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Coral and Intel’s Scalable System Framework – The Path to Exascale

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“HPC has reached an inflection point with the convergence of traditional high performance computing and the emerging world of Big Data analytics. Intel’s HPC Scalable System Framework enables an unprecedented level of system balance, performance, and scalability necessary to meet the demands of bot compute- and data-intensive workloads, today and well into the future.”

Compute Canada to Renew National Research Computing Infrastructure

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Today Compute Canada announced funding to renew and consolidate the Canadian national platform for advanced research computing. Compute Canada and its regional partners ACENET, Calcul Quebec, Compute Ontario, and WestGrid will receive close to $75 million through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s Cyberinfrastructure Initiative competition launched in 2014.

Video: Argonne Presents HPC Plans at ISC 2015

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“In April 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy announced a $200 million supercomputing investment coming to Argonne National Laboratory. As the third of three Coral supercomputer procurements, the deal will comprise an 8.5 Petaflop “Theta” system based on Knights Landing in 2016 and a much larger 180 Petaflop “Aurora” supercomputer in 2018. Intel will be the prime contractor on the deal, with sub-contractor Cray building the actual supercomputers.”

Should Users Reset Performance Expectations for Exascale?

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“Exascale computers are going to deliver only one or two per cent of their theoretical peak performance when they run real applications; and both the people paying for, and the people using, such machines need to have realistic expectations about just how low a percentage of the peak performance they will obtain.”

Intel’s Raj Hazra on the Convergence of HPC & Big Data at ISC 2015

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In this video from ISC 2015, Intel’s Raj Hazra explores how new innovations and Intel’s Scalable System Framework approach can maximize the potential in the new HPC era. Raj also shares details of upcoming Intel technologies, products and ecosystem collaborations that are powering these breakthroughs and ensuring technical computing continues to fulfill its potential as a scientific and industrial tool for discovery and innovation.

Video: CSCS Focuses on Sustainability at ISC 2015

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In this video from ISC 2015, Michele De Lorenzi sits down with Rich Brueckner from insideHPC to discuss the latest updates from the conference and how the CSCS booth is constructed to reflect Switzerland’s focus on sustainability.

Radio Free HPC Looks at 3D XPoint Non-Volatile Memory

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In this video, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the newly announced 3D XPoint technology from Intel and Micron. “3D XPoint ushers in a new class of non-volatile memory that significantly reduces latencies, allowing much more data to be stored close to the processor and accessed at speeds previously impossible for non-volatile storage.”

HPC Market Update from IDC

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In this video from ISC 2015, Earl Joseph and Bob Sorensen from IDC provide an HPC Market Update. Additional topics include: the HPC Market in Europe, the upcoming HPC User Forum, and an HPDA Update: Where Big Data Meets HPC.

Intel and Micron Announce 3D XPoint Non-Volatile Memory

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Today Intel Corporation and Micron Technology unveiled 3D XPoint technology, a non-volatile memory that has the potential to revolutionize any device, application or service that benefits from fast access to large sets of data. Now in production, 3D XPoint technology is a major breakthrough in memory process technology and the first new memory category since the introduction of NAND flash in 1989.

Video: TotalView Parallelizes Code at ISC 2015

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“TotalView breaks down barriers to understanding what’s going on with your HPC and supercomputing applications. Purpose-built for multicore and parallel computing, TotalView provides a set of tools providing unprecedented control over processes and thread execution, along with deep visibility into program states and data.”