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Bridging Big – Small, Fast – Slow with Campaign Storage

Peter Braam gave this talk at the MSST 2017 Mass Storage Conference. “Campaign Storage offers radical revisions of old workflows and adapts to new technologies. But it also leverages widely available technologies and interfaces to offer stability from the ground up and blend in with the past. We’ll discuss how a simple combination of components can support scalability, data analytics and efficient integration with memory based storage.”

How Intel FPGAs Power Azure Deep Learning

Microsoft Azure CTO Mark Russinovich recently disclosed major advances in Microsoft’s hyperscale deployment of Intel field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). These advances have resulted in the industry’s fastest public cloud network, and new technology for acceleration of Deep Neural Networks (DNNs) that replicate “thinking” in a manner that’s conceptually similar to that of the human brain.

An Update on MarFS in Production

David Bonnie from LANL presented this talk at the MSST 2017 Mass Storage Conference. MarFS is a Near-POSIX File System using cloud storage for data and many POSIX file systems for metadata. “With MarFS in production at LANL since fall 2016, we have gained new insights, learned lessons, and expanded our future plans. We’ll discuss the various hurdles required to deploy such an ambitious system with minimal manpower. Further, we’ll delve into the challenges, triumphs, and defeats on the road to a new tier of inexpensive scalable storage.”

A Recap of the 2017 OpenFabrics Workshop

The 13th Annual OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) Workshop wrapped at the end of March with a look toward the future. The annual gathering, held this year in Austin, Texas, was devoted to advancing cutting edge networking technology through the ongoing collaborative efforts of OpenFabrics Software (OFS) producers and users. With a record 130+ attendees, the 2017 Workshop expanded on the OFA’s commitment to being an open organization by hosting an engaging Town Hall discussion and an At Large Board election, filling two newly added director seats for current members.

ISC 2017 Workshop Preview: Optimizing Linux Containers for HPC & Big Data Workloads

Christian Kniep is hosting a half-day Linux Container Workshop on Optimizing IT Infrastructure and High-Performance Workloads on June 23 in Frankfurt. “Docker as the dominant flavor of Linux Container continues to gain momentum within datacenter all over the world. It is able to benefit legacy infrastructure by leveraging the lower overhead compared to traditional, hypervisor-based virtualization. But there is more to Linux Containers – and Docker in particular, which this workshop will explore.”

Announcing the Emerging Woman Leader in Technical Computing Award

The new ACM SIGHPC Emerging Woman Leader in Technical Computing award will be presented every two years, with the first presentation in November during SC17. “The obvious benefit is the recognition and exposure that can come from receiving an award like this one. But, just as important, over time the recipients of this award will serve as models of success that can encourage others as they start their own careers.”

Liqid Showcases Composable Infrastructure for GPUs at GTC 2017

“The Liqid Composable Infrastructure (CI) Platform is the first solution to support GPUs as a dynamic, assignable, bare-metal resource. With the addition of graphics processing, the Liqid CI Platform delivers the industry’s most fully realized approach to composable infrastructure architecture. With this technology, disaggregated pools of compute, networking, data storage and graphics processing elements can be deployed on demand as bare-metal resources and instantly repurposed when infrastructure needs change.”

A Seat at the Table – The Value of Women in High-Performance Computing

It’s fair to say that women continue to be underrepresented in STEM, but the question is whether there is a systemic bias making it difficult for women to join and succeed in tech industries, or has the tech industry failed to motivate and persuade women to join? Intel’s Figen Ulgen shares her view.

Avere Systems Powers BioTeam Test Lab at TACC

“In cooperation with vendors and TACC, BioTeam utilizes the lab to evaluate solutions for its clients by standing up, configuring and testing new infrastructure under conditions relevant to life sciences in order to deliver on its mission of providing objective, vendor agnostic solutions to researchers. The life sciences community is producing increasingly large amounts of data from sources ranging from laboratory analytical devices, to research, to patient data, which is putting IT organizations under pressure to support these growing workloads.”

OCF Deploys 600 Teraflop Cluster at University of Bristol

OCF in the UK has deployed a new 600 teraflop supercomputer at the University of Bristol. Designed, integrated, and configured by OCF, the system is the largest of any UK university by core count. “Early benchmarking is showing that the new system is three times faster than our previous cluster.”