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Appentra Joins OpenPOWER Foundation for Auto-Parallelization

Today Appentra announced it has joined the OpenPOWER Foundation, an open development community based on the POWER microprocessor architecture. Founded in 2012, Appentra is a technology company providing software tools for guided parallelization in high-performance computing and HPC-like technologies. “The development model of the OpenPOWER Foundation is one that elicits collaboration and represents a new way in exploiting and innovating around processor technology.” says Calista Redmond, Director of OpenPOWER Global Alliances at IBM. “With the Power architecture designed for Big Data and Cloud, new OpenPOWER Foundation members like Appentra, will be able to add their own innovations on top of the technology to create new applications that capitalize on emerging workloads.”

NCI Australia Joins OpenPOWER Foundation

Australia’s National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) has become the first Australian organization to join the OpenPOWER Foundation, a global open technical community enabling collaborative development and industry growth. NCI has additionally purchased four of IBM’s latest Power System servers for High Performance Computing (HPC) to underpin its research efforts through artificial intelligence, deep learning, high performance data analytics and other compute-heavy workloads.

13.7 Petaflop MareNostrum 4 Supercomputer Coming to BSC

Today the Barcelona Supercomputing Center announced plans to MareNostrum 4, a 13.7 Petaflop supercomputer that will be 12.4 times more powerful than the current MareNostrum 3 system. In a contract valued at almost €30 million, IBM will integrate in one sole machine using its own technologies alongside those of Lenovo, Intel, and Fujitsu.

Rescale Adds HPC and AI Capabilities via the IBM Cloud

“Most of the IT innovation that is happening today is with a cloud-first model,” said Joris Poort, co-founder and CEO of Rescale. “We’re building a platform that can satisfy and accelerate the ideas of the world’s top scientists and thinkers. From automotive design to drug discovery and even actual rocket science, we’re empowering our customers as leaders in their respective fields, to accomplish more and innovation faster.”

BeeGFS Updates with built-in Metadata High-Availability

Today ThinkParQ announced the immediate availability of BeeGFS version 6.0. As the first release in a new versioning scheme, release 6.0 is the direct successor of the 2015.03 release series, which was in fact the 5th BeeGFS major release. “This new release is another big step for the development of BeeGFS”, says Christian Mohrbacher, development lead of BeeGFS. “In combination with the high availability features of the BeeGFS storage service, which were introduced in the 2015.03 major release last year, fully fault-tolerant storage systems can now be built by solely using BeeGFS-internal functionality.”

Tencent Cloud Breaks World Record for Data Sorting with IBM & Mellanox

“Real-time-analytics and Big Data environments are extremely demanding and the network is critical in linking together the extra high performance IBM POWER based servers and Tencent Cloud’s massive amounts of data,”said Amir Prescher, Sr. Vice President, Business Development, at Mellanox Technologies. “Tencent Cloud developed an optimized hardware/software platform to achieve new computing records, showing that Mellanox’s 100Gb/s Ethernet technology can deliver total infrastructure efficiency and improves application performance, making them ideal for Big Data applications.”

OpenACC Gains Momentum in 2016

The OpenACC standards group today announced several major milestones including the addition of new member, the National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi, the adoption of OpenACC by several major HPC applications, the addition of support for new target platforms and expanded implementation

BSC Joins OpenPOWER Foundation

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) has joined the OpenPOWER Foundation. The news will be part of a keynote address by BSC Director, Mateo Valero at the OpenPOWER Summit Europe, which takes place this week in Barcelona.

NVLink Speeds Deep Learning on New OpenPOWER Servers

Over at the IBM System Blog, Sumit Gupta writes that the company’s new IBM Power System 822LC with Nvidia Tesla P100 GPUs is already demonstrating impressive performance on Deep Learning training applications. “A single S822LC for HPC with four NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPUs is 2.2 times faster reaching 50 percent accuracy in AlexNet than a server with four NVIDIA Tesla M40 GPUs!”

E4 Computer Engineering Rolls Out GPU-accelerated OpenPOWER server

“The POWER8 with NVIDIA NVLink processor enables incredible speed of data transfer between CPUs and GPUs ideal for emerging workloads like AI, machine learning and advanced analytics”, said Rick Newman, Director of OpenPOWER Strategy & Market Development Europe. “The open and collaborative spirit of innovation within the OpenPOWER Foundation enables companies like E4 to leverage new technology and build cutting edge solutions to help clients grappling with the massive amounts of data in today’s technology environment.”