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Kyushu University Orders Fujitsu Supercomputer

Today Fujitsu announced an order from the Research Institute for Information Technology at Kyushu University for a new supercomputer system for deployment in October 2017. “This system will consist of over 2,000 servers, including the Fujitsu Server PRIMERGY CX400, the next-generation model of Fujitsu’s x86 server. It is expected to offer top-class performance in Japan, providing a theoretical peak performance of about 10 petaflops. This will also be Japan’s first supercomputer system featuring a large-scale private cloud environment constructed on a front-end sub system, linked with a computational server of a back-end sub system through a high-speed file system.”

Penguin Computing FrostByte adds BeeGFS Storage

Today Penguin Computing announced FrostByte with ThinkParQ BeeGFS, the latest member of the family of software-defined storage solutions. FrostByte is Penguin Computing’s scalable storage solution for HPC clusters, high-performance enterprise applications and data intensive analytics. “We are pleased to announce our Gold Partner relationship with ThinkParQ,” said Tom Coull, President and CEO, Penguin Computing. “Together, Penguin Computing and ThinkParQ can deliver a fully supported, scalable storage solution based on BeeGFS, engineered for optimal performance and reliability with best-in-class hardware and expert services.”

Video: DoE Taps HPE Memory-Driven Computing for Exascale

Today Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced it has been awarded a research grant from the DoE to develop a reference design for an exascale supercomputer. “Our novel Memory-Driven Computing architecture combined with our deep expertise in HPC and robust partner ecosystem uniquely positions HPE to develop the first U.S. exascale supercomputer and deliver against the PathForward program’s goals.”

Podcast: DoE Awards $258 Million for Exascale to U.S. HPC Vendors

Today U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced that six leading U.S. technology companies will receive funding from the Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project (ECP) as part of its new PathForward program, accelerating the research necessary to deploy the nation’s first exascale supercomputers. “Continued U.S. leadership in high performance computing is essential to our security, prosperity, and economic competitiveness as a nation,” said Secretary Perry. “These awards will enable leading U.S. technology firms to marshal their formidable skills, expertise, and resources in the global race for the next stage in supercomputing—exascale-capable systems.”

Vectorization with AVX-512 Intrinsics

“With the Intel compilers, intrinsics are recognized and the instructions are generated in-line which is a tremendous advantage. Since the Intel Xeon Phi processor when using the AVX-512 intrinsics can perform a tremendous number of floating point operations per second, it is beneficial to use intrinsics for certain math computations. To use intrinsics, all that is needed is the proper header file and then to call the desired intrinsic function.”

Considerations for Applications to Transition to a Cloud

This is the third entry in an insideHPC series that explores the HPC transition to the cloud, and what your business needs to know about this evolution. This series, compiled in a complete Guide, covers cloud computing for HPC, considerations for applications to transition to the cloud, IaaS components, OpenStack fundamentals and more.

Exxact Corporation offers NVIDIA DGX Station and DGX-1 for Deep Learning

Today Exxact Corporation announced that it will offer the new NVIDIA DGX Station and DGX-1 systems featuring the NVIDIA Tesla V100 data center GPUs based on the NVIDIA Volta architecture. “NVIDIA’s DGX portfolio is paving the way for a new era of computing,” said Jason Chen, Vice President of Exxact Corporation. “The performance of the new DGX Station and DGX-1 systems for AI and advanced analytics is unmatched, providing data scientists a complete hardware and software package for compute-intensive AI exploration.”

Bright Computing Adds Cloud Bursting Support for Microsoft Azure

“We are pleased to offer this new integration to our customers and we are confident that the solution will be very popular with our user base,” said Martijn de Vries, CTO at Bright Computing. “Cloud bursting from an on-premises cluster to Microsoft Azure offers companies an efficient, cost-effective, secure and flexible way to add additional resources to their HPC infrastructure. Bright’s integration with Azure also gives our clients the ability to build an entire off-premises cluster for compute-intensive workloads in the Azure cloud platform.”

PBSCloud.io – A new SaaS platform for Deploying HPC Appliances in the Cloud

In this video, Jérémie Bourdoncle from Altair describes the company’s innovative PBSCloud.io, which is a new SAS platform to for deploying HPC Appliances in Public and Private Clouds. “PBScloud.io is a cloud platform that lets you easily create, manage, deploy, and monitor HPC appliances for public clouds, private clouds, and bare metal.”

DDN Storage Innovations Enhance Performance and Reliability at Scale

“Today DDN announced a series of performance and reliability innovations across its storage appliances, aimed at meeting the growing demand for storage performance, simplicity and reliability at scale in a new era of data-centric computing. Infinite Memory Engine (IME) and Storage Fusion Architecture (SFA) product lines now feature significant new data protection and performance improvements that allow DDN customers to deploy a complete suite of storage services across even the most demanding emerging IoT, deep learning and technical HPC environments.”