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Archives for May 2016

Agenda Posted for Exacom 2016 – Communication Architectures at Extreme Scale

The International Workshop on Communication Architectures at Extreme Scale has published its Advance Agenda. Now in its second year, Exacom 2016 will be held in conjunction with ISC 2016 in Frankfurt on Thursday, June 23, 2016.

Call for Papers: International Conference on Network and Parallel Computing

The 13th IFIP International Conference on Network and Parallel Computing has issued its Call for Papers. The NPC 2016 event takes place October 28-29 in Xi’an, China.

Video: Lorena Barba Keynote at PYCON 2016

In this video from PYCON 2016 in Portland, Lorena Barba from George Washinton University presents: Beyond Learning to Program, Education, Open Source Culture, Structured Collaboration, and Language. “PyCon is the largest annual gathering for the community using and developing the open-source Python programming language.”

Univa Grid Engine Adds Support for Docker Containers & Knights Landing

Today Univa announced the general availably of its Grid Engine 8.4.0 product. Enterprises can now automatically dispatch and run jobs in Docker containers, from a user specified Docker image, on a Univa Grid Engine cluster. This significant update simplifies running complex applications in a Grid Engine cluster and reduces configuration and OS issues. Grid Engine 8.4.0 isolates user applications into their own container, avoiding conflict with other jobs on the system and enables legacy applications in Docker containers and non-container applications to run in the same cluster.

Lustre and ZFS to Power New Parallel File System at LLNL

Today RAID Inc. announced a contract to provide Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) a custom parallel file system solution for its unclassified computing environment. RAID will deliver a 17PB file system able to sustain up to 180 GB/s. These high performance, cost-effective solutions are designed to meet LLNL’s current and future demands for parallel access data storage.

Video: Neuromorphic Computing – Extreme Approaches to Weak and Strong Scaling

“Computer simulations of complex systems provide an opportunity to study their time evolution under user control. Simulations of neural circuits are an established tool in computational neuroscience. Through systematic simplification on spatial and temporal scales they provide important insights in the time evolution of networks which in turn leads to an improved understanding of brain functions like learning, memory or behavior. Simulations of large networks are exploiting the concept of weak scaling where the massively parallel biological network structure is naturally mapped on computers with very large numbers of compute nodes. However, this approach is suffering from fundamental limitations. The power consumption is approaching prohibitive levels and, more seriously, the bridging of time-scales from millisecond to years, present in the neurobiology of plasticity, learning and development is inaccessible to classical computers. In the keynote I will argue that these limitations can be overcome by extreme approaches to weak and strong scaling based on brain-inspired computing architectures.”

Cavium Rolls Out ThunderX2 ARM Processor

Today Cavium announced ThunderX2, its second generation of Workload-Optimized ARM server SoCs. ThunderX2 targets high performance volume servers deployed by Public/Private Cloud and Telco data centers and high performance computing applications. “Optimized for key Data Center workloads, ThunderX2 will deliver comparable performance at a better total cost of ownership compared to the next generation of traditional server processors.”

Video: Climate Change, Chaos, and Inexact Computing

In this video from the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Ontario, Dr. Tim Palmer from the University of Oxford presents: Climate Change, Chaos, and Inexact Computing. “How well can we predict the climate future? This question is at the heart of Tim Palmer’s research into the links between chaos theory and the science of climate change. Palmer will discuss climate modeling, the emerging concept of inexact supercomputing, and chaos theory.”

Full Listing of Ancilliary Events at ISC 2016

With ISC 2016 coming up in June, a number of ancillary events have been scheduled in Frankfurt to take advantage of this annual gathering of over 2500 supercomputing professionals. We’ve compiled a full listing for what looks to be an exciting week in the history of high performance computing.

Podcast: CUDA Programming for GPUs

In this Programming Throwdown podcast, Mark Harris from Nvidia describes Cuda programming for GPUs. “CUDA is a parallel computing platform and programming model invented by NVIDIA. It enables dramatic increases in computing performance by harnessing the power of the graphics processing unit (GPU). With millions of CUDA-enabled GPUs sold to date, software developers, scientists and researchers are finding broad-ranging uses for GPU computing with CUDA.”