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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.”

Lenovo Powers World’s Largest Skylake Cluster at Barcelona Supercomputing Center

Today Lenovo announced the deployment of the world’s largest, next-generation Intel-based Supercomputer at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC). The 11.1 petaFLOP1 Supercomputer called MareNostrum 4, will be housed in the world’s “most beautiful data center”at the Chapel Torre Girona at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain, and will be used to power diverse science from human genome research, bioinformatics and biomechanics to weather forecasting and atmospheric composition. This new system, which will continue to grow over time, is listed at #13 on the latest TOP500 list that was released this week. “The fast delivery, installation and optimization of the MareNostrum 4 system at BSC, showcases Lenovo’s end-to-end, high-performance computing strength,” said Kirk Skaugen, President of Lenovo Data Center Group. “Building on our 25 years of history in x86 server computing and our number one position in x86 server customer satisfaction and reliability, our goal at Lenovo is to be the largest supercomputing company on earth helping solve humanities biggest challenges through the rapid advancement of technology and innovation.”

CoolIT Systems Teams with Dell EMC as Liquid Cooling Supplier to Enable Greener Datacenters

Today CoolIT Systems announced a collaboration with Dell EMC to provide a factory-installed Direct Contact Liquid Cooling solution to address power and cooling challenges for a wide range of customers, especially in verticals such as High Performance Computing and High Frequency Trading. “As data center demands continue to rise globally, Dell EMC is at the forefront of delivering highly efficient, factory-installed liquid cooled PowerEdge servers,” said Patrick McGinn, Vice President Product Marketing at CoolIT Systems. “CoolIT Systems is proud to enable greener data centers through its patented Direct Contact Liquid Cooling technology and anticipates further success from the innovative collaboration with Dell EMC.”

Dr. Eng Lim Goh on HPE’s Recent PathForward Award for Exascale Computing

In this video from ISC 2017, Dr. Eng Lim Goh from HPE discusses the company’s recent PathForward award as well as the challenges of designing energy efficient Exascale systems. After that, he gives his unique perspective on HPE’s “The Machine” architecture for memory-driven computing. “The work funded by PathForward will include development of innovative memory architectures, higher-speed interconnects, improved reliability systems, and approaches for increasing computing power without prohibitive increases in energy demand.”

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.”

ISC 2017 Announces Record Attendance

Today ISC 2017 announced that a record 3200 HPC enthusiasts from 60 countries have registered for the conference. The event also received an international media spotlight, with 60 technical and business journalists on site to provide live coverage of the exhibition and the conference sessions.

Podcast: Intel Omni-Path Rocks the TOP500

In this podcast from ISC 2017 in Frankfurt, the Radio Free HPC team sits down with Scott Misage from Intel to learn why Intel Omni-Path has gained momentum on the TOP500. “Intel Omni-Path Architecture delivers the performance for tomorrow’s high performance computing workloads and the ability to scale to tens of thousands of nodes—and eventually more—at a price competitive with today’s fabrics. The Intel OPA 100 Series product line is an end-to-end solution of PCIe* adapters, silicon, switches, cables, and management software. As the successor to Intel® True Scale Fabric, this optimized HPC fabric is built upon a combination of enhanced IP and Intel technology.”

Radio Free HPC Runs Down the Latest TOP500

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the latest TOP500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers. It’s Day 1 here at the ISC 2017 conference, and we’ll be keeping you posted on all the news as the show goes June 18-22 in Frankfurt, Germany.

Video: PBS Pro Manages Workloads at NCI in Australia

Rodger Edberg from NCI presented this talk at the PBS User Group meeting in Las Vegas. “As Australia’s national research computing service, the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) provides world-class, high-end services to Australian researchers, including access to advanced computational and data-intensive methods, support, and high-performance infrastructure. NCI supports computationally-based research with a focus on the environment, climate and earth system science in particular. Since 2007, NCI’s infrastructure investments, which exceed $80M, have been provided by the Australian Government under its National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) and Super Science Initiatives.”

10 Things Not to Miss at ISC 2017 in Frankfurt

In this special guest feature, Kim McMahon checks in from Frankfurt to give us a preview of ISC 2017. There is much in store this week, so be sure not to miss a beat!