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SDSC Expanse Supercomputer from Dell Technologies to serve 50,000 Users

In this special guest feature, Janet Morss at Dell Technologies writes that the company will soon deploy a new flagship supercomputer at SDSC. “Expanse will deliver the power of 728 dual-socket Dell EMC PowerEdge C6525 servers with 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors connected with Mellanox HDR InfiniBand. The system will have 93,000 compute cores and is projected to have a peak speed of 5 petaflops. That will almost double the performance of SDSC’s current Comet supercomputer, also from Dell Technologies.”

UKRI Awards ARCHER2 Supercomputer Services Contract

UKRI has awarded contracts to run elements of the next national supercomputer, ARCHER2, which will represent a significant step forward in capability for the UK’s science community. ARCHER2 is provided by UKRI, EPCC, Cray (an HPE company) and the University of Edinburgh. “ARCHER2 will be a Cray Shasta system with an estimated peak performance of 28 PFLOP/s. The machine will have 5,848 compute nodes, each with dual AMD EPYC Zen2 (Rome) 64 core CPUs at 2.2GHz, giving 748,544 cores in total and 1.57 PBytes of total system memory.”

Job of the Week: Network and Data Specialist at William & Mary

“William & Mary University in Virginia seeks qualified applicants for the position of Research Computing (RC) Network and Data Specialist to be responsible for day-to-day operations, maintenance and hardware support for all networking and file-systems serving RC systems. Systems include Linux-based clusters, departmental servers, and workstations under the control of RC. Network types include Ethernet, Infiniband, and Fibre Channel. File-systems utilize NFS, SMB/CIFS, and Lustre.”

DDN and Atos to Boost Weather Prediction Capabilities at ECMWF

Today DDN announced the company has collaborated with Atos to enhance weather prediction capabilities for the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). ECMWF will be equipped with an enhanced computing capacity to help predict the occurrence and intensity of extreme weather events significantly ahead of time, with an improved infrastructure comprised of more than 91PB of DDN EXAScaler storage, connected to BullSequana XH2000 supercomputer from Atos. “Our new supercomputing capabilities will enable us to deliver much-improved numerical weather predictions while maximizing energy efficiency.”

Zenuity and HPE to develop next generation autonomous cars

HPE has been selected by Zenuity, a leading developer of software for self-driving and assisted driving cars, to provide the crucial AI and HPC infrastructure it needs in order to develop next generation autonomous driving (AD) systems. “HPE will provide Zenuity with core data processing services that will allow Zenuity to gather, store, organize and analyze the data it generates globally from its network of test vehicles and software development centers. The end-to-end IT infrastructure will be delivered as-a-Service through HPE GreenLake.”

Full Roundup: SC19 Booth Tour Videos from insideHPC

Now that SC19 is behind us, it’s time to gather our booth tour videos in one place. Throughout the course of the show, insideHPC talked to dozens of HPC innovators showcasing the very latest in hardware, software, and cooling technologies.

Analytics, Multicloud, and the Future of the Datasphere

James Coomer gave this talk at the DDN User Group at SC19. James Coomer from DDN presents: Analytics, Multicloud, and the Future of the Datasphere. “We are adding serious data management, collaboration and security capabilities to the most scalable file solution in the world. EXA5 gives you mission critical availability whilst consistently performing at scale” said James Coomer, senior vice president of product, DDN. “Our 20 years’ experience in delivering the most powerful at-scale data platforms is all baked into EXA5. We outperform everything on the market and now we do so with unmatched capability.”

Video: Lustre Features and Future

Andreas Dilger from Whamcloud gave this talk at LAD’19 in Paris. “For a number of years, a majority of the world’s 100 fastest supercomputers have relied on Lustre for their storage needs. If you need lots of data fast and reliably, and value the flexibility of using a wide choice of block storage and want to become part of a world-wide open community, then Lustre is a good choice.”

Video: Lustre Community Release Update

In this video from LAD’19 in Paris, Peter Jones from Whamcloud presents: Lustre Community Release Update. “Lustre is a vibrant Open Source project with many organizations working on new features and improvements in parallel. We coordinate those efforts primarily through OpenSFS and EOFS. Meeting development target dates is a difficult task for any software project, but doubly so in a globally distributed Open Source project.”

OpenSFS Announces Lustre 2.13.0 Release

On December 5, OpenSFS announced Lustre 2.13.0 Release has been declared GA and is available for download. The Lustre file system is a open source, parallel file system that supports the requirements of leadership class HPC and Enterprise environments worldwide. Lustre provides a POSIX compliant interface and scales to thousands of clients, petabytes of storage, and has demonstrated over a terabyte per second of sustained I/O bandwidth. “New features include: Persistent Client Cache, Multi-Rail Routing, Overstriping, and self-extending layouts.”