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Context Matters: Distributed Graph Algorithms and Runtime Systems

In this video from the PASC16 conference, Andrew Lumsdaine from Indiana University presents: Context Matters: Distributed Graph Algorithms and Runtime Systems. “The increasing complexity of the software/hardware stack of modern supercomputers makes understanding the performance of the modern massive-scale codes difficult. Distributed graph algorithms (DGAs) are at the forefront of that complexity, pushing the envelope with their massive irregularity and data dependency. We analyze the existing body of research on DGAs to assess how technical contributions are linked to experimental performance results in the field. We distinguish algorithm-level contributions related to graph problems from “runtime-level” concerns related to communication, scheduling, and other low-level features necessary to make distributed algorithms work. We show that the runtime is an integral part of DGAs’ experimental results, but it is often ignored by the authors in favor of algorithm-level contributions.”

Video: Rolling Out the New Intel Xeon Phi Processor at ISC 2016

In this video from ISC 2016, Barry Davis from Intel describes the company’s brand new Intel Xeon Phi Processor and how it fits into the Intel Scalable System Framework. “Eliminate node bottlenecks, simplify your code modernization and build on a power-efficient architecture with the Intel Xeon Phi™ processor, a foundational element of Intel Scalable System Framework. The bootable host processor offers an integrated architecture for powerful, highly parallel performance that will pave your path to deeper insight, innovation and impact for today’s most-demanding High Performance Computing applications, including Machine Learning. Supported by a comprehensive technology roadmap and robust ecosystem, the Intel Xeon Phi processor is a future-ready solution that maximizes your return on investment by using open standards code that are flexible, portable and reusable.”

Video: Announcing Intel HPC Orchestrator

In this video from ISC 2016, Figen Ulgen from Intel describes the new Intel HPC Orchestrator. “Intel HPC Orchestrator simplifies the installation, management and ongoing maintenance of a high-performance computing system by reducing the amount of integration and validation effort required for the HPC system software stack. Intel HPC Orchestrator can help accelerate your time to results and value in your HPC initiatives. With Intel HPC Orchestrator, based on the OpenHPC system software stack, you can take advantage of the innovation driven by the open source community – while also getting peace of mind from Intel support across the stack.”

Interview: Dr. Eng Lim Goh on the Latest Trends in High Performance Data Analytics

In this video from ISC 2016, Dr. Eng Lim Goh from SGI discusses the latest trends in high performance data analytics and machine learning. “Dr. Eng Lim Goh joined SGI in 1989, becoming a chief engineer in 1998 and then chief technology officer in 2000. He oversees technical computing programs with the goal to develop the next generation computer architecture for the new many-core era. His current research interest is in the progression from data intensive computing to analytics, machine learning, artificial specific to general intelligence and autonomous systems. Since joining SGI, he has continued his studies in human perception for user interfaces and virtual and augmented reality.”

Dell Brings Supercomputing Power to Mainstream Enterprises

“While traditional HPC has been critical to research programs that enable scientific and societal advancement, Dell is mainstreaming these capabilities to support enterprises of all sizes as they seek a competitive advantage in an ever increasing digital world,” said Jim Ganthier, vice president and general manager, Dell Engineered Systems, Cloud and HPC. “As a clear leader in HPC, Dell now offers customers highly flexible, precision built HPC systems for multiple vertical industries based upon years of experience powering the world’s most advanced academic and research institutions. With Dell HPC Systems, our customers can deploy HPC systems more quickly and cost effectively and accelerate their speed of innovation to deliver both breakthroughs and business results.”

Slidecast: Announcing the Nvidia Tesla P100 for PCIe Servers

In this slidecast, Marc Hamilton from describes the Nvidia Tesla P100 for PCIe Servers. “The Tesla P100 for PCIe is available in a standard PCIe form factor and is compatible with today’s GPU-accelerated servers. It is optimized to power the most computationally intensive AI and HPC data center applications. A single Tesla P100-powered server delivers higher performance than 50 CPU-only server nodes when running the AMBER molecular dynamics code, and is faster than 32 CPU-only nodes when running the VASP material science applications.”

Asetek Demonstrates Leadership with Recent Global Installations

Sandia National Laboratories has already seen the benefits from a major Asetek liquid cooled HPC system that has been in use for over twelve months. The 600 teraflop Sky Bridge Supercomputer with 1,848 nodes was installed using Asetek D2C in a Cray CS300-LC supercomputer cluster. With RackCDU D2C, air heat-load was cut by more than 70%, making mechanical upgrade of data center cooling unnecessary and allowing more investment in compute.

Radio Free HPC Looks at Sunway TaihuLight – the World’s Fastest Supercomputer

In this podcast, Shahin Khan from OrionX joins the Radio Free HPC team for a look at the new TOP500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers. “The 93 Petaflop Sunway TaihuLight supercomputer is not a one-time effort from China. Not only do they now have the two top two supercomputers, China also sponsors the world’s largest state-sponsored Student Cluster Competition with over 170 university teams. The takeaway from today; China is serious about supercomputing, they are in it for the long haul, and they are willing to write the checks to make it happen.”

At ISC 2016, The Times, They Are A-Changin’

In this special guest feature, Kim McMahon and Brian E. Whitaker share their perspectives on the supercomputer industry from ISC 2016 in Frankfurt. “ISC hosts 147 exhibitors this year across hardware, software, and services, and many have more to say than just marketecture – they’re bringing real opportunities and capabilities to market. Companies who once left ISC are returning, including NVIDIA and NetApp, because HPC and HPC-like technologies are becoming a critical facet of IT across all verticals and sectors. For an enterprise vendor, if you’re not participating, and not displaying real insights into HPC, you’re impeding your credibility with customers everywhere.”

93 Petaflop Chinese Supercomputer is World’s Fastest on Latest TOP500 List

A new machine called Sunway TaihuLight in China is the fastest supercomputer on the planet. Announced today with the release of the latest TOP500 list, the 93 Petaflop machine sports over 10.6 Million compute cores. “The latest list marks the first time since the inception of the TOP500 that the U.S is not home to the largest number of systems. With a surge in industrial and research installations registered over the last few years, China leads with 167 systems and the U.S. is second with 165. China also leads the performance category, thanks to the No. 1 and No. 2 systems.”