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PRACEdays16 Wraps Up in Prague

PRACEdays16 was held May 10-12 in Prague, Czech Republic. More than 220 participants joined the plenary and parallel sessions for keynote presentations and discussions about and between science, industry and HPC. “PRACEdays16 has been a success throughout with more participants, more interactions, and more awards. We clearly see the need for this conference and the entire European HPC Summit Week to be developed into the signature event for HPC in science and industry in Europe,” said Alison Kennedy Chair of the PRACE Board of Directors.

Video: Lustre Update from Seagate Technologies

Peter Bojanic presented this talk at LUG 2016 in Portland. “At LUG 2016, Seagate announced it will incorporate Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre (IEEL), a big data software platform, into its market-leading ClusterStor storage architecture for high-performance computing. The move will strengthen Seagate’s HPC data storage product line and provide customers with an additional choice of Lustre parallel file systems to help drive advancements in the HPC and big data market.”

Video: Trends in HPC Cloud Computing

Tejas Karmarker from Microsoft Azure presented this talk at the HPC User Forum. “The performance and scalability of a world-class supercomputing center is now available to everyone, on demand in the cloud. Run your Windows and Linux HPC applications using high performance A8 and A9 compute instances on Azure, and take advantage of a backend network with MPI latency under 3 microseconds and non-blocking 32 Gbps throughput. This backend network includes remote direct memory access (RDMA) technology on Windows and Linux that enables parallel applications to scale to thousands of cores. Azure provides you with high memory and HPC-class CPUs to help you get results fast. Scale up and down based upon what you need and pay only for what you use to reduce costs.”

Innovations in Non-volatile Memory – 3D NAND and its Implications

Rob Peglar from Micron presented this talk at the 2016 MSST Conference. “The growing demands of mobile computing and data centers continue to drive the need for high-capacity, high-performance NAND flash technology. With planar NAND nearing its practical scaling limits, delivering to those requirements has become more difficult with each generation. Enter our 3D NAND technology, which uses an innovative process architecture to provide 3X the capacity of planar NAND technologies while providing better performance and reliability. System designers who build products like laptops, mobile devices and servers can take advantage of 3D NAND’s unprecedented performance to meet the rising data movement needs for businesses and consumers.”

Video: Quantum Computing and D-Wave

Bo Ewald from D-Wave Systems presented this talk at the HPC User Forum in Tucson. “D-Wave continues to advance the state-of-the-art of quantum computing at a rapid pace, with a number of impressive application results, and the release of their 1000 qubit D-Wave 2X system is another major milestone in the industry,” said Earl Joseph, IDC program vice president for HPC. “Complementing today’s high performance computing systems, quantum computers will likely become an important tool to solve important problems that can’t be solved today.”

FLOW-3D User Conference Coming to Chicago

Today Flow Science announced that it will hold its 2016 FLOW-3D Americas Users Conference in Chicago, IL on September 22 at the Warwick Allerton. Anyone interested in the FLOW-3D product suite are invited to attend the conference.

Cray User Group Focuses on Scalability for Weather Forecasting

Global efforts to bring about crucial improvements in supercomputing efficiency and energy usage were placed center stage this week as the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) welcomed users and vendors from around the world to London for the Cray User Group 2016 conference.

Radio Free HPC News Roundup for Friday the 13th

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the news highlights for the week leading up to Friday the 13th of May, 2016. Highlights include a 25 Petaflop Fujitsu supercomputer coming to Japan, an OpenPOWER Summit coming to Europe, and fighting the Zombie Apocalypse with HPC.

June 1 Deadline for SC16 Student Volunteer Applications Fast Approaching

Applications to attend SC16 as a Student Volunteer are due Wednesday, June 1. “As part of the Students@SC program, Student Volunteers play a key role in supporting the overall conference and conference attendees. Undergraduate and graduate student volunteers help with the administration of the conference and have the opportunity to participate in student-oriented activities, including professional development workshops, technical talks by famous researchers and industry leaders, a job fair, exhibits by 350 organizations, as well as develop lasting peer connections.”

OpenPOWER Summit Coming to Frankfurt June 16-17

The OpenPOWER Foundation is pleased to announce the first OpenPOWER Europe Summit taking place on June 16-17 in Frankfurt.