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Mellanox InfiniBand Delivers up to 250 Percent Higher ROI for HPC

Today Mellanox announced that EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand solutions have demonstrated from 30 to 250 percent higher HPC applications performance versus Omni-Path. These performance tests were conducted at end-user installations and Mellanox benchmarking and research center, and covered a variety of HPC application segments including automotive, climate research, chemistry, bioscience, genomics and more.

High Performance Interconnects – Assessments, Rankings and Landscape

Dan Olds from OrionX.net presented this talk at the Switzerland HPC Conference. “Dan Olds will present recent research into the history of High Performance Interconnects (HPI), the current state of the HPI market, where HPIs are going in the future, and how customers should evaluate HPI options today. This will be a highly informative and interactive session.”

Rescale Announces ScaleX Labs with Intel Xeon Phi and Omni-Path

Today the Rescale HPC Cloud introduced the ScaleX Labs with Intel Xeon Phi processors and Intel Omni-Path Fabric managed by R Systems. The collaboration brings lightning-fast, next-generation computation to Rescale’s cloud platform for big compute, ScaleX Pro. “We are proud to provide a remote access platform for Intel’s latest processors and interconnect, and appreciate the committed cooperation of our partners at R Systems,” said Rescale CEO Joris Poort. “Our customers care about both performance and convenience, and the ScaleX Labs with Intel Xeon Phi processors brings them both in a single cloud HPC solution at a price point that works for everyone.”

Open CAPI: A New Standard for High Performance Attachment of Memory, Acceleration, and Networks

In this video from the Switzerland HPC Conference, Jeffrey Stuecheli from IBM presents: Open CAPI, A New Standard for High Performance Attachment of Memory, Acceleration, and Networks. “OpenCAPI sets a new standard for the industry, providing a high bandwidth, low latency open interface design specification. This session will introduce the new standard and it’s goals. This includes details on how the interface protocol provides unprecedented latency and bandwidth to attached devices.”

A PCIe Congestion-Aware Performance Model for Densely Populated Accelerator Servers

“MeteoSwiss, the Swiss national weather forecast institute, has selected densely populated accelerator servers as their primary system to compute weather forecast simulation. Servers with multiple accelerator devices that are primarily connected by a PCI-Express (PCIe) network achieve a significantly higher energy efficiency. Memory transfers between accelerators in such a system are subjected to PCIe arbitration policies. In this paper, we study the impact of PCIe topology and develop a congestion-aware performance model for PCIe communication. We present an algorithm for computing congestion factors of every communication in a congestion graph that characterizes the dynamic usage of network resources by an application.”

Panel Discussion: The Exascale Era

In this video from Switzerland HPC Conference, Rich Brueckner from insideHPC moderates a panel discussion on Exascale Computing. “The Exascale Computing Project in the USA is tasked with developing a set of advanced supercomputers with 50x better performance than today’s fastest machines on real applications. This panel discussion will look at the challenges, gaps, and probable pathways forward in this monumental endeavor.”

Panelists:

Gilad Shainer, HPC Advisory Council
Jeffrey Stuecheli, IBM
DK Panda, Ohio State University
Torsten Hoefler, ETH Zurich
Rich Graham, Mellanox

Avere Powers Active Archive Object Storage at University of Warsaw

“One of the challenges we face in enabling big data science is providing safe and affordable storage at petabyte scale,” said Dr. Marek Michalewicz, deputy director of ICM. “When the Avere and Western Digital team arrived, we were able to count time-to-completion in hours. Together, Avere and Western Digital let us take advantage of object storage efficiencies to support demand, delivering the capacity, performance and manageability that the OCEAN data center environment requires.”

Tesla P100 GPUs Speed Cloud-Based Deep Learning on the Nimbix Cloud

“Nimbix has tremendous experience in GPU cloud computing, going all the way back to NVIDIA’s Fermi architecture,” said Steve Hebert, CEO of Nimbix. “We are looking forward to accelerating deep learning and analytics applications for customers seeking the latest generation GPU technology available in a public cloud.”

Video: Advancing Open Fabrics Interfaces

Sean Hefty from Intel presented this talk at the OpenFabrics Workshop. “With its initial release two years ago, libfabric advanced the state of fabric software interfaces. One of the promises of OFI was extensibility: adapting to increased demands of fabric services from applications. This session explores the first major enhancements to the libfabric API in response to user demands and learnings.”

Cowboy Supercomputer Powers Research at Oklahoma State

In this video, Dana Brunson from Oklahoma State describes the mission of the Oklahoma High Performance Computing Center. Formed in 2007, the HPCC facilitates computational and data-intensive research across a wide variety of disciplines by providing students, faculty and staff with cyberinfrastructure resources, cloud services, education and training, bioinformatics assistance, proposal support and collaboration.