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Archives for December 2015

HPC Cloud Data Management at AWS

In this video from the Cycle Computing the HPC in the Cloud Educational Series, Jeff Layton, HPC Principal Architect at Amazon Web Services, explains concepts and options around using storage in the AWS Cloud.

Podcast: Strengthening High Performance Computing with OpenHPC

OpenHPC is a collaborative, community effort that initiated from a desire to aggregate a number of common ingredients required to deploy and manage High Performance Computing Linux clusters including provisioning tools, resource management, I/O clients, development tools, and a variety of scientific libraries.

Video: Trends and Tech in the HPC Market

In this video from SC15, Dell’s Onur Celebioglu discusses why HPC is now important to a broader group of use cases. He also provides an overview of HPC for research, life sciences and manufacturing. Participants learned more about why HPC, big data and cloud are converging, and how Dell solves challenges in our HPC engineering lab and through collaborative work with other leading technology partners and research institutions.

Podcast: HPE and Intel Alliance for High Performance Computing & Big Data

In this Chip Chat podcast, Bill Mannel, Vice President and General Manager for HPC and Big Data from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) describes the High Performance Computing Alliance between HPE and Intel. He highlights how the two companies are developing innovative solutions based on Intel Scalable System Framework (Intel SSF) and are working to enhance HPC solutions while engaging customers directly in centers of excellence (COEs) located in Grenoble, France and Houston, Texas. Bill also emphasizes how HPE compute solutions are experiencing incredible momentum in government, commercial and academic market verticals and that HPE is receiving excellent results from the integration of HPE Apollo products and Intel HPC technology.

China’s HPC Vendors Look to US and European Markets

Who are the world’s most important vendors of supercomputers, at least as measured by the number of systems they have in the Top500? HP is the leader with a 31 per cent share; Cray is number two with just under 14 per cent. So far, so unsurprising. But what has been little remarked upon is that in third place – with 49 systems, or 9.8 per cent of the Top500 list – is the Chinese vendor, Sugon. And both Sugon and Inspur, the other main Chinese vendor, have their sights set on expanding still further, with trade missions to Europe and setting up partnerships and subsidiaries in both Europe and the USA.

Dispelling the Myth “OpenMP Does Not Scale”

Ruud van der Pas from Oracle presented this talk at OpenMPcon. “Unfortunately it is a very widespread myth that OpenMP Does Not Scale – a myth we intend to dispel in this talk. Every parallel system has its strengths and weaknesses. This is true for clustered systems, but also for shared memory parallel computers. While nobody in their right mind would consider sending one zillion single byte messages to a single node in a cluster, people do the equivalent in OpenMP and then blame the programming model. Also, shared memory parallel systems have some specific features that one needs to be aware of. Few do though. In this talk we use real-life case studies based on actual applications to show why an application did not scale and what was done to change this. More often than not, a relatively simple modification, or even a system level setting, makes all the difference.”

Video: GPUltima – The Ultimate in GPU Networks

Steve Cooper from One Stop Systems presented this talk at SC15. “The OSS GPUltima is the densest and most cost-effective petaflop solution for scalable data center infrastructures,” said Steve Cooper, OSS CEO. “Supporting up to 128 NVIDIA Tesla K80 GPU accelerators, the OSS GPUltima shows tremendous performance gains in many applications like oil and gas exploration, financial calculations, and medical devices. Providing ample cooling and power to accommodate this many high-end cards, it surpasses other devices in performance. In addition, the OSS GPUltima is a preconfigured rack of GPUs, servers and interconnections already integrated and the whole unit is tested and ready to add application software.”

Intel Completes Altera Acquisition

Today Intel Corporation announced that it has completed the acquisition of Altera, a leading provider of field-programmable gate array (FPGA) technology. The acquisition complements Intel’s leading-edge product portfolio and enables new classes of products in the high-growth data center and Internet of Things (IoT) market segments.

2016 Predictions from Radio Free HPC

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team makes their tech predictions for 2016. Will secure firmware be the key differentiator for HPC vendors? Will this be the year of FPGAs? And could we see a 100 Petaflop machine on the TOP500 before the year ends?

Podcast: Alan Gara on the Intel Scalable System Framework

In this Intel Chip Chat podcast, Alan Gara describes how Intel’s Scalable System Framework (SSF) is meeting the extreme challenges and opportunities that researchers and scientists face in high performance computing today. He explains that SSF incorporates many different Intel technologies including; Intel Xeon and Phi processors, Intel Omni-Path Fabrics, silicon photonics, innovative memory technologies, and efficiently integrates these elements into a broad spectrum of system solutions optimized for both compute and data-intensive workloads. Mr. Gara emphasizes that this framework has the ability to scale from very small HPC systems all the way up to exascale computing systems and meets the needs of users in a very scalable and flexible way.