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Announcing the next generation of Intel® Omni-Path fabric, Intel® OPA200

In this video from ISC 2018, Joe Yaworski from Intel describes how the newly announced Intel® Omni-Path fabric, Intel® OPA200 interconnect will speed up HPC and AI applications. “Intel shared at ISC its next-generation Omni-Path Architecture (Intel® OPA200), coming in 2019, which will provide data rate speeds up to 200 Gb/s, doubling the performance of the previous generation. This next-generation fabric will be interoperable and compatible with the current generation of Intel® OPA.  Intel® OPA200’s high-performance capabilities and low-latency at scale will provide system architects the ability to scale to tens of thousands of nodes while benefiting from improved total cost of ownership.”

Radio Free HPC runs down the latest TOP500 Fastest Supercomputers

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team reviews the latest TOP500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers. “The TOP500 celebrates its 25th anniversary with a major shakeup at the top of the list. For the first time since November 2012, the US claims the most powerful supercomputer in the world, leading a significant turnover in which four of the five top systems were either new or substantially upgraded.”

Dr Keren Bergman previews ISC Keynote on Optical Computing for HPC

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Dr Keren Bergman, Professor of Electrical Engineering at the School of Engineering and Applied Science, Columbia University discusses her keynote on the development of silicon photonics for HPC ahead of her Tuesday keynote presentation at ISC 2018. “So today we are able to make all the components of photonic links and this includes 50 GHz data modulators, 50 GHz receivers, nanosecond scale switches all kinds of structures and we can do wave division multiplexing into these interconnect structures. The capabilities are just enormous.”

Supermicro, Red Hat, and Solarflare Set World Record STAC Performance

Today Supermicro announced a new world record for lowest latency on the well-known STAC-N1 benchmark. “This benchmark was performed on a pair of Supermicro SYS-1029UX-LL1-S16 servers, each with dual 8-core Intel Xeon Scalable 6144 (Gold) processors overclocked at 4.18GHz. The servers were also loaded with Red Hat’s Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5 operating system and Solarflare X2522 Adapters. Compared to all prior publicly released STAC-N1 results, the bare metal system demonstrated the lowest mean latency of 2.3 microseconds at both the base rate (100k messages per second) and the highest rate tested (1 million mps).”

Excelero and Mellanox Boost Ceph Performance in OpenStack Cloud

OpenStack cloud provider Teuto.net has reported exceptional performance with low-latency block storage using deployed Excelero’s NVMesh Server SAN along with Mellanox SN2100 switches. As more customers need storage suitable for demanding databases that exceed Ceph’s performance, teuto.net achieved a 2,000% performance gain and 10x lower IO latency with NVMesh compared to Ceph while avoiding costly, less scalable appliances and proprietary vendor solutions.

Exploring Dell EMC Networking for vSan

This is the second entry in an insideHPC guide series that explores networking with Dell EMC ready nodes. Read on to learn more about Dell EMC networking for vSan.

Let’s Talk Exascale: Optimizing I/O at the ADIOS Project

In this episode of Let’s Talk Exascale, researchers from the ADIOS project describe how they are optimizing I/O on exascale architectures and making the code easily maintainable, sustainable, and extensible, while ensuring its performance and scalability. “The Adaptable I/O System (ADIOS) project in the ECP supports exascale applications by addressing their data management and in situ analysis needs.”

Intel to Showcase AI and HPC Demos at ISC 2018

Today Intel released a sneak peek at their plans for ISC 2018 in Frankfurt. The company will showcase how it’s helping AI developers, data scientists and HPC programmers transform industries by tapping into HPC to power the AI solutions. “ISC brings together academic and commercial disciplines to share knowledge in the field of high performance computing. Intel’s presence at the event will include keynotes, sessions, and booth demos that will be focused on the future of HPC technology, including Artificial Intelligence (AI) and visualization.”

Agenda Posted for ExaComm 2018 Workshop in Frankfurt

The ExaComm 2018 workshop has posted their Speaker Agenda. Held in conjunction with ISC 2018, the Fourth International Workshop on Communication Architectures for HPC, Big Data, Deep Learning and Clouds at Extreme Scale takes place June 28 in Frankfurt. ” The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers and software/hardware designers from academia, industry and national laboratories who are involved in creating network-based computing solutions for extreme scale architectures. The objectives of this workshop will be to share the experiences of the members of this community and to learn the opportunities and challenges in the design trends for exascale communication architectures.”

Improving Deep Learning scalability on HPE servers with NovuMind: GPU RDMA made easy

Bruno Monnet from HPE gave this talk at the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference. “Deep Learning demands massive amounts of computational power. Those computation power usually involve heterogeneous computation resources, e.g., GPUs and InfiniBand as installed on HPE Apollo. NovuForce deep learning softwares within the docker image has been optimized for the latest technology like NVIDIA Pascal GPU and infiniband GPUDirect RDMA. This flexibility of the software, combined with the broad GPU servers in HPE portfolio, makes one of the most efficient and scalable solutions.”