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NEC signs up as Reseller for Altair PBS Professional

Today Altair announced a global VAR agreement with NEC Corporation to market and sell industry-leading HPC workload manager and job scheduler Altair PBS Professional. As a result of the agreement, NEC has worldwide rights to bundle the PBS Professional solution with all NEC X86/Linux systems. “By combining Altair’s workload management technology and NEC’s hardware solution, we are confident that we can contribute to the realization of customers’ research needs quickly, easily and flexibly.”

Bright Computing Streamlines HPC Environment for NeSI and NIWA

Today Bright Computing announced that the company’s cluster management software enables modernized HPC infrastructure for New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI) and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Ltd (NIWA). “Armed with deep infrastructure knowledge and systems integration experience, Bright was part of a co-design partnership with Cray, NIWA and NeSI working collaborative to design and build a hybrid HPC and private cloud infrastructure based on Bright Cluster Manager and Bright OpenStack.”

Job of the Week: Systems Automation Engineer at PSC

The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center is seeking a Systems Automation Engineer in our Job of the Week. “In this role, you will primarily be responsible for developing and maintaining software tooling to enable scalable administration of a fleets of hosts (physical and virtual) for the variety of project-based resources PSC operates, with an eye toward migrating appropriate functionality to newer technologies including containers.”

Converging Workflows Pushing Converged Software onto HPC Platforms

Are we witnessing the convergence of HPC, big data analytics, and AI? Once, these were separate domains, each with its own system architecture and software stack, but the data deluge is driving their convergence. Traditional big science HPC is looking more like big data analytics and AI, while analytics and AI are taking on the flavor of HPC.

Univa Navops Launch Speeds HPC Workload Migration to the Cloud

Today Univa announced its latest version of Navops Launch, version 1.1, which offers enterprise users the ability to migrate their HPC workloads and processes to the cloud with higher efficiency and agility. “The Univa team designed its newest version of Navops Launch to help make the administration of day-to-day cloud usage simpler than an unrestricted cloud queue as a way to help control costs, while still optimizing on efficiency and agility. We strive to make our customers cloud experience as close to a NoOps model as possible.”

Video: Kubernetes for Biomedical Analysis

Kevin Sayers from the University of Basel gave this talk at the hpc-ch forum. “The SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics BioMedIT project is developing the computing infrastructure which will enable biomedical analyses on sensitive human data across multiple sites as part of the Swiss Personalized Health Network. This presentation will focus on our experience assessing Kubernetes to support these biomedical workloads, and the benefits it provides to researchers in the community.”

Job of the Week: HPC System Administrator at the Milwaukee School of Engineering

Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) invites applications for a full-time HPC Systems Administrator to join our Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department. “The MSOE community is guided by six values – collaboration, excellence, inclusion, innovation, integrity and stewardship – that represent the core of our campus culture.”

Catalyst UK Program Fosters Arm-based HPC Systems

“Clearly Arm will fit in as part of a broader HPC ecosystem, as we move towards systems that involve multiple chip architectures. In terms of scientific research, it may mean we run one stage of a simulation workflow on an Arm processor, while another stage is best carried out on another processor. By building a common fabric with multiple architectures on it, we can allow users to use the most appropriate hardware for each stage of their particular research problem.”

Univa Powers ASIC Designs at eSilicon

Today Univa announced that eSilicon has selected Univa’s Grid Engine to help manage its complex FinFET ASIC and IP designs and scale its environment, as well as better manage its ever-increasing workload and demand for capacity. “We ultimately chose Univa Grid Engine, since it was able to better help our team optimize our shared resources and provide enterprise-grade dependability to help us improve ROI and deliver better results. As we look to extend our workloads to the cloud, we look forward to working with Univa to start the cloud migration process along with Google Cloud’s service-on-demand model.”

Diagnose Network Problems Faster with Mellanox WJH Technology

Today Mellanox announced an advanced Network Telemetry technology that provides visibility into Data Plane Anomalies – for public cloud, private cloud and enterprise computing. “What Just Happened (WJH) is a new intelligent monitoring technology that goes well beyond conventional streaming telemetry and Inband Network Telemetry (INT) offerings. Every customer who has tried WJH has been amazed at how quickly they were able to discover behavior they never knew was occurring in their network.”