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Larry Smarr Presents: 50 Years of Supercomputing

Larry Smarr presented this talk as part of NCSA’s 30th Anniversary Celebration. “For the last thirty years, NCSA has played a critical role in bringing computational science and scientific visualization to the national user community. I will embed those three decades in the 50 year period 1975 to 2025, beginning with my solving Einstein’s equations for colliding black holes on the megaFLOPs CDC 6600 and ending with the exascale supercomputer. This 50 years spans a period in which we will have seen a one trillion-fold increase in supercomputer speed.”

Minimal Metrics Releases PerfMiner Parallel Optimization Tool

This week Minimal Metrics announced an early-adopter program for PerfMiner, which uses lightweight, and pervasive performance data collection technology, automates its collection, and mines the data for key performance indicators. These indicators were developed through Minimal Metrics’ extensive experience tuning HPC and enterprise application performance, presented in an audience-specific, drill-down hierarchy that provides accountability for site productivity down to the performance of individual application threads.

Video: Cycle Computing Works with Dell to Deliver More Science for More Users

In this this video from ISC 2016, Tim Carroll describes how Cycle Computing is working with Dell Technologies to deliver more science for more users. Cycle Computing’s CycleCloud software suite is the leading cloud orchestration, provisioning, and data management platform for Big Compute, Big Data, and large technical computing applications running on any public, private, or internal environment.

IDC to Launch New Exascale Tracking Study

In this video from the 2016 HPC User Forum in Austin, Earl Joseph describes IDC’s new Exascale Tracking Study. The project will monitor the many Exascale projects around the world.

CloudLightning Report Looks at Barriers to HPC in the Cloud

The CloudLightning Project in Europe has published preliminary results from a survey on Barriers to Using HPC in the Cloud. “Trust in cloud computing would appear to be a significant barrier to adopting cloud computing for HPC workloads. Data management concerns dominate the responses.”

Next Generation Sequencing

With a massive surge in genomics research, the ability to quickly process very large amounts of data is now required for any organization that is involved in genomics. While the cost has been reduced significantly, the amount of data that is produced is has increased as well. This article describes next generation sequencing and how a combination of hardware and innovative software can decrease the amount of time to sequence genomes.

DDN Releases EXAScaler 3.0 Lustre Solution

“EXAScaler 3.0 raises the bar for Lustre performance and management,” said Laura Shepard, senior director of products and vertical markets, DDN. “As the world’s most experienced Lustre provider, DDN leverages input from a broad installed base and the Lustre community to deliver the most advanced Lustre solutions to our customers around the globe.”

Dell Powers New HPC Cluster at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

Today the University of Alabama at Birmingham unveiled a new supercomputer powered by Dell. With a peak performance of 110 Teraflops, the system is 10 times faster than its predecessor. “With their new Dell EMC HPC cluster, UAB researchers will have the compute and storage they need to aggressively research, uncover and apply knowledge that changes the lives of individuals and communities in many areas, including genomics and personalized medicine.”

Video: HPC Disruptive Technologies Panel

In this video from the 2016 HPC User Forum in Austin, a select panel of HPC vendors describe their disruptive technologies for high performance computing. Vendors include: Altair, SUSE, ARM, AMD, Ryft, Red Hat, Cray, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “A disruptive innovation is an innovation that creates a new market and value network and eventually disrupts an existing market and value network, displacing established market leading firms, products and alliances.”

Podcast: Solar-Powered Hikari Supercomputer at TACC Demonstrates HVDC Efficiencies

Engineers of the Hikari HVDC power feeding system predict it will save 15 percent compared to conventional systems. “The 380 volt design reduces the number of power conversions when compared to AC voltage systems,” said James Stark, director of Engineering and Construction at the Electronic Environments Corporation (EEC), a Division of NTT FACILITIES. “What’s interesting about that,” Stark added, “is the computers themselves – the supercomputer, the blade servers, cooling units, and lighting – are really all designed to run on DC voltage. By supplying 380 volts DC to Hikari instead of having an AC supply with conversion steps, it just makes a lot more sense. That’s really the largest technical innovation.”