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AWS Announces EC2 Bare Metal instances and C5D instances with local SSD Storage

HPC in the Cloud got a boost this week with this announcement of two updates to the Amazon EC2 instance family. EC2 Bare Metal instances provide customers’ applications with direct access to the processor and memory resources of the underlying server. C5D instances with local SSD storage are designed for applications that benefit from high-speed, ultra-low latency local storage, such as video encoding, manipulation, and other forms of media processing that often include large numbers of reads and writes to temporary storage.

Video: Doug Kothe Looks Ahead at The Exascale Computing Project

In this video, Doug Kothe from ORNl provides an update on the Exascale Computing Project. “With respect to progress, marrying high-risk exploratory and high-return R&D with formal project management is a formidable challenge. In January, through what is called DOE’s Independent Project Review, or IPR, process, we learned that we can indeed meet that challenge in a way that allows us to drive hard with a sense of urgency and still deliver on the essential products and solutions. In short, we passed the review with flying colors—and what’s especially encouraging is that the feedback we received tells us what we can do to improve.”

Altair acquires FluiDyna CFD Technology for GPUs

Altair has acquired Germany-based FluiDyna GmbH, a renowned developer of NVIDIA CUDA and GPU-based Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and numerical simulation technologies in whom Altair made an initial investment in 2015. FluiDyna’s simulation software products ultraFluidX and nanoFluidX have been available to Altair’s customers through the Altair Partner Alliance and also offered as standalone licenses. “We are excited about FluiDyna and especially their work with NVIDIA technology for CFD applications,” said James Scapa, Founder, Chairman, and CEO at Altair. “We believe the increased throughput and lower cost of GPU solutions is going to allow for a significant increase in simulations which can be used to further impact the design process.”

Podcast: Supercomputing the Emergence of Material Behavior

In this TACC Podcast, Chemists at the University of California, San Diego describe how they used supercomputing to design a sheet of proteins that toggle between different states of porosity and density. This is a first in biomolecular design that combined experimental studies with computation done on supercomputers. “To meet these and other computational challenges, Paesani has been awarded supercomputer allocations through XSEDE, the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment, funded by the National Science Foundation.”

New Tachyum Prodigy Chip has “More than 10x the Performance of Conventional Processors”

Today Silicon Valley startup Tachyum Inc. unveiled its new processor family – codenamed “Prodigy” – that combines the advantages of CPUs with GP-GPUs, and specialized AI chips in a single universal processor platform. According to Tachyum, the new chip has “ten times the processing power per watt” and is capable of running the world’s most complex compute tasks. “With its disruptive architecture, Prodigy will enable a super-computational system for real-time full capacity human brain neural network simulation by 2020.”

Quantum Storage Solutions Power Self-driving Cars for AutonomouStuff

Today Quantum Corporation named AutonomouStuff LLC as its primary partner for storage distribution in the automotive market, enabling them to deliver Quantum’s comprehensive end-to-end storage solutions for both in-vehicle and data center environments. “Autonomous research generates an enormous volume of data which is vital to achieving the goal of a safe autonomous vehicle,” said Bobby Hambrick, founder and CEO of AutonomouStuff. “Quantum multitier data storage kits powered by StorNext offer a highly scalable and economical solution to the data dilemma researchers face.”

iRODS Consortium adds Members and Joins OpenSFS

iRODS is taking an active role in Lustre community. The iRODS Consortium recently signed on to the Open Scalable File Systems, Inc (OpenSFS), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the success of the Lustre file system, an open source parallel distributed file system used for computing on large-scale high performance computing clusters.

Equus Compute Solutions Named Intel 2018 Cloud and HPC Data Center Specialist

Today Equus Compute Solutions announced that Intel has identified Equus as an Intel Platinum 2018 Technology Provider. Furthermore, Intel has distinguished Equus as both a Cloud Data Center Specialist and an HPC Data Center Specialist. These distinctions were earned based on Equus application specific platforms, solutions, and staff training in these areas. “We are honored to be a 2018 Intel Platinum Technology Partner. “said Costa Hasapopoulos, Equus President. “We are proud to offer our customers industry-leading data center solutions across a wide of range of industries and applications. In all of these applications, Equus customizes Intel-based white box servers and storage offerings to enable flexible software-defined infrastructures.”

DDN and Parabricks Accelerate Genome Analysis

Today DDN announced a Parabricks technology solution that provides massive acceleration for analysis of human genomes. The breakthrough platform combines GPU supercomputing performance with DDN’s Parallel Flash Data Platforms for fastest time to results, and enables unprecedented capabilities for high-throughput genomics analysis pipelines. The joint solution also ensures full saturation of GPUs for maximum efficiency and provides analysis capabilities that previously required thousands of CPUs to engage.

Nimbix to Host the 2018 HPC Cloud Summit on June 6 in Silicon Valley

Today HPC Cloud provider Nimbix announced that their 2018 HPC Cloud Summit will take place June 6 in Silicon Valley. “We are bringing together the best and brightest minds in accelerated computing at the Computer History Museum, an institution dedicated to the preservation and celebration of computer history. Event sponsors include: Intel, Lenovo and Mellanox.”