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Video: Silicon Photonics for Extreme Computing

Keren Bergman from Columbia University gave this talk at the 2017 Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing. “Exaflop machines would represent a thousand-fold improvement over the current standard, the petaflop machines that first came on line in 2008. But while exaflop computers already appear on funders’ technology roadmaps, making the exaflop leap on the short timescales of those roadmaps constitutes a formidable challenge.”

HPC I/O for Computational Scientists

Phil Carns from Argonne gave this talk at the 2017 Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing. “Darshan is a scalable HPC I/O characterization tool. It captures an accurate but concise picture of application I/O behavior with minimum overhead. Darshan was originally developed on the IBM Blue Gene series of computers deployed at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, but it is portable across a wide variety of platforms include the Cray XE6, Cray XC30, and Linux clusters.  Darshan routinely instruments jobs using up to 786,432 compute cores on the Mira system at ALCF.”

ESnet’s Science DMZ Could Help Transfer and Protect Medical Research Data

The Science DMZ architecture developed for moving large data sets quick and securely could be adapted to meet the needs of the medical research community. “Like other sciences, medical research is generating increasingly large datasets as doctors track health trends, the spread of diseases, genetic causes of illness and the like. Effectively using this data for efforts ranging from stopping the spread of deadly viruses to creating precision medicine treatments for individuals will be greatly accelerated by the secure sharing of the data, while also protecting individual privacy.”

Podcast: Intel Omni-Path adds Performance and Scalalability

“Intel OPA, part of Intel Scalable System Framework, is a high-performance fabric enabling the responsiveness, throughput, and scalability required by today’s and tomorrow’s most-demanding high performance computing workloads. In this interview, Misage talks about market uptake in Intel OPA’s first year of availability, reports on some of the first HPC deployments using the Intel Xeon Scalable platform and Intel OPA, and gives a sneak peek of what Intel OPA will be talking about at SC17.”

Radio Free HPC Previews the SC17 Plenary on Smart Cities

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at Smart Cities. As the featured topic this year at the SC17 Plenary, the Smart Cities initiative looks to improve the quality of life for residents using urban informatics and other technologies to improve the efficiency of services.

Advanced Clustering Technologies Deploys Lawrence Supercomputer at University of South Dakota

Today Advanced Clustering Technologies announced the deployment of a new supercomputer at the University of South Dakota. cluster. The machine is named “Lawrence” after Nobel Laureate and University of South Dakota alumnus E. O. Lawrence. “Lawrence makes it possible for us to accelerate scientific progress while reducing the time to discovery,” said Doug Jennewein, the University’s Director of Research Computing. “University researchers will be able to achieve scientific results not previously possible, and our students and faculty will become more engaged in computationally assisted research.”

Internet2 Technology Exchange Meeting Comes to San Francisco Oct. 15-18

Internet2 will host its annual technical meeting, the Technology Exchange, for the research and education community from October 15-18 in San Francisco. The event will convene over 650 attendees from more than 250 institutions, 17 countries, and 46 states including network engineers, technologists, architects, scientists, operators, and administrators in the fields of advanced networking, trust and identity, information security, applications for research, and web-scale computing.

Kevin Barker to Lead CENATE Proving Ground for HPC Technologies

The CENATE Proving Ground for HPC Technologies at PNNL has named Kevin Barker as their new Director. “The goal of CENATE is to evaluate innovative and transformational technologies that will enable future DOE leadership class computing systems to accelerate scientific discovery,” said PNNL’s Laboratory Director Steven Ashby. “We will partner with major computing companies and leading researchers to co-design and test the leading-edge components and systems that will ultimately be used in future supercomputing platforms.”

JAIST in Japan installs Cray XC40 Supercomputer

Today Cray announced the Japan Advanced Institute for Science and Technology (JAIST) has put a Cray XC40 supercomputer into production. The Cray XC40 supercomputers incorporate the Aries high performance network interconnect for low latency and scalable global bandwidth, as well as the latest Intel Xeon processors, Intel Xeon Phi processors, and NVIDIA Tesla GPU accelerators. “Our new Cray XC40 supercomputer will support our mission of becoming a premier center of excellence in education and research.”

Video: The Future of High Performance Interconnects

Ashrut Ambastha from Mellanox gave this talk at the HPC Advisory Council Australia conference. “Ashrut will review Co-Design collaborations with leaders in industry, academia, and manufacturing – and how they’re taking a holistic system-level approach to fundamental performance improvements expanding the capabilities of network as a new “co-processor” for handling and accelerating application workloads, dramatically improving application performance.”