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Dolphin Demos 300ns Latency Across PCI Express at IDF

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Today Norway’s Dolphin Interconnect Solutions demonstrated record a low latency of 300 nanoseconds at IDF 2015. Dolphin achieved this record by adding Intel Xeon Non Transparent Bridging (NTB) support to its existing PCI Express network product. In addition, Dolphin announced a new PCIe 3.0 host adapter, the PXH810 Host Adapter, which achieves 540 nanoseconds of latency at 64Gbps wire speeds.

KAUST is the Latest Intel Parallel Computing Center

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KAUST in Saudi Arabia has been named as the latest Intel Parallel Computing Center. “The new PCC aims to provide scalable software kernels common to scientific simulation codes that will adapt well to future architectures, including a scheduled upgrade of KAUST’s globally Top10 Intel-based Cray XC40 system. In the spirit of co-design, Intel PCC at KAUST will also provide feedback that could influence architectural design trade-offs.”

Video: First Look at Intel Optane Non-volatile Memory

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“At IDF, Intel introduced Intel Optane technology, which is based on the revolutionary 3D XPoint non-volatile memory media and combined with the company’s advanced system memory controller, interface hardware and software IP, to unleash vast performance potential in a range of forthcoming products. Intel Optane technology will first come to market in a new line of high-endurance, high-performance Intel SSDs beginning in 2016. The new class of memory technology will also power a new line of Intel DIMMs designed for Intel’s next-generation data center platforms.”

Innovation Keeps Supercomputers Cool

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“The range of cooling options now available is testimony to engineering ingenuity. HPC centers can choose between air, oil, dielectric fluid, or water as the heat-transfer medium. Opting for something other than air means that single or two-phase flow could be available, opening up the possibilities of convective or evaporative cooling and thus saving the cost of pumping the fluid round the system.”

Seagate Announces Plans to Buy Dot Hill Systems

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Today Seagate announced plans to buy data storage system maker Dot Hill Systems for approximately $645 million.

ORNL Hosts Meetings on OpenACC & OpenMP

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Staff from the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), a US Department of Energy (DOE)Office of Science User Facility, held prominent roles in two recent committee meetings—one focused on OpenACC and one devoted to OpenMP.

FORMAT in Poland to Deploy RackCDU Liquid Cooling Systems

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Today Asetek announced an order for its RackCDU data center liquid cooling system placed by FORMAT Sp. Ltd, an IT solutions provider located in Poland. Building on the success of previous smaller orders, FORMAT has ordered 6 RackCDU with cooling loops for a total of 471 compute nodes that will be delivered in Q3. The order will result in revenue to Asetek in the range of $100k.

Danish Meteorological to Install First Cray in Iceland

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Today Cray announced that the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) has purchased a Cray XC supercomputer and a Cray Sonexion 2000 storage system. Through an arrangement with the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO), the system will be installed at the IMO datacenter in Reykjavik, Iceland for year-round power and cooling efficiency.

CIARA Announces World-record SPEC Performance

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Today CIARA announced that its ORION HF servers have achieved record performance on 18 SPEC CPU 2006 benchmarks. According to the company, CIARA’s complete ORION HF server line achieved top ranks in every CPU category when compared to manufacturers such as Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Supermicro.

HPC People on the Move – August Edition

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Dr. Lewey Anton reports on who’s jumping ship and moving on up in high performance computing. Familiar names on the move include Dr. Ilkay Altintas, Glenn Lockwood, and Wilf Pinfold.