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Registration Opens for HPC User Forum in Princeton, NJ

Hyperion Research has posted their preliminary agenda for the upcoming HPC User Forum. The event takes place March 30 – April 1 in Princeton, New Jersey. “The HPC User Forum was established in 1999 to promote the health of the global HPC industry and address issues of common concern to users (www.hpcuserforum.com). The organization has grown to 150 members.”

The State of HPC Storage – Requirements & Challenges

Steve Conway from Hyperion Research gave this talk at the Panasas User Group. “Hyperion Research conducted an industry survey to better understand TCO vs. initial costs/other purchase criteria, the benefits of greater simplicity, and buyer/user perceptions of major vendors of HPC storage systems.”

Video: Data Driven Ocean & Atmosphere Sciences at MoES in India

Dr. Suryachandra Rao from MoES gave this talk at the DDN User Group. “The Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) is mandated to provide services for weather, climate, ocean and coastal state, hydrology, seismology, and natural hazards; to explore and harness marine living and non-living resources in a sustainable way and to explore the three poles (Arctic, Antarctic and Himalayas). MoES recently inaugurated a new supercomputer at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) in Pune, dedicated to improving weather and climate forecasts across the country.”

HDR 200GB/sec InfiniBand for HPC & AI

In this video from the DDN booth at SC19, Scot Schultz from Mellanox presents: Connecting Visions: HDR 200GB/sec InfiniBand. “HDR 200Gb/s InfiniBand accelerates 31 percent of new InfiniBand-based systems on the current TOP500, including the fastest TOP500 supercomputer built this year. The results also highlight InfiniBand’s continued position in the top three supercomputers in the world and acceleration of six of the top 10 systems. Since the TOP500 List release in June 2019, InfiniBand’s presence has increased by 12 percent, now accelerating 141 supercomputers on the List.”

Exxact Teams with Panasas for Turnkey HPC Storage Clusters

Today Exxact Corporation announced the company is joining the Panasas Accelerate Channel Partner Program. Exxact will become a key distributor and integrator for the Panasas ActiveStor Ultra product line, providing installation, configuration and support services globally. The move broadens Exxact HPC solutions that can be customized to industry requirements and scaled to multiple sized organizations. “By partnering with Panasas, an industry leader in HPC storage, we are able to offer our customers a top tier, fully integrated and turnkey HPC storage solution, and ActiveStor Ultra with PanFS is a perfect fit for this,” said Jason Chen, Vice President at Exxact Corporation. “ActiveStor Ultra’s focus on HPC performance, while also offering reliability and simplicity in a single package gives our customers an HPC storage solution that’s easy to deploy and manage.”

WekaIO Accelerates 5 Million Genomes Project at Genomics England

Today WekaIO announced that Genomics England (GEL) has selected the Weka File System (WekaFS) to accelerate genomics research for the 5 Million Genomes Project. “We needed a modern storage solution that could scale to 100s petabytes while maintaining performance scaling, and it had to be simple to manage at that scale. With its clever combination of flash for performance and object store for scale, Weka has proven to be a great solution.”

Call for Papers: MSST 2020 Mass Storage Conference in Santa Clara

The MSST 2020 Mass Storage Conference has issued its Call for Papers. The event will be held May 4-8, 2020 at Santa Clara University, with the Research Track taking place May 7 and 8. “The conference focuses on current challenges and future trends in storage technologies. MSST 2020 will include a day of tutorials, two days of invited papers, and two days of peer-reviewed research papers. The conference will be held, once again, on the beautiful campus of Santa Clara University, in the heart of Silicon Valley.”

NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD: Instant Infrastructure for AI Leadership

Darrin Johnson from NVIDIA gave this talk at the DDN User Group. “The NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD is a first-of-its-kind artificial intelligence (AI) supercomputing infrastructure that delivers groundbreaking performance, deploys in weeks as a fully integrated system, and is designed to solve the world’s most challenging AI problems. “When combined with DDN’s A3I data management solutions, NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD creates a real competitive advantage for customers looking to deploy AI at scale.”

Full Roundup: SC19 Booth Tour Videos from insideHPC

Now that SC19 is behind us, it’s time to gather our booth tour videos in one place. Throughout the course of the show, insideHPC talked to dozens of HPC innovators showcasing the very latest in hardware, software, and cooling technologies.

WekaIO Named Major Player in File-Based Storage by IDC MarketScape

IDC MarketScape has recognized WekaIO as a Major Player in this sector. According to the IDC MarketScape 2019, IDC believes that file-based storage (FBS) will continue to evolve to address the needs of traditional and next-generation workloads. The IDC MarketScape noted, “WekaFS was developed from the ground up to utilize the performance of NVMe flash technology to deliver the optimum performance and minimum latency for demanding and unpredictable AI workloads. WekaIO’s customers claim satisfaction and that the offering holds to performance promises made by the vendor.”