As announced at SC16, Chinese HPC vendor Sugon has built a new datacenter in Slovenia based around the Arctur-2 system, Sugon’s first installation in continental Europe and a major milestone in the company’s globalization strategy. “Arctur-2 is Sugon’s flagship hyperconverged HPC & Cloud computing infrastructure. According to Sugon, the system was designed and built to fit various and diverse usage scenarios, from general use Cloud Computing to HPC computing as well as Big Data analytics. By converging different types of servers into single entity we achieved high performance, energy efficiency and seamless management, Sugon is able to provide an HPC on demand to its customers.”
The National Institute of Aerospace Research in Romania will power its scientific and aeronautical research program with a new SGI UV system. “This is the second SGI system we have installed at INCAS,” said Costea Emil, head of Department Technical Services at INCAS. “SGI solutions have allowed us to rapidly develop and test our software prototypes and solutions. With our newest installation, we can reduce the time required to program algorithms, allowing us to focus on the key scientific problems we’re chartered to solve.”
“With the new SPICE system from SGI, we have seen a step-change in performance for our researchers and scientists doing post-processing of weather and climate data,” said Richard Bevan, Head of Operational Technology at the Met Office. “Tasks that used to take 1-2 days to complete are now done in a fraction of that time, allowing scientists to perform multiple runs in one day.”
Designed specifically with researchers in mind, the Birmingham Environment for Academic Research (BEAR) Cloud will augment an already rich set of IT services at the University of Birmingham and will be used by academics across all disciplines, from Medicine to Archaeology, and Physics to Theology. “We are very proud of the new system, but building a research cloud isn’t easy,” said Simon Thompson, Research Computing Infrastructure Architect in IT Services at the University of Birmingham. “We challenged a range of carefully-selected partners to provide the underlying technology.”
“Today’s most advanced seismic survey datasets encompass many hundreds of terabytes, and gaining insight from this data lies squarely at the convergence of supercomputing and big data,” said Barry Bolding, chief strategy officer at Cray. “The Cray supercomputers allow PGS to quickly process this data into an accurate, clear image of what’s lying underneath the sea floor, through kilometers of varied geology. This is an extraordinarily complex computational challenge, and is where PGS excels. We’re thrilled PGS continues to rely on Cray supercomputers to power the next generation of seismic processing and imaging.”
In this video, Dave Hart, CISL User Services Manager presents: Cheyenne – NCAR’s Next-Generation Data-Centric Supercomputing Environment. “Cheyenne is a new 5.34-petaflops, high-performance computer built for NCAR by SGI. The hardware was delivered on Monday, September 12, at the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) and the system is on schedule to become operational at the beginning of 2017. All of the compute racks were powered up and nodes booted up within a few days of delivery.”
EPSRC and Cray have signed an agreement to add a Cray XC40 Development System with Intel Xeon Phi processors to ARCHER, the UK National Supercomputing Service. “The new Development system will have a very similar environment to the main ARCHER system, including Cray’s Aries interconnect, operating system and Cray tools, meaning that interested users will enjoy a straightforward transition.”
Indiana University plans to unveil three new HPC resources at a launch event on Sept 1: Jetstream, Big Red II+, and Diet. “With these new systems, IU continues to provide our researchers the leading-edge computational tools needed for the scale of today’s research problems,” said Brad Wheeler, IU vice president for IT and CIO. “Each of these systems is quite distinct in its purpose to meet the needs of our researchers and students.”
Today Penguin Computing announced that it is delivering an energy-efficient, HPC cluster to the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The new cluster, based on Penguin Computing’s Relion server family was first delivered in April 2016 and has been incrementally expanding throughout the year. The cluster was named Chinook in honor of deceased UAF employee Kevin Engle, who was known for his passion for salmon and Alaska. Engle was a research programmer and ground station manager at UAF’s Geographic Information Network of Alaska.
The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro is embarking on ground-breaking energy research powered by a new SGI Computer. The high performance computing system will be installed through the SGI valued partner, Versatus HPC.