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StartupHPC at SC16 Announces Keynote Speakers

The StartupHPC Conference has announced their keynotes speakers for their upcoming meeting at SC16. Now in its third year, the event takes place Nov. 13 at the Grand America in Salt Lake City. “StartupHPC-16 speakers represent a very distinguised group of experts the combine entrepreneurship, technology depth, and market insight.”

High Performance Interconnects: Assessment & Rankings

In this video from the HPC Advisory Council Spain Conference, Dan Olds from OrionX discusses the High Performance Interconnect (HPI) market landscape, plus provides ratings and rankings of HPI choices today. “In this talk, we’ll take a look at the technologies and performance of high-end networking technology and the coming battle between onloading vs. offloading interconnect architectures.”

Brookhaven Lab to Develop ECP Exascale Software

Scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory will play major roles in two of the 15 fully funded application development proposals recently selected by the DOE’s Exascale Computing Project (ECP) in its first-round funding of $39.8 million. “The team at Brookhaven will develop algorithms, language environments, and application codes that will enable scientists to perform lattice quantum chromodynamics (QCD) calculations on next-generation supercomputers.”

Dell Powers RENCI Supercomputer Tracking Hurricane Matthew

RENCI’s Dell-powered supercomputer is working overtime to model the storm surge that Hurricane Matthew could bring to communities along the Eastern Seaboard. Named Hatteras, the 150-node M610 Dell cluster runs the ADCIRC storm surge model every six hours when a hurricane is active. “We are working on doing storm surge predictions the same way that meteorologists develop predictions for rain and wind speeds.”

BSC Lays out European RETHINK Big Roadmap

Today the Barcelona Supercomputing Center presented a big data roadmap that it has coordinated on behalf of the European Commission. As part of the RETHINK Big Project, the presentation was given as part of the Big Data Congress and BSC used it to highlight the need for Europe to carry out research on new solutions for hardware and software for big data use.

Power8 Systems with NVLink Come to Nimbix HPC Cloud

Today’s emerging workloads like machine and deep learning, artificial intelligence, accelerated databases, and high performance data analytics require incredible speed through accelerated computing,” said Sumit Gupta, Vice President, High Performance Computing and Data Analytics, IBM. “Delivering the capabilities of the new IBM POWER8 with NVIDIA NVLink-based system through the Nimbix cloud expands the horizons of HPC and brings a highly differentiated accelerated computing platform to a whole new set of users.”

Video: Sustainable High-Performance Computing through Data Science

Ozalp Babaoglu from the University of Bologna presented this Google Talk. “At exascale, failures and errors will be frequent, with many instances occurring daily. This fact places resilience squarely as another major roadblock to sustainability. In this talk, I will argue that large computer systems, including exascale HPC systems, will ultimately be operated based on predictive computational models obtained through data-science tools, and at that point, the intervention of humans will be limited to setting high-level goals and policies rather than performing “nuts-and-bolts” operations.”

Exascale – A Race to the Future of HPC

From Megaflops to Gigaflops to Teraflops to Petaflops and soon to be Exaflops, the march in HPC is always on and moving ahead. This whitepaper details some of the technical challenges that will need to be addressed in the coming years in order to get to exascale computing.

Registration Opens for Dell HPC Community Event at SC16

Registration is now open for the Dell HPC Community event at SC16. The event takes place Nov. 12 at the Radisson Hotel in Salt Lake City. “The Dell HPC Community events feature keynote presentations by HPC experts and working group sessions to discuss best practices in the use of Dell HPC Systems.”

Video: Intel Xeon Phi (KNL) Processor Overview

Adrian Jackson from EPCC at the University of Edinburgh presented this tutorial to ARCHER users. “We have been working for a number of years on porting computational simulation applications to the KNC, with varying successes. We were keen to test this new processor with its promise of 3x serial performance compared to the KNC and 5x memory bandwidth over normal processors (using the high-bandwidth, MCDRAM, memory attached to the chip).”