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Archives for June 2017

Is Water-Free Cooling the Real Future of HPC?

In this video from ISC 2017, Olivier de Laet from Calyos describes the company’s innovative cooling technology for high performance computing. “The HPC industry is ever facing is facing the challenge of ever-increasing cooling requirements. While liquid cooling cooling looks to be the best solution, what if you could achieve the same efficiencies without out using water and pumps?”

Podcast: Why HPC is Vital at NASA

“At NASA, what we’re doing is we’re really looking at ways of making aircraft more efficient. We’re trying to make them quieter. We’re trying to make them get to cruise altitude faster, which saves the taxpayer or the people who are using airplanes a lot of money, and we look at really complex problems. We look at things like rotorcraft. If you think about how that model looks, it’s a very complex model. What do we do with supercomputing? Pretty much everything across the board.”

Fujitsu Powers KNL Remote Access Program with Intel HPC Orchestrator

In this video from ISC 2017, Tom Krueger from Intel and John Wagner from Fujitsu describe the new KNL Remote Access Program. Now, with the power of Intel HPC Orchestrator, Fujitsu customers can gain access to a small cluster of Intel Xeon Phi processors to test and tune their codes. The freely available cluster environment enables users to participate in activities such as benchmarking, code development, as well as code optimization and validation either using the pre-installed applications or those brought by the user.”

ISC 2017 Wrapup by the Numbers

Today the ISC Group announced that their 2017 ISC High Performance conference drew a record 3,253 attendees from 60 countries. The attendance represented a 5.2 percent increase compared to last year’s event.

Univa Powers Formula 1 Racing and more at ISC 2017

In this video from ISC 2017, Bill Bryce from Univa describes how the company’s software powers simulation for everything from Formula 1 racing to manufacturing and life sciences. “Univa is the leading innovator in workload management and containerization solutions. Univa’s suite includes the world’s most trusted workload optimization solution enabling organizations to manage and optimize distributed applications, containers, data center services, legacy applications, and Big Data frameworks in a single, dynamically shared set of resources.”

Performance Gains Using Libraries

In many cases, applications that perform various simulations use some of the same math functions that many other applications use. Rather than each developer recoding the same math functions over and over, libraries, developed by experts can significantly speed up execution of the overall application. Since there can be many optimizations that experts who understand many of the nuances of the hardware would understand, it is important that developers be familiar with various libraries that are made available for HPC types of applications.

InfiniBand Continues Momentum on Latest TOP500

Today the InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA) announced that InfiniBand remains the most used HPC interconnect on the TOP500. Additionally, the majority of newly listed TOP500 supercomputers are accelerated by InfiniBand technology. These results reflect continued industry demand for InfiniBand’s unparalleled combination of network bandwidth, low latency, scalability and efficiency.

As demonstrated on the June 2017 TOP500 supercomputer list, InfiniBand is the high-performance interconnect of choice for HPC and Deep Learning platforms,” said Bill Lee, IBTA Marketing Working Group Co-Chair. “The key capabilities of RDMA, software-defined architecture, and the smart accelerations that the InfiniBand providers have brought with their offering resulted in enabling world-leading performance and scalability for InfiniBand-connected supercomputers.”

SPEC/HPG hardware acceleration benchmark adds OpenMP Suite

Today SPEC’s High-Performance Group released a new version of its SPEC ACCEL software that adds a suite of OpenMP applications for measuring the performance of systems using hardware accelerator devices and supporting software. SPEC ACCEL also measures performance for computationally intensive parallel applications running under the OpenCL and OpenACC programming models.

The OpenMP application benchmarks are the first of their kind and now give our customers the opportunity to compare hardware configurations based on the most popular open-programming models,” says Guido Juckeland, SPEC/HPG vice chair. “We look forward to a wide variety of SPEC ACCEL result submissions on the SPEC website and a number of research papers comparing various optimization settings on multiple platforms.”

HPC Innovation Excellence Awards announced by Hyperion Research

At ISC 2017, Hyperion Research announced the newest recipients of the HPC Innovation Excellence Award. The program’s main objectives are to showcase return on investment (ROI) and success stories involving HPC; to help other users better understand the benefits of adopting HPC; and to help justify HPC investments, including for small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs). “There are three awards categories, including the HPC User Innovation Award, the HPC Data Center Innovation Award; and the HPC Vendor Innovation Award. The judgement process for these awards is fair and clear.”

Intel HPC Orchestrator – Now with Altair PBS Pro Inside

In this video from ISC 2017, Bill Nitzberg from Altair describes how PBS Pro adds powerful workload management capabilities to Intel HPC Orchestrator.

Offering PBS Professional as the preferred workload manager for Intel’s HPC Orchestrator provides a comprehensive and reliable workload management product to customers,” said Piush Patel, Vice President, Corporate Development for HPC at Altair. “Altair is committed to the pursuit of exascale computing and the democratization of HPC for organizations to achieve the next great innovations. Intel’s HPC Orchestrator with PBS Pro is a great step toward both goals.”