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IBM Launches LC OpenPower Servers


Today IBM announced launched a new LC series of servers that infuse technologies from members of the OpenPOWER Foundation and are part of IBM’s Power Systems portfolio of servers. According to IBM, the new LC systems perform data analytics workloads faster and cheaper than comparable x86-based servers.

HPC News Bytes for Oct. 7, 2015

Amazon Snowball

Sometimes the inbox for HPC news fills up faster than we can handle. In an effort to keep up, we’ve compiled noteworthy news into a Jeopardy type of Speed Round that phrases topics in the form a question.

RDMA Enabling Storage Technology Revolution

Michael Kagan, CTO Mellanox Technologies

With the explosion of data over the past few years, data storage has become a hot topic among corporate decision makers. It is no longer sufficient to have adequate space for the massive quantities of data that must be stored; it is just as critical that stored data be accessible without any bottlenecks that impede the ability to process and analyze data in real time.

Mellanox to Acquire EZchip AKA Tilera


Today Mellanox announced a definitive agreement to acquire EZchip, a leader in high-performance processing solutions for carrier and data center networks. You may recognize EZchip from their recent Tilera acquisition, makers of Tile-Gx multicore network processors.

UCX: Co-Design Architecture For Next Generation HPC Systems


“The UCX Unified Communication X project is a collaboration between industry, laboratories, and academia to create an open-source production grade communication framework for data centric and high-performance applications. At the core of the UCX project are the combined features, ideas, and concepts of industry leading technologies including MXM, PAMI and UCCS. Mellanox Technologies has contributed their MXM technology, which provides enhancements to parallel communication.”

HPC4Health Selects Mellanox InfiniBand for Cancer and Genomics Research


Today Mellanox announced that the HPC4Health Consortium, led by The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and the University Health Network’s Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, has selected its InfiniBand networking solutions to improve patient care and help researchers to optimize treatment with the ultimate goal of finding a cure for cancer. The end-to-end FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand networking solution was adopted as the foundation of the center’s cancer and genomics program, to accelerate the sharing, processing and analysis of data generated from radiology imaging, medical imaging analysis, protein folding, x-ray diffraction in order to improve patient care and expedite cancer research.

Mellanox Shipping Spectrum Open Ethernet 25/50/100 Gigabit Switch


Today Mellanox announced that its Spectrum 10, 25, 40, 50 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet switches are now shipping. According to the company, Mellanox is the first vendor to deliver comprehensive end-to-end 10, 25, 40, 50 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet data center connectivity solutions.

GENCI to Collaborate with IBM in Race to Exascale


Today GENCI announced a collaboration with IBM aimed at speeding up the path to exascale computing. “The collaboration, planned to run for at least 18 months, focuses on readying complex scientific applications for systems under development expected to achieve more than 100 petaflops, a solid step forward on the path to exascale. Working closely with supercomputing experts from IBM, GENCI will have access to some of the most advanced high performance computing technologies stemming from the rapidly expanding OpenPOWER ecosystem.”

KTH in Sweden Moves to EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand


Today Mellanox announced its EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand solutions have been selected by the KTH Royal Institute of Technology for use in their PDC Center for High Performance Computing. Mellanox’s robust and flexible EDR InfiniBand solution offers higher interconnect speed, lower latency and smart accelerations to maximize efficiency and will enable the PDC Center to achieve world-leading data center performance across a variety of applications, including advanced modeling for climate changes, brain functions and protein-drug interactions.

Supermicro Deploys Sango Supercomputer at OIST in Japan

Okinawa Institute of Science & Technology Graduate University Sango Supercomputer (PRNewsFoto/Super Micro Computer, Inc.)

Today Super Micro announced the deployment of a new supercomputer in Japan at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) supporting scientists and researchers focused on discovery and innovation in the life, physical and environmental sciences.