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Podcast: IO500 Benchmark Gains Traction

In this podcast, Radio Free HPC hosts the IO500 Steering Committee. “Storage is complicated and benchmarking it has too many complexities for the traditional kernel-like or application-specific approaches. Thanks to a few experienced and tenacious researchers, and the community that supports them, the IO500 has managed to put a credible stake in the ground, and is getting traction, with 101 entries on the current list and expecting many more by SC19.”

Checkpointing the Un-checkpointable: MANA and the Split-Process Approach

Gene Cooperman from Northeastern University gave this talk at the MVAPICH User Group. “This talk presents an efficient, new software architecture: split processes. The “MANA for MPI” software demonstrates this split-process architecture. The MPI application code resides in “upper-half memory”, and the MPI/network libraries reside in “lower-half memory”.

NetApp looks to BeeGFS for High Speed Storage

ThinkParQ is expanding its global reach of BeeGFS by partnering with NetApp. The new partnership will provide an easy to deploy, cost effective and easy-to-manage high performance turnkey solution, that incorporates the NetApp’s E-Series storage (including the new EF600 system) powered by BeeGFS, with enhanced technical support from NetApp. The NetApp E-Series storage with BeeGFS will accelerate workloads and provide customers with consistent, near-real-time access to their data whilst lowering TCO.

Podcast: Inside TACC’s Frontera Supercomputer

In this Intel Chip Chat podcast, Dan Stanzione from TACC discusses the architecture and capabilities of Frontera, TACC’s newest HPC cluster. “Frontera’s architecture includes 8,000 servers, each powered by 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors. The cluster includes hundreds of thousands of processing cores and a liquid-cooled infrastructure enabling a higher clock rate for even more performance.”

TACC Unveils Frontera – Fastest Supercomputer in Academia

Today TACC unveiled Frontera, the 5th most powerful supercomputer in the world. “Frontera has been supporting science applications since June and has already enabled more than three dozen teams to conduct research on a range of topics from black hole physics to climate modeling to drug design, employing simulation, data analysis, and artificial intelligence at a scale not previously possible.”

The Confluence of HPC and AI – Intel Customer Use Cases

Vikram Saletore from Intel gave this talk at the MVAPICH User Group. “Intel collaborates with customers and partners worldwide to build, accelerate, scale and deploy their AI applications on Intel based HPC platforms. We share with you our insights on several customer AI use cases we have enabled, the orders of magnitude performance acceleration we have delivered via popular open-source software framework optimizations, and the best-known methods to advance the convergence of AI and HPC on Intel Xeon Scalable Processor based servers. We will also demonstrate how large memory systems help real world AI applications efficiently.”

Baidu to Speed Services with Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory

Today Intel announced Baidu is architecting the in-memory database of its Feed Stream services to harness the high-capacity and high-performance capabilities of Intel Optane DC persistent memory. Paired with 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors, building a new memory platform based on Intel Optane DC persistent memory allows Baidu to lower its total cost of ownership (TCO) while delivering more personalized search results to users. Intel and Baidu disclosed details of this deployment and other joint collaborations on Thursday at the 2019 Baidu ABC Summit in Beijing.

Federal Agencies Tap New Data Streaming Solution from PSSC Labs

Federal agencies are leveraging the new CyberRax Data Flow Pipeline from PSSC Labs to achieve their goals. Certified compatible with Cloudera Dataflow (and Apache NiFi), CyberRax DataFlow Pipeline provides high-speed data ingestion, edge data collection, and IoT scale streaming data processing…in real time. “The U.S. Air Force recently deployed several CyerRax Data Flow Pipelines for both their NIPR and SIPR networks.”

Supermicro Launches New High-Performance vSAN Solution

Today Supermicro extended its vSAN system portfolio and introduced a new enterprise-class vSAN solution — Ultra SuperServer — to its broad portfolio of fully configured, ready to deploy server systems. Supermicro solutions, coupled with industry-proven vSAN, provides turn-key solutions for the hyper-converged infrastructure marketplace. “The Supermicro 2U/1U Ultra SuperServers are configurable with support of 20, 10, 4, or 2 hot-swappable NVMe drives and leverage 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors and Intel Optane DC SSDs. The BigTwin, a high-density multi-node (2U-4 node) system, is optimized for mission-critical applications supporting up to 6TB memory per node and configured for hyper-converged infrastructure. Both systems are ideal for specific workloads offering operational simplicity, scalability, low total cost of ownership (TCO), and resource-savings for intelligent enterprise deployments.”

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.”