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How Manufacturing will Leap Forward with Exascale Computing

In this special guest feature, Jeremy Thomas from Lawrence Livermore National Lab writes that exascale computing will be a vital boost to the U.S. manufacturing industry. “This is much bigger than any one company or any one industry. If you consider any industry, exascale is truly going to have a sizeable impact, and if a country like ours is going to be a leader in industrial design, engineering and manufacturing, we need exascale to keep the innovation edge.”

Simplifying HPC Software Stack Management

While most of the fundamental HPC system software building blocks are now open source, dealing with the sheer number of components and their inherently complex interdependencies has created a barrier to adoption of HPC for many organizations. This is the first article in a four-part series that explores using Intel HPC Orchestrator to solve HPC software stack management challenges.

Diagnose Cluster Health with Intel® Cluster Checker

Intel® Cluster Checker, distributed as part of Intel® Parallel Studio XE 2018 Cluster Edition, provides a set of system diagnostics and analysis methods in a single tool to assist managing clusters of any size. “Think of Intel Cluster Checker as a clinical system that detects signs that issues affecting the health of the cluster exist, diagnoses those issues, and suggests remedies. Using common diagnostic tools signs that may indicate symptoms leading to a diagnosis and a possible solution.”

Job of the Week: HPC Systems Engineer at PDT Partners in NYC

The PDT team is seeking a highly-talented Linux HPC Systems Administrator to enhance and support our research computing clusters. As part of the HPC/Grid team, you will be responsible for improving, extending, and maintaining the HPC/Grid infrastructure, and helping provide a world-class computing and big data environment for PDT’s Quantitative Researchers. You will interface closely with research teams using the Grid, the entire Linux engineering group, software engineers, and PDT’s in-house monitoring team. You will also have the opportunity to serve as PDT’s subject matter expert for various HPC technologies.

OpenHPC: Project Overview and Updates

Karl Schulz from Intel gave this talk at the MVAPICH User Group. “There is a growing sense within the HPC community for the need to have an open community effort to more efficiently build, test, and deliver integrated HPC software components and tools. To address this need, OpenHPC launched as a Linux Foundation collaborative project in 2016 with combined participation from academia, national labs, and industry. The project’s mission is to provide a reference collection of open-source HPC software components and best practices in order to lower barriers to deployment and advance the use of modern HPC methods and tools.”

Bright Computing Powers SingleParticle.com for cryo-EM

Today Bright Computing announced a reseller agreement with San Diego-based SingleParticle.com. The company specializes in turn-key HPC infrastructure designed for high performance and low total cost of ownership (TCO), serving the global research community of cryo-electron microscopy (cryoEM). “With Bright, the management of an HPC cluster becomes very straightforward, empowering end users to administer their workloads, rather than relying on HPC experts,” said Dr. Clara Cai, Manager at SingleParticle.com. “We are confident that with Bright’s technology, our customers can maintain our turn-key cryoEM cluster with little to no prior HPC experience.”

Bright Computing Announces Integration with IBM Power Systems

Today Bright Computing announced that Bright Cluster Manager 8.0 now integrates with IBM Power Systems. “The integration of Bright Cluster Manager 8.0 with IBM Power Systems has created an important new option for users running complex workloads involving high-performance data analytics,” said Sumit Gupta, VP, HPC, AI & Machine Learning, IBM Cognitive Systems. “Bright Computing’s emphasis on ease-of-use for Linux-based clusters within public, private and hybrid cloud environments speaks to its understanding that while data is becoming more complicated, the management of its workloads must remain accessible to a changing workforce.”

HPE to Bundle Altair PBS Pro Workload Manager

Today Altair announced a multi-year original equipment manufacturing (OEM) agreement with HPE. This agreement represents an expansion of the long-term partnership between HPE and SGI (whom HPE recently acquired). HPE will now be able to include Altair’s PBS Professional workload manager and job scheduler on all of HPE’s high performance computing (HPC) systems, ensuring scalability of price and performance as system sizes and CPU-core counts continue to increase.

Kubernetes Meets HPC

“While the notion of packaging a workload into a Docker container, publishing it to a registry, and submitting a YAML description of the workload is second nature to users of Kubernetes, this is foreign to most HPC users. An analyst running models in R, MATLAB or Stata simply wants to submit their simulation quickly, monitor their execution, and get a result as quickly as possible.”

Ohio Supercomputer Center open-sources HPC Access Portal

Open OnDemand is an NSF-funded project to develop a widely shareable web portal that provides HPC centers with advanced web and graphical interface capabilities. Through OnDemand, HPC clients can upload and download files, create, edit, submit and monitor jobs, run GUI applications and connect via SSH, all via a web browser, with no client software to install and configure.