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Slidecast: HPC and the Cloud – Announcing the Ellexus Container Checker

In this slidecast, Dr. Rosemary Francis describes the new Ellexus Container Checker, a pioneering cloud-based tool that provides visibility into the inner workings of Docker containers. “Container Checker will help people using cloud platforms to quickly detect problems within their containers before they are let loose on the cloud to potentially waste time and compute spend. Estimates suggest that up to 45% of cloud spend is wasted due in part to unknown application activity and unsuitable storage decisions, which is what we want to help businesses tackle.”

From SC17: Energy Efficiency in the Software Stack — Cross Community Efforts

In this special guest feature, Siddhartha Jana provides an update on cross-community efforts to improve energy efficiency in the software stack. The article covers events at SC17 that focused on energy efficiency and highlights ongoing collaborations across the community to develop advanced software technologies for system energy and power management.

IBM Spectrum LSF Powers HPC at SC17

In this video from SC17, Gabor Samu describes how IBM Spectrum LSF helps users orchestrate HPC workloads. “This week we celebrate the release of our second agile update to IBM Spectrum LSF 10. And it’s our silver anniversary… 25 years of IBM Spectrum LSF! The IBM Spectrum LSF Suites portfolio redefines cluster virtualization and workload management by providing a tightly integrated solution for demanding, mission-critical HPC environments that can increase both user productivity and hardware utilization while decreasing system management costs.”

Intel Supports open source software for HPC

In this video from SC17, Thomas Krueger describes how Intel supports Open Source High Performance Computing software like OpenHPC and Lustre. “As the Linux initiative demonstrates, a community-based, vendor-catalyzed model like this has major advantages for enabling software to keep pace with requirements for HPC computing and storage hardware systems. In this model, stack development is driven primarily by the open source community and vendors offer supported distributions with additional capabilities for customers that require and are willing to pay for them.”

RCE Podcast Looks at PMIx Process Management Interface for Exascale

In this RCE Podcast, Brock Palen and Jeff Squyres discuss PMIx with Ralph Castain from Intel. “The Process Management Interface (PMI) has been used for quite some time as a means of exchanging wireup information needed for interprocess communication. While PMI-2 demonstrates better scaling properties than its PMI-1 predecessor, attaining rapid launch and wireup of the roughly 1M processes executing across 100k nodes expected for exascale operations remains challenging.”

Exploring the OpenHPC Solution for HPC

To meet some of the biggest HPC software challenges, representatives from more than 25 academic, research, and commercial organizations formed a community project at the end of 2015: OpenHPC. This is the third article in a four-part series that explores going beyond OpenHPC with Intel HPC Orchestrator. Download the full insideHPC Special Report.

SC17 Panel: Energy Efficiency Gains From Software

In this video from SC17 in Denver, Dan Reed moderates a panel discussion on HPC Software for Energy Efficiency. “This panel will explore what HPC software capabilities were most helpful over the past years in improving HPC system energy efficiency? It will then look forward; asking in what layers of the software stack should a priority be put on introducing energy-awareness; e.g., runtime, scheduling, applications? What is needed moving forward? Who is responsible for that forward momentum?”

Job of the Week: IT Engineer at Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland is seeking an IT Engineer in our Job of the Week. “The IT Engineer will serve as lead architect to manage, develop and design high-level systems. The position shares responsibility for the research computing services provided to the university community, which leverages the university’s investment in cyberinfrastructure. This includes identifying appropriate computational platforms (locally and externally) for research projects and diagnosing and resolving issues in the configuration, installation, tuning, and management of very large distributed and tightly coupled computer systems, based on the Linux OS.”

Univa Grid Engine Powers University of Oxford Human Genetics Centre

Last week at SC17, Univa announced its Univa Grid Engine distributed resource management system is powering the Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics’ (WHG) high performance computing environment. WHG is a research institute within the Nuffield Department of Medicine at the University of Oxford. The Centre is an international leader in genetics, genomics, statistics and structural biology with more than 400 researchers and 70 administrative and support personnel. WHG’s mission is to advance the understanding of genetically-related conditions through a broad range of multi-disciplinary research.

Video: Altair Serves Up HPC with PBS Pro at SC17

In this video from the Altair Tiki Bar at SC17, Bill Nitzberg describes the company’s open sources solutions for HPC system management. “PBS Professional automates job scheduling, management, monitoring and reporting, and is the trusted solution for complex Top500 systems as well as smaller cluster owners.”