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IBTA Launches the RoCE Initiative

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Today the InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA) announced the launch of the RoCE Initiative to further the advancement of RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) technology and promote RoCE awareness.

UPC and OpenSHMEM PGAS Models on GPU Clusters

DK Panda, Ohio State University

“Learn about extensions that enable efficient use of Partitioned Global Address Space (PGAS) Models like OpenSHMEM and UPC on supercomputing clusters with NVIDIA GPUs. PGAS models are gaining attention for providing shared memory abstractions that make it easy to develop applications with dynamic and irregular communication patterns. However, the existing UPC and OpenSHMEM standards do not allow communication calls to be made directly on GPU device memory. This talk discusses simple extensions to the OpenSHMEM and UPC models to address this issue.”

Achieving Near-Native GPU Performance in the Cloud

John Paul Walters

“In this session we describe how GPUs can be used within virtual environments with near-native performance. We begin by showing GPU performance across four hypervisors: VMWare ESXi, KVM, Xen, and LXC. After showing that performance characteristics of each platform, we extend the results to the multi-node case with nodes interconnected by QDR InfiniBand. We demonstrate multi-node GPU performance using GPUDirect-enabled MPI, achieving efficiencies of 97-99% of a non-virtualized system.”

SGI Powers Earthquake Research in Japan

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Today SGI announced that the Earthquake and Volcano Information Center of the Earthquake Research Institute (ERI) at the University of Tokyo, has deployed a large-scale parallel computing solution from SGI for leading-edge seismological and volcanological research.

Video: Applications Performance Optimizations – Best Practices

Pak Lui

“To achieve good scalability performance on the HPC scientific applications typically involves good understanding of the workload though performing profile analysis, and comparing behaviors of using different hardware which pinpoint bottlenecks in different areas of the HPC cluster. In this session, a selection of HPC applications will be shown to demonstrate various methods of profiling and analysis to determine the bottleneck, and the effectiveness of the tuning to improve on the application performance.”

Video: The InfiniBand Subnet Manager from Fabriscale

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In this video from the 2015 HPC Advisory Council Switzerland Conference, Tor Skeie from Simula Laboratory presents: The InfiniBand Subnet Manager from Fabriscale.

High Throughput Data Acquisition at the CMS experiment at CERN

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“The CMS detector at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN underwent a replacement of its data acquisition network to be able to process the increased data rate expected in the coming years. We will present the architecture of the system and discuss the design of its layers which are based on Infiniband as well as 10 and 40 GBit/s Ethernet.”

Video: Increasing Cluster Throughput while Reducing Energy Consumption for GPU Workloads

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“The use of GPUs to accelerate applications is mainstream nowadays, but their adoption in cur- rent clusters presents several drawbacks. In this talk we present the last developments of the rCUDA remote GPU virtualization framework, which is the only one supporting the most recent CUDA version, in addition to leverage the InfiniBand fabric for the sake of performance.”

Microsoft Update on RDMA

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In this video from the 2015 OFS Developer’s Workshop, Tom Talpey from Microsoft presents: Microsoft Update on RDMA.

Video: Welcome to the 2015 HPC Advisory Council Switzerland Conference

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In this video, Gilad Shainer and Hussein Harake kick off the 2015 HPC Advisory Council Switzerland Conference. The event will focus on High-Performance Computing essentials, new developments and emerging technologies, best practices and hands-on training.