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Fortran for HPC

“Fortran has been proven to be extremely resilient to new developments that have appeared in other programming languages over the years. New versions continue to be available and associated with ANSI standards, so that an application written for one operating system should be able to be compiled and run with different compilers on different operating systems. The latest version is Fortran 2008, with the next version reportedly to be available as Fortran 2015, in 2018.”

Next Generation Sequencing

With a massive surge in genomics research, the ability to quickly process very large amounts of data is now required for any organization that is involved in genomics. While the cost has been reduced significantly, the amount of data that is produced is has increased as well. This article describes next generation sequencing and how a combination of hardware and innovative software can decrease the amount of time to sequence genomes.

Better Software For HPC through Code Modernization

Vectorization and threading are critical to using such innovative hardware product such as the Intel Xeon Phi processor. Using tools early in the design and development processor that identify where vectorization can be used or improved will lead to increased performance of the overall application. Modern tools can be used to determine what might be blocking compiler vectorization and the potential gain from the work involved.

The Future of HPC Application Management in a Post Cloud World

The prevalency of cloud computing has changed the HPC landscape necessaiting HPC management tools that can manage and simplify complex enviornments in order to optimize flexibility and speed. Altair’s new solution PBS Cloud Manager makes it easy to build and manage HPC application stacks.

Deep Learning with the Intel Xeon Phi Processor

“An environment that assists in deep learning usually consists of algorithms that can draw conclusions from data that is run at very high speeds. Processors such as the Intel Xeon Phi Processor that contain a significant number of processing cores and operate in a SIMD mode are critical to these new environments. With the Intel Xeon Phi processor, new insights can be discovered from either existing data or new data sources.”

Facilitate HPC Deployments with Reference Designs for Intel Scalable System Framework

With Intel Scalable System Framework Architecture Specification and Reference Designs, the company is making it easier to accelerate the time to discovery through high-performance computing. The Reference Architectures (RAs) and Reference Designs take Intel Scalable System Framework to the next step—deploying it in ways that will allow users to confidently run their workloads and allow system builders to innovate and differentiate designs

Python and HPC

“In the HPC domain, Python can be used to develop a wide range of applications. While tight loops may still need to be coded in C or FORTRAN, Python can still be used. As more systems become available with coprocessors or accelerators, Python can be used to offload the main CPU and take advantage of the coprocessor. pyMIC is a Python Offload Module for the Intel Xeon Phi Coprocessor and is available at popular open source code repositories.”

Machine Learning and the Intel Xeon Phi Processor

“With up to 72 processing cores, the Intel Xeon Phi processor x200 can accelerate applications tremendously. Each core contains two Advanced Vector Extensions, which speeds up the floating point performance. This is important for machine learning applications which in many cases use the Fused Multiply-Add (FMA) instruction.”

Intel Xeon Phi Coprocessor Design

“The major functionality of the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor is a chip that does the heavy computation. The current version utilizes up to 16 channels of GDDR5 memory. An interesting notes is that up to 32 memory devices can be used, by using both sides of the motherboard to hold the memory. This doubles the effective memory availability as compared to more conventional designs.”

Making it Easy to Introduce Liquid Cooling to the Data Center

With the release of high wattage processors liquid cooling is becoming a necessity for HPC data centers. Liquid cooling’s ability to provide the direct removal of heat from these high wattage components within the servers is well established. However, there are sometimes concerns from facilities management that need to be addressed prior to liquid cooling’s introduction to the data center.