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Radio Free HPC Recaps the GPU Technology Conference

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team recaps the GPU Technology Conference, which wrapped up last week in San Jose.
Since Rich is traveling around in some desert somewhere, Dan and Henry go it alone and discuss the new Pascal (P1000) GPU, NVIDIA’s new server, and what happened at the concurrent OpenPOWER conference.”

University of Michigan Looks to OpenPOWER for HPC

The University of Michigan is collaborating with IBM to develop and deliver “data-centric” supercomputing systems designed to increase the pace of scientific discovery in fields as diverse as aircraft and rocket engine design, cardiovascular disease treatment, materials physics, climate modeling and cosmology. “Scientific research is now at the crossroads of big data and high performance computing,” said Sumit Gupta, vice president, high performance computing and data analytics, IBM. “The explosion of data requires systems and infrastructures based on POWER8 plus accelerators that can both stream and manage the data and quickly synthesize and make sense of data to enable faster insights.”

Penguin Computing Accelerates OpenPOWER-based Magna Servers

Today Penguin Computing announced Open Compute Project (OCP)-based systems that reinforce both its continued collaboration with NVIDIA and new options in Penguin Computing’s Magna family of OpenPOWER-based servers. “Customers benefit when we partner with exceptional organizations like NVIDIA, the OpenPOWER Foundation and Open Compute Foundation in developing our systems,” said Jussi Kukkonen, Director Product Management, Penguin Computing. “An essential part of our mission is to provide customers with form factor flexibility, choice of architecture and peak performance, which are all hallmarks of Penguin Computing.”

Video: OpenPOWER Roadmap Toward CORAL

“Last year IBM together with partners out of the OpenPOWER foundation won two of the multi-year contacts of the US CORAL program. Within these contracts IBM develops an accelerated HPC infrastructure and software development ecosystem that will be a major step towards Exascale Computing. We believe that the CORAL roadmap will enable a massive pull for transformation of HPC codes for accelerated systems. The talk will discuss the IBM HPC strategy, explain the OpenPOWER foundation and the show IBM OpenPOWER roadmap for CORAL and beyond.”

TYAN to Showcase 4U, 4x GPU Platform at GTC 2016

The FT76-B7922 is the first multi-purpose server platform that simultaneously supports scale-up (fat node) and scale-out (many-core CPU node). With 1:1 CPU to GPU ratio, TYAN’s FT76-B7922 provides a high price/performance and performance/watt for HPC community that both needs CPU and GPU intensive computing workloads” said Albert Mu, Vice President of MITAC Computing Technology Corporation’s TYAN Business Unit.

Panel Discussion on Exascale Computing

In this video from the 2016 HPC Advisory Council Switzerland Conference, Addison Snell from Intersect360 Research moderates a panel discussion on Exascale computing. “Exascale computing will uniquely provide knowledge leading to transformative advances for our economy, security and society in general. A failure to proceed with appropriate speed risks losing competitiveness in information technology, in our industrial base writ large, and in leading-edge science.”

Industry Shifts to Open Infrastructure as OpenPOWER Foundation Gains Momentum

Calista Redmond from IBM presented this talk at the Switzerland HPC Conference. “The OpenPOWER Foundation was founded in 2013 as an open technical membership organization that will enable data centers to rethink their approach to technology. Today, nearly 200 member companies are enabled to customize POWER CPU processors and system platforms for optimization and innovation for their business needs. These innovations include custom systems for large or warehouse scale data centers, workload acceleration through GPU, FPGA or advanced I/O, platform optimization for SW appliances, or advanced hardware technology exploitation. OpenPOWER members are actively pursing all of these innovations and more and welcome all parties to join in moving the state of the art of OpenPOWER systems design forward.”

2016 OpenPOWER Summit Announces Speaker Agenda

Today, the OpenPOWER Foundation announced the lineup of speakers for the OpenPOWER Summit 2016, taking place April 5-8 at NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC) at the San Jose Convention Center. The Summit will bring together dozens of technology leaders from the OpenPOWER Foundation to showcase the latest advancements in the OpenPOWER ecosystem, including collaborative hardware, software and application developments – all designed to revolutionize the data center.

John Zannos to Chair OpenPOWER Foundation

Today the OpenPOWER Foundation announced the election of John Zannos from Canonical as Chair and Calista Redmond from IBM as President of the OpenPOWER Foundation Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2016. Zannos and Redmond bring deep knowledge of the open technology development community and intimate familiarity with the Foundation’s core mission, with both playing key roles within the Foundation since 2014. The new leadership will continue to guide the proliferation of OpenPOWER-based technology solutions built on IBM’s POWER architecture in today’s datacenters.

E4 Computer Engineering Collaborates with Ci on HPC Technologies

Today Centerprise International (Ci) in the UK announced a collaboration with E4 Computer Engineering to develop next-generation datacenter technologies for HPC. “This is an exciting development for both companies, as it combines the specialist knowledge of E4 in the field of high performance computing with our considerable experience in building quality, customized hardware solutions and our expansive reach in the UK IT channel,” said Jeremy Nash, Centerprise Sales Director.”