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NetApp EF600 Storage Array Speeds HPC and Analytics

Today NetApp announced the NetApp EF600 storage array. The EF600 is an end-to-end NVMe midrange array that accelerates access to data and empowers companies to rapidly develop new insights for performance-sensitive workloads. “The storage industry is currently transitioning from the SAS to the NVMe protocol, which significantly increases the speed of access to data,” said Tim Stammers, senior analyst, 451 Research. “But conventional storage systems do not fully exploit NVMe performance, because of latencies imposed by their main controllers. NetApp’s E-Series systems were designed to address this architectural issue and are already used widely in performance-sensitive applications. The EF600 sets a new level of performance for the E-Series by introducing end-to-end support for NVMe, and should be considered by IT organizations looking for high-speed storage to serve analytics and other data-intensive applications.”

Intel Talks at Hot Chips gear up for “AI Everywhere”

Today at Hot Chips 2019, Intel revealed new details of upcoming high-performance AI accelerators: Intel Nervana neural network processors, with the NNP-T for training and the NNP-I for inference. Intel engineers also presented technical details on hybrid chip packaging technology, Intel Optane DC persistent memory and chiplet technology for optical I/O. InsideHPC has got all the details, here, all in one place.

UPMEM Puts CPUs Inside Memory to Allow Apps to Run 20 Times Faster

Today UPMEM announced a Processing-in-Memory (PIM) acceleration solution that allows big data and AI applications to run 20 times faster and with 10 times less energy. Instead of moving massive amounts of data to CPUs, the silicon-based technology from UPMEM puts CPUs right in the middle of data, saving time and improving efficiency. By allowing compute to take place directly in the memory chips where data already resides, data-intensive applications can be substantially accelerated.

Micron Starts Volume Production of 1z Nanometer DRAM Process Node

Today Micron Technology announced advancements in DRAM scaling, making Micron the first memory company to begin mass production of 16Gb DDR4 products using 1z nm process technology. “The optimized balance between power and performance will be a key differentiator for applications including, among others, artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, 5G, mobile devices, graphics, gaming, network infrastructure and servers.”

University of Leicester Adopts Cloudian Object Storage for Backup

Today Cloudian announced that the University of Leicester has deployed the company’s HyperStore object storage system as the foundation of a revamped backup platform. The new solution requires 50% less space and, once fully implemented, is expected to save approximately 25% in data storage costs. “Today Cloudian announced that the University of Leicester has deployed the company’s HyperStore object storage system as the foundation of a revamped backup platform. The new solution requires 50% less space and, once fully implemented, is expected to save approximately 25% in data storage costs.”

Podcast: Memory-Driven Computing

In this podcast, HPE Distinguished Technologist Kim Keeton describes the concept of Memory-Driven Computing and how it relates to traditional high performance computing. In terms of application areas, Kim also explains her perspective on blockchain and self-driving cars. “Memory-Driven Computing sets itself apart by giving every processor in a system access to a giant shared pool of memory – a sharp departure from today’s systems where relatively small amounts of memory are tethered to each processor. The resulting inefficiencies limit performance.”

OSS Steps Up with AMD EPYC 7002 Series Processor for ‘AI on the Fly’

One Stop Systems just unveiled its comprehensive portfolio of PCIe Gen 4 expansion building blocks supporting servers based on the new AMD EPYC 7002 processor. “We are pleased to work with AMD to lead the market transition to PCIe Gen 4 by delivering flexible and scalable expansion platforms complementary to AMD EPYC 7002 based servers.”

Registration Opens for HPC User Forums in Switzerland and Scotland

The HPC User Forum Steering Committee and Hyperion Research invite interested HPC community members to reserve a seat at one or both HPC User Forum meetings that will take place during the same week at CSCS (the Swiss National Supercomputing Center, Lugano) and EPCC/University of Edinburgh in October. The meetings will begin and end at midday, to make same-day travel easier. Registration and food/refreshments are free, but space is strictly limited. Seats will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. We look forward to seeing you in October.

Mellanox to Maximize Performance on AMD EPYC 7002 Processors

Today Mellanox announced that the company’s InfiniBand ConnectX smart adapter solutions are optimized to provide breakthrough performance and scalability for the new AMD EPYC 7002 Series processor-based compute and storage infrastructures. “The combination of Mellanox 25, 50, 100 and 200 Gigabit Ethernet and HDR 200 Gigabit InfiniBand adapters, and PCI Express 4.0 support in the second-generation AMD EPYC processor, provides high-performance computing, artificial intelligence, cloud and enterprise data centers the high data bandwidth they need for the most compute and storage demanding applications.”

TYAN Launches Servers with AMD EPYC 7002 Series Processors

Today TYAN launched 2nd Gen AMD EPYC Processor-based server platforms to deliver a new level of performance to power the modern datacenter. “TYAN’s first-wave offerings include a 2U single-socket Transport SX TS65-B8036 server and the single-socket Tomcat SX S8036 server motherboard. Powered by AMD EPYC 7002 Series Processors, both platforms boost performance for the modern datacenter by leveraging PCIe 4.0 and increased memory speed. The TS65-S8036 supports 16 DDR4-3200 DIMM slots, 12 front-access hot-swap 3.5” and 2 rear-access hot-swap 2.5” drives.”