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Radio Free HPC Says Goodbye to Net Neutrality

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the FCC’s move to abolish Net Neutrality regulations put in place during the Obama administration. Dan thinks this is a good move to remove unnecessary regulations, but rest of the crew is worried about where this will lead the future of the Internet.

Quantum Launches Scale-out NAS for High-Value and Data-Intensive Workloads

There is a gap in the market between NAS systems designed for enterprise data management and HPC solutions designed for data-intensive workloads,” said Molly Presley, vice president, Global Marketing, Quantum. “Xcellis Scale-out NAS fills this gap with the features needed by enterprises and the performance required by HPC in a single solution. Xcellis uniquely delivers capacity with the economics of tape and cloud and integrated AI for advanced data insights and can even support traditional block storage demands within the same platform.”

MeDiCI – How to Withstand a Research Data Tsunami

Jake Carroll from The Queensland Brain Institute gave this talk at the DDN User Group. “The Metropolitan Data Caching Infrastructure (MeDiCI) project is a data storage fabric developed and trialled at UQ that delivers data to researchers where needed at any time. The “magic” of MeDiCI is it offers the illusion of a single virtual data centre next door even when it is actually distributed over potentially very wide areas with varying network connectivity.”

Speeding Data Transfer with ESnet’s Petascale DTN Project

Researchers at the DOE are looking to dramatically increase their data transfer capabilities with the Petascale DTN project. “The collaboration, named the Petascale DTN project, also includes the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, a leading center funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Together, the collaboration aims to achieve regular disk-to-disk, end-to-end transfer rates of one petabyte per week between major facilities, which translates to achievable throughput rates of about 15 Gbps on real world science data sets.”

New Avere FXT Edge Filer Doubles Performance, Capacity, and Bandwidth for Challenging Workloads

Today Avere Systems introduced the top-of-the-line FXT Edge filer, the FXT 5850. Designed for high data-growth industries, the new FXT enables customers to speed time to market, produce higher quality output and modernize the IT infrastructure with both cloud and advanced networking technologies.

“Our customers in the fields of scientific research, financial services, media and entertainment and others are nearing the limits of the modern data center with ever-increasing workload demands,” said Jeff Tabor, Senior Director of Product Management and Marketing at Avere Systems. “Built on Avere’s enterprise-proven file system technology, FXT 5850 delivers unparalleled performance and capacity to support the most compute-intensive environments and help our customers accelerate their businesses.”

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.”