“We present results for a platform consisting of an NVM Express SSD, a CAPI accelerator card and a software stack running on a Power8 system. We show how the threading of the Power8 CPU can be used to move data from the SSD to the CAPI card at very high speeds and implement accelerator functions inside the CAPI card that can process the data at these speeds.”
With a BoF session and a special workshop on Women in HPC, the issue of gender diversity will be front and center at ISC High Performance in Frankfurt. “Improving diversity in the workforce is generally recognized as essential to meet the needs of a growing industry, improve European competitiveness, and improve productivity.”
Learn how OpenACC runtimes also exposes performance-related information revealing where your OpenACC applications are wasting clock cycles. The talk will show that profilers can connect with OpenACC applications to record how much time is spent in OpenACC regions and what device activity it turns into.
The 2nd Workshop on Accelerator Programming using Directives has issued its Call for Papers. The WACCPD Workshop takes place Nov. 16 in Austin in conjunction with SC15.
“In this session we describe how GPUs can be used within virtual environments with near-native performance. We begin by showing GPU performance across four hypervisors: VMWare ESXi, KVM, Xen, and LXC. After showing that performance characteristics of each platform, we extend the results to the multi-node case with nodes interconnected by QDR InfiniBand. We demonstrate multi-node GPU performance using GPUDirect-enabled MPI, achieving efficiencies of 97-99% of a non-virtualized system.”
“The highly parallel molecular dynamics code NAMD was was one of the first codes to run on a GPU cluster when G80 and CUDA were introduced in 2007, and is now used to perform petascale biomolecular simulations, including a 64-million-atom model of the HIV virus capsid, on the GPU-accelerated Cray XK7 Blue Waters and ORNL Titan machines.”
“Our workshop at ISC will bring together female early career researchers with a focus on European participation, providing them with the opportunity to showcase their work and network with role-models and peers in an environment designed to reduce the stereotype of men dominating the field of HPC. The workshop will open with an introduction on current research by the Women in HPC network, what the current demographics of the HPC community are and the differences experienced by men and women in the field.”
“E4 Computer Engineering has introduced ARKA, the first server solution based on ARM 64 bit SoC dedicated to HPC. The compute node is boosted by discrete GPU NVIDIA cards K20 with 10Gb ethernet and FDR InfiniBand networks implemented by default. In this presentation, the hardware configuration of the compute node is described in detail. The unique capabilities of the ARM+GPU+IB combination are described, including many synthetic benchmarks and application tests with particular attention to molecular dynamics software.”