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93 Petaflop Chinese Supercomputer is World’s Fastest on Latest TOP500 List

A new machine called Sunway TaihuLight in China is the fastest supercomputer on the planet. Announced today with the release of the latest TOP500 list, the 93 Petaflop machine sports over 10.6 Million compute cores. “The latest list marks the first time since the inception of the TOP500 that the U.S is not home to the largest number of systems. With a surge in industrial and research installations registered over the last few years, China leads with 167 systems and the U.S. is second with 165. China also leads the performance category, thanks to the No. 1 and No. 2 systems.”

Asetek to Premier VerticalRackCDU Liquid Cooling at ISC 2016

Today Asetek announced plans to showcase its liquid cooling solutions and successful installations at ISC 2016 in Frankfurt. “For the first time, Asetek will be displaying its new InRackCDU cooling solution. InRackCDU provides the option of having RackCDU mounted in the server rack. InRackCDU does not take up aisle space and includes the same monitoring features as Asetek’s VerticalRackCDU.”

Challenges for Climate and Weather Prediction in the Era of Heterogeneous Architectures

Beth Wingate from the University of Exeter presented this talk at the PASC16 conference in Switzerland. “For weather or climate models to achieve exascale performance on next-generation heterogeneous computer architectures they will be required to exploit on the order of million- or billion-way parallelism. This degree of parallelism far exceeds anything possible in today’s models even though they are highly optimized. In this talk I will discuss the mathematical issue that leads to the limitations in space- and time-parallelism for climate and weather prediction models – oscillatory stiffness in the PDE.”

Industry Vets Combine Forces to Launch HPC Marketing Powerhouse

Today insideHPC is pleased to share news about Xand McMahon a newly formed marketing agency focused on HPC and technical computing. “Xand McMahon is a joint venture between two familiar faces in the HPC community: Lara Kisielewska from Xand Marketing and Kim McMahon from McMahon Consulting. As kind of a one-stop shop, Xand McMahon provides a full range of strategic and tactical marketing services for companies seeking to capture market share in HPC and technical computing. Both women entered the HPC arena in 1999 and have worked with dozens of HPC firms to provide messaging and branding, go-to-market strategies, advertising, PR, social media, event production, road shows, trade show management, technical content, partner management, lead generation, and product launches.”

EXTOLL Network Chip Enables Network-attached Accelerators

Today EXTOLL in Germany released its new TOURMALET high-performance network chip for HPC. “The key demands of HPC are high bandwidth, low latency, and high message rates. The TOURMALET PCI-Express gen3 x16 board shows an MPI latency of 850ns and a message rate of 75M messages per second. The message rate value is CPU-limited, while TOURMALET is designed for well above 100M msg/s.”

Supercomputers Joining the Fight Against Cancer

“Supercomputers are key to the Cancer Moonshot. These exceptionally high-powered machines have the potential to greatly accelerate the development of cancer therapies by finding patterns in massive datasets too large for human analysis. Supercomputers can help us better understand the complexity of cancer development, identify novel and effective treatments, and help elucidate patterns in vast and complex data sets that advance our understanding of cancer.”

E4 to Showcase GPU-Accelerated OpenPOWER Servers at ISC 2016

Today Italy’s E4 Computer Engineering announced plans to showcase of new NVIDIA GPU-accelerated OpenPOWER servers at ISC 2016 in Frankfurt. “For this edition of ISC16, we wanted to reinforce the message that E4 is a company that actively engages and pursues new technologies’ paths with the aim to deliver leading-edge solutions for a number of demanding environments,” said Piero Altoè, Marketing and BDM Manager, E4 Computer Engineering. “Our priority is to collaborate with organizations such as OpenPOWER Foundation and true visionaries like NVIDIA in order to obtain powerful, scalable and affordable solutions for a number of complex applications and contribute to the development of technologies that have a huge impact on many aspects of our lives.”

CoolIT Systems Rolls Out Rack DCLC CHx80 Heat Exchange Module

Today CoolIT Systems rolled out its new CHx80 Heat Exchange Module. As part of an expanded its Rack DCLC product line, this next generation liquid-to-liquid heat exchanger provides cooling capacity with N+1 reliability to manage the most challenging, high density HPC racks. CoolIT will showcase the rack-mount CHx80 at ISC16 in Frankfurt.

SC16 General Chair John West on Moving the HPC Community Forward

“For SC16, we’re beginning a three-year thrust that will expand state-of-the-practice discussions with content throughout the conference tracks that emphasizes the innovation happening in operations, tools, and software through today’s HPC centers. I’ve spent my career so far in HPC operations of one kind or another, and I know firsthand that there is an incredible wealth of knowledge and expertise that gets developed in supercomputing centers. SC is well established as the place to share academic results; we believe SC can have a large impact on our community by providing developers and researchers with a more operational focus with a forum to share their results as well.”

Simulations of Hydrogen Ingestion Flashes in Giant Stars

“My team at the University of Minnesota has been collaborating with the team of Falk Herwig at the University of Victoria to simulate brief events in the lives of stars that can greatly affect the heavy elements they synthesize in their interiors and subsequently expel into the interstellar medium. These events are caused by the ingestion of highly combustible hydrogen-rich fuel into the convection zone above a helium burning shell in the deeper interior. Although these events are brief, it can take millions of time steps to simulate the dynamics in sufficient detail to capture subtle aspects of the hydrogen ingestion. To address the computational challenge, we exploit modern multicore and many-core processors and also scale the simulations to run efficiently on over 13,000 nodes of NSF’s Blue Waters machine at NCSA.”