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Cavium Joins OpenCAPI for Next-gen Platforms

Today Cavium announced it is collaborating with IBM for next generation platforms by joining OpenCAPI, an initiative founded by IBM, Google, AMD and others. OpenCAPI provides high-bandwidth, low latency interface optimized to connect accelerators, IO devices and memory to CPUs. With this announcement Cavium plans to bring its leadership in server IO and security offloads to next generation platforms that support the OpenCAPI interface. “We are excited to be a part of the OpenCAPI consortium. As our partnership with IBM continues to grow, we see more synergies in high speed communication and Artificial Intelligence applications.” said Syed Ali, founder and CEO of Cavium. “We look forward to working with IBM to enable exponential performance gains for these applications.”

Call for Sessions: OpenFabrics Alliance Workshop in Boulder

The OFA Workshop 2018 Call for Sessions encourages industry experts and thought leaders to help shape this year’s discussions by presenting or leading discussions on critical high performance networking issues. Sessions are designed to educate attendees on current development opportunities, troubleshooting techniques, and disruptive technologies affecting the deployment of high performance computing environments. The OFA Workshop places a high value on collaboration and exchanges among participants. In keeping with the theme of collaboration, proposals for Birds of a Feather sessions and panels are particularly encouraged.

Verne Global Launches hpcDIRECT, an HPC as a Service Platform

Today Verne Global in Iceland announced hpcDIRECT, a powerful, agile and efficient HPC-as-a-service (HPCaaS) platform. hpcDIRECT provides a fully scalable, bare metal service with the ability to rapidly provision the full performance of HPC servers uncontended and in a secure manner.“With hpcDIRECT, we take the complexity and capital costs out of scaling HPC and bring greater accessibility and more agility in terms of how IT architects plan and schedule their workloads.”

Mellanox and NEC Partner to Deliver High-Performance Artificial Intelligence Platforms

Today Mellanox announced in collaboration with NEC Corporation support for the newly announced SX-Aurora TSUBASA systems with Mellanox ConnectX InfiniBand adapters. “We appreciate the performance, efficiency and scalability advantages that Mellanox interconnect solutions bring to our platform,” said Shigeyuki Aino, assistant general manager system platform business unit, IT platform division, NEC Corporation. “The in-network computing and PeerDirect capabilities of InfiniBand are the perfect complement to the unique vector processing engine architecture we have designed for our SX-Aurora TSUBASA platform.”

Intel Omni Path Gains Momentum at SC17

“On the November 2017 TOP500 list, Intel-powered supercomputers accounted for six of the top 10 systems and a record high of 471 out of 500 systems. Intel Omni-Path Architecture (Intel OPA) gained momentum, delivering a majority of the petaFLOPS of systems using 100Gb fabric delivering over 80 petaFLOPS, an almost 20 percent increase compared with the June 2017 Top500 list. In addition, Intel OPA now connects almost 60 percent of nodes using 100Gb fabrics on the Top500 list. Also, Intel powered all 137 new systems added to the November list.”

RCE Podcast Looks at PMIx Process Management Interface for Exascale

In this RCE Podcast, Brock Palen and Jeff Squyres discuss PMIx with Ralph Castain from Intel. “The Process Management Interface (PMI) has been used for quite some time as a means of exchanging wireup information needed for interprocess communication. While PMI-2 demonstrates better scaling properties than its PMI-1 predecessor, attaining rapid launch and wireup of the roughly 1M processes executing across 100k nodes expected for exascale operations remains challenging.”

Video: Introducing the Nitro Hypervisor – the Evolution of Amazon EC2 Virtualization

In this video from AWS Reinvent, Anthony Liguori from Amazon presents: Nitro Hypervisor – the Evolution of Amazon EC2 Virtualization. “The new Nitro hypervisor for Amazon EC2, introduced with the launch of C5 instances, is a component that primarily provides CPU and memory isolation for C5 instances. VPC networking, and EBS storage resources are implemented by dedicated hardware components that are part of all current generation EC2 instance families. It is built on core Linux Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) technology, but does not include general purpose operating system components.

Supermicro Booth Tour Showcases HPC Innovation at SC17

In this video, Akira Sano provides a tour of the Supermicro booth at SC17 in Denver. “Supermicro offers the best selection of leading HPC optimized servers in the industry as evidenced by the recent selection of our twin architecture by the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS).”

Liqid steps up with Composable Infrastructure for HPC at SC17

In this video, Jay Breakstone and Sumit Puri from Liqid describe the company’s innovative composable infrastructure technology for HPC. “Liqid Grid enables once-static infrastructure to scale on demand to effectively manage the explosion of data associated with cloud, enterprise, HPC and AI, as well as other emerging, high-value, data-intensive applications.”

UCX and UCF Projects for Exascale Move Forward at SC17

In this video, Jeff Kuehn from LANL, Pavel Shamis from ARM, and Gilad Shainer from Mellanox describe progress on the new UCF consortium, a collaboration between industry, laboratories, and academia to create an open-source production grade communication framework for data centric and high-performance applications.