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Podcast: Dan Olds Reports Live from the Asia Supercomputing Challenge

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In this podcast, Dan Olds from Gabriel Consulting reports live from the ASC 2014 Asia Supercomputer Challenge, where 16 teams are battling it out for cash prizes. The competition wraps up April 25 at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China.

Progress Report on Efficient Integration of Lustre and Hadoop/YARN

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Using Hadoop with Lustre provides several benefits, including: Lustre is a real parallel file system, which enables temporary or intermediate data to be stored in parallel on multiple nodes reducing the load on single nodes. In addition, Lustre has its own network protocol, which is more efficient for bulk data transfer than the HTTP protocol. Additionally, because Lustre is a shared file system, each client sees the same file system image, so hardlinks can be used to avoid data transfer between nodes.

Nvidia to Offer Full CUDA Support for OpenPOWER in 4Q2014

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“Nvidia is adding CUDA software support for GPUs with IBM POWER CPUs. IBM and Nvidia are demonstrating the first GPU accelerator framework for Java, showing an order of magnitude performance improvement on Hadoop Analytics applications compared to a CPU-only implementation.”

Spectra Logic Teams with CommVault to Lower the Cost of Data Management

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This week Spectra Logic announced a collaboration with CommVault to significantly lower the cost of data protection, management and access. To remove the complexities of tiered storage, the combined solution provides data management and movement by CommVault Simpana software coupled with exceptionally affordable disk and tape tiers from Spectra Logic.

Newest Intel Parallel Computing Centers: NCAR & CU Boulder

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Today the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the University of Colorado Boulder announced that they will join the Intel Parallel Computing Centers program.

Interview: ISC’14 Exhibitors Innovation Forum to Share Stories of Product Development

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ISC’14 has announced the first-ever Exhibitors Innovation Forum, an exciting opportunity to help first-time exhibitors share the stories behind their product development. Their goal is to bring the successful candidates face to face with users, collaborators and the media. To learn more, we caught up with Nages Sieslack from ISC and Steve Conway from the Exhibitors Innovation Forum Steering Committee. […]

Windows RDMA File Storage

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“Utilizing Mellanox’s RDMA-based interconnect solutions and Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2, end-users can increase their application performance, improve their data center system efficiency, as well as consolidate their server and storage network infrastructure over a single-wire network for optimal CAPEX and OPEX savings.”

Xyratex Update from LUG 2014

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“We wanted to send out a special thank you to Seagate for showing such a strong commitment to Lustre. Their announcement at LUG – intent to transfer ownership of lustre.org to the community – is great news.”

Penguin Ups GPU Density with Relion 2808GT

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“The Relion 2808GT was designed to deliver maximum compute power with a minimal datacenter footprint and maximum efficiency. The system supports eight GPUs or coprocessors in two rack units and provides a higher compute density that any other server on the market. Configured with eight NVidia GPUs or eight Intel Xeon Phi co-processors a single Relion 2808GT can achieve over 8TFLOPs of double precision floating point peak performance.”

OpenFabrics Interfaces Working Group Architecture

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“Verbs and RDMA-based networks will continue to be important focus areas, but with the new OFWG, the OFA is expanding its focus to include additional application-centric APIs that could be better suited to other areas and technologies,” said Jim Ryan, chairman, OFA. “Application-centric I/O is an extension of the approach historically taken by the OFA, and we will use our expertise in this area to guide the open source development of APIs and I/O libraries.”