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Supermicro Booth Tour Showcases HPC Innovation at SC17

In this video, Akira Sano provides a tour of the Supermicro booth at SC17 in Denver. “Supermicro offers the best selection of leading HPC optimized servers in the industry as evidenced by the recent selection of our twin architecture by the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS).”

Video: A Petascale HPC System at BASF

Dr. Stephan Schenk from BASF gave this talk at the DDN User Group at SC17. “With 1.75 petaflops, our supercomputer QURIOSITY offers around 10 times the computing power that BASF currently has dedicated to scientific computing. In the ranking of the 500 largest computing systems in the world, the BASF supercomputer is currently number 71.”

Liqid steps up with Composable Infrastructure for HPC at SC17

In this video, Jay Breakstone and Sumit Puri from Liqid describe the company’s innovative composable infrastructure technology for HPC. “Liqid Grid enables once-static infrastructure to scale on demand to effectively manage the explosion of data associated with cloud, enterprise, HPC and AI, as well as other emerging, high-value, data-intensive applications.”

Quantum Drives High Performance Storage at SC17

In this video from SC17, Molly Presley from Quantum describes how the company’s high performance storage systems power HPC. “So why have an autonomous car at a Supercomputing show? The answer is Big Data. The Autonomous Stuff vehicle in this video is actually a rolling software development platform equipped with sensors that generate a whopping 30 Terabytes of data per day. Now just imagine if there were millions of vehicles on the road generating this kind of data. Only HPC could deal with that problem at scale. Companies like Quantum are stepping up to help solve this big data problem, both in the vehicle, on the edge, and in the datacenter.”

IBM Readies Power9 Coral Supercomputers at SC17

In this video from SC17, Ken King describes how new Power9 compute nodes will power the next generation of the world’s most powerful Coral supercomputers at ORNL and LLNL. “We’re pleased to announce that we are delivering on our project, with our next-generation IBM Power Systems with NVIDIA Volta GPUs being deployed at Oak Ridge and Lawrence Livermore National Labs.”

HPE Superdome Flex to power Stephen Hawking’s COSMOS Research Group

Today HPE announced a collaboration with the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge to accelerate new discoveries in the mathematical sciences. This includes partnering with Stephen Hawking’s Centre for Theoretical Cosmology (COSMOS) to understand the origins and structure of the universe. Leveraging the HPE Superdome Flex in-memory computing platform, the COSMOS group will search for clues hiding in massive data sets—spanning 14 billion years of information—that could unlock the secrets of the early universe and black holes.

Video: Pure Storage Speeds I/O for AI & HPC Workloads at SC17

In this video from SC17 in Denver, Brian Gold from Pure Storage describes how the company’s innovative FlashBlade Systems speed up I/O for AI & HPC workloads. “From scientific research and movie rendering to artificial intelligence, applications push the limits on thousands of GPU cores or thousands of CPU servers. Parallel compute demands parallel storage. FlashBlade is the industry’s first all-flash storage purpose-built for modern analytics – architected from the ground-up to deliver a powerful cloud-era data platform that’s fast, big, and simple.”

Radio Free HPC wraps up the SC17 Student Cluster Competition

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team goes over the results of the SC17 Student Cluster Competition. This year, Nanyang Technological University from Singapore took the Top Prize. “In this competition, student teams design and build small clusters, with hardware and software vendor partners, learn designated scientific applications, apply optimization techniques for their chosen architectures, and compete in a non-stop, 48-hour challenge, at the SC conference.”

Excelero NVMesh powers Canada’s new SciNet Petascale Storage Facility

Today Excelero announced that SciNet, Canada’s largest supercomputer center, has deployed Excelero’s NVMesh server SAN for the highly efficient, cost-effective storage behind a new supercomputer at the University of Toronto. “For SciNet, NVMesh is an extremely cost-effective method of achieving unheard-of burst buffer bandwidth,” said Dr. Daniel Gruner, chief technical officer, SciNet High Performance Computing Consortium. “By adding commodity flash drives and NVMesh software to compute nodes, and to a low-latency network fabric that was already provided for the supercomputer itself, NVMesh provides redundancy without impacting target CPUs. This enables standard servers to go beyond their usual role in acting as block targets – the servers now can also act as file servers.”

New BeeGFS 7.0 Delivers All-Flash Performance at Spinning Disk Price

Last week at SC17, ThinkParQ announced immediate availability of the BeeGFS version 7.0 release candidate. While previous versions of BeeGFS are already running on systems of all kinds and sizes around the globe (including burst buffers, hyper-converged setups and of course dedicated high-performance enterprise storage), this new major release introduces several features that were desired by the BeeGFS community.