Basic optimization techniques that include an understanding of math functions and how to simplify can go a long way towards better performance. “When optimizing for a parallel SIMD system such as the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor, it is also important to make sure that the results match the scalar system. Using vector data may cause parts of the computer program to be re-written, so that the compiler can generate vector code.”
Software for data analysis, system management, and for debugging other software were be among the innovations on display at SC15 last week. In addition to the software, novel and improved hardware will also be on display, together with an impressive array of initiatives from Europe in research and development leading up to Exascale computing.
At SC15, Intel talked about some transformational high-performance computing technologies and the architecture—Intel® Scalable System Framework (Intel® SSF). Intel describes Intel SSF as “an advanced architectural approach for simplifying the procurement, deployment, and management of HPC systems, while broadening the accessibility of HPC to more industries and workloads.” Intel SSF is designed to eliminate the traditional bottlenecks; the so called power, memory, storage, and I/O walls that system builders and operators have run into over the years.
Today Dell unveiled sweeping advancements to its industry-leading high performance computing portfolio. These advances include innovative new systems designed to simplify mainstream adoption of HPC and data analytics in research, manufacturing and genomics. Dell also unveiled expansions to its HPC Innovation Lab and showcased next-generation technologies including the Intel Omni-Path Fabric. HPC is becoming increasingly critical to how organizations of all sizes innovate and compete. Many organizations lack the in-house expertise to configure, build and deploy an HPC system without losing focus on their core science, engineering and analytic missions. As an example, according to the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, 98 percent of all products will be designed digitally by 2020, yet 95 percent of the center’s 300,000 manufacturing companies have little or no HPC expertise.
“With high frequency trading becoming so important, the overall system performance, starting with the acquisition of the data from various markets through to the buy or sell decision relies on low latency between various parts of the system. The feed handlers, which accept the data in various formats, can be multithreaded and take advantage of coprocessors such as the Intel Xeon Phi. The NIC on a system waits for the packets to arrive and can then the information to a specified core on the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor system for processing.”
“The Amber Molecular Dynamics software is a well known and understood application for the structural dynamics of large biological molecules. With modern computer systems, a speedup in the computations can lead to studying events that occur on longer timescales, as well as statistical convergences. By incorporating the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor into the workflow on a compute server, additional speedups can be obtained.”
Allinea Software will demonstrate significant extensions to their Forge integrated development tool suite and Performance Reports analytics tool at SC15. “Version 6.0 of both products delivers for developers, users, analysts and system administrators – not only on Intel Xeon and Xeon Phi platforms, but also ARM 64-bit and OpenPOWER platforms.”
Today CoolIT Systems announced plans to showcase new server cooling technologies at the SC15 conference in Austin. Exhibiting at booth #163, CoolIT Systems will exhibit an expanded line of heat exchange solutions. Attendees will also find new customer case studies outlining the real-world benefits the industry is experiencing with liquid cooling.