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NASA Goddard Boosts Discover Supercomputer to 5 Petaflops

CSRA Inc. has acquired another compute expansion under its High Performance Computing contract with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. “This HPC expansion brings our compute capacity to over 50 petaFLOPS for all CSRA HPC contracts across the federal government,” said Sharon Hays, PhD., Director of CSRA’s HPC Center of Excellence. “This HPC expansion will help NASA researchers meet their mission objectives and bring a greater understanding of the earth’s climate system.”

India’s Ministry of Earth Sciences Deploys two Cray XC40 Supercomputers

Today Cray announced that the Ministry of Earth Sciences in India has deployed a pair of Cray XC40 supercomputers with Cray ClusterStor storage systems. The combined systems are the largest supercomputing resource in India, and extend Cray’s leadership position in the weather forecasting and climate research communities. “The two new Cray systems are major steps forward for MoES, and allows us to stand tall in the international weather and climate communities.”

Podcast: The Exascale Data and Visualization project at LANL

In this episode of Let’s Talk Exascale, Scott Gibson discusses the ECP Data and Visualization project with Jim Ahrens from Los Alamos National Lab. Ahrens is principal investigator for the Data and Visualization project, which is responsible for the storage and visualization aspects of the ECP and for helping its researchers understand, store, and curate scientific data.

Registration Opens for LUG 2018 in April

Registration is now open for LUG 2018. Sponsored by Globus. the 2018 Lustre User Group (LUG) conference will be held April 23-26, 2018 at Argonne National Laboratory. “As always, LUG provides technical sessions on the latest Lustre developments and best practices, while providing opportunities to share information, network, and collaborate with your peers.”

Intel’s Al Gara Presents: Technology Opportunities Like Never Before

Al Gara from gave this talk at the Intel HPC Developer Conference in Denver. “Technology visionaries architecting the future of HPC and AI will share the key challenges as well as Intel’s direction. The talk will cover the adaptation of AI into HPC workflows, along their perspective architectural developments, upcoming transitions and range of solutions, technology opportunities, and the driving forces behind them.”

AI Hardware to Support the Artificial Intelligence Software Ecosystem

Balance ratios are key to understanding the plethora of AI hardware solutions that are being developed or are soon to become available. This post from an insideHPC Special Report explores AI hardware options to support the growing artificial intelligence software ecosystem. 

RAID Inc. Joins OpenSFS to Support the Lustre File System

RAID Incorporated has joined OpenSFS (Open Scalable File Systems, Inc.). OpenSFS is a non-profit organization that supports the vendor-neutral development of Lustre. Since 2010, OpenSFS has utilized working groups, events, and funding initiatives to encourage the growth and stability of the Lustre community, as well as facilitate collaborative benefits of its members, to ensure Lustre remains open, free, and flourishing. “RAID Incorporated undoubtedly brings great value to OpenSFS and will aid in boosting the continued innovation and advancements of the Lustre file system,” said OpenSFS President Sarp Oral.

Micron and Intel to continue joint development of 3D NAND Memory through 2019

Today Micron and Intel announced an update to their successful NAND memory joint development partnership that has helped the companies develop and deliver industry-leading NAND technologies to market. “The companies have agreed to complete development of their third-generation of 3D NAND technology, which will be delivered toward the end of this year and extending into early 2019. Beyond that technology node, both companies will develop 3D NAND independently in order to better optimize the technology and products for their individual business needs.”

Microsoft to acquire Avere Systems

Over at the Microsoft Blog, Jason Zander writes that the company is acquiring Avere Systems. “By bringing together Avere’s storage expertise with the power of Microsoft’s cloud, customers will benefit from industry-leading innovations that enable the largest, most complex high-performance workloads to run in Microsoft Azure. We are excited to welcome Avere to Microsoft, and look forward to the impact their technology and the team will have on Azure and the customer experience.”

Red Hat steps up with Multi-Architecture Solutions for HPC

In this video from SC17, Dan McGuan and Jon Masters from Red Hat describe the company’s Multi-Architecture HPC capabilities. “At SC17, you will have an opportunity to see the power and flexibility of Red Hat Enterprise Linux across multiple architectures, including Arm v8-A, x86_64 and IBM POWER Little Endian.”