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HPC User Forum Returns to Stuttgart Feb 28 – March 1

The IDC HPC User Forum, taking place at the HLRS premises in Stuttgart-Vaihingen on February 28 and March 1, will bring together the HPC community to hear experts from all of Europe and the USA. During the two-day event, one of the subjects will be the role of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) in HPC.

China Oceanwide to Acquire IDG & IDC

“We will be fully honoring all IDC HPC contracts and deliverables, and will continue our HPC operations as before,” said Earl Joseph of IDC. “Because the HPC group conducts sensitive business with governments, the group is being separated prior to the deal closing. It will be operated under new ownership that will be independent from the buyer of IDC to ensure that the group can continue to fully support government research requirements. The HPC group will continue to do business as usual, including research reports, client studies, and the HPC User Forums.”

SC16 Applies Advanced Computing for Social Change

In this video, Dr. Kelly Gaither from TACC describes how 20 students identified by XSEDE’s community engagement team participated in a four-day long cohort experience themed around social change at SC16. “The objectives of the program are to engage students in a social change challenge using visualization and data analytics to increase awareness, interest, and ultimately inspire students to continue their path in advanced computing careers; to increase the participation of students historically underserved in STEM at SC.”

Video: Analysis of SSDs on SGI UV 300

Nikos Trikoupis from the City University of New York gave this talk at the HPC User Forum in Austin. “We focus on measuring the aggregate throughput delivered by 12 Intel SSD DC P3700 for NVMe cards installed on the SGI UV 300 scale-up system in the CUNY High Performance Computing Center. We establish a performance baseline for a single SSD. The 12 SSDs are assembled into a single RAID-0 volume using Linux Software RAID and the XVM Volume Manager. The aggregate read and write throughput is measured against different configurations that include the XFS and the GPFS file systems.”

Video: How ORNL is Bridging the Gap between Computing and Facilities

“Starting in 2015, Oak Ridge National Laboratory partnered with the University of Tennessee to offer a minor-degree program in data center technology and management, one of the first offerings of its kind in the country. ORNL staff members developed the senior-level course in collaboration with UT College of Engineering professor Mark Dean after an ORNL strategic partner identified a need for employees who could bridge both the facilities and operational aspects of running a data center. In addition to developing the course curriculum, ORNL staff members are also serving as guest lecturers.”

IDC to Launch New Exascale Tracking Study

In this video from the 2016 HPC User Forum in Austin, Earl Joseph describes IDC’s new Exascale Tracking Study. The project will monitor the many Exascale projects around the world.

Video: HPC Disruptive Technologies Panel

In this video from the 2016 HPC User Forum in Austin, a select panel of HPC vendors describe their disruptive technologies for high performance computing. Vendors include: Altair, SUSE, ARM, AMD, Ryft, Red Hat, Cray, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “A disruptive innovation is an innovation that creates a new market and value network and eventually disrupts an existing market and value network, displacing established market leading firms, products and alliances.”

Video: Intel Scalable System Framework

Gary Paek from Intel presented this talk at the HPC User Forum in Austin. “Traditional high performance computing is hitting a performance wall. With data volumes exploding and workloads becoming increasingly complex, the need for a breakthrough in HPC performance is clear. Intel Scalable System Framework provides that breakthrough. Designed to work for small clusters to the world’s largest supercomputers, Intel SSF provides scalability and balance for both compute- and data intensive applications, as well as machine learning and visualization. The design moves everything closer to the processor to improve bandwidth, reduce latency and allow you to spend more time processing and less time waiting.”

HPC4mfg Seeks New Proposals to Advance Energy Technologies

Today the Energy Department’s Advanced Manufacturing Office announced up to $3 million in available funding for manufacturers to use high-performance computing resources at the Department’s national laboratories to tackle major manufacturing challenges. The High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) program enables innovation in U.S. manufacturing through the adoption of high performance computing (HPC) to advance applied science and technology in manufacturing, with an aim of increasing energy efficiency, advancing clean energy technology, and reducing energy’s impact on the environment.

Measuring HPC: Performance, Cost, & Value

Andrew Jones from NAG presented this talk at the HPC User Forum in Austin. “This talk will discuss why it is important to measure High Performance Computing, and how to do so. The talk covers measuring performance, both technical (e.g., benchmarks) and non-technical (e.g., utilization); measuring the cost of HPC, from the simple beginnings to the complexity of Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and beyond; and finally, the daunting world of measuring value, including the dreaded Return on Investment (ROI) and other metrics. The talk is based on NAG HPC consulting experiences with a range of industry HPC users and others. This is not a sales talk, nor a highly technical talk. It should be readily understood by anyone involved in using or managing HPC technology.”