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Measuring HPC: Performance, Cost, & Value

Andrew Jones from NAG presented this talk at the HPC User Forum in Austin. “This talk will discuss why it is important to measure High Performance Computing, and how to do so. The talk covers measuring performance, both technical (e.g., benchmarks) and non-technical (e.g., utilization); measuring the cost of HPC, from the simple beginnings to the complexity of Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and beyond; and finally, the daunting world of measuring value, including the dreaded Return on Investment (ROI) and other metrics. The talk is based on NAG HPC consulting experiences with a range of industry HPC users and others. This is not a sales talk, nor a highly technical talk. It should be readily understood by anyone involved in using or managing HPC technology.”

EU HPC Strategy and the European Cloud Initiative

Leonardo Flores from the European Commission presented this talk at the HPC User Forum. “The Cloud Initiative will make it easier for researchers, businesses and public services to fully exploit the benefits of Big Data by making it possible to move, share and re-use data seamlessly across global markets and borders, and among institutions and research disciplines. Making research data openly available can help boost Europe’s competitiveness, especially for start-ups, SMEs and companies who can use data as a basis for R&D and innovation, and can even spur new industries.”

Video: Japan’s Post K Computer

Yutaka Ishikawa from Riken AICS presented this talk at the HPC User Forum. “Slated for delivery sometime around 2022, the ARM-based Post-K Computer has a performance target of being 100 times faster than the original K computer within a power envelope that will only be 3-4 times that of its predecessor. RIKEN AICS has been appointed as the main organization for leading the development of the Post-K.”

Lustre Training Day Coming to SC16 in Salt Lake City

Coming to SC16? Intel is hosting a one-day Lustre training session on Friday November 18th, 2016 at the Sheraton in Salt Lake City. “You can expect the top Lustre experts to spend the day with on the training topics that you care about.”

Supermicro Shipping Servers with NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPUs

Supermicro’s density optimized 4U SuperServer 4028GR-TR(T)2 supports up to 10 PCI-E Tesla P100 accelerators for up to 210 TFLOPS FP16 peak performance with GPU Direct RDMA support. Supermicro’s innovative and GPU optimized single root complex PCI-E design is proven to dramatically improve GPU peer-to-peer communication efficiency over QPI and PCI-E links, with up to 21% higher QPI throughput and 60% lower latency compared to previous generation products. These 4U SuperServers support dual Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v4/v3 product families, up to 3TB DDR4-2400MHz memory, optional dual onboard 10GBase-T ports, and redundant Titanium Level (96%) digital power supplies.

Video: HPC in the Cloud

“Nimbis was founded in 2008 by HPC industry veterans Robert Graybill and Brian Schott to act as the first nationwide brokerage clearinghouse for a broad spectrum of integrated cloud-based HPC platforms and applications. Our fully integrated online Technical Computing Marketplace comprises several stores hosting modeling and simulation applications on HPC platforms in the cloud.”

Dell & EMC in HPC – The Journey so far and the Road Ahead

Ed Turkel and Percy Tzelnic from Dell Technologies presented this pair of talks at the HPC User Forum in Austin. “This week, Dell Technologies announced completion of the acquisition of EMC Corporation, creating a unique family of businesses that provides the essential infrastructure for organizations to build their digital future, transform IT and protect their most important asset, information. This combination creates a $74 billion market leader with an expansive technology portfolio.”

Video: The ECP Exascale Computing Project

Paul Messina presented this talk at the HPC User Forum in Austin. “The Exascale Computing Project (ECP) is a collaborative effort of the Office of Science (DOE-SC) and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). As part of President Obama’s National Strategic Computing initiative, ECP was established to develop a new class of high-performance computing systems whose power will be a thousand times more powerful than today’s petaflop machines.”

Video: IDC HPC Market Update

Earl Joseph presented this talk at the HPC User Forum in Austin. “HPC is still expected to be a strong growth market going forward. IDC is forecasting a 7.7 percent growth from 2015 to 2019. We’re projecting the 2019 HPC Market will exceed $15 Billion.”

Call for Research Papers: ISC 2017

Submissions are now open for the ISC 2017 conference Research Paper Sessions, which aim to provide first-class opportunities for engineers and scientists in academia, industry and government to present research that will shape the future of high performance computing. Submissions will be accepted through December 2, 2016.