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Volunteers Ready High Speed SCinet for SC17

At SC17 in Denver, volunteers have already started the installation of SCinet, the high-capacity network that supports the revolutionary applications and experiments that are a hallmark of the SC conference. SCinet takes one year to plan, and those efforts culminate in a month-long period of staging, setup and operation of the network during the conference.

Video: System Interconnects for HPC

In this video from the 2017 Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing, Pavan Balaji from Argonne presents an overview of system interconnects for HPC. “The Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing (ATPESC) provides intensive, two weeks of training on the key skills, approaches, and tools to design, implement, and execute computational science and engineering applications on current high-end computing systems and the leadership-class computing systems of the future.”

“The Ultimate Trading Machine” from Penguin Computing sets Record for Low Latency

The world of High Frequency Trading is all about reducing latency to make money. At the recent STAC Summit in Chicago, a Penguin Computing device called The Ultimate Trading Machine achieved a record-low 98 nanosecond tick-to-trade latency, some 18% faster than the previous world record. “Facing tremendous pressures to optimize the transaction lifecycle, the financial services industry helps drive innovations in many core technologies. At Penguin Computing, we empower our customers with with open technology solutions that achieve performance requirements while keeping costs low and avoiding vendor lock-in. We are proud to join with our partners to deliver this Ultimate Trading Machine.”

Pawsey Centre in Australia Upgrades Zeus Cluster

Today the Pawsey Supercomputing Center in Australia announced plans to expand its Zeus cluster from a pre/post processing cluster to a mid-range compute cluster in December 2017. This expansion will provide more than 20 million additional core hours to researchers. “This is another piece of the puzzle, ensuring that Pawsey provides the most suitable resources for Australian researchers,” said David Schibeci, Head of Supercomputing at Pawsey. “We’ve seen an unquenchable thirst for compute power in this country and we are happy to continue to support science outcomes that come from that thirst.”

Industry Analysis: AI and Deep Learning – the Voice of the Market

In this video, Dan Olds from OrionX presents insights from their Q2-Q3 2017 Survey on Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning/Deep Learning – one of the industry’s most comprehensive AI/ML/DL surveys to date with more than 144 data points. “Dan Olds talks the audience through the demographics and questions, respondents’ understanding of AI/ML/DL, current projects, who is driving AI in organizations, project attributes and more.”

Video: The Era of Data-Centric Data Centers

Gilad Shainer gave this talk at the HPC Advisory Council Spain Conference. “The latest revolution in HPC is the move to a co-design architecture, a collaborative effort among industry, academia, and manufacturers to reach Exascale performance. By taking a holistic system-level approach to fundamental performance improvements Co-design architectures exploit system efficiency and optimizes performance by creating synergies between the hardware and the software.”

New Subsea Cable Lowers Network Costs from Iceland to North America by 90%

The cost of moving HPC workloads to Iceland is coming down in a big way. Today Verne Global and Tele Greenland announced that the 12.4-Tbps upgrade to the Greenland Connect subsea cable system with three new 100-Gpbs connections into Verne Global’s Icelandic data center, is now complete. The upgraded network provides streamlined routing from Iceland to the New York City metro area, lower latency and up to 90% lower network costs. Tele Greenland has also invested in improving route security to ensure data integrity and protect cables from elemental factors.

NCI Doubles Raijin Supercomputer Throughput with IBM POWER8

Today NCI in Australia announced that it has adopted IBM’s Power8 architecture as part of Raijin, the system  fastest supercomputer in the Southern Hemisphere. The hybrid x86/Power8 system will offer local researchers the opportunity to explore the intersection of AI and HPC. “The extraordinary bandwidth in Power Systems provides a significant performance advantage, and we look forward to scientists exploiting those capabilities now and into the future.”

HPC Network Stack on ARM

Pavel Shamis from ARM gave this talk at the MVAPICH User Group. “With the emerging availability HPC solutions based on ARM CPU architecture, it is important to understand how ARM integrates with the RDMA hardware and HPC network software stack. In this talk, we will overview ARM architecture and system software stack. We will discuss how ARM CPU interacts with network devices and accelerators. In addition, we will share our experience in enabling RDMA software stack and one-sided communication libraries (Open UCX, OpenSHMEM/SHMEM) on ARM and share preliminary evaluation results.”

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.”