“It’s time to roll out the red carpet for another new wave of users: organizations that are migrating to HPC to perform high performance data analysis (HPDA), sometimes in near-real time, using graph analytics, semantic analysis and other advanced methods.
George Crump writes that three key factors are making tape an attractive, viable alternative for production use cases today. As we describe in our article “What is LTFS?”, LTFS turns tape into a mountable file system. In loose terms you can think of it as a USB hard drive, just with a lot more capacity and in a form factor that’s safe to ship around the world. Solutions like those from CrossRoads Systems, IBM, Quantum, etc. all bring LTFS to libraries and add a NAS front end.
Greg Clifford writes that we are seeing major scaling improvements in CAE codes, across all simulation fields. However, since most CAE simulations currently use less than 250 cores, there is still much work to do in a world where machines with 10,000 cores are commonplace.
Glen Lockwood writes that supercomputers are becoming more usable and accessible to mere mortal computer users. Using web-based frontends to completely abstract the supercomputer is an emerging trend in supercomputing that is growing by leaps and bounds because it puts the utility of supercomputing in the hands of researchers who have literally zero experience in supercomputing.