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Excelero NVMesh powers Canada’s new SciNet Petascale Storage Facility

Today Excelero announced that SciNet, Canada’s largest supercomputer center, has deployed Excelero’s NVMesh server SAN for the highly efficient, cost-effective storage behind a new supercomputer at the University of Toronto. “For SciNet, NVMesh is an extremely cost-effective method of achieving unheard-of burst buffer bandwidth,” said Dr. Daniel Gruner, chief technical officer, SciNet High Performance Computing Consortium. “By adding commodity flash drives and NVMesh software to compute nodes, and to a low-latency network fabric that was already provided for the supercomputer itself, NVMesh provides redundancy without impacting target CPUs. This enables standard servers to go beyond their usual role in acting as block targets – the servers now can also act as file servers.”

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.”

For HPC and Deep Learning, GPUs are here to stay

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, David Yip, HPC and Storage Business Development at OCF, provides his take on the place of GPU technology in HPC. “Using GPUs in the HPC datacenter in place of CPUs can dramatically increase the power requirements needed, but if your computational performance goes through the roof, then I’d argue it’s a trade-off worth making.”

New BeeGFS 7.0 Delivers All-Flash Performance at Spinning Disk Price

Last week at SC17, ThinkParQ announced immediate availability of the BeeGFS version 7.0 release candidate. While previous versions of BeeGFS are already running on systems of all kinds and sizes around the globe (including burst buffers, hyper-converged setups and of course dedicated high-performance enterprise storage), this new major release introduces several features that were desired by the BeeGFS community.

Moving HPC Workloads to the Cloud with Avere Systems at SC17

“Traditional methods of moving data are expensive and very time-consuming. These processes often negate the value-add that the cloud offers. Moving all of your data to the cloud is not necessary in order to use cloud compute for an individual application’s workload. In fact, you don’t need to move large data sets at all. Cloud caching filers can often take on the data required to run each job, putting the data migration portion all onto this caching appliance.”

Video: Share your know-how with “HPC for the Rest of Us”

“Are you operating a small to medium sized HPC Center? Interested in how others are managing their resources with open source tools and low risk/low overhead hardware? Questions about academic service centers and cost recovery models? Or just want to talk shop with other admins and center managers? This the the session for you! Come visit with Steve and Gowtham, they’re in the trenches with you, always on the lookout for innovative and interest ways of managing resources and sharing their experiences along the way. We’re open to discussing anything HPC for the rest of us!”

Nallatech Showcases Next Generation FPGA Accelerators at SC17

Last week at SC17, Nallatech showcased their FPGA solutions for high-performance computing, low latency network acceleration, and data analytics. “FPGAs are being deployed in volume across a range of on-premise platforms and cloud infrastructure to achieve a step-change in application performance and energy-efficiency above and beyond what can be achieved using conventional processor technologies” said Craig Petrie, VP Business Development of FPGA Solutions at Nallatech. “We’re excited to be showcasing our new OpenCL-programmable ‘520’ product range featuring Intel Stratix-10 FPGAs. These server-qualified accelerator products have been engineered to cost-effectively solve demanding co-processing and real-time data ingest and enrichment applications.”

SkyScale HPC Cloud steps up with Volta GPUs

Last week at SC17, SkyScale announced its partnership with Rescale, the foremost cloud simulation and HPC solution provider, and availability of NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPU accelerators on its GPU as a Service cloud platform. Enhancing SkyScale’s dedicated, cloud-based ultra-fast multi-GPU platforms for deep learning and HPC applications, the Tesla V100 offers the performance of 100 CPUs in a single GPU—enabling data scientists, researchers, and engineers to tackle the most difficult deep learning and HPC challenges.

Video: Nyriad Unveils GPU-accelerated Storage Device for the Square Kilometer Array

At SC17 last week, Nyriad Limited demonstrated their company’s first commercial product, Nsulate, a GPU-accelerated storage solution that enables increased storage resilience while reducing the storage power requirements by over 50 percent. “Using a GPU as a storage controller inserts an enormous amount of general purpose processing power directly into the storage pipeline, enabling modern HPC storage appliances to deliver unprecedented speed, scale, security, storage efficiency and intelligence in real-time.”