HPC News Blizzard from ISC’12

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I’ve been shooting interviews non-stop with HPC users and vendors here in Hamburg. In the meantime, Day 1 of ISC’12 brought a virtual blizzard of news to my inbox . What to do? Here’s the HPC News with Snark for June 19, 2011.

  • The Active Archive Alliance announced that the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute has implemented a 400TB active archive to support the exponential growth of its research data.
  • Adaptive Computing announced major updates to its Moab HPC Suite that enhance workload management and high performance computing, including improved topology-based scheduling, integration with third-party technology, and flexible accounting and visibility.
  • Allinea Software announced early support for future Intel Xeon Phi products based on the MIC architecture.
  • Altair is demonstrating the “world’s first commercial applications (RADIOSS and PBS Professional) running on a live Intel Phi system” in the Intel booth at ISC this week.
  • Convey Computer has joined the OpenMP Architecture Review Board, a group of leading hardware and software vendors and research organizations creating the standard for the most popular shared-memory parallel programming model in use today.
  • Calxeda has published impressive benchmarks on their ARM-based server, a machine that only consumes 5 Watts!
  • eXludus is demonstrating how Micro-Virtualization helps HPC get more performance, reliability & efficiency from multicore systems.
  • Intel launched the Xeon Phi brand name for their upcoming co-processors based on the MIC architecture. We can expect general availability sometime later this year, but until then there is no word on pricing.
  • Mellanox announced that InfiniBand now leads TOP500 as most-used interconnect.
  • Nvidia announced that German scientists are using their GPUs to unlock the secrets of the brain.
  • RSC Group out of Russia is showcasing highly efficient liquid cooling at their ISC’12 booth along with a new product line-up based on RSC Tornado architecture.
  • Supermicro rolled out their Fat Twin systems, which the company is describing as the future of power-efficient supercomputing.
  • T-Platforms announced a new desk side supercomputer and a collaboration with CSC to deliver a prototype HPC architecture to PRACE.