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SGI UV as a Converged Compute and Data Management Platform

In life sciences, perhaps more than any other HPC discipline, simplicity is key. The SGI solution meets this requirement by delivering a single system that scales to huge capabilities by unifying compute, memory, and storage. Researchers and scientists in personalized medicine (and most life sciences) are typically not computer science experts and want a simple development and usage model that enables them to focus on their research and projects.

Enabling Personalized Medicine through Genomic Workflow Acceleration

If the keys to health, longevity, and a better overall quality of life are encoded in our individual genetic make-up then few advances in the history of medicine can match the significance and potential impact of the Human Genome Project. Instigated in 1985 and since that time, the race has been centered on dramatically improving the breadth and depth of genomic understanding as well as reducing the costs involved in sequencing, storing, and processing an individual’s genomic information.

HPC Trends Survey from DDN Reveals Rising Deployment of Flash Tiers & Private/Hybrid Clouds

“The results of DDN’s annual HPC Trends Survey reflect very accurately what HPC end users tell us and what we are seeing in their data center infrastructures. The use of private and hybrid clouds continues to grow although most HPC organizations are not storing as large a percentage of their data in public clouds as they anticipated even a year ago. Performance remains the top challenge, especially when handling mixed I/O workloads and resolving I/O bottlenecks.”

InfiniBand: When State-of-the-Art becomes State-of-the-Smart

Scot Schultz from Mellanox writes that the company is moving the industry forward to a world-class off-load network architecture that will pave the way to Exascale. “Mellanox, alongside many industry thought-leaders, is a leader in advancing the Co-Design approach. The key value and core goal is to strive for more CPU offload capabilities and acceleration techniques while maintaining forward and backward compatibility of new and existing infrastructures; and the result is nothing less than the world’s most advanced interconnect, which continues to yield the most powerful and efficient supercomputers ever deployed.”

insideHPC Research Report on GPUs

In this research report, we reveal recent research showing that customers are feeling the need for speed—i.e. they’re looking for more processing cores. Not surprisingly, we found that they’re investing more money in accelerators like GPUs and moreover are seeing solid positive results from using GPUs. In the balance of this report, we take a look at these finding and and the newest GPU tech from NVIDIA and how it performs vs. traditional servers and earlier GPU products.

White House Releases Report on the Future of Artificial Intelligence

Today, to ready the United States for a future in which Artificial Intelligence (AI) plays a growing role, the White House is releasing a report on future directions and considerations for AI called Preparing for the Future of Artificial Intelligence. This report surveys the current state of AI, its existing and potential applications, and the questions that progress in AI raise for society and public policy.”

High Performance Interconnects: Assessment & Rankings

In this video from the HPC Advisory Council Spain Conference, Dan Olds from OrionX discusses the High Performance Interconnect (HPI) market landscape, plus provides ratings and rankings of HPI choices today. “In this talk, we’ll take a look at the technologies and performance of high-end networking technology and the coming battle between onloading vs. offloading interconnect architectures.”

Parallella Tapes Out 1024-core Epiphany-V Chip

Over at the Parallella Blog, Andreas Olafsson from Adapteva writes that the company has reached an important milestone on its next-generation Epiphany-V chip. “Thanks to a generous grant from DARPA, we just taped out a 16nm chip with 1024 64-bit processor cores. To give a comparison, our 4.5B transistor chip is smaller than Apple’s latest A10 chip and has 256 times as many processors. The chip offers an 80x processor density advantage over high performance chips from Intel and Nvidia.”

Video: Analysis of SSDs on SGI UV 300

Nikos Trikoupis from the City University of New York gave this talk at the HPC User Forum in Austin. “We focus on measuring the aggregate throughput delivered by 12 Intel SSD DC P3700 for NVMe cards installed on the SGI UV 300 scale-up system in the CUNY High Performance Computing Center. We establish a performance baseline for a single SSD. The 12 SSDs are assembled into a single RAID-0 volume using Linux Software RAID and the XVM Volume Manager. The aggregate read and write throughput is measured against different configurations that include the XFS and the GPFS file systems.”

CloudLightning Report Looks at Barriers to HPC in the Cloud

The CloudLightning Project in Europe has published preliminary results from a survey on Barriers to Using HPC in the Cloud. “Trust in cloud computing would appear to be a significant barrier to adopting cloud computing for HPC workloads. Data management concerns dominate the responses.”