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This week at ISC’13, we learned about the new Cray Cluster Connect. Described as a complete Lustre storage solution for x86 Linux clusters, Cray Cluster Connect is an “hardware agnostic” solution for customers who need flexibility in their storage configurations. In other words, you no longer need to buy a Cray supercomputer in order to get access to Cray’s Big Data and fast I/O expertise.
Cray has a long, rich history in the HPC storage space, and we have built some of the largest and fastest Lustre file systems in the world,” said Barry Bolding, Cray’s vice president of storage and data management. “With Cray Cluster Connect, we are applying our Lustre expertise and innovation, and taking all that we have learned, developed and invested in parallel storage solutions to an expanded customer base. We can now deliver end-to-end, Lustre storage solutions for customers’ existing x86 Linux environments. With the launch of Cray Cluster Connect, our storage and data management solutions are no longer limited to Cray supercomputer customers.”
Available now, Cray Cluster Connect offers a wide range of storage options including block storage components from Cray Sonexion (Xyratex), DataDirect Networks, or NetApp plus a full set of management and storage connectivity tools for data movement, archiving and management. Read the Full Story.
Exploitation of parallel processing technologies for Scientific & Engineering Research will accelerate research of applications in various engineering disciplines that employ HPC techniques and facilitates research about HPC technologies contributing to capacity-building of the country.”
This presentation is an overview of the current important trends in HPC, based on the latest end-user research studies and market forecasts. Topics include accelerator adoption, the role of HPC in Big Data, and the ratio of spending between hardware, software, staffing, and facilities.”
This keynote address analyzes the most prominent challenges for designing and cost-effective interconnection networks for Exascale systems, such as topology scalability, power consumption, fault tolerance, and/or congestion control. Besides, some solutions are proposed and their implementation complexity in commercial products are estimated.”
This week the Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG) rolled out a new library of software with 1700 numerical routines tuned to optimize performance of the Xeon Phi.
The Numerical Algorithms Group has long provided value to the Intel Xeon processor with high quality optimized numerical libraries,” said Joe Curley, Director of Marketing for Technical Computing Group at Intel Corporation. “In an extension of this partnership, NAG collaborated to provide input that helped in the definition and development of Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor technology. Tailoring the NAG Library to support Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors should benefit our mutual customers’ highly-parallel, development efforts.”
To learn more, check out the NAG Library ISC’13 booth #650. Also, Dr Ian Reid from NAG will present “Accelerators: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” at the Intel booth #350 on Tuesday June 18 at 14:00.
In this video, Dr Turlough Downes from the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies discusses how advanced astrophysics is made possible by supercomputing resources from the European PRACE infrastructure.
The video is part of a series of case studies PRACE has published on its new Dare to Think the Impossible site, which looks like a great resource for promoting the value of supercomputing.
For more information, visit the PRACE booth #725 at ISC’13.
In this video, Dan Olds from Gabriel Consulting discusses the origins of the Student Cluster Competition with Brent Gorda, who helped found the contest back at SC07. Gorda talks about the goals of the competition and the hurdles they had to go through in the early days.
The Student Cluster Competition has since grown to a series of international events that bring out the best and brightest young people to build the fastest HPC systems they can with limited electrical power. With the ISC’13 Student Cluster Challenge coming up next week in Leipzig, Dan Olds has also posted a complete rundown on the teams, so check it out.
What if your company could use data mining to discover new information, identify new trends and correlations, and create new knowledge? What if you could safely simulate multi-million dollar physical assets and processes to accelerate your product development while preserving resources and reducing costs? What if we could analyze the human brain to develop preventative treatments for disorders and our physical environment to avert disasters? High Performance Computing (HPC) can equip your company with these kinds of competitive advantages.
Ron Van Holst, Director, Research Development, High Performance Computing, Ontario Centres of Excellence
Chris Pratt, BUE Strategic Initiatives Executive, IBM Canada
J. Wayne Gudbranson, President & CEO, Branham Group Inc.
Dan Sinai, Associate Vice President, Research, Western University
Abe Heifets, CEO, Chematria
Dr. Jennifer Flexman, Director of Research Development and Commercialization, Sargent Laboratory, University of Toronto
In this video, Dan Olds from Gabriel Consulting discusses the WRF weather code with Jordan Powers and David Gill from NCAR. As part of the suite of real applications used in the ISC’13 Student Cluster Challenge, WRF optimization could be the key to success for the student teams.
In this video, Bob Davis from the the Wall Street Journal tells Mariko Sanchanta why China believes it’s so important to be number one in supercomputing. The story stems from recent reports that the Tianhe-2 supercomputer will soon be crowned as the fast machine on earth in the next TOP500 list, which comes out sometime on June 17.
In this video, the formation of a massive galaxy is simulated during the first 2 billion years of the universe. Hydrogen gas is gray, young stars appear blue, and older stars are red. The simulation reveals that gas flows into galaxies along filaments akin to cosmic bendy, or swirly, straws.
Galaxy formation is really chaotic,” said Kyle Stewart, lead author of the new study appearing in the May 20th issue of the Astrophysical Journal. “It took us several hundred computer processors, over months of time, to simulate and learn more about how this process works.” Stewart, who is now at the California Baptist University in Riverside, Calif., completed the majority of this work while at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
Our mission for ClusterStor Professional Services is to accelerate the time to results for our users and partners across verticals and geographies, and help them realize value sooner from their investment in HPC storage technology,” said Simon Johnson, senior director of ClusterStor Professional Services at Xyratex. “Our team has a deep pedigree in value-added services, Lustre® file systems and data storage, and our ClusterStor solutions have achieved tremendous market adoption in a short time. Combined, this experience enables us to bring additional integrated solution value and efficiency to solve our clients’ challenges and further exploit the best-in-class performance that our technology delivers.”