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HPE Completes Acquisition of SD-WAN Vendor Silver Peak

San Jose, Sept. 21, 2020 – Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) today announced it has completed the acquisition of Silver Peak, an SD-WAN (Software-Defined Wide Area Network) leader, in a transaction valued at $925 million. Silver Peak will become a part of Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company. The acquisition will strengthen Aruba ESP (Edge Services Platform), […]

Xilinx Ships Multi-Function Telco Accelerator Card for 5G O-RAN Virtual Baseband Unit Markets

SAN JOSE, Sept. 15, 2020 – Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) today announced the T1 Telco Accelerator Card for O-RAN distributed units (O-DUs) and virtual baseband units (vBBUs) in 5G networks. Built using the same Xilinx silicon and IP being deployed in 5G networks, the T1 card is the only multi-function PCIe form factor card that performs both […]

Videos, Slides from MUG ’20 Now Available

The MVAPICH User Group Meeting (MUG ’20), built around an implementation of the MPI standard developed by Ohio State University, has posted videos and slides from presentations on a variety of topics at its recent annual conference. The program included keynote talks from Brian van Essen from Lawrence Livermore National Labs and Michael Norman from San Diego Supercomputing […]

Managing Complexity in the New Era of HPC

In this contributed article, Bill Wagner, CEO of Bright Computing, discusses how the HPC industry has entered an era of change in the past few years. New technologies, cloud, edge, and a broadening set of commercial use cases in the areas of data analytics and machine learning have set in motion a tsunami of change for HPC. This is no longer a tool for rocket scientists and the research elite. HPC is quickly becoming a strategic necessity for all industries that want to gain a competitive advantage in their markets, or at least keep pace with their industry peers in order to survive.

RIKEN’s Fugaku to Connect via Oracle Cloud

The RIKEN Center for Computational Science, Kobe, Japan, owner of the world’s no. 1-ranked supercomputer, Fugaku, has chosen Oracle Cloud as the public cloud provider for its elastic HPC storage and to enable universities and research organizations to connect through Japan’s Science Information Network (SINET). Performing at 415 quadrillion computations a second, or 415 petaFLOPS, Fugaku […]

Prying an Integrated HPC Cluster from Vendors’ Hands: ‘We Had to Force Them to Get into the Same Room’

Sometimes, vendors just won’t take customers’ money for a cluster no matter how hard the customer pleads. Last month, HPC technology strategist Ryan Quick, co-founder and principal at Providentia Worldwide consulting firm, told us that while vendors have technologies capable of delivering solutions across the stack, too often they have disconnects between business units that makes buying an integrated solution difficult, if not impossible. In this interview, Quick expands on those comments with problem scenarios and advice on handling vendors.

InfiniBand Powers World’s Leading Weather Forecasters’ Supercomputers

In this feature article from our friends over at Mellanox, we discuss how weather and climate models are both compute and data intensive. Forecast quality scales with modeling complexity and resolution. Resolution depends on the performance of supercomputers. And supercomputer performance depends on the underlying interconnect technology: to get higher performance, the interconnect must be able to move data quickly, effectively and in a scalable manner across compute resources.

Never Enough Bandwidth: Optical I/O Consortium Formed to Set Interconnect Standards

More than 20 companies have joined an industry consortium to establish specifications for multi-wavelength integrated optics – the emerging interconnect technology whose advocates say is critical to next-generation HPC and AI. Announced today, the CW-WDM MSA (Continuous-Wave Wavelength Division Multiplexing Multi-Source Agreement) Group, wants to build an ecosystem to work on common standards and interoperability for dense laser light sources, which in turn will enable broad adoption of optical I/O.

NVIDIA Mellanox ConnectX-6 Lx SmartNIC Accelerates Cloud and Enterprise Workloads

Today NVIDIA launched the NVIDIA Mellanox ConnectX-6 Lx SmartNIC — a highly secure and efficient 25/50 gigabit per second (Gb/s) Ethernet smart network interface controller (SmartNIC) — to meet surging growth in enterprise and cloud scale-out workloads. “ConnectX-6 Lx, the 11th generation product in the ConnectX family, is designed to meet the needs of modern data centers, where 25Gb/s connections are becoming standard for handling demanding workflows, such as enterprise applications, AI and real-time analytics.”

Liqid, Dell, and AMD power Industry’s Fastest Single-socket Storage Server

Today Liqid announced that it has worked with industry leaders AMD and Dell Technologies to deliver one of the fastest one-socket storage rack servers on the market. “Liqid’s composable Gen-4 PCI-Express (PCIe) fabric technology, the LQD4500, is coupled with the AMD EPYC 7002 Series Processors, and enclosed in Dell Technologies’ industry-leading Dell EMC PowerEdge R7515 Rack Server to deliver an architecture designed for the most demanding next-generation, AI-driven HPC application environments.”