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Archives for November 2014

Argonne Researchers Receive IDC’s HPC Innovation Excellence Award

A team of researchers from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, in collaboration with scientists from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and three nuclear reactor design centers in the United States and Europe, received the HPC Innovation Excellence Award at SC14.

Video: APU Clusters and “Watts” Powering the Future of HPC

Penguin Computing just announced the Altus Altus 2a30, a building block for the first application optimized accelerated processing unit (APU) clusters, making seamless GPU and CPU memory sharing on clusters a reality based on heterogeneous system architecture (HSA) from AMD. The shared memory capability involves very lightweight context switches to switch instantaneously between the GPU and CPU, whichever code runs best at a given moment.

AMD, Numascale, and Supermicro Deploy Large Shared Memory System

Numascale, in conjunction with AMD and Supermicro, has announced the successful installation of a large shared memory system at a datacentre in North America.

Video: Announcing the HPC Advisory Council Switzerland Conference 2015

In this video, Hussein Harake (CSCS) and Brian Sparks (HPC Advisory Council) announce the HPC Advisory Council Switzerland Conference 2015. The event will take place March 23-26, 2015 in Lugano, Switzeralnd.

Data and Goliath: Why Startups Own the Future of Big Data

So, if I had to put this talk in a nutshell, Yes, I am very bullish on how Docker (containers) and virtualization are going to change the face of HPC. If you want to understand why, check out what my friends Christian Kniep and Josh Simons have been up to on those fronts.

Announcing the 3rd Annual Irish Supercomputer List

The third Irish Supercomputer list was released today, ranking the fastest high performance computers in Ireland. And for the first time, the list included entries from Northern Ireland.

Is the US Back on the Road to Exascale?

“The significance of the Coral announcement goes far beyond the specialism of high-performance computing (HPC) into enterprise computing, where the technologies being developed for HPC could transform this much wider and financially more important sector of the economy, according to the members of the winning partnership of IBM, Nvidia, and Mellanox. ‘There are game-changing elements to what we are doing,’ Ken King, general manger of OpenPower Alliances at IBM, told Scientific Computing World.”

Video: ICEOTOPE Showcases Innovative Liquid Cooling at SC14

In this video from SC14, Keith Deakin from ICEOTOPE describes the company’s innovative cooling solutions for HPC. “Iceotope is the home of cutting edge liquid cooling technology. Its patented technology offers high density IT, reduces energy consumption and improves computing performance. Iceotope systems have no fans, are virtually silent in operation, and can be positioned in populated or hostile environments in addition to the traditional data centre. Iceotope’s mission is to reduce energy usage, improve performance and drive down the costs associated with high performance computing.”

Numascale Teams with Supermicro & AMD for Large Shared Memory System

Last week at SC15, Numascale announced the successful installation of a large shared memory Numascale/Supermicro/AMD system at a customer datacenter facility in North America. The system is the first part of a large cloud computing facility for analytics and simulation of sensor data combined with historical data. “The Numascale system, installed over the last two weeks, consists of 108 Supermicro 1U servers connected in a 3D torus with NumaConnect, using three cabinets with 36 servers apiece in a 6x6x3 topology. Each server has 48 cores in three AMD Opteron 6386 CPUs and 192 GBytes memory, providing a single system image and 20.7 TBytes to all 5184 cores. The system was designed to meet user demand for “very large memory” hardware solutions running a standard single image Linux OS on commodity x86 based servers.”

SDSC Gaming Display Encourages HPC for Young Minds at SC14

In this video, Rick Wagner and Erik Parreira from the San Diego Supercomputing Center describe a gaming competition they ran on a multi-panel display at the SDSC booth at SC14.