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Alibaba Cloud launches ECS Baremetal Instances in Europe

Infrastructure and security will continue to be crucial as the foundation and fundamental consideration for enterprises undertaking cloud migration. In view of this, Alibaba Cloud will launch ECS Baremetal Instance, a new high performance computing solution of ECS that combines the strengths of virtualized systems and bare metal servers. When connected as a supercomputer, ECS Baremetal Instances becomes a Super Computing Cluster that will reduce network latency to the level of micro-seconds while offering elasticity and supercomputing capabilities.

HPC Carpentry Learning Portal Offers an Intro to HPC

The good folks at HPC Carpentry have posted a new set of teaching materials designed to help new users take advantage of high-performance computing systems. No prior computational experience is required – these lessons are ideal for either an in-person workshop or independent study. “HPC Carpentry is not an organization – it is merely a set of publicly available teaching materials designed to make the task of teaching HPC a little easier. We welcome all contributions, in particular adaptations of our Intro to HPC lesson for other schedulers besides SLURM.”

Altair to boost UNLV Supercomputing

Today UNLV announced new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the university and Altair Engineering. “Per the agreement, Altair’s technology will enable Cherry Creek II users to simplify access and utilization of the supercomputer’s capabilities and capacity. When deployed, PBS Works, Altair’s high-performance computing management suite, will securely manage all Cherry Creek II compute workload.”

Resource Management Across the Private/Public Cloud Divide

This is the final entry in a insideHPC series of features that explores new resource management solutions for workload convergence, such as Bright Cluster Manager by Bright Computing. This article highlights how resource management systems that can manage clusters on-premises or in the cloud greatly simplify cluster management. That way, different tools do not have to be learned for managing a cluster based on whether it is located in the company data center or in the cloud.

Adaptive Computing rolls out Moab HPC Suite 9.1.2

Today Adaptive Computing announced the release of Moab 9.1.2, an update which has undergone thousands of quality tests and includes scores of customer-requested enhancements. “Moab is a world leader in dynamically optimizing large-scale computing environments. It intelligently places and schedules workloads and adapts resources to optimize application performance, increase system utilization, and achieve organizational objectives. Moab’s unique intelligent and predictive capabilities evaluate the impact of future orchestration decisions across diverse workload domains (HPC, HTC, Big Data, Grid Computing, SOA, Data Centers, Cloud Brokerage, Workload Management, Enterprise Automation, Workflow Management, Server Consolidation, and Cloud Bursting); thereby optimizing cost reduction and speeding product delivery.”

Interview: European cHiPSet Event focuses on High-Performance Modeling and Simulation for Big Data Applications

The cHIPSet Annual Plenary Meeting takes place in France next month. To learn more, we caught up with the Vice-Chair for the project, Dr. Horacio González-Vélez, Associate Professor and Head of the Cloud Competency Centre at the National College of Ireland. “The plenary meeting will feature a workshop entitled “Accelerating Modeling and Simulation in the Data Deluge Era”. We are expecting keynote presentations and panel discussions on how the forthcoming exascale systems will influence the analysis and interpretation of data, including the simulation of models, to match observation to theory.”

HPC System Management: Scheduling to Optimize Infrastructure

Whether the application is floating-point intensive, integer based, uses a lot of memory, has significant I/O requirements, or its widespread use is limited by purchased licenses, a system that assigns the right job to the right server is key to maximizing the computing infrastructure. We continue our insideHPC series of features exploring new resource management solutions for workload convergence, such as Bright Cluster Manager by Bright Computing. This article discusses how scheduling can work to optimize infrastructure and improve HPC system management. 

Google Cloud TPU Machine Learning Accelerators now in Beta

John Barrus writes that Cloud TPUs are available in beta on Google Cloud Platform to help machine learning experts train and run their ML models more quickly. “Cloud TPUs are a family of Google-designed hardware accelerators that are optimized to speed up and scale up specific ML workloads programmed with TensorFlow. Built with four custom ASICs, each Cloud TPU packs up to 180 teraflops of floating-point performance and 64 GB of high-bandwidth memory onto a single board.

CPU 24/7 Acquired by IAV GmbH for Automotive HPC Managed Services

HPC managed services provider CPU 24/7 has been acquired by IAV GmbH, a leading engineering services firm for the automotive industry. “We are very happy we found such a good home for our company”, says Dr. Matthias Reyer, Co-Founder at CPU 24/7. “By combining CPU 24/7’s strength in CAE and HPC applications with IAV’s leading automotive engineering services, the company is perfectly positioned to continue providing their clients with the best services available on the market today.”

Big 3 Cloud Providers join with NSF to Support Data Science

“NSF’s participation with major cloud providers is an innovative approach to combining resources to better support data science research,” said Jim Kurose, assistant director of NSF for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). “This type of collaboration enables fundamental research and spurs technology development and economic growth in areas of mutual interest to the participants, driving innovation for the long-term benefit of our nation.”