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How Intel Worked with the DEEP Consortium to Challenge Amdahl’s Law

Funded by the European Commission in 2011, the DEEP project was the brainchild of scientists and researchers at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) in Germany. The basic idea is to overcome the limitations of standard HPC systems by building a new type of heterogeneous architecture. One that could dynamically divide less parallel and highly parallel parts of a workload between a general-purpose Cluster and a Booster—an autonomous cluster with Intel® Xeon Phi™ processors designed to dramatically improve performance of highly parallel code.

Industry Shifts to Open Infrastructure as OpenPOWER Foundation Gains Momentum

Calista Redmond from IBM presented this talk at the Switzerland HPC Conference. “The OpenPOWER Foundation was founded in 2013 as an open technical membership organization that will enable data centers to rethink their approach to technology. Today, nearly 200 member companies are enabled to customize POWER CPU processors and system platforms for optimization and innovation for their business needs. These innovations include custom systems for large or warehouse scale data centers, workload acceleration through GPU, FPGA or advanced I/O, platform optimization for SW appliances, or advanced hardware technology exploitation. OpenPOWER members are actively pursing all of these innovations and more and welcome all parties to join in moving the state of the art of OpenPOWER systems design forward.”

Henry Newman on Why Workloads Matter More Than IOPS

Over at Enterprise Storage Forum, Henry Newman looks at why we should focus on how much work gets done rather than specifications as disk drives and SSDs get faster and faster. This is not a new rant for Henry, and in fact the importance of workflow over bandwidth or IOPs is the main theme at this year’s Mass Storage Systems and Technology Conference (MSST) coming up in May.

Intel® Omni-Path Architecture—A Next-Generation HPC Fabric

Even though it’s a new generation fabric, Intel OPA is still backwards compatible with the many applications in the HPC community that were written using the OpenFabrics Alliance* software stack for InfiniBand. So, existing InfiniBand users will be able to run their codes that are based on the OpenFabrics Enterprise Distribution (OFED) software on Intel OPA. Additionally, Intel has open sourced the key software elements of their fabric to allow integration of Intel OPA into the OFED stack, which several Linux* distributions include in their packages.

Technical Marketing is more than Speeds and Feeds

“Outside of a company’s product or service, the number one most important primary call-to-action elements for success are establishing marketing goals and messaging. This strategic step establishes the building blocks that lead to revenue, branding, and competitive edge. In this blog, I will give you and your team some things to think about so you can #JustStartToday with your strategy and messaging to move forward with success.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at How Blockchain Will Create the Internet of Value

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at blockchain technology with Chris Skinner, author of ValueWeb – How FinTech firms are using mobile and blockchain technologies to create the Internet of Value. “The Internet of Value, or ValueWeb for short, allows machines to trade with machines and people with people, anywhere on this planet in real-time and for free. Using a combination of technologies from mobile devices and the bitcoin blockchain, fintech firms are building the ValueWeb. The question then is what this means for financial institutions, governments and citizens?”

Podcast: Through the Looking Glass at Quantum Computing

“As a research area, quantum computing is highly competitive, but if you want to buy a quantum computer then D-Wave Systems, founded in 1999, is the only game in town. Quantum computing is as promising as it is unproven. Quantum computing goes beyond Moore’s law since every quantum bit (qubit) doubles the computational power, similar to the famous wheat and chessboard problem. So the payoff is huge, even though it is expensive, unproven, and difficult to program.”

Flash Storage Arrays in HPC Applications

In this week’s Sponsored Post, Katie Garrison of One Stop Systems explains how Flash storage arrays are becoming more accessible as the economics of Flash becomes more attractive. “Comprised of a unique combination of a Haswell-based engine and 200TB Flash arrays, the FSA-SAN can be increased to a petabyte of storage with additional Flash arrays. Each 200TB array delivers 16 million IOPS, making it the ideal platform for high-speed data recording and processing with lightning fast data response time, high-availability and flexibility in the cloud.”

Empowering Cloud Utilization with Cloud Bursting

Cloud computing has become a strong alternative to in house data centers for a large percentage of all enterprise needs. Most enterprises are adopting some form of could computing, with some estimates that as high as 90 % are putting workloads into a public cloud infrastructure. The whitepaper, Empowering Cloud Utilization with Cloud Bursting is an excellent summary of various options for enterprises that are planning for using a public cloud infrastructure.

Interview: Why Co-design is the Path Forward for Exascale Computing

“Co-Design is a collaborative effort among industry thought leaders, academia, and manufacturers to reach Exascale performance by taking a holistic system-level approach to fundamental performance improvements. Co-Design architecture enables all active system devices to become acceleration devices by orchestrating a more effective mapping of communication between devices in the system. This produces a well-balanced architecture across the various compute elements, networking, and data storage infrastructures that exploits system efficiency and even reduces power consumption.”