and subsidiaries in both Europe and the USA.
As the reach of high performance computing continues to expand, so does the worldwide HPC community. In such a fast-growing ecosystem, how do you find the right HPC resources to match your needs? Enter DiscoverHPC.com, a new directory that takes on the daunting task of trying to put all-things-HPC in one place. To learn more, we caught up with the site curator, Ron Denny.
In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Laura Shepard, Sr. Director Vertical and Product Marketing at DDN looks at trends in commodity hardware, specifically a converged approach to storage and the many benefits it offers to supercomputing professionals.