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Microsoft Azure Becomes First Global Cloud Provider to Deploy AMD EPYC

Today AMD announced the first public cloud instances powered by the AMD EPYC processor. Microsoft Azure has deployed AMD EPYC processors in its datacenters in advance of preview for its latest L-Series of Virtual Machines (VM) for storage optimized workloads. The Lv2 VM family will take advantage of the high-core count and connectivity support of […]

VMware moves Virtualized HPC Forward at SC17

In this video from SC17, and Martin Yip and Josh Simons from VMware describe how the company is moving Virtualized HPC forward. “In recent years, virtualization has started making major inroads into the realm of High Performance Computing, an area that was previously considered off-limits. In application areas such as life sciences, electronic design automation, financial services, Big Data, and digital media, people are discovering that there are benefits to running a virtualized infrastructure that are similar to those experienced by enterprise applications, but also unique to HPC.”

Cavium Joins OpenCAPI for Next-gen Platforms

Today Cavium announced it is collaborating with IBM for next generation platforms by joining OpenCAPI, an initiative founded by IBM, Google, AMD and others. OpenCAPI provides high-bandwidth, low latency interface optimized to connect accelerators, IO devices and memory to CPUs. With this announcement Cavium plans to bring its leadership in server IO and security offloads to next generation platforms that support the OpenCAPI interface. “We are excited to be a part of the OpenCAPI consortium. As our partnership with IBM continues to grow, we see more synergies in high speed communication and Artificial Intelligence applications.” said Syed Ali, founder and CEO of Cavium. “We look forward to working with IBM to enable exponential performance gains for these applications.”

Interview: Cray to Deploy Largest Supercomputer in South Korea at KISTI

In this video from SC17, Dr Kwang Jin Oh, Director of Supercomputing Service Center at KISTI describes the new Intel-powered Cray supercomputer coming to South Korea. “Our cluster supercomputers are specifically designed to give customers like KISTI the computing resources they need for achieving scientific breakthroughs throughout a wide array of increasingly-complex, data-intensive challenges across modeling, simulation, analytics, and artificial intelligence. We look forward to working closely with KISTI now and into the future.”

Video: IBM Launches POWER9 Nodes for the World’s Fastest Supercomputers

In this video from SC17, Adel El Hallak from IBM unveils the POWER9 servers that will form the basis of the world’s fastest “Coral” supercomputers coming to ORNL and LLNL. “In addition to arming the world’s most powerful supercomputers, IBM POWER9 Systems is designed to enable enterprises around the world to scale unprecedented insights, driving scientific discovery enabling transformational business outcomes across every industry.”

Verne Global Launches hpcDIRECT, an HPC as a Service Platform

Today Verne Global in Iceland announced hpcDIRECT, a powerful, agile and efficient HPC-as-a-service (HPCaaS) platform. hpcDIRECT provides a fully scalable, bare metal service with the ability to rapidly provision the full performance of HPC servers uncontended and in a secure manner.“With hpcDIRECT, we take the complexity and capital costs out of scaling HPC and bring greater accessibility and more agility in terms of how IT architects plan and schedule their workloads.”

Intel SC17 Booth Tour: Driving Innovation in HPC

In this video, David Warberg gives us a quick tour of the Intel booth at SC17. “Intel unveiled new HPC advancements for optimized workloads, including the the addition of a new family of HPC solutions to the Intel Select Solutions program. Built on the latest Intel Xeon Scalable platforms, Intel Select Solutions are verified configurations designed to speed and simplify the evaluation and deployment of data center infrastructure while meeting a high performance threshold.”

Mellanox and NEC Partner to Deliver High-Performance Artificial Intelligence Platforms

Today Mellanox announced in collaboration with NEC Corporation support for the newly announced SX-Aurora TSUBASA systems with Mellanox ConnectX InfiniBand adapters. “We appreciate the performance, efficiency and scalability advantages that Mellanox interconnect solutions bring to our platform,” said Shigeyuki Aino, assistant general manager system platform business unit, IT platform division, NEC Corporation. “The in-network computing and PeerDirect capabilities of InfiniBand are the perfect complement to the unique vector processing engine architecture we have designed for our SX-Aurora TSUBASA platform.”

Video: PASC18 to Focus on Big Data & Computation

In this video, Florina Ciorba from University of Basel describes the theme of the upcoming PASC18 conference. With a focus on the convergence of Big Data and Computation, the conference takes place from July 2-4, 2018 in Basel, Switzerland. “PASC18 is the fifth edition of the PASC Conference series, an international platform for the exchange of competences in scientific computing and computational science, with a strong focus on methods, tools, algorithms, application challenges, and novel techniques and usage of high performance computing.”

Intel Omni Path Gains Momentum at SC17

“On the November 2017 TOP500 list, Intel-powered supercomputers accounted for six of the top 10 systems and a record high of 471 out of 500 systems. Intel Omni-Path Architecture (Intel OPA) gained momentum, delivering a majority of the petaFLOPS of systems using 100Gb fabric delivering over 80 petaFLOPS, an almost 20 percent increase compared with the June 2017 Top500 list. In addition, Intel OPA now connects almost 60 percent of nodes using 100Gb fabrics on the Top500 list. Also, Intel powered all 137 new systems added to the November list.”