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Dell EMC Supercomputer to Power OzGRav Studies of Black Holes

Today Dell EMC announced it will build a supercomputer to power Swinburne University of Technology’s groundbreaking research into astrophysics and gravitational waves. “We will be looking for gravitational waves that help us learn more about supernovas, the formation of stars, intergalactic gases and more,” said Professor Bailes. “It’s exciting to think that we as OzGRav could make the next landmark discovery in gravitational wave astrophysics – and the Dell EMC supercomputer will allow us to capture, visualise and process the data to make those discoveries.”

DDN Announces Trade-Up Program for Seagate Customers

DataDirect Networks has announced a trade-up program designed to offer Seagate customers a smooth transition to industry-leading DDN solutions. “It is a sad day when an industry built on long-term commitments is left in disarray, but DDN is stepping up to manage a smooth transition into the safe, stable, high-performance and industry-winning storage solutions to which every HPC customer is entitled,” said Alex Bouzari, DDN co-founder and CEO.

18 Petaflop Stampede2 Supercomputer Dedicated at TACC

Stampede2 is the newest strategic supercomputing resource for the nation’s research and education community, enabling scientists and engineers across the U.S., from multiple disciplines, to answer questions at the forefront of science and engineering. “Building on the success of the initial Stampede system, the Stampede team has partnered with other institutions as well as industry to bring the latest in forward-looking computing technologies combined with deep computational and data science expertise to take on some of the most challenging science and engineering frontiers,” said Irene Qualters, director of NSF’s Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure.

Update: Approximately 100 Seagate ClusterStor Employees to Move to Cray in Strategic Transaction

Seagate is getting out of the HPC business. Today Cray announced that it has entered into partnership agreement with Seagate centered around ClusterStor high-performance storage. “In 2012 Cray became our first OEM and has continued over the years to be our largest and most strategic ClusterStor partner,” said Ken Claffey, vice president and general manager, Storage Systems Group at Seagate. “As the leader in the supercomputing market, Cray will be a great home for the ClusterStor, employees, customers and partners.”

Lustre 2.10.0 Released

Today OpenSFS announced that the Lustre 2.10.0 release has been declared GA and is available download. “Thanks to all those who have contributed to the creation of this release. This is the first release of the 2.10.x LTS release stream. A freely available Lustre 2.10.1 should become available in the coming weeks.”

IO Management with DDN IME 1.1

In this video from the 2017 DDN User Group meeting at ISC, James Coomer from DDN presents: IME Update – I/O Profiling of applications. “DDN’s Infinite Memory Engine (IME) is a scale-out, flash-native, software-defined, storage cache that streamlines the data path for application IO. IME interfaces directly to applications and secures IO via a data path that eliminates file system bottlenecks.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at Results from the ISC 2017 Student Cluster Competition

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks back at the recent ISC 2017 conference and summarizes results from the Student Cluster Competition. “Eleven student teams were on the show floor this year, vying against each other for the top honors in the sixth annual ISC Student Cluster Competition. Tsinghua University from China emerged as the Overall Competition Winner, thus marking their third win in the contest.”

NEC’s Aurora Vector Engine & Advanced Storage Speed HPC & Machine Learning at ISC 2017

In this video from ISC 2017, Oliver Tennert from NEC Deutschland GmbH introduces the company’s advanced technologies for HPC and Machine Learning. “Today NEC Corporation announced that it has developed data processing technology that accelerates the execution of machine learning on vector computers by more than 50 times in comparison to Apache Spark technologies.”

Video: The Amazing Lustre through the Alps Tour

We interrupt our stream of serious HPC news for this post-ISC update from Europe. “After ISC wrapped up last week, I had the good fortune to join the First Annual Lustre Motorcycle Tour of the Alps. This amazing three day trip took us through Italy, Switzerland, and Austria.”

Podcast: Brent Gorda on the State of Lustre at ISC 2017

In this RichReport podcast from the German Autobahn, Brent Gorda gives us a Lustre update from ISC 2017 in Frankfurt. “On the latest Top500 list, Lustre leads the pack with 9 systems out of the Top 10.”