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An Update on MarFS in Production

David Bonnie from LANL presented this talk at the MSST 2017 Mass Storage Conference. MarFS is a Near-POSIX File System using cloud storage for data and many POSIX file systems for metadata. “With MarFS in production at LANL since fall 2016, we have gained new insights, learned lessons, and expanded our future plans. We’ll discuss the various hurdles required to deploy such an ambitious system with minimal manpower. Further, we’ll delve into the challenges, triumphs, and defeats on the road to a new tier of inexpensive scalable storage.”

A Recap of the 2017 OpenFabrics Workshop

The 13th Annual OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) Workshop wrapped at the end of March with a look toward the future. The annual gathering, held this year in Austin, Texas, was devoted to advancing cutting edge networking technology through the ongoing collaborative efforts of OpenFabrics Software (OFS) producers and users. With a record 130+ attendees, the 2017 Workshop expanded on the OFA’s commitment to being an open organization by hosting an engaging Town Hall discussion and an At Large Board election, filling two newly added director seats for current members.

Job of the Week: Senior Scientific App Engineer at Ohio State

The Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) seeks a Senior Scientific Applications Engineer to support the overall mission of the group and in particular to contribute to the overall mission of the Center with a focus on application support for OSC’s industrial engagement and research programs.

ISC 2017 Workshop Preview: Optimizing Linux Containers for HPC & Big Data Workloads

Christian Kniep is hosting a half-day Linux Container Workshop on Optimizing IT Infrastructure and High-Performance Workloads on June 23 in Frankfurt. “Docker as the dominant flavor of Linux Container continues to gain momentum within datacenter all over the world. It is able to benefit legacy infrastructure by leveraging the lower overhead compared to traditional, hypervisor-based virtualization. But there is more to Linux Containers – and Docker in particular, which this workshop will explore.”

Announcing the Emerging Woman Leader in Technical Computing Award

The new ACM SIGHPC Emerging Woman Leader in Technical Computing award will be presented every two years, with the first presentation in November during SC17. “The obvious benefit is the recognition and exposure that can come from receiving an award like this one. But, just as important, over time the recipients of this award will serve as models of success that can encourage others as they start their own careers.”

Liqid Showcases Composable Infrastructure for GPUs at GTC 2017

“The Liqid Composable Infrastructure (CI) Platform is the first solution to support GPUs as a dynamic, assignable, bare-metal resource. With the addition of graphics processing, the Liqid CI Platform delivers the industry’s most fully realized approach to composable infrastructure architecture. With this technology, disaggregated pools of compute, networking, data storage and graphics processing elements can be deployed on demand as bare-metal resources and instantly repurposed when infrastructure needs change.”

A Seat at the Table – The Value of Women in High-Performance Computing

It’s fair to say that women continue to be underrepresented in STEM, but the question is whether there is a systemic bias making it difficult for women to join and succeed in tech industries, or has the tech industry failed to motivate and persuade women to join? Intel’s Figen Ulgen shares her view.

Introduction to Parallel Programming with OpenACC – Part 2

In this video, Michael Wolfe from PGI continues his series of tutorials on parallel programming. “The second in a series of short videos to introduce you to parallel programming with OpenACC and the PGI compilers, using C++ or Fortran. You will learn by example how to build a simple example program, how to add OpenACC directives, and to rebuild the program for parallel execution on a multicore system. To get the most out of this video, you should download the example programs and follow along on your workstation.”

One Stop Systems Showcases HPC as a Service at GTC 2017

In this video from GTC 2017, Jaan Mannik from One Stop Systems describes the company’s new HPC as a Service offering. As makers of high density GPU expansion chassis, One Stop Systems designs and manufactures high performance computing systems that revolutionize the data center by increasing speed to the Internet while reducing cost and impact to the infrastructure.

HPE Introduces the World’s Largest Single-memory Computer

Hewlett Packard Enterprise today introduced the world’s largest single-memory computer, the latest milestone in The Machine research project. “The prototype unveiled today contains 160 terabytes (TB) of memory, capable of simultaneously working with the data held in every book in the Library of Congress five times over—or approximately 160 million books. It has never been possible to hold and manipulate whole data sets of this size in a single-memory system, and this is just a glimpse of the immense potential of Memory-Driven Computing.”