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HPC Benchmarking Results for Intel Broadwell Processors

Over at the Dell HPC Community Blog, Ashish Kumar Singh, Mayura Deshmukh and Neha Kashyap discuss the performance characterization of Intel Broadwell processors with High Performance LINPACK (HPL) and STREAM benchmarks. “The performance of all Broadwell processor used for this study is higher for both HPL and STREAM benchmarks. “There is ~12% increase in measured memory bandwidth for Broadwell processors compared to Haswell processors. Broadwell processors measure better power efficiencies than the Haswell processors. In conclusion, Broadwell processors may fulfill the demands of more compute power for HPC applications.”

Ohio Supercomputer Center Names New Cluster after Jesse Owens

The Ohio Supercomputer Center has named its newest HPC cluster after Olympic champion Jesse Owens. The new Owens Cluster will be powered by Dell PowerEdge servers featuring the new Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v4 product family, include storage components manufactured by DDN, and utilize interconnects provided by Mellanox. “Our newest supercomputer system is the most powerful that the Center has ever run,” ODHE Chancellor John Carey said in a recent letter to Owens’ daughters. “As such, I thought it fitting to name it for your father, who symbolizes speed, integrity and, most significantly for me, compassion as embodied by his tireless work to help youths overcome obstacles to their future success. As a first-generation college graduate, I can relate personally to the value of mentors in the lives of those students.”

Get Some Big Lunch at the Big Data & HPC Events coming to Portland & Seattle

If you are in the Northwest and you happen to like surf and turf, have I got a deal for you! Dell is hosting a series of Big Data lunch events in Seattle and Portland at the end of April. On April 26, Dell brings the event to Blueacre Seafood in Seattle. In Portland, lunch is on April 27 at the mighty Fogo de Chao, a Brazilian steak house for the Where’s the Beef? crowd. They’re also coming to Flemings in Salt Lake City on April 28.

Liquid Cooling Doubles Compute Capacity at Cascade Technologies

Today CoolIT Systems announced it has enabled Cascade Technologies to increase their compute density by 2.5 times within their existing floor space, rack space, and air conditioning capacity by deploying liquid cooling. “Partnering with CoolIT Systems solved our key requirements of more compute density without having to expand our floor space or AC capacity,” said Frank Ham, CEO at Cascade Technologies. “The liquid cooled solution surpasses our efficiency goals, allows us to pack a lot of compute into a small environment, and is impressively quiet.”

A3Cube Announces Exa-Converged Parallel Systems

Today Italy’s A3Cube announced the F-730 Family of EXA-Converged parallel systems built on Dell servers and achieving sub-microsecond latency through bare metal data access. “A3Cube’s EXA-Converged infrastructure represents the next step in the evolution of converged systems”, said Emilio Billi, A3Cube’s CTO, “while keeping and improving on the scalability and resilience of Hyper-Converged infrastructure. It is engineered to converge all system resources and provide parallel data access and inter node communication at the bare metal level, eliminating the need for, and the limits of, traditional Hyper-converged systems. The system can efficiently use all the fastest storage devices currently on the market or planned to come to market, and puts all existing solutions in the rear view mirror.”

Dell Powers New Pearcey Cluster at CSIRO in Australia

The CSIRO national science agency in Australia has teamed up with Dell to deliver a new HPC cluster called “Pearcey.” The Pearcey cluster supports CSIRO research activities in a broad range of areas such as Bioinformatics, Fluid Dynamics and Materials Science. One CSIRO researcher benefiting from using Pearcey is Dr. Dayalan Gunasegaram, a CSIRO computational modeler who is using Pearcey for the modeling work behind the development of an improved nylon mesh for use in pelvic organ prolapse (POP) surgery, which has the potential to benefit the one in five Australian women that have surgery for the condition at some point in their lives.

Radio Free HPC Looks at Dell’s Imminent Acquisition of EMC

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at Dell’s acquisition of EMC, which is expected to close soon pending regulatory approval. “The transaction combines two of the world’s greatest technology franchises—with leadership positions in Servers, Storage, Virtualization and PCs—and brings together strong capabilities in the fastest growing areas of our industry, including Digital Transformation, Software Defined Data Center, Hybrid Cloud, Converged Infrastructure, Mobile and Security.”

Comparing FDR and EDR InfiniBand

Over at the Dell HPC Blog, Olumide Olusanya and Munira Hussain have posted an interesting comparison of FDR and EDR InfiniBand. “In the first post, we shared OSU Micro-Benchmarks (latency and bandwidth) and HPL performance between FDR and EDR Infiniband. In this part, we will further compare performance using additional real-world applications such as ANSYS Fluent, WRF, and NAS Parallel Benchmarks. In both blogs, we have shown several micro-benchmark and real-world application results to compare FDR with EDR Infiniband.”

OSC to Deploy New Dell Supercomputer in Ohio

Today the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) announced plans to boost scientific and industrial discovery and innovation with a powerful new supercomputer from Dell. To be deployed later this year, the new system is part of a $9.7 million investment that received approval from the State Controlling Board in January.

Video: Supercomputing at the University of Buffalo

In this WGRZ video, researchers describe supercomputing at the Center for Computational Research at the University of Buffalo. “The Center’s extensive computing facilities, which are housed in a state-of-the-art 4000 sq ft machine room, include a generally accessible (to all UB researchers) Linux cluster with more than 8000 processor cores and QDR Infiniband, a subset (32) of which contain (64) NVidia Tesla M2050 “Fermi” graphics processing units (GPUs).”