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Catalyst UK Program Fosters Arm-based HPC Systems

“Clearly Arm will fit in as part of a broader HPC ecosystem, as we move towards systems that involve multiple chip architectures. In terms of scientific research, it may mean we run one stage of a simulation workflow on an Arm processor, while another stage is best carried out on another processor. By building a common fabric with multiple architectures on it, we can allow users to use the most appropriate hardware for each stage of their particular research problem.”

Univa Powers ASIC Designs at eSilicon

Today Univa announced that eSilicon has selected Univa’s Grid Engine to help manage its complex FinFET ASIC and IP designs and scale its environment, as well as better manage its ever-increasing workload and demand for capacity. “We ultimately chose Univa Grid Engine, since it was able to better help our team optimize our shared resources and provide enterprise-grade dependability to help us improve ROI and deliver better results. As we look to extend our workloads to the cloud, we look forward to working with Univa to start the cloud migration process along with Google Cloud’s service-on-demand model.”

Diagnose Network Problems Faster with Mellanox WJH Technology

Today Mellanox announced an advanced Network Telemetry technology that provides visibility into Data Plane Anomalies – for public cloud, private cloud and enterprise computing. “What Just Happened (WJH) is a new intelligent monitoring technology that goes well beyond conventional streaming telemetry and Inband Network Telemetry (INT) offerings. Every customer who has tried WJH has been amazed at how quickly they were able to discover behavior they never knew was occurring in their network.”

Univa to Host HPC Cloud Breakfast Briefing at ISC 2019

Our friends at Univa will host a Breakfast Briefing on HPC Cloud Efficiency at ISC 2019. The meeting takes place June 19 at 8:00am – 10:00am in Frankfurt, Germany. “Migrating workload to a hybrid cloud comes with expense and risks. Univa can greatly reduce the risk of HPC Cloud and save costs with intelligent workload placement, data staging and automation. A panel of product executives from Amazon Web Services will join Univa to share real-world use cases and discuss best practices.”

Job of the Week: HPC Systems Administrator at KAUST

KAUST is seeking an HPC Systems Administrator in our Job of the Week. “The HPC senior systems administrator will work with other Advanced Computing Infrastructure team members to administer the 850 node Ibex+ supercomputer, storage systems, other support computers, networking fabrics and other related systems and services. The required competencies of the senior administrator are: high degree of systems design skill with respect to service dependencies and overall systems availability.”

Virginia Tech Team Using AI for Supercomputer Load Balancing

A team of researchers from Virginia Tech is helping supercomputers to work more efficiently in a novel way, using machine learning to properly distribute, or load balance, data processing tasks across the thousands of servers that comprise a supercomputer. By incorporating machine learning to predict not only tasks but types of tasks, researchers found that load on various servers can be kept balanced throughout the entire system.

Best Practices for Building, Deploying & Managing HPC Clusters

In today’s markets, a successful HPC cluster can be a formidable competitive advantage. And many are turning to these tools to stay competitive in the HPC market. That said, these systems are inherently very complex, and have to be built, deployed and managed properly to realize their full potential. A new report from Bright Computing explore best practices for HPC clusters. 

Job of the Week: Senior HPC Systems Engineer at Children’s Mercy Hospital

Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City is seeking a Senior HPC Systems Engineer in our Job of the Week. “A Senior HPC Systems Engineer is responsible for the daily operation and monitoring of a high performance computing infrastructure, which includes the high performance compute cluster, storage system, and backup and disaster recovery systems. The engineer plans, designs, and implements the integration of HPC systems, and provides consultation and support for other HPC projects. They are expected to be a top-level contributor/specialist for high performance computing and Linux/UNIX environments.”

Data Management: The Elephant in the Room for HPC Hybrid Cloud

While there are many benefits to leveraging the cloud for HPC, there are challenges as well. Along with security and cost, data handling is consistently identified as a top barrier. “In this short article, we discuss the challenge of managing data in hybrid clouds, offer some practical tips to makes things easier, and explain how automation can play a key role in improving efficiency.”

Job of the Week: Information Technology Manager at Louisiana State University

“The Manager of HPC Systems within Information Technology Services will be responsible for enabling both existing and emerging high performance computing solutions and related infrastructure, providing a high level of service in the deployment and maintenance of HPC supercomputer hardware and software to the research communities of LSU and its collaborators. The Manager will be responsible for managing the system administration group in monitoring daily cluster operations, troubleshooting cluster problems, researching and implementing new technologies, and providing appropriate support for LSU’s research initiatives.”