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Atos to deploy AMD-powered AION Supercomputer at the University of Luxembourg

Today Atos announced a 4-year contract to supply its BullSequana XH2000 supercomputer to the University of Luxembourg. “The BullSequana XH2000 supercomputer will give researchers 1.5 times more computing capacity with a theoretical peak performance of 1.7 petaflops which will complement the existing supercomputing cluster. It will be equipped with AMD EPYC processors and Mellanox InfiniBand HDR technology, connected to a DDN storage environment.”

Micron steps up Memory Performance and Density with DDR5

Today Micron Technology announced that it has begun sampling DDR5 registered DIMMs, based on its industry-leading 1znm process technology, with key industry partners. DDR5, the most technologically advanced DRAM to date, will enable the next generation of server workloads by delivering more than an 85% increase in memory performance. DDR5 doubles memory density while improving reliability at a time when data center system architects are seeking to supply rapidly growing processor core counts with increased memory bandwidth and capacity.

Dell Technologies Democratizes HPC at SC19

In this video from SC19, Thierry Pellegrino from Dell Technologies describes how the company’s HPC solutions are designed to simplify and accelerate customers’ HPC and AI efforts. “There’s a lot of value in the data that organizations collect, and HPC and AI are helping organizations get the most out of this data,” said Thierry Pellegrino, vice president of HPC at Dell Technologies. “We’re committed to building solutions that simplify the use and deployment of these technologies for organizations of all sizes and at all stages of deployment.”

Reimagining HPC Compute and Storage Architecture with Intel Optane Technology

Andrey Kudryavtsev from Intel gave this talk at the DDN User Group in Denver. “Intel Optane DC SSDs are proven technologies that have helped data centers remove storage bottlenecks and accelerate application performance for the past two years. Now, the launch of Intel Optane persistent memory and the integrated support of 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors is further shrinking the gap between storage and DRAM. Together, Intel Optane DC persistent memory and Intel Optane SSDs deliver value across four crucial vectors.”

Cloud Compute in 2019: Workloads and Options

In this video, Oracle Sr Director Leo Leung cloud computing options by workload in 2019. “Of course there’s variance when it comes to clock speeds, when it comes to the amount of memory versus storage is on board. But generally they fall in these families: CPU based instances that have storage onboard, CPU instances that require network storage, and GPU instances that require network storage.”

Video: Democratizing the World’s Weather Data with IBM GRAF

In this video, scientists describes IBM GRAF, a powerful new global weather forecasting system that will provide the most accurate local weather forecasts ever seen worldwide. The IBM Global High-Resolution Atmospheric Forecasting System (GRAF) is the first hourly-updating commercial weather system that is able to predict something as small as thunderstorms globally. Compared to existing models, it will provide a nearly 200% improvement in forecasting resolution for much of the globe (from 12 to 3 sq km). 

Video: Lustre Features and Future

Andreas Dilger from Whamcloud gave this talk at LAD’19 in Paris. “For a number of years, a majority of the world’s 100 fastest supercomputers have relied on Lustre for their storage needs. If you need lots of data fast and reliably, and value the flexibility of using a wide choice of block storage and want to become part of a world-wide open community, then Lustre is a good choice.”

Video: I/O Architectures and Technology

Glenn Lockwood from NERSC gave this talk at ATPESC 2019. “Systems are very different, but the APIs you use shouldn’t be. Understanding performance is easier when you know what’s behind the API. What really happens when you read or write some data?”

Video: Optimizing Flash at Scale at CEA

In this video from the DDN User Group at SC19, Gael Delbray from CEA presents: Optimizing Flash at Scale. “The major challenges that the HPC will face in the coming years are manifold, such as the development of hardware and software architectures able to deliver very high computing power, modelling methods combining different scales and physical models and the management of huge volumes of numerical data.”

Intel Optane comes to new Inspur Storage Products

Inspur recently launched all-flash storage systems with dual-port Intel Optane SSDs. “With the Optane SSD as the high-speed cache layer, AS5000G5-F combines innovative technologies such as intelligent data layering, on-board hardware acceleration and online compression/deduplication, which achieves up to 8 million IOPS and a latency of 0.1ms, representing one of the highest performing mid-range storage systems available in the industry.”