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Video: SGI Looks to Zero Copy Architecture for HPC and Big Data

Dr. Eng Lim Goh, CTO, SGI

In this video from SC15, Dr. Eng Lim Goh from SGI describes how the company is embracing new HPC technology trends such as new memory hierarchies. With the convergence of HPC and Big Data as a growing trend, SGI is envisions a “Zero Copy Architecture” that would bring together a traditional supercomputer with a Big Data analytics machine in a way that would not require users to move their data between systems.

Penguin Computing Looks to Cavium ThunderX for ARM HPC Servers


Today Penguin Computing announced first customer shipments of its Tundra Extreme Scale (ES) server based on Cavium’s 48 core ARMv8 based ThunderX workload optimized processors. Tundra ES Valkre servers are now available for public order and a standard 19” rack mount version will ship in early 2016.

IBM and Xilinx Team to Accelerate Datacenter Applications


Today IBM and Xilinx announced a multi-year strategic collaboration to enable higher performance and energy-efficient data center applications through Xilinx FPGA-enabled workload acceleration on IBM POWER-based systems. IBM and Xilinx, through a private signed agreement and collaboration through the OpenPOWER Foundation, are teaming to develop open acceleration infrastructures, software and middleware to address emerging applications such as machine learning, network functions virtualization (NFV), genomics, high performance computing (HPC) and big data analytics.

Berkeley Lab to Optimize Spark for HPC


Today LBNL announced that a team of scientists from Berkeley Lab’s Computational Research Division has been awarded a grant by Intel to support their goal of enabling data analytics software stacks—notably Spark—to scale out on next-generation high performance computing systems.

Podcast: Dell Panels on NSCI and the Convergence of Big Data Coming to SC15


In this podcast, Stephen Sofhauser from Dell describes what’s coming up at the company’s exhibit at SC15 in Austin. With a 50×50 exhibit and two booth theaters, Dell will showcase how customers are using their technology to solve their toughest computational problems. “Our own Rich Brueckner from insideHPC will host a pair of panel discussions in the Dell booth #1009 on Wednesday, Nov. 18.”

World’s First Data-Aware Cloud Storage Gateway Coming to SC15


Today ArcaStream and General Atomics introduced Ngenea, the world’s first data-aware cloud storage gateway. Ready for quick deployment, Ngenea seamlessly integrates with popular cloud and object storage providers such as Amazon S3, Google GCS, Scality, Cleversafe and Swift and is optimized for data-intensive workflows in life science, education, research, and oil and gas exploration.

TACC Speeds Big Data Analytics with Nomadic Computing

Schematic of the proposed approach to predicting gene-disease associations. First, the researchers construct gene and disease features using different sources. Then, they perform Inductive matrix completion using row and column features. The shaded region in the P matrix corresponds to genes or diseases with at least one known association

Researchers at TACC have developed a new tool to analyze bigger datasets using supercomputers and machine learning algorithms. Called NOMAD, the tool can pull insights from data much faster than other current state-of-the-art tools. It is also able to explore datasets, including some of the largest available, that break other leading software.

Cray, AMPLab, NERSC Collaborate on Spark Performance for HPC Platforms

This chart highlights portions of the BDAS stack (in red) that will be explored as a part of the Cray/AmpLab/NERSC collaboration.

Today NERSC announced a collaboration with UC Berkeley’s AMPLab and Cray to design large-scale data analytics stacks. “Analytics workloads will be an increasingly important workload on our supercomputers and we are thrilled to support and participate in this key collaboration,” said Ryan Waite, senior vice president of products at Cray. “As Cray’s supercomputing platforms enable researchers and scientists to model reality ever more accurately using high-fidelity simulations, we have long seen the need for scalable, performant analytic tools to interpret the resulting data. The Berkeley Data Analytics Stack (BDAS) and Spark, in particular, are emerging as a de facto foundation of such a toolset because of their combined focus on productivity and scalable performance.”

FlyElephant Startup Announces Support for R, Python, and Public API


Today the good folks at FlyElephant announced support for R, Python, and public API for the participants of its beta testing program.

Bright Computing to Update Cluster Management Software at SC15


Today Bright Computing announced plans to release several updates and enhancements to its most popular management software solutions at SC15, which takes place November 15-20, 2015, in Austin, Texas. The updates will include more than a dozen features that simplify OpenStack deployment, add built-in integration functionality, and greatly improve Big Data integration, including support for the latest releases from Apache, Cloudera, Hortonworks, and Pivotal.