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Red Hat Debuts Multi-Architecture Solutions for HPC at ISC 2017

In this video, Yan Fisher from Red Hat describes the company’s multi-architecture solutions that were on display at ISC 2017. “Historically, HPC workloads have had to rely on custom-built software stacks, most of which relied on proprietary software and overly-specialized hardware. Red Hat is bringing change to the supercomputing arena, from the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform tailored for HPC workloads to massively scalable, fully open cloud infrastructure, along with the management and automation technologies needed to keep these deployments running smoothly.”

HPC Vendors showcase plans for ARM products

Are you ready? ARM-based HPC systems will be available by the end of 2017. At ISC 2017, Penguin Computing and Bull both announced that they will deliver products tailored for the HPC industry. Both companies systems will feature Cavium’s ARMv8-based ThunderX2 platform.

Cavium’s ThunderX2 Processors coming to Penguin Computing Tundra OCP Platform

Today Penguin Computing, a provider of high-performance computing, enterprise datacenter and cloud solutions, announced availability of its Tundra Extreme Scale (ES) server platforms based on Cavium second-generation ARMv8-based ThunderX2 processors. Tundra ES Valkre servers powered by ThunderX2 processors are now available for public order, and a standard 19” rack mount models will ship in 3rd Calendar Quarter 2017. “Penguin Computing is the leading developer of open, Linux-based, HPC, cloud, and enterprise data center solutions,” said Jussi Kukkonen, Vice President, Advanced Solutions, Penguin Computing. “By extending our product roadmap to Cavium’s second generation 64-bit ARMv8 CPUs in our Tundra family of Open Compute servers we again step up our leadership position. Our customers get outstanding value from the efficiency and flexibility enabled by OCP infrastructure combined with best-in-class compute performance coming from Cavium’s ThunderX2 offering.”

Video: HPE Moves HPC & Deep Learning Forward at ISC 2017

“Today, customer’s HPC requirements go beyond superior performance and efficiency,” said Bill Mannel, Vice President and General Manager, HPC and AI solutions, Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “They are also increasingly considering security, agility and cost control. With today’s announcements, we are addressing these considerations and delivering optimized systems, infrastructure management and services capabilities that provide A New Compute Experience.”

Cavium ThunderX2 Processors Power new Baymax HyperScale Server Platforms

Today Inventec in Taiwan announced Baymax, a new server platform optimized for Cloud compute, high-performance cloud storage and Big Data applications based on Cavium’s second-generation 64-bit ARMv8 ThunderX2 processors. “Inventec’s success as world’s largest server ODM has been based on our compelling designs and manufacturing expertise and our ability to deliver leading edge cost effective server platforms to world’s largest mega scale datacenters,” said Evan Chien, Senior Director of Inventec Server Business Unit 6. “Earlier this year Inventec’s customers requested platforms based on Cavium’s ThunderX2 ARMv8 processors, and the new Baymax platform is the first platform being delivered.”

PSSC Labs Launches Eco Blades for HPC

The Eco Blade is a unique server platform engineered specifically for high performance, high density computing environments – simultaneously increasing compute density while decreasing power use. Eco Blade offers two complete, independent servers within 1U of rack space. Each independent server supports up to 64 Intel Xeon processor cores and 1.0 TB of enterprise memory for a total of up to 128 Cores and 2 TB of memory per 1U.

Video: ARM HPC Ecosystem

Darren Cepulis from ARM gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. “ARM delivers enabling technology behind HPC. The 64-bit design of the ARMv8-A architecture combined with Advanced SIMD vectorization are ideal to enable large scientific computing calculations to be executed efficiently on ARM HPC machines. In addition ARM and its partners are working to ensure that all the software tools and libraries, needed by both users and systems administrators, are provided in readily available, optimized packages.”

Trends in Systems and How to Get Efficient Performance

Martin Hilgeman from Dell gave this talk at the Switzerland HPC Conference. “With all the advances in massively parallel and multi-core computing with CPUs and accelerators it is often overlooked whether the computational work is being done in an efficient manner. This efficiency is largely being determined at the application level and therefore puts the responsibility of sustaining a certain performance trajectory into the hands of the user. This presentation shows the well-known laws of parallel performance from the perspective of a system builder.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at Quantum Startup Rigetti Computing

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the week’s top stories: Quantum Startup Rigetti Computing Raises $64 Million in Funding, Rex Computing has their low-power chip, and Intel is shipping their Optane SSDs.

GW4 Unveils ARM-Powered Isambard Supercomputer from Cray

Today the GW4 Alliance in the UK unveiled Isambard, the world’s first ARM-based production supercomputer at today’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) launch at the Thinktank science museum in Birmingham. “Isambard is able to provide system comparison at high speed as it includes over 10,000, high-performance 64-bit ARM cores, making it one of the largest machines of its kind anywhere in the world. Such a machine could provide the template for a new generation of ARM-based services.”