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Video: Thomas Schulthess on how HPC Propels the Global Enterprise of Science

In this video from the HPC Saudi Conference, Dr. Thomas Schulthess from the Swiss National Supercomputing Center discusses how CSCS approaches High Performance Computing. According to Schulthess, supporting legacy software is the biggest challenge for moving HPC forward. “Earlier this month, the European PRACE initiative went into Phase 2, with Switzerland becoming a new Hosting Member. As a Hosting Member, Switzerland is now making its Piz Daint supercomputer at CSCS available for cutting-edge PRACE research. The other Hosting Members are Spain, Italy, Germany and France.”

Video: Omni-Path Status, Upstreaming, and Ongoing Work

Todd Rimmer from Intel presented this talk at the OpenFabrics Workshop. “Intel Omni-Path was first released in early 2016. Omni-Path host and management software is all open sourced. This session will provide an overview of Omni-Path including some of the technical capabilities and performance results as well as some recent industry results.”

Accelerating Apache Spark with RDMA

Yuval Degani from Mellanox presented this talk at the OpenFabrics Workshop. “In this talk, we present a Java-based, RDMA network layer for Apache Spark. The implementation optimized both the RPC and the Shuffle mechanisms for RDMA. Initial benchmarking shows up to 25% improvement for Spark Applications.”

Calyos Launches Kickstarter for Fanless Gaming PC

Today French Startup Calyos launched a kickstarter funding project for the NSG S0, “the World’s First Fanless Chassis for High Performing PC.” The secret behind the Calyos fanless gaming PC chassis is phase-change cooling through loop heat pipes. Used in Datacenter servers, they absorb the heat from the hot components and move it passively to the edges of the case, where heat can be easily removed with an air or liquid heat exchanger.

Video: State of the OpenFabrics Alliance

In this video from the OpenFabrics Workshop, Susan Coulter from LANL presents: State of the OpenFabrics Alliance. “The OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) is an open source-based organization that develops, tests, licenses, supports and distributes OpenFabrics Software (OFS). The Alliance’s mission is to develop and promote software that enables maximum application efficiency by delivering wire-speed messaging, ultra-low latencies and maximum bandwidth directly to applications with minimal CPU overhead.”

Accelerating Hadoop, Spark, and Memcached with HPC Technologies

“This talk will present RDMA-based designs using OpenFabrics Verbs and heterogeneous storage architectures to accelerate multiple components of Hadoop (HDFS, MapReduce, RPC, and HBase), Spark and Memcached. An overview of the associated RDMA-enabled software libraries (being designed and publicly distributed as a part of the HiBD project for Apache Hadoop.”

Recent Topics in the IBTA… and a Look Ahead

Bill Magro from IBTA gave this talk at the OpenFabrics Workshop. “This talk discusses some recent activities in the InfiniBand Trade Association including recent specification updates. It also provides a glimpse into the future for the IBTA.” Bill Magro is an Intel Fellow and Intel’s Chief Technologist for HPC software. In this role, he serves as the technical lead and strategist for Intel’s high-performance computing software and provides HPC software requirements for Intel product roadmaps.”

Video: RDMA on ARM

Pavel Shamis from ARM Research presented this talk at the OpenFabrics Workshop. “With the emerging availability server platforms based on ARM CPU architecture, it is important to understand ARM integrates with RDMA hardware and software eco-system. In this talk, we will overview ARM architecture and system software stack. We will discuss how ARM CPU interacts with network devices and accelerators. In addition, we will share our experience in enabling RDMA software stack (OFED/MOFED Verbs) and one-sided communication libraries (Open UCX, OpenSHMEM/SHMEM) on ARM and share preliminary evaluation results.”

Exascale Computing Project – Driving a HUGE Change in a Changing World

“In this keynote, Al Geist will discuss the need for future Department of Energy supercomputers to solve emerging data science and machine learning problems in addition to running traditional modeling and simulation applications. The ECP goals are intended to enable the delivery of capable exascale computers in 2022 and one early exascale system in 2021, which will foster a rich exascale ecosystem and work toward ensuring continued U.S. leadership in HPC. He will also share how the ECP plans to achieve these goals and the potential positive impacts for OFA.”

Video: Why Supercomputing is Important for Science

In this video, Ruben Cruz Garcia from the Earth Sciences department at BSC, describes how supercomputing is key to his research. He also explains what he would do if he had unlimited access to a fully operational exascale computer.