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Slidecast: Mellanox Announces Switch IB2 on the Road to Exascale


“Today Mellanox announced Switch-IB 2, the new generation of its InfiniBand switch optimized for High-Performance Computing, Web 2.0, database and cloud data centers, capable of 100Gb/s per port speeds. Switch-IB 2 is the world’s first smart network switch that offloads MPI operations from the CPU to the network to deliver 10X performance improvements. Switch-IB 2 will enables a performance breakthrough in building the next generation scalable and data intensive data centers, enabling users to gain a competitive advantage.”

Slidecast: Micron Persistent Memory & NVDIMM


“Micron is delivering on the promise of persistent memory with a solution that gives system architects a new approach for designing systems with better performance, reduced energy usage and improved total cost of ownership,” said Tom Eby, vice president for Micron’s compute and networking business unit. “With NVDIMM, we have a powerful solution that is available today. We’re also leading the way on future persistent memory development by spearheading R&D efforts on promising new technologies such as 3D XPoint memory, which will be available in 2016 and beyond.”

Slidecast: How to Buy a Supercomputer – Lessons Learned from NAG


In this slidecast, Andrew Jones from NAG discusses the lessons learned from over 40 supercomputing procurements. NAG has announced plans to launch an impartial HPC technology intelligence and analysis subscription service at SC15. “Developed in partnership with Red Oak Consulting, the NAG HPC Technology Intelligence Service will deliver technology insight and risk-reduction to help HPC buyers and users make better decisions and optimize their HPC investments.”

Video: Chapel – Productive, Multiresolution Parallel Programming

Brad Chamberlin, Cray

Brad Chamberlain from Cray presented this talk at the recent Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing. “We believe Chapel can greatly improve productivity for current and emerging HPC architectures and meet emerging mainstream needs for parallelism and locality.”

Video: Prometheus Supercomputer from HP Enterprise


In this video, researchers from Cyfronet in Poland describe Prometheus, their new supercomputer built by Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Comprising more than 1700 servers of HPE Apollo 8000 platform and connected by FDR Infiniband, Prometheus will benefit scientists in the fields of chemistry, physics, astrophysics, biology, energy, nanotechnology and medicine.

DEEP Project Unveils 500 Teraflop Prototype

DEEP Cluster nodes with front-panel connectors for the Ethernet-based service network. Power, Infiniband® and liquid cooling connectors are embedded into the backplane for minimal maintenance overhead.

The EU-funded DEEP Project has unveiled their innovative HPC platform: a 500 TFlop/s prototype system that implements a Cluster-Booster concept that has a lot in common with a turbocharged engine. The prototype operates with a full system software stack and programming environment engineered for performance and ease of use.

Video: HPC Transforms Diagnostic Medical Imaging

Justin Baba, joint faculty associate professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Research and Development staff member at ORNL

In this video, Justin Baba from the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory describes how HPC transforms medical diagnostic imaging. “A lot of studies have been published on the impact of detecting or tracking the polarization of photons,” Baba says. “But there isn’t much understanding of what is actually occurring as these photons are scattering and propagating through the media. We have captured step by step what is taking place at each scattering event and the effects on the photons’ properties due to a scattering event. So we are able to elucidate what is already out there in the literature.”

Video: HPC Matters at PayPal

Ryan Quick, PayPal

In this video from the SC15 HPC Matters series, Ryan Quick, Principal Architect for Advance Technologies at Paypal, talks about how HPC transforms online payment transactions. “IDC estimates that PayPal has saved more than $700 million by moving up to HPC in a very innovative way for real-time and predictive fraud analysis,” said Earl Joseph of IDC. “High performance data analysis – big data using HPC – is the fastest growing part of the HPC market and is attracting many commercial users. “

Video: NCSA’s Ed Seidel Testifies on the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Program


In the video, Ed Seidel from NSCA testifies at a House hearing on the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program. NITRD provides a framework in which many Federal agencies come together to coordinate their networking and information technology (IT) research and development (R&D) efforts.

Video: How the SPARC M7 Builds Security into Silicon


“The SPARC M7 incorporates silicon-embedded advancements primarily in two areas: security and performance. First, the SPARC M7 accelerates data encryption through “cryptographic units” integrated in each of its 32 cores. And by incorporating very high-performance encryption in the chip, Fowler says, the M7 is able to not only secure data quickly but also devote substantial processor resources to additional projects, resources that otherwise would be occupied encrypting data at the software layer.”