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Podcast: Who will benefit from Intel dropping Omni-Path?

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team takes a close look at the history of High Performance Interconnects, recent news, and how the market is changing profoundly. “The departure of Intel from this segment is good news for some, and it remains to be seen what strategy Intel will adopt for the HPC market.”

Cray to Build El Capitan Exascale Supercomputer at LLNL

Today the Department of Energy announced that Cray will build the NNSA’s first exascale supercomputer, “El Capitan.” To be hosted at LLNL, El Capitan will have a peak performance of more than 1.5 exaflops and an anticipated delivery in late 2022. El Capitan will be DOE’s third exascale-class supercomputer, following Argonne National Laboratory’s “Aurora” and Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s “Frontier” system. All three DOE exascale supercomputers will be built by Cray utilizing their Shasta architecture, Slingshot interconnect and new software platform.

OSS Steps Up with AMD EPYC 7002 Series Processor for ‘AI on the Fly’

One Stop Systems just unveiled its comprehensive portfolio of PCIe Gen 4 expansion building blocks supporting servers based on the new AMD EPYC 7002 processor. “We are pleased to work with AMD to lead the market transition to PCIe Gen 4 by delivering flexible and scalable expansion platforms complementary to AMD EPYC 7002 based servers.”

Registration Opens for HPC User Forums in Switzerland and Scotland

The HPC User Forum Steering Committee and Hyperion Research invite interested HPC community members to reserve a seat at one or both HPC User Forum meetings that will take place during the same week at CSCS (the Swiss National Supercomputing Center, Lugano) and EPCC/University of Edinburgh in October. The meetings will begin and end at midday, to make same-day travel easier. Registration and food/refreshments are free, but space is strictly limited. Seats will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. We look forward to seeing you in October.

Mellanox to Maximize Performance on AMD EPYC 7002 Processors

Today Mellanox announced that the company’s InfiniBand ConnectX smart adapter solutions are optimized to provide breakthrough performance and scalability for the new AMD EPYC 7002 Series processor-based compute and storage infrastructures. “The combination of Mellanox 25, 50, 100 and 200 Gigabit Ethernet and HDR 200 Gigabit InfiniBand adapters, and PCI Express 4.0 support in the second-generation AMD EPYC processor, provides high-performance computing, artificial intelligence, cloud and enterprise data centers the high data bandwidth they need for the most compute and storage demanding applications.”

GigaIO Extends Next-Generation Network to Storage Systems

Today GigaIO introduced the FabreX implementation of Non-Volatile Memory Express over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) architecture, streamlining NVMe network communication and large-scale storage sharing with industry-leading low latency and high-bandwidth features. “With FabreX and NVMe-oF, storage located in a server, directly attached to a server and attached across a network delivers identical performance, allowing customers to choose their preferred storage architectures and experience the same quality of service to meet desired service level objectives.”

Ciena Bolsters Janet Network in the U.K. for Education and Research

Jisc in the UK is deploying Ciena’s Packet Networking platforms to enhance its Janet Network and provide high-speed connectivity across the UK. “Ciena’s platforms help us provide the fast, highly-resilient and scalable connectivity that gives our members the best research and collaboration experience possible.”

Fujitsu to Deploy Gadi Supercomputer at NCI in Australia

Today Fujitsu announced a contract to upgrade the Australia’s fastest supercomputer at NCI. Called “Gadi,” the new supercomputer will replace the NCI’s current supercomputer, Raijin, which was also provided by Fujitsu back in 2012. “The upgrade of this critical infrastructure will see Australia continue to play a leading role in addressing some of our greatest global challenges. This new machine will keep Australian research and the 5,000 researchers who use it at the cutting-edge.”

Agenda Posted: MVAPICH User Group (MUG) Meeting in Ohio

The MVAPICH User Group Meeting (MUG 2019) has published its Speaker Agenda. The event will take place from August 19-21 in Columbus, Ohio. “MUG aims to bring together MVAPICH2 users, researchers, developers, and system administrators to share their experience and knowledge and learn from each other. The event includes Keynote Talks, Invited Tutorials, Invited Talks, Contributed Presentations, Open MIC session, hands-on sessions  MVAPICH developers, etc.”

Video: Lustre, RoCE, and MAN

Marek Magryś from Cyfronet gave this talk at the DDN User Group. “This talk will describe the architecture and implementation of high capacity Lustre file system for the need of a data intensive project. Storage is based on DDN ES7700 building block and uses RDMA over Converged Ethernet as network transport. What is unusual is that the storage system is located over 10 kilometers away from the supercomputer. Challenges, performance benchmarks and tuning will be the main topic of the presentation.”