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Video: Cray Steps up with Shasta Platform for Exascale Supercomputing

In this video from SC18 in Dallas, Per Nyberg from Cray describes the company’s new Shasta supercomputing architecture for exascale. “Shasta is an entirely new design and is set to be the technology that underpins the next era of supercomputing, characterized by exascale performance capability, new data-centric workloads, and an explosion of processor architectures. With sweeping hardware and software innovations, Shasta incorporates next-generation Cray system software to enable modularity and extensibility, a new Cray-designed system interconnect, unparalleled flexibility in processing choice within a system, and a software environment that provides for seamless scalability.”

Video: Mellanox HDR InfiniBand Speeds HPC and Ai Applications with SHARP Technologies

In this video, Gilad Shainer from Mellanox describes how the company’s newly available HDR 200 Gigabit/sec InfiniBand solutions can speed up HPC and Ai applications. “We are proud to see the first Mellanox HDR InfiniBand ConnectX-6 adapters and Quantum switches based supercomputer in the world,” said Gilad Shainer, vice president of marketing at Mellanox Technologies. “The smart In-Network Computing acceleration engines that InfiniBand enables will deliver the highest performance, efficiency and scalability for the University of Michigan users, for both HPC and AI applications.”

Mellanox BlueField SmartNICs Accelerate E8 Storage

Last week at SC18, E8 Storage announced it is expanding its technology partnership with Mellanox with an integrated solution built on Mellanox BlueField SmartNICs. Customers will be able to maximize computing resources by pairing the E8 agent with the SmartNIC. The new integration will allow users to utilize the benefits of CPU offload to overcome any performance bottlenecks to application performance.

Record SC18 Attendance a Bellwether for Growth in HPC Market

The SC18 conference drew a record-breaking 13,071 attendees, making it the largest SC conference of all time. As the premier international conference showcasing high performance computing, networking, storage, and analysis, the conference and exhibition infused the local economy with more than $40 million in revenue, according to the local Dallas Convention Bureau.

Atos to Build Finland’s Newest Supercomputer

Earlier this week CSC in Finland announced that Atos will build it’s next-generation supercomputer for academic research. “The initial delivery will consist of the first partition of the supercomputer and its tightly integrated fast storage. The solution is based on next-generation Intel Xeon processors, code named Cascade Lake, and HDR InfiniBand interconnect from Mellanox.”

Bitfusion Enables InfiniBand-Attached GPUs on Any VM

“With Bitfusion along with Mellanox and VMWare, IT can now offer an ability to mix bare metal and virtual machine environments, such that GPUs in any configuration can be attached to any virtual machine in the organization, enabling easy access of GPUs to everyone in the organization,” said Subbu Rama, co-founder and chief product officer, Bitfusion. “IT can now pool together resources and offer an elastic GPU as a service to their organizations.”

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.”

Indiana University Demonstrates World’s First Single-Channel 400G Network

Indiana University staff and faculty will build the world’s first single-channel 400-gigabit-per-second-capable network for research and education at SC18. The connection will be capable of transmitting 50 gigabytes of data every second—or, enough to stream 16,000 ultra-high-definition movie. The demonstration, “Wide area workflows at 400 Gbps,”  is IU’s submission to the conference’s annual Network Research Exhibition, which spotlights innovation in emerging network hardware, protocols, and advanced network-intensive scientific applications.

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.”

HPC Veteran Charlie Wuischpard Joins Optical Startup Ayar Labs

Today Ayar Labs announced that Charlie Wuischpard, former vice president and general manager at Intel, has joined Ayar Labs as CEO and a member of the board of directors. “With his track record of driving growth in both small and large companies, forming deep trusted relationships with high performance computing industry participants, and delivering value to stakeholders, we know he will lead Ayar Labs to growth in the advanced computing and data center markets.”