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Video: Will HPC Move to the Cloud?

Gabriel Broner from Rescale gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. “HPC has transitioned from unique and proprietary designs, to clusters of many dual-CPU Intel nodes. Vendors’ products are now differentiated more by packaging, density, and cooling than the uniqueness of the architecture. In parallel, cloud computing has gained momentum in the larger IT industry. Intel is now selling more processors to run in the cloud than in company-owned facilities, and cloud is starting to drive innovation and efficiencies at a rate faster than on premises.”

NVIDIA P100 GPUs come to Google Cloud Platform

Today the good folks at the Google Compute Platform announced the availability of NVIDIA GPUs in the Cloud for multiple geographies. Cloud GPUs can accelerate workloads such as machine learning training and inference, geophysical data processing, simulation, seismic analysis, molecular modeling, genomics and many more high performance compute use cases. “Today, we’re happy to make some massively parallel announcements for Cloud GPUs. First, Google Cloud Platform (GCP) gets another performance boost with the public launch of NVIDIA P100 GPUs in beta.

Intel offers up AI Developer Resources in the Cloud

Today at the O’Reilly Artificial Intelligence Conference in San Francisco, Intel’s Lisa Spelman announced the Intel Nervana DevCloud, a cloud-hosted hardware and software platform for developers, data scientists, researchers, academics and startups to learn, sandbox and accelerate development of AI solutions with free compute cloud access powered by Intel Xeon Scalable processors. By providing compute resources for machine learning and deep learning training and inference compute needs, Intel is enabling users to start exploring AI innovation without making their own investments in compute resources up front. In addition to cloud compute resources, frameworks, tools and support are provided.

AI Breakthroughs and Initiatives at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

Nick Nystrom and Paola Buitrago from PSC gave this talk at the HPC User Forum in Milwaukee. “The Bridges supercomputer at PSC offers the possibility for experts in fields that never before used supercomputers to tackle problems in Big Data and answer questions based on information that no human would live long enough to study by reading it directly.”

X2 Firebird CAE Software Comes to Rescale HPC Cloud

Today Rescale announced plans to offer X2 Firebird CAE software on the company’s ScaleX cloud HPC platform. X2 Firebird will be deployed as the first on-demand, cloud-only numerical simulation software for scientists and engineers on Rescale. X2 Firebird leverages the latest in systems programming and parallel computing, enabling real-time team collaboration on complex technical projects. This […]

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.

Univa Open Sources Universal Resource Broker for Kubernetes

Today Univa announced the open source availability of the Universal Resource Broker (URB) adapter for Kubernetes. This new URB adapter will be of interest for organizations running Apache Mesos frameworks that are looking to deploy Kubernetes and Mesos workloads on a common infrastructure. The release of the URB adapter for Kubernetes marks a significant open source contribution by Univa and demonstrates its commitment to the Kubernetes community and to helping users get the most from their infrastructure investments.

HPC vs. Cloud – The Return on Investment in eResearch

Alan Williams from NCI presented this talk at the HPC Advisory Council Australia Conference. “Explore the services and technology at the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI), based in Canberra, Australia, with Allan Williams, and the delivery of HPC, Cloud and Storage services to Australian researchers around the country.”

David Barkai Joins XTREME Design as the company Looks to Bring Cloud HPC to U.S.

Today XTREME Design Inc. announced that Dr. David Barkai has joined the company as an adviser. As a Japanese startup offering cloud-based, virtual supercomputing-on-demand, XTREME Design hopes to tap Dr. Barkai’s extensive HPC expertise in their efforts to enter US market for Cloud HPC. “XTREME Design IaaS computing services deliver an easy-to-use customer experience through a robust UI/UX and cloud management features.”

Globus for Google Drive Provides Unified Interface for Collaborative Research

Today Globus.org announced general availability of Globus for Google Drive, a new capability that lets users seamlessly connect Google Drive with their existing storage ecosystem, enabling a single interface for data transfer, sharing and publication across all storage systems. “Our researchers wanted to use Google Drive for data storage, but found that they had to babysit the data transfers,” said Krishna Muriki, Computer Systems Engineer, HPC Services, at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. “They were already familiar with using Globus so we thought it would make a good interface for Google Drive; that’s why we partnered with Globus to develop this connector. Now our researchers have a familiar, web-based interface across all their storage resources, including Google Drive, so it is painless to move data where they need it and share results with collaborators. Globus manages all the data movement and authorization, improving security and reliability as well.”