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Introducing the Cambridge Data Accelerator

In this video from the Dell EMC HPC Community meeting, Alisdair King from Cambridge University describes the new Cambridge Data Accelerator. “The Cambridge Data Accelerator is an open source software package for building Burst Buffers from high speed flash storage. With available support from Cambridge University, the Cambridge Data Accelerator offers flexibility and high performance for high performance workloads.”

ISC 2018 is Now Open for Registration

Registration is now open for ISC 2018 at Early Bird discounted rates. The event takes place June 24-28 in Frankfurt. “Various topical and interest-specific Birds-of-a-Feather sessions, the fast-paced Vendor Showdown, and the Exhibitor Forums will again take place this year. Plus, the three-day ISC exhibition will feature about 150 exhibits from leading HPC companies and research organizations.”

DDN Powers Data Solutions for AI at the GPU Technology Conference

In this video from the GPU Technology Conference, James Coomer from DDN describes how the company delivers high performance data solutions for machine learning and AI applications. “DDN customers are leveraging machine learning techniques to speed results and improve competitiveness, profitability, customer service, business intelligence, and research effectiveness. The performance and flexible sizing of DDN solutions are well-suited for large-scale machine learning programs. They have the power to feed massive training sets to high core count systems as well as the mixed I/O capabilities necessary to handle data efficiently for CPU, GPU, and mixed multi-algorithm environments from simple linear regressions to deep neural nets.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at the New Coral-2 RFP for Exascale Computers

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the new Department of Energy’s RFP for Exascale Computers. “As far as predictions go, Dan thinks one machine will go to IBM and the other will go to Intel. Rich thinks HPE will win one of the bids with an ARM-based system designed around The Machine memory-centric architecture. They have a wager, so listen in to find out where the smart money is.”

StorONE and Mellanox Build Wire-Speed TRU Storage Solutions

Today StorONE announced that it has partnered with Mellanox Technologies to leverage each other’s technological approaches in order to create powerful, scalable and flexible storage solutions. These solutions achieve the enterprise-class functionality, high performance and high capacity results at the industry’s lowest total cost of ownership. “Modern software-defined storage solutions require high-performance, programmable and intelligent networks,” said Motti Beck, Senior Director Enterprise Market Development, at Mellanox. “Combining StorONE’s TRU STORAGE software with Mellanox Ethernet fabric storage solutions improves the simplicity, cost and efficiency of enterprise storage systems, supports enterprises’ mission critical storage features at wire speed and ensures the best end-user experience available.”

E8 Storage steps up to HPC with InfiniBand Support

Today E8 Storage announced availability of InfiniBand support to its high performance, NVMe storage solutions. The move comes as a direct response to HPC customers that wish to take advantage of the high speed, low latency throughput of InfiniBand for their data hungry applications. E8 Storage support for InfiniBand will be seamless for customers who now have the flexibility to connect via Ethernet or InfiniBand when paired with Mellanox ConnectX InfiniBand/VPI adapters. “Today we demonstrate once again that E8 Storage’s architecture can expand, evolve and always extract the full potential of flash performance,” comments Zivan Ori, co-founder and CEO of E8 Storage. “Partnering with market leaders like Mellanox that deliver the very best network connectivity technology ensures we continue to meet and, frequently, exceed the needs of our HPC customers even in their most demanding environments.”

Ceph on the Brain: Storage and Data-Movement Supporting the Human Brain Project

Adrian Tate from Cray and Stig Telfer from StackHPC gave this talk at the 2018 Swiss HPC Conference. “This talk will describe how Cray, StackHPC and the HBP co-designed a next-generation storage system based on Ceph, exploiting complex memory hierarchies and enabling next-generation mixed workload execution. We will describe the challenges, show performance data and detail the ways that a similar storage setup may be used in HPC systems of the future.”

DDN Builds New Engineering Facility in Colorado focused on AI, Cloud, and Enterprise Data Challenges

Today DDN announced the opening of a new facility in Colorado Springs, Colorado, including a significant expansion of lab, testing and benchmarking facilities. The enhanced capabilities will enable DDN to accelerate development efforts and increase in-house capabilities to mimic customer applications and workflows. “Our Enterprise, AI, HPC and Cloud customers have always relied upon us to develop the world’s leading data storage solutions at-scale, and for our long-term focus and sustained investments in research, technology and innovation,” said Alex Bouzari, chief executive officer, chairman and co-founder of DDN. “We are excited to add our new Colorado Springs facility to the DDN R&D centers worldwide and to expand our team of very talented engineers and technologists who will continue to drive innovation for our customers in the years to come.”

Accelerating Ceph with RDMA and NVMe-oF

Haodong Tang from Intel gave this talk at the 2018 Open Fabrics Workshop. “Efficient network messenger is critical for today’s scale-out storage systems. Ceph is one of the most popular distributed storage system providing a scalable and reliable object, block and file storage services. As the explosive growth of Big Data continues, there’re strong demands leveraging Ceph build high performance & ultra-low latency storage solution in the cloud and bigdata environment. The traditional TCP/IP cannot satisfy this requirement, but Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) can.”

New Types of Memory, their support in Linux, and how to use them via RDMA

Christoph Lameter from Jump Trading LLC gave this talk at the OpenFabrics Workshop. “Recently new types of memory have shown up like HBM (High Bandwidth Memory), Optane, 3DXpoint, NVDIMM, NVME and various “nonvolatile” types memory. This talk gives a brief rundown on what is available and gives some example on how the vendors enable the actual use of this memory in the operating system (f.e. DAX and filesystems) and then show how an application would make use of this memory. In particular then we will be looking at what considerations are important for the use of RDMA to those memory devices.”