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Intel Xeon Scalable Processors come to Penguin on Demand HPC Cloud

Penguin Computing has announced plans to deploy more than 11,500 cores of the latest Intel Xeon Scalable processor in their Penguin Computing On-Demand HPC cloud. The new POD HPC cloud compute resources use Intel Xeon Gold 6148 processors, a cluster-wide Intel Omni-Path Architecture low-latency fabric and are integrated with Penguin Computing Scyld Cloud Workstation for web-based, remote desktop access into the public HPC cloud service.

As an HPC cloud provider, we know that it is critical to provide our customers with the latest processor technologies,” said Victor Gregorio, Senior Vice President, Cloud Services, Penguin Computing. “The latest Intel Xeon Scalable processor expansion will provide an ideal compute environment for MPI workloads that can leverage thousands of cores for computation. We have significant customer demand for POD HPC cloud in applicable areas like high-resolution weather forecasting and computational fluid dynamics, including solutions from software partners like ANSYS, Flow Science and CD-adapco.”

Scientists and engineers at every company are trying to innovate faster while holding down costs. Modeling and simulation are the backbone of these efforts. Customers may wish to run simulations at scale, or many different permutations simultaneously but may require more computing resources than are readily available in-house. The POD HPC cloud offers organizations a flexible, cost effective approach to meeting these requirements.

The Intel Xeon Scalable processor provides increased performance, a unified stack optimized for key workloads including data analytics, and integrated technologies including networking, acceleration and storage. The processor’s increased performance is realized through innovations including Intel AVX-512 extensions that can deliver up to 2x FLOPS per clock cycle, which is especially important for HPC, data analytics and hardware-enhanced security/cryptography workloads. Along with numerous acceleration refinements, the new processor offers integrated 100 Gb/s Intel Omni-Path Architecture fabric options. With these improvements, the Intel Xeon Scalable Platinum 8180 processor yielded an increase of up to 8.2x more double precision GFLOPS/sec when compared to Intel Xeon processor E5-2690 (codenamed Sandy Bridge) common in the server installed-base, and a 2.27x increase over the previous-generation Intel Xeon processor E5-2699 v4 (codenamed Broadwell)1.

Intel offers a balanced portfolio of HPC optimized components like the Intel Xeon Scalable processor and Intel Omni-Path Architecture, which provides the foundation for researchers and innovators to drive new discoveries and build new products faster than ever before,” said Trish Damkroger, Vice President of technical computing at Intel. “Penguin Computing On-Demand provides an easy and flexible path to access the latest technology so more users can realize the benefits of HPC.”

The doubling of cores in the publicly available POD HPC cloud resources in 2017 was preceded by a 50 percent increase in capacity in 2016. As customer demand continues to increase, POD HPC cloud will continue to grow using the most current technologies to deliver the actionable insights that organizations require.

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