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OpenMP API Specification 5.0 is Major Upgrade of OpenMP Language

The OpenMP Architecture Review Board (ARB) announced Version 5.0 of the OpenMP API Specification, a major upgrade of the OpenMP language. OpenMP 5.0 adds many new features that will be useful for highly parallel and complex applications and now covers the entire hardware spectrum from embedded and accelerator devices to multicore systems with shared-memory. Vendors have made reference implementations of parts of the standard, and user courses will soon be given at OpenMP workshops and major conferences.

DDN steps up with Professional Support for Lustre Clients on Arm Platforms

At SC18 in Dallas, DDN announced that its Whamcloud division is delivering professional support for Lustre clients on Arm architectures. With this support offering, organizations can confidently use Lustre in production environments, introduce new clients into existing Lustre infrastructures, and deploy Arm-based clusters of any size within test, development or production environments. As the use of Lustre continues to expand across HPC, artificial intelligence and data-intensive, performance-driven applications, the deployment of alternative architectures is on the rise.

Moving HPC Workloads to the Cloud with Univa’s Navops Launch 1.0

Today Univa announced the release of Navops Launch 1.0, the latest version of the most powerful hybrid HPC cloud management product and a significant advancement in the migration of HPC workloads to the cloud. Navops Launch meshes public cloud services and on-premise clusters to cost-effectively meet increasing workload demand. “A unique automation engine allows Navops Launch to integrate third-party data sources, including storage fabric, management systems, cluster and cloud environment attributes.”

Univa and WekaIO team to speed HPC Workloads in the Cloud

Last week at SC18 in Dallas, Univa announced a partnership with WekaIO, a high-performance scale-out file system storage company, to help enterprise customers accelerate the migration of their HPC workloads to the cloud. “Univa is working with WekaIO to integrate one of the industry’s fastest parallel file systems into its Navops Launch and offer customers a comprehensive, high-performance, hybrid cloud solution for HPC and machine learning workloads.”

TYAN Storage Server Steps up with 10 NVMe Bays of High Performance Flash

Last week at SC18, Tyan showcased their Thunder SX GT62H-B7106 storage product line featuringIntel Xeon Scalable processors, large memory capacity and NVMe connectivity for high performance software defined storage applications. “New data-intensive applications, such as analytics and deep learning are changing data processing workflows. Data centers need powerful storage architectures that can extract economic value by managing massive amounts of data efficiently,” said Danny Hsu, Vice President of MiTAC Computing Technology Corporation’s TYAN Business Unit. ”The Thunder SX GT62H-B7106 is optimized for data center environment. The platform provides an outstanding foundation for all-flash storage by leveraging NVMe technology.”

Mellanox BlueField SmartNICs Accelerate E8 Storage

Last week at SC18, E8 Storage announced it is expanding its technology partnership with Mellanox with an integrated solution built on Mellanox BlueField SmartNICs. Customers will be able to maximize computing resources by pairing the E8 agent with the SmartNIC. The new integration will allow users to utilize the benefits of CPU offload to overcome any performance bottlenecks to application performance.

NVIDIA’s New Turing T4 GPU is going gangbusters in the Cloud Space

Two months after its introduction, the NVIDIA T4 GPU is featured in 57 separate server designs from the world’s leading computer makers. It is also available in the cloud, with the first availability of the T4 for Google Cloud Platform customers. “Just 60 days after the T4’s launch, it’s now available in the cloud and is supported by a worldwide network of server makers. The T4 gives today’s public and private clouds the performance and efficiency needed for compute-intensive workloads at scale.”

Bitfusion Enables InfiniBand-Attached GPUs on Any VM

“With Bitfusion along with Mellanox and VMWare, IT can now offer an ability to mix bare metal and virtual machine environments, such that GPUs in any configuration can be attached to any virtual machine in the organization, enabling easy access of GPUs to everyone in the organization,” said Subbu Rama, co-founder and chief product officer, Bitfusion. “IT can now pool together resources and offer an elastic GPU as a service to their organizations.”

Indiana University Demonstrates World’s First Single-Channel 400G Network

Indiana University staff and faculty will build the world’s first single-channel 400-gigabit-per-second-capable network for research and education at SC18. The connection will be capable of transmitting 50 gigabytes of data every second—or, enough to stream 16,000 ultra-high-definition movie. The demonstration, “Wide area workflows at 400 Gbps,”  is IU’s submission to the conference’s annual Network Research Exhibition, which spotlights innovation in emerging network hardware, protocols, and advanced network-intensive scientific applications.

HPE to build Hawk Supercomputer for HLRS in Germany

Today HLRS in Germany announced plans to deploy next-generation supercomputer for HLRS, 3.5 times faster than its current system. The upcoming system, which HLRS has named Hawk, will be the world’s fastest supercomputer for industrial production, powering computational engineering and research across science and industrial fields to advance applications in energy, climate, mobility, and health.