square-300The NYU Langone Medical Center is seeking an HPC Director in our Job of the Week. “The Director, High Performance Computing (HPC), under the supervision of the Senior Director, Research IT, and in close collaboration with the Associate Dean, Collaborative Science, and the Director, Institute for Computational Biology, provides support for computer-intensive scientific work at NYU Langone Medical Center (NYULMC). The Director will work intensively with scientific end users and liaise with other NYU Medical Center IT (MCIT) information, technical, and engineering staff to satisfy requirements.”
Today Cray announced financial results for the year and fourth quarter ended December 31, 2015. The company reported total 2015 revenue of $724.7 million, which compares with $561.6 million for 2014.
In this video from SC15, NERSC shares its experience on optimizing applications to run on the new Intel Xeon Phi processors (code name Knights Landing) that will empower the Cori supercomputer by the summer of 2016. “A key goal of the Cori Phase 1 system is to support the increasingly data-intensive computing needs of NERSC users. Toward this end, Phase 1 of Cori will feature more than 1,400 Intel Haswell compute nodes, each with 128 gigabytes of memory per node. The system will provide about the same sustained application performance as NERSC’s Hopper system, which will be retired later this year. The Cori interconnect will have a dragonfly topology based on the Aries interconnect, identical to NERSC’s Edison system.”
Today the European PRACE infrastructure announced the PRACE CodeVault, an open repository containing various high performance computing code samples for the HPC community. The CodeVault is an open platform that supports self-education of learning HPC programming skills where HPC users can share example code snippets, proof-of-concept codes and more.
Today NICE software in Italy announced that the company is to be acquired by Amazon Web Services, the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. With its remote visualization platform, NICE delivers comprehensive Grid & Cloud Solutions for increasing user productivity to access applications and computing resources.
The first annual International Workshop on Performance Portable Programming Models for Accelerators has issued its Call for Papers. Known as P^3MA, the workshop will provide a forum for bringing together researchers, vendors, users and developers to brainstorm aspects of heterogeneous computing and its various tools and techniques.
“We expect NCSI to run for the next two decades. It’s a bit audacious to start a 20 year project in the last 18 months of an administration, but one of the things that gives us momentum is that we are not starting from a clean sheet of paper. There are many government agencies already involved and what we’re really doing is increasing their coordination and collaboration. Also we will be working very hard over the next 18 months to build momentum and establish new working relationships with academia and industry.”
“A new supercomputer, dubbed Cheyenne, is expected to be operational at the beginning of 2017. The new high-performance computer will be a 5.34-petaflop system, meaning it can carry out 5.34 quadrillion calculations per second. It will be capable of more than 2.5 times the amount of scientific computing performed by Yellowstone.”
In this Graybeards Podcast, Molly Rector from DDN describes how HPC storage technologies are mainstreaming into the enterprise space. “In HPC there are 1000s of compute cores that are crunching on PB of data. For Oil&Gas companies, it’s seismic and wellhead analysis; with bio-informatics it’s genomic/proteomic analysis; and with financial services, it’s economic modeling/backtesting trading strategies. For today’s enterprises such as retailers, it’s customer activity analytics; for manufacturers, it’s machine sensor/log analysis; and for banks/financial institutions, it’s credit/financial viability assessments. Enterprise IT might not have 1000s of cores at their disposal just yet, but it’s not far off. Molly thinks one way to help enterprise IT is to provide a SuperComputer as a service (ScaaS?) offering, where top 10 supercomputers can be rented out by the hour, sort of like a supercomputing compute/data cloud.”
“The combination of using both MPI and OpenMP is a topic that has been explored by many developers in order to determine the most optimum solution. Whether to use OpenMP for outer loops and MPI within, or by creating separate MPI processes and using OpenMP within can lead to various levels of performance. In most cases of determining which method will yield the best results will involve a deep understanding of the application, and not just rearranging directives.”