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Podcast: Solar-Powered Hikari Supercomputer at TACC Demonstrates HVDC Efficiencies

Engineers of the Hikari HVDC power feeding system predict it will save 15 percent compared to conventional systems. “The 380 volt design reduces the number of power conversions when compared to AC voltage systems,” said James Stark, director of Engineering and Construction at the Electronic Environments Corporation (EEC), a Division of NTT FACILITIES. “What’s interesting about that,” Stark added, “is the computers themselves – the supercomputer, the blade servers, cooling units, and lighting – are really all designed to run on DC voltage. By supplying 380 volts DC to Hikari instead of having an AC supply with conversion steps, it just makes a lot more sense. That’s really the largest technical innovation.”

Flow Science Partners with FRIENDSHIP SYSTEMS for Optimizing Simulation

“The integration of FLOW-3D with CAESES creates a powerful design environment for our users. FLOW-3D’s inherent ease of modifying geometry is even more potent when combined with an optimization tool like CAESES, which specializes in optimizing for geometry as well as other parametric studies,” said Flow Science Vice President of Sales and Business Development, Amir Isfahani.

DDN Names Robert Triendl SVP Global Sales, Marketing and Field Services

“DDN has a long history of technological innovation, a great team and a phenomenal market opportunity,” said Triendl. “I am excited to help realize what I believe is tremendous potential to extend our unmatched delivery of performance and capacity at scale – far beyond what most can even imagine.”

Loyola University Maryland to Build HPC Cluster with NSF Grant

Loyola University Maryland has been awarded a $280,120 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to build an HPC cluster that will exponentially expand research opportunities for faculty and students across disciplines.

MathWorks Release 2016b Makes it Easier to Work with Big Data

“Companies are awash in data, but struggle to take advantage of it to build better predictive models and gain deeper insights,” says David Rich, MATLAB marketing director, MathWorks. “With R2016b, we’ve lowered the bar to allow domain experts to work with more data, more easily. This leads to improved system design, performance, and reliability.”

Aquila Launches Liquid Cooled OCP Server Platform

“The drive towards Exascale computing requires cooling the next generation of extremely hot CPUs, while staying within a manageable power envelope,” said Bob Bolz, HPC and Data Center Business development at Aquila. “Liquid cooling holds the key. Aquarius is designed from the ground up to meet reliability and the feature-specific demands of high performance and high density computing. Our design goal was to reduce the cost of cooling server resources to well under 5% of overall data center usage.”

Slidecast: For AMD, It’s Time to ROCm!

“AMD has been away from the HPC space for a while, but now they are coming back in a big way with an open software approach to GPU computing. The Radeon Open Compute Platform (ROCm) was born from the Boltzmann Initiative announced last year at SC15. Now available on GitHub, the ROCm Platform bringing a rich foundation to advanced computing by better integrating the CPU and GPU to solve real-world problems.”

Better Software For HPC through Code Modernization

Vectorization and threading are critical to using such innovative hardware product such as the Intel Xeon Phi processor. Using tools early in the design and development processor that identify where vectorization can be used or improved will lead to increased performance of the overall application. Modern tools can be used to determine what might be blocking compiler vectorization and the potential gain from the work involved.

Huawei and ESI to Collaborate on HPC for Manufacturing

ESI Group has signed agreement with Huawei to collaborate on on High Performance Computing and cloud computing for industrial manufacturing solutions for customers in China and worldwide. “The ongoing digital transformation of industrial manufacturing demands enterprise-level IT solutions that are more intelligent, efficient, and convenient, especially in the HPC domain,” said Zheng Yelai, President, Huawei IT Product Line.

Nvidia Expands Deep Learning Institute

Over at the Nvidia Blog, Jamie Beckett writes that the company’s is expanding its Deep Learning Institute with Microsoft and Coursera. The institute provides training to help people apply deep learning to solve challenging problems.