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Archives for October 2017

RAID Inc. Unveils Xanadu 500 Storage Appliances

Today RAID Incorporated announced “its most advanced storage series yet.” The Xanadu 500 series is designed to simplify and deliver high performance computing storage at an optimized price/performance ratio. With companies and organizations increasing their IT infrastructure to accommodate Big Data and Analytics at record magnitudes, it is imperative that their storage systems are appropriately […]

Designing HPC, Big Data, & Deep Learning Middleware for Exascale

DK Panda from Ohio State University presented this talk at the HPC Advisory Council Spain Conference. “This talk will focus on challenges in designing HPC, Big Data, and Deep Learning middleware for Exascale systems with millions of processors and accelerators. For the HPC domain, we will discuss about the challenges in designing runtime environments for MPI+X (PGAS OpenSHMEM/UPC/CAF/UPC++, OpenMP, and CUDA) programming models. Features and sample performance numbers from MVAPICH2 libraries will be presented.”

Asetek Announces NEC as New Datacenter OEM Partner

Today Asetek announced NEC Corporation as a new data center OEM partner. NEC Corporation, through its subsidiary NEC Fielding, Ltd., will deploy Asetek RackCDU Direct-to-Chip liquid cooling at a new HPC installation in Japan. Asetek has already begun to make shipments in support of this installation. “Liquid cooling technology is becoming a key supercomputer component. Asetek’s direct-to-chip technology enables more effective cooling and increased computational performance in high density HPC clusters, adding value for our end-users,” said Noritaka HOSHI, (Senior Manager), NEC Corporation.

NVIDIA GPUs Power Fujitsu AI Supercomputer at RIKEN in Japan

Fujitsu has posted news that their new AI supercomputer at RIKEN in Japan is already being used for AI research. Called RAIDEN (Riken AIp Deep learning ENvironment), the GPU-accelerated Fujitsu system sports 4 Petaflops of processing power. “The RAIDEN supercomputer is built around Fujitsu PRIMERGY RX 2530 M2 servers with and 24 NVIDIA DGX-1 systems. With 8 NVIDIA Tesla GPUs per chassis, the DGX-1 includes access to today’s most popular deep learning frameworks.”

The Inflection Point of Wattage in HPC, Deep Learning and AI

Magnified in 2017 by machine learning and AI, there is a heightened concern in the HPC community over wattage trends in CPUs, GPUs and emerging neural chips required to meet accelerating computational demands in HPC clusters. In this sponsored post from Asetek, the company examines how high wattage trends in HPC, deep learning and AI might be reaching an inflection point.

Hyperion Research Breakfast Briefing Returns to Denver at SC17

Hyperion Research will host their annual Breakfast Briefing at SC17 in Denver. The event takes place at the Denver Marriott City Center at 7:30am – 9:30am on Tuesday, Nov. 14. “We will be presenting an update on HPC market results, key technology issues & trends, results of new research studies in AI & Big data, new ROI results, and the mapping of HPC centers across the US.”

HPC Connects with Smart Cities at SC17

In this video from the SC17 HPC Connects series, Pete Beckman and Charlie Catlett from Argonne describe how the Smart Cities initiative to improve the quality of life for residents using HPC, urban informatics, and other technologies to improve the efficiency of services. “Smart Cities will be the topic of the SC17 plenary session, which kicks off the conference at 5:30pm on Monday, Nov. 13 in the Colorado Convention Center.”

Pawsey Centre in Australia Upgrades Zeus Cluster

Today the Pawsey Supercomputing Center in Australia announced plans to expand its Zeus cluster from a pre/post processing cluster to a mid-range compute cluster in December 2017. This expansion will provide more than 20 million additional core hours to researchers. “This is another piece of the puzzle, ensuring that Pawsey provides the most suitable resources for Australian researchers,” said David Schibeci, Head of Supercomputing at Pawsey. “We’ve seen an unquenchable thirst for compute power in this country and we are happy to continue to support science outcomes that come from that thirst.”

Radio Free HPC Previews SC17 in Denver

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team previews the ancillary events leading up to SC17, which takes place Nov. 12-17 in Denver. “SC17 is the world’s largest gathering of supercomputing professionals. There’s a lot not to miss before the exhibit floor opens in Denver, and we have the full countdown.”

European Commission to invest €30 billion in Research, Science, and Innovation

Today the European Commission plans to spend €30 billion of the EU research and innovation funding program Horizon 2020 during 2018-2020, including €2.7 billion to kick-start a European Innovation Council. “The program marks a step change in promoting Open Science by shifting from publishing research results in scientific publications towards sharing knowledge sooner in the research process.”