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Radio Free HPC Runs Down the TOP500 Fastest Supercomputers

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks back on the highlights of SC18 and the newest TOP500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers.

Buddy Bland shows off Summit, the world’s fastest supercomputer at ORNL. “The latest TOP500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers is out, a remarkable ranking that shows five Department of Energy supercomputers in the top 10, with the first two captured by Summit at Oak Ridge and Sierra at Livermore. With the number one and number two systems on the planet, the “Rebel Alliance” vendors of IBM, Mellanox, and NVIDIA stand far and tall above the others.”

Video: Intel Driving HPC on the Road to Exascale

In this video from SC18, Raj Hazra describes how Intel is driving the convergence of HPC and Ai. “To meet the new computational challenges presented by this AI and HPC convergence, HPC is expanding beyond its traditional role of modeling and simulation to encompass visualization, analytics, and machine learning. Intel scientists and engineers will be available to discuss how to implement AI capabilities into your current HPC environments and demo how new, more powerful HPC platforms can be applied to meet your computational needs now and in the future.”

Intel Continues HPC Leadership at SC18

In this video from SC18 in Dallas, Trish Damkroger describes how Intel is pushing the limits of HPC and Machine Learning with a full suite of Hardware, Software, and Cloud technologies. ”
Today’s high performance computers are unleashing discovery and insights at an unprecedented pace. The intersection of artificial intelligence and HPC has the potential to transform industries from life sciences to manufacturing, while solving some of the toughest challenges in our world. At SC18, HPC users got to experience how Intel’s holistic portfolio of products is transforming HPC from traditional modeling and simulation to visualization, analytics, and artificial intelligence.”

Bright Cluster Manager Prepares for Exascale at SC18


Bright’s exascale-capable version of Bright Cluster Manager is designed to support 100,000+ nodes. The company began delivering enhancements towards exascale in 2016 with features such as dedicated provisioning nodes, and a new monitoring subsystem designed for extreme scale. Current development work includes dedicated monitoring nodes, hierarchical object rendering in the Bright UI, optimized API communication patterns, and exascale simulation testing.”

Download the New European HPC Handbook

ETP4HPC has published their annual European HPC Handbook. “This publication describes the HPC Technology, Co-design and Applications Projects within the European HPC ecosystem, including EPI. The Handbook will be distributed at a SC18 Birds-of-a-Feather Session in Dallas (Nov. 14 at 5.15pm). Please attend to get your printed copy.”

Exascale Computing Project to go Front and Center at SC18

Over at the Exascale Computing Project, Scott Gibson has compiled an impressive list of sessions and meetups involving the ECP and all the goings on you can expect at SC18 in Dallas. “The Exascale Computing Project is accelerating delivery of a capable exascale computing ecosystem for breakthroughs in scientific discovery, energy assurance, economic competitiveness, and national security.”

Supercomputing Turbine Energy with the ExaWind Project

ECP’s ExaWind project aims to advance the fundamental comprehension of whole wind plant performance by examining wake formation, the impacts of complex terrain, and the effects of turbine-turbine wake interactions. When validated by targeted experiments, the predictive physics-based high-fidelity computational models at the center of the ExaWind project, and the new knowledge derived from their solutions, provide an effective path to optimizing wind plants.

European Commission Lays out $1 Billion Roadmap for HPC Expansion

On September 28, 2018, the Council of Ministers officially backed the European Commission’s plans to invest jointly with the Member States in building a world-class European supercomputing infrastructure. “We need supercomputers to process it, develop artificial intelligence and find solutions to complex questions in areas like health and security. Today, most of our researchers and companies need to go outside of Europe to find the first-class computers they need. The EU cannot afford to lag behind. With EuroHPC, we will be able to benefit from innovation at home.”

ESCAPE-2 Project to develop algorithms for weather and climate prediction at exascale

Today ECMWF launched the ESCAPE-2 project on energy-efficient scalable algorithms for weather and climate prediction at exascale. “It brings together 12 partners, including national meteorological and hydrological services, HPC centers, hardware vendors and universities. The ESCAPE project aims to prepare NWP and climate models for new computing architectures towards exascale computing, with a focus on energy efficiency.”

Video: Reflecting on the Goal and Baseline of Exascale Computing

Thomas Schulthess from CSCS gave this talk at the Blue Waters Summit. “Application performance is given much emphasis in discussions of exascale computing. A 50-fold increase in sustained performance over today’s applications running on multi-petaflops supercomputing platforms should be the expected target for exascale systems deployed early next decade. We will reflect on what this means in practice and how much these exascale systems will advance the state of the art.”