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ReFrame: A Regression Testing Framework Enabling Continuous Integration of Large HPC Systems

“Scientifico ReFrame is a new framework for writing regression tests for HPC systems. The goal of the framework is to abstract away the complexity of the interactions with the system, separating the logic of a regression test from the low-level details, which pertain to the system configuration and setup. This allows users to write easily portable regression tests, focusing only on the functionality. The purpose of the tutorial will be to do a live demo of ReFrame and a hands-on session demonstrating how to configure it and how to use it.”

Univa Navops Launch powers Cloudbursting for Mellanox Hybrid Cloud

Today Univa announced that Mellanox has selected Univa’s Navops Launch to extend its on-premise EDA cluster to the cloud, providing Mellanox with cost-effective, on-demand capacity. “Mellanox Technologies provides high-performance solutions to a range of customers looking to innovate with intelligent, interconnected solutions for servers, storage and hyper-converged infrastructure,” said Doron Sayag, IT enterprise computing services senior manager at Mellanox Technologies. “Integrating an enterprise-grade cluster management tool like Navops Launch into our own on-premise data center allowed us to better address peak performance needs with seamless bursting of our HPC cluster to the cloud during tape-outs. By operating more efficiently, we get to provide our customers with exceptional products for years to come.”

Kubernetes as a Service Built on OpenStack

Saverio Proto from SWITCH gave this talk at the Swiss HPC Conference. “At SWITCH we are looking to provide a container platform as a Service solution. We are working on Kubernetes leveraging the Openstack cloud provider integration. In this talk we show how to re-use the existing keystone credentials to access the K8s cluster, how to obtain PVCs using the Cinder storage class and many other nice integration details.”

Bright Computing Signs X-ISS as Reseller and Services Partner

Today Bright Computing announced a reseller and services partnership agreement with X-ISS. ”
X-ISS is a privately-owned company that specializes in providing management services and analytics solutions for High Performance Computing  cluster systems. They work with customers to integrate, manage, and maintain HPC cluster systems, as well as monitor, report, and deliver analytics that are important to HPC users. These solutions include: ProjectHPC for vendor neutral cluster installation and configuration services; ManagedHPC for full-service remote cluster management services; CloudHPC for helping bring the Cloud elasticity to on-premise clusters; and DecisionHPC for insightful business analytics that allow customers to keep their clusters operating at maximum efficiency.

Bright shares many common technology partners and customers with X-ISS, so the company is a natural fit for our reseller program,” commented Clemens Engler, Director of Alliances at Bright Computing. “In addition to this, we are excited that X-ISS has become one of Bright’s first services partners, to offer our customers support during installation, to help optimize an HPC environment, and to provide valuable training.”

Altair Releases PBS Works 2018 for Cloud Friendly Secure Workload Management

Today Altair released PBS Works 2018. Built around the company’s PBS Professional core HPC workload manager and scheduler, the new PBS Works user environment streamlines enterprise access and management of on-premise and cloud HPC resources. “PBS Works has become a key technology to increase productivity and reduce expenses for organizations around the world and across verticals,” said Bill Nitzberg, Chief Technical Officer for PBS Works. “Altair has carefully designed the new PBS Works 2018 suite to invite HPC users to an environment that is both user-friendly and powerful.”

How DMTF and Redfish Ease System Administration

In this video from the Dell EMC HPC Community meeting, Alan Sill from Texas Tech University describes how DMTF and the Redfish project will ease system administration for HPC clusters. “DMTF’s Redfish is a standard API designed to deliver simple and secure management for converged, hybrid IT and the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC). An open industry standard specification and schema, Redfish specifies a RESTful interface and utilizes defined JSON payloads – usable by existing client applications and browser-based GUI.”

Job of the Week: HPC System Administrator at D.E. Shaw Research

D.E. Shaw Research is seeking an HPC System Administrator in our Job of the Week. “Our research effort is aimed at achieving major scientific advances in the field of biochemistry and fundamentally transforming the process of drug discovery.”

Altair Steps up to Azure Cloud with Inspire Unlimited

Altair software is now part of the Inspire Unlimited software-as-a-service offering available on the Azure cloud. “Unlike the HyperWorks Unlimited Appliance, where performance is based on the number of nodes, Inspire’s scale requirements are based on the number of simultaneous users; there could be 1,000 engineers working together at a time,” says Sam Mahalingam from Altair. “We felt that the HPC environment in Azure was architected to meet the type of back-end requirements we needed for Inspire.” Altair uses Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines, with NV instances powered by NVIDIA Tesla M60 GPUs.

Reduce Costs with Adaptive Computing’s NODUS Cloud Bursting Solution

“HPC organizations that utilize cloud service providers (AWS, Azure, Google, Oracle, etc.) in conjunction with Adaptive Computing’s NODUS Cloud Bursting Solution can significantly reduce their on-premise cluster sizes and costs by as much as 40-50 percent, and burst the rest of their HPC workload to the cloud, by implementing this hybrid approach.”

Video: Liqid Teams with Inspur at GTC for Composable Infrastructure

In this video from GTC 2018, Dolly Wu from Inspur and Marius Tudor from Liquid describe how the two companies are collaborating on Composable Infrastructure for AI and Deep Learning workloads. “AI and deep learning applications will determine the direction of next-generation infrastructure design, and we believe dynamically composing GPUs will be central to these emerging platforms,” said Dolly Wu, GM and VP Inspur Systems.