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Earth Core Simulation Awarded Gordon Bell Prize


Scientists at the University of Texas at Austin, IBM Research, New York University and the California Institute of Technology have been awarded the 2015 Gordon Bell Prize for realistically simulating the forces inside the Earth that drive plate tectonics. The team’s work could herald a major step toward better understanding of earthquakes and volcanic activity.

New HPCG Benchmark List Goes Beyond LINPACK to Compare Supercomputers


The High Performance Conjugate Gradients (HPCG) Benchmark list was announced this week at SC15. This is the fourth list produced for the emerging benchmark designed to complement the traditional High Performance LINPACK (HPL) benchmark used as the official metric for ranking the TOP500 systems. The first HPCG list was announced at ISC’14 a year and a half ago, containing only 15 entries and the SC’14 list had 25. The current list contains more than 60 entries as HPCG continues to gain traction in the HPC community.

Video: OpenHPC Community Launches at SC15


In this video from SC15, Karl Schulz from Intel and Michael Miller from SUSE describe the all-new OpenHPC Community. “The use of open source software is central to HPC, but lack of a unified community across key stakeholders – academic institutions, workload management companies, software vendors, computing leaders – has caused duplication of effort and has increased the barrier to entry,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director, The Linux Foundation. “OpenHPC will provide a neutral forum to develop one open source framework that satisfies a diverse set of cluster environment use-cases.”

Rise of Direct-to-Chip Liquid Cooling Highlighted at SC15

Fujitsu Cool-Central® Liquid Cooling

Of the varied approaches to liquid cooling, most remain technical curiosities and fail to show real-world adoption in any significant degree. In contrast, both Asetek RackCDU D2C™ (Direct-to-Chip) and Internal Loop Liquid Cooling are seeing accelerating adoption both by OEMs and end users.

Penguin Implements Emerson Network Power’s DC Power System


Today Penguin Computing announced that Emerson Network Power is supplying the uniquely-engineered DC power system for Penguin Computing’s Tundra Extreme Scale (ES) series. Emerson Network Power is the world’s leading provider of critical infrastructure for information and communications technology systems. The Tundra ES series delivers the advantages of Open Computing in a single, cost-optimized, high-performance architecture. Organizations can integrate a wide variety of compute, accelerator, storage, network, software and cooling architectures in a vanity-free rack and sled solution.

Dell Shows Strategic Focus on HPC at SC15


Today Dell unveiled sweeping advancements to its industry-leading high performance computing portfolio. These advances include innovative new systems designed to simplify mainstream adoption of HPC and data analytics in research, manufacturing and genomics. Dell also unveiled expansions to its HPC Innovation Lab and showcased next-generation technologies including the Intel Omni-Path Fabric. HPC is becoming increasingly critical to how organizations of all sizes innovate and compete. Many organizations lack the in-house expertise to configure, build and deploy an HPC system without losing focus on their core science, engineering and analytic missions. As an example, according to the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, 98 percent of all products will be designed digitally by 2020, yet 95 percent of the center’s 300,000 manufacturing companies have little or no HPC expertise.

Inspur Unveils I9000 Blade System at SC15


Today Inspur Group announced the launch of the Inspur I9000 Blade System at SC15. The world’s leading modular product in converged architecture can converge multiple computing solutions in a single chassis, including high-density servers, 4-socket and 8-socket mission-critical servers, software-defined storage and heterogeneous computing, to meet the demands of various applications on hardware platforms.

Society of HPC Professionals to Focus on Cybersecurity at December Conference


The Society of HPC Professionals will focus its 2015 Annual Technical Meeting on the applications of HPC technology to protect against cyberthreats. The one-day ‘HPC in Cybersecurity’ meeting will be held Wednesday, December 2, 2015, at a Schlumberger location in Houston. This event is free and open to all, but advanced registration is required.

Radio Free HPC Reports Live from SC15


In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team shares their thoughts from SC15 in Austin. Henry is impressed by the increasing presence of FPGAs on the show floor. Dan is really impressed with Allinea Performance Reports profiling tool and how easy it is to use. And Rich sees SC15 as the crossroads that we’ll remember where Intel squared off with the official launch of their Omni-Path Interconnect and Scalable System Framework against the co-design alliance of OpenPOWER with IBM, Mellanox, and Nvidia.

Video: Intel Debuts Omni-Path at SC15


In this video from SC15, Barry Davis from Intel describes the ecosystem for the newly launched Intel Omni-Path fabric and Scalable System Framework. “Intel OPA delivers the performance for tomorrow’s high performance computing (HPC) workloads and the ability to scale to tens of thousands of nodes—and eventually more—at a price competitive with today’s fabrics. The Intel OPA 100 Series product line is an end-to-end solution of PCIe adapters, silicon, switches, cables, and management software. As the successor to Intel True Scale Fabric, this optimized HPC fabric is built upon a combination of enhanced IP and Intel technology.”