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Mellanox Ships BlueField SoCs and SmartNICs

Today Mellanox announced the first shipments of its BlueField system-on-chip (SoC) platforms and SmartNIC adapters to major data center, hyperscale and OEM customers. Mellanox BlueField dual-port 100Gb/s SoC is ideal for cloud, Web 2.0, Big Data, storage, enterprise, high-performance computing, and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) applications. “We are excited to ship BlueField systems and SmartNIC adapters to our major customers and partners, enabling them to build the next generation of storage, cloud, security and other platforms and to gain a competitive advantage,” said Yael Shenhav, vice president of products at Mellanox Technologies. “BlueField products achieve new performance records, delivering industry-leading NVMe over Fabrics and networking throughput. We are proud of our world-class team for delivering these innovative products, designed to meet the ever growing needs of current and future data centers.”

Intel Deploying Updates for Spectre and Meltdown Exploits

Intel reports that company has developed and is rapidly issuing updates for all types of Intel-based computer systems — including personal computers and servers — that render those systems immune from both exploits (referred to as “Spectre” and “Meltdown”) reported by Google Project Zero. “By the end of next week, Intel expects to have issued updates for more than 90 percent of processor products introduced within the past five years.”

ESI Releases SimulationX 3.9 for Manufacturing

ESI Group has announced the release of SimulationX 3.9, a software platform for multiphysics system simulation. Designed for many industries – from automotive, energy, and mining to industrial machinery, railways, aerospace and aeronautics – SimulationX has proven to be one of the most reliable and customer-friendly solutions on the market.

Microsoft to acquire Avere Systems

Over at the Microsoft Blog, Jason Zander writes that the company is acquiring Avere Systems. “By bringing together Avere’s storage expertise with the power of Microsoft’s cloud, customers will benefit from industry-leading innovations that enable the largest, most complex high-performance workloads to run in Microsoft Azure. We are excited to welcome Avere to Microsoft, and look forward to the impact their technology and the team will have on Azure and the customer experience.”

Intel tackles FPGA HPC Memory Bottleneck

Intel recently announced the availability of the Intel Stratix 10 MX FPGA, the industry’s first field programmable gate array (FPGA) with integrated HBM2. By integrating the FPGA and the HBM2, Intel Stratix 10 MX FPGAs offer up to 10 times the memory bandwidth when compared when compared to standard DDR 2400 DIMM.

ASC18 Student Cluster Competition to include 230 Teams

The 2018 ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC18) will begin on January 16, 2018. First launched in 2012, the competition will feature a whopping 230 student teams looking to build the fastest possible cluster with a power cap of 3 Kilowatts. “The USA Student Cluster Competition is like a marathon, testing participants’ hard work and perseverance,” said OrionX partner Dan Olds, who has covered all three major supercomputing challenges. “Germany’s ISC is a sprint, testing innovation and adaptability. China’s ASC is a combination of both.”

Why Rescale is one of the Fastest Growing Enterprise Software Companies of 2017

Over at the Rescale Blog, Joris Poort writes that the company has been named one of the fastest growing enterprise software companies of 2017. “It’s been a busy year as we’ve landed over 100 new enterprise customers, fueling our rapid growth in multiple key industry verticals including aerospace, automotive, life sciences, universities and with broad geographic coverage throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia.”

Pointwise Announces Geode Geometry Kernel

Today Pointwise announced Project Geode, the company’s response to the NASA CFD Vision 2030 Study’s identification of the lack of CFD software access to geometry. As part of the announcement, Pointwise has opened beta testing of a geometry modeling kernel for computer-aided engineering (CAE) simulation software. “The kernel’s core geometry evaluation functions can provide all the functionality a CFD solver would need for tasks like mesh adaption and elevation of elements to higher-order. We are now seeking additional beta testers to validate this idea.”

Mont-Blanc to Sponsor UPC Team at ISC 2018 Student Cluster Competition

The Mont-Blanc Project will once again sponsor a team at the upcoming ISC 2018 Student Cluster Competition. The sponsored team from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya / Barcelona Tech (UPC) will compete for the fourth time at ISC 2018, which takes place June 24– 28 in Frankfurt, Germany. “I am always impressed by the technical prowess exhibited by these young teams: the way they are turning our lessons into applied knowledge, through live benchmarking and on the fly troubleshooting is a great process and it triggers a positive loop in all of us.”

Podcast: Supercomputing Osteogenesis

In this podcast, Zaira Martín-Moldes and Davoud Ebrahimi describe their computational research into how bones form. “The authors used XSEDE supercomputers to model the protein folding of integrin, an essential step in the intracellular pathways that lead to osteogenesis. This research will help larger efforts to cure bone disorders such as osteoporosis or calcific aortic valve disease.”