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Excelero NVMesh powers Canada’s new SciNet Petascale Storage Facility

Today Excelero announced that SciNet, Canada’s largest supercomputer center, has deployed Excelero’s NVMesh server SAN for the highly efficient, cost-effective storage behind a new supercomputer at the University of Toronto. “For SciNet, NVMesh is an extremely cost-effective method of achieving unheard-of burst buffer bandwidth,” said Dr. Daniel Gruner, chief technical officer, SciNet High Performance Computing Consortium. “By adding commodity flash drives and NVMesh software to compute nodes, and to a low-latency network fabric that was already provided for the supercomputer itself, NVMesh provides redundancy without impacting target CPUs. This enables standard servers to go beyond their usual role in acting as block targets – the servers now can also act as file servers.”

Asetek Rides the Wave of Liquid Cooling for HPC at SC17

In this video from SC17 in Denver, Steve Branton from Asetek describes the company’s wide array of liquid cooling solutions for HPC. At the Asetek booth, the company displayed liquid cooling from recently announced OEMs and channel partners in addition to cooling solutions for the latest Intel, Nvidia and IBM CPUs, accelerators and GPUs. “We are seeing higher wattage HPC nodes that require liquid cooling as they cannot be cooled with air. Wattage density is only going to get higher with the inclusion of machine learning and AI across the HPC spectrum.”

Univa Grid Engine Powers University of Oxford Human Genetics Centre

Last week at SC17, Univa announced its Univa Grid Engine distributed resource management system is powering the Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics’ (WHG) high performance computing environment. WHG is a research institute within the Nuffield Department of Medicine at the University of Oxford. The Centre is an international leader in genetics, genomics, statistics and structural biology with more than 400 researchers and 70 administrative and support personnel. WHG’s mission is to advance the understanding of genetically-related conditions through a broad range of multi-disciplinary research.

For HPC and Deep Learning, GPUs are here to stay

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, David Yip, HPC and Storage Business Development at OCF, provides his take on the place of GPU technology in HPC. “Using GPUs in the HPC datacenter in place of CPUs can dramatically increase the power requirements needed, but if your computational performance goes through the roof, then I’d argue it’s a trade-off worth making.”

GRC Builds GPU-Based Immersion Cluster for TACC

Green Revolution Cooling has announced plans to deliver a custom GPU-based cluster to the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC). Our goal is to make HPC more affordable. Offering lower cost, energy dense servers that take full advantage of our highly efficient CarnotJet cooling system is a huge benefit to our customers,” said Larry Stone, VP of Engineering at GRC “we are seeing a growing number of people opt for servers designed for immersion, over traditional big brand OEM hardware.”

CoolIT Systems Showcases OEM & Enterprise Data Center Liquid Cooling Solutions at SC17

In this video, Geoff Lyon from CoolIT Systems describes the company’s innovative liquid-cooling solutions for HPC. “Liquid cooling in the data center continues to grow in adoption and delivers more compelling ROIs. Our collaboration with OEM partners such as Dell EMC, HPE, Intel and STULZ provides further evidence that the future of the data center is destined for liquid cooling,” said Geoff Lyon, CEO and CTO at CoolIT Systems.

New BeeGFS 7.0 Delivers All-Flash Performance at Spinning Disk Price

Last week at SC17, ThinkParQ announced immediate availability of the BeeGFS version 7.0 release candidate. While previous versions of BeeGFS are already running on systems of all kinds and sizes around the globe (including burst buffers, hyper-converged setups and of course dedicated high-performance enterprise storage), this new major release introduces several features that were desired by the BeeGFS community.

Moving HPC Workloads to the Cloud with Avere Systems at SC17

“Traditional methods of moving data are expensive and very time-consuming. These processes often negate the value-add that the cloud offers. Moving all of your data to the cloud is not necessary in order to use cloud compute for an individual application’s workload. In fact, you don’t need to move large data sets at all. Cloud caching filers can often take on the data required to run each job, putting the data migration portion all onto this caching appliance.”

InfiniBand Accelerates 77 Percent of New HPC Systems on the TOP500

“InfiniBand being the preferred interconnect for new HPC systems shows the increasing demand for the performance it can deliver. Its place at #1 and #4 are excellent examples of that performance,” said Bill Lee, IBTA Marketing Working Group Co-Chair. “Besides of delivering world-leading performance and scalability, InfiniBand guarantees backward and forward compatibility, ensuring users highest return on investment and future proofing their data centers.”

Video: Share your know-how with “HPC for the Rest of Us”

“Are you operating a small to medium sized HPC Center? Interested in how others are managing their resources with open source tools and low risk/low overhead hardware? Questions about academic service centers and cost recovery models? Or just want to talk shop with other admins and center managers? This the the session for you! Come visit with Steve and Gowtham, they’re in the trenches with you, always on the lookout for innovative and interest ways of managing resources and sharing their experiences along the way. We’re open to discussing anything HPC for the rest of us!”