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Boston Limited Joins Panasas Channel Partner Program

Today Panasas announced that Boston Limited has signed up to be a key distributor and integrator for the Panasas ActiveStor Ultra product line, providing installation, configuration and support services globally. “Boston has expansive lab facilities and experienced technical personnel across the globe, who will provide support and HPC expertise for our mutual value-add resellers in international markets.”

Agenda Posted: September HPC User Forum at Argonne

Hyperion Research has posted the Speaker Agenda for the HPC User Forum at Argonne. Registration is now open for the event, which takes place September 9-11 in Greater Chicago. “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. The organization has grown to 150 members. It is directed by a volunteer Steering Committee of users from government, industry and academia, and operated for the users. We hold two full-membership meetings a year in the United States, and also hold two meetings annually in international locations.”

Penguin Computing Breaks STAC-M3 Performance Records with WekaIO

Today Penguin Computing and WekaIO announced record performance on the STAC-M3 Benchmark. The STAC-M3 Antuco and Kanaga Benchmark Suites are the industry standard for testing solutions that enable high-speed analytics on time series data, such as tick-by-tick market data. “By combining Penguin Computing Relion servers and FrostByte Storage with the WekaIO File System, the companies have affirmed that this integrated solution is ideal for algorithmic trading and quantitative analysis workloads, common in financial services.”

NEC Delivers HPC Cluster to RWTH Aachen University in Germany

Today NEC announced that RWTH Aachen University in Germany has started operations of a new HPC cluster. Called CLAIX-2018 the system augments the university’s existing CLAIX-2016 installation. “RWTH Aachen is one of the most renowned universities in Germany, and this project is a lighthouse project not only for the HPC datacentre, but also for NEC,” said Yuichi Kojima, Vice President HPC EMEA at NEC Deutschland.

NEXTGenIO Project Delivers Prototype to EPCC

The EPCC supercomputing centre at the University of Edinburgh has installed a prototype system developed by the NEXTGenIO project. Funded by the European Commission, NEXTGenIO is an R&D project tasked with developing solutions to high performance computing’s I/O and data challenges. “Our ongoing collaboration with NEXTGenIO allows us to develop solutions to speed up time-consuming I/O operations in HPC applications and workflows, leading to faster execution, less use of resources, and improved scalability,” said Trish Damkroger from Intel.

Atos to Deploy Most Powerful Supercomputer in Norway

Today Atos announced a 4-year contract to deliver a BullSequana XH2000 supercomputer to Uninett Sigma2, the national e-infrastructure provider in Norway. As the most powerful supercomputer in Norway, the AMD-powered system will provide researchers with an enhanced computing capacity to enable new innovation breakthroughs. “Norwegian researchers will have access to more than 5 times more capacity than previously, with a theoretical peak performance of 5.9 PetaFlops.”

Kmesh.io – Multicloud Lustre-as-a-Service

Vinay Gaonkar from Kmesh.io gave this talk at LUG 2019. “The need for cloud-based Lustre, he explained, is driven by both technological and business factors. In the end, this all adds up to a trend in which the cloud world is moving from heavy use of centralized data lakes to a much more flexible and responsive architecture of many smaller, distributed data ponds.”

Supermicro teams with WekaIO for Deep Learning Performance Density

The BigTwin Server featuring WekaFS offering is a milestone in our relationship with Supermicro,” said Barbara Murphy, Vice President of Marketing at WekaIO. “The solution is already in use by many customers with deep learning applications and exceeding expectations for performance and value. By offering this preconfigured solution with Supermicro, we’ll be able to simplify the customers’ acquisition experience.”

Podcast: Achieving Low Latency with the SPDK Storage Performance Development Kit

In this Intel Chip Chat podcast, Dr. Felipe Franciosi from Nutanix and Nate Marushak from Intel describe how the open source reference library called SPDK (Storage Performance Development Kit) brings higher performance to the data center. “A decade ago, when slow hard disk drives were the heart of a data center, efficiency was improved by designing software to avoid accessing physical media. Innovations in persistent memory and in networking technology have already brought vast improvements. For systems that are latency-sensitive, applying SPDK can address software bottlenecks and open the way to even higher performance.”

Storage Advances for HPC and AI

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Robert Roe looks at storage technologies being developed to suit both AI and HPC workloads. “While AI may steal the headlines, HPC is still generating advances in storage technology. Cloud environments have made significant progress over the last five to ten years, going from what was seen as fringe or niche technology to a much more ubiquitous platform, particularly with the advances made by cloud giants such as Google and Amazon.”