The HPC industry is ever facing more and more challenges on various topics and especially a significant increase in cooling requirements. To meet those requirements, liquid cooling looks like the solution. But there is an alternative cooling solution that works without a pump and without water.
Sandia National Laboratories has already seen the benefits from a major Asetek liquid cooled HPC system that has been in use for over twelve months. The 600 teraflop Sky Bridge Supercomputer with 1,848 nodes was installed using Asetek D2C in a Cray CS300-LC supercomputer cluster. With RackCDU D2C, air heat-load was cut by more than 70%, making mechanical upgrade of data center cooling unnecessary and allowing more investment in compute.
For Universities and Colleges that have a traditional infrastructure, adding new programs and applications is a huge endeavor. The IT staff needs to determine if all of the hardware meets the installation requirements and how to deploy these new programs on different models of desktops and notebooks. With a VDI environment that utilizes simple boot-up devices that connect to virtual desktops on the school’s server, the IT staff doesn’t have to worry about the age and capability of each individual PC when installing new software.
New HPC products and technologies. Compelling demos. Insights from top Intel HPC architects. More than 60 presentations from Intel and industry experts. Additional details about Intel® Scalable System Framework. Intel will have something for everyone at this year’s International Supercomputing Conference in Frankfurt, Germany.
Getting started with HPC can be a challenge for SMEs, but managing a cluster doesn’t have to be a struggle. IBM’s Platform Computing group has been helping users to stand up and run clusters efficiently for years. Now, with the recently announced IBM Platform LSF Suites for Workgroups and HPC, the company has made it easier than ever to get kick the tires on High Performance Computing. “So basically, we would give you all the tools that would allow you to easily migrate from a loose collection of work stations to a small cluster environment. And we would handle the bare metal provisioning and then installing the software that you need really to manage your workload.”
The OpenPOWER Foundation is pleased to announce the first OpenPOWER Europe Summit taking place on June 16-17 in Frankfurt.
In this video from the 2016 GPU Technology Conference, Jaan Mannik from One Stop Systems describes the GPUltima system. Delivering up to 1 Petaflop in a rack, the GPUltima is a single 19″ rack comprised of 8 OSS High Density Compute Accelerators (HDCA) each with 16 NIVIDA Dual GPUs (128 total), 16 dual-socket servers, an Infiniband Switch and an Ethernet Switch.”
Through the microarchitecture improvements, increased core counts, and faster memory speeds of the new Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v4 product family based on the “Broadwell” microarchitecture, you can increase your HPC application performance. You will see significantly improved per-core performance with these just announced Intel® Xeon® processors that can then be multiplied by parallel programs that utilize the number of cores available inside these processors. Improvements to the memory and virtual memory capabilities – including the ability to utilize faster DDR4-2400 memory – means that these processors can speed all aspects of your application from IO DMA operations, to processing serial sections of code, as well as delivering increased performance on both task- and data-parallel applications.
Expected later in 2016, Intel will be releasing production versions of its Knights Landing (KNL) 72-core coprocessor. These next generation coprocessors are impacting the physical design of the supercomputers now coming down the pike in a number of ways. One of the most dramatic changes is the significant increase in cooling requirements – these are high wattage chips that run very hot and present some interesting engineering challenges for systems designers.
Even though it’s a new generation fabric, Intel OPA is still backwards compatible with the many applications in the HPC community that were written using the OpenFabrics Alliance* software stack for InfiniBand. So, existing InfiniBand users will be able to run their codes that are based on the OpenFabrics Enterprise Distribution (OFED) software on Intel OPA. Additionally, Intel has open sourced the key software elements of their fabric to allow integration of Intel OPA into the OFED stack, which several Linux* distributions include in their packages.