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How Singularity Containers can ease the Transition to RHEL 8

The general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 was announced this week at the Red Hat Summit in Boston. In this special guest feature, Ian Lumb writes that the company’s Singularity containers can ease the transition to RHEL 8. “RHEL 8 is a transition over time, not a discrete event in time. Singularity containers preserve your heavily vested legacy deployments, while enabling you to make the transition on your terms.”

AMD to Power Exascale Cray System at ORNL

Today AMD announced a new exascale-class supercomputer to be delivered to ORNL in 2021. Built by Cray, the “Frontier” system is expected to deliver more than 1.5 exaFLOPS of processing performance on AMD CPU and GPU processors to accelerate advanced research programs addressing the most complex compute problems. “The combination of a flexible compute infrastructure, scalable HPC and AI software, and the intelligent Slingshot system interconnect will enable Cray customers to undertake a new age of science, discovery and innovation at any scale.”

NASA to Launch University of Pittsburgh Supercomputer into Space

A novel supercomputer developed by a University of Pittsburgh team is set to journey to the International Space Station on May 1. The supercomputer will serve as a research “sandbox” for space-based experiments on computing, sensing, image processing and machine learning. “It will be “one of the most powerful space-qualified computers ever made and flown,” said Alan George, department chair of the Swanson School of Engineering’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, who led Pitt researchers and graduate students on the project.”

Video: NAG Launches HPC Cost of Ownership Calculator

In this video, Mike Croucher from NAG demonstrates the company’s new Total Cost of Ownership Calculator for HPC. “Should your next HPC procurement be on-premise or in the cloud? This is one of the questions that our clients ask us to help with and part of the answer involves Total Cost of Ownership of the resulting facility. This calculator is provided as a working example of a TCO model.”

TACC Podcast Looks at the Challenges of Computational Reproducibility

In this TACC Podcast, Dan Stanzione and Doug James from the Texas Advanced Computing Center discuss the thorny issue of reproducibility in HPC. “Computational reproducibility is a subset of the broader and even harder topic of scientific reproducibility,” said Dan Stanzione, TACC’s executive director. “If we can’t get the exact same answer bit-for-bit, then what’s close enough? What’s a scientifically valid way to represent that? That’s what we’re after.”

Video: Singularity adds Plugin Support

The good folks at Sylabs have added plugin support to Singularity, an open source-based container platform designed for scientific and HPC environments. As this post from February 2018 indicates, plugin support in Singularity has been on our minds for some time. After the successful reimplementation of the Singularity core in a combination of the Go […]

Call for Papers: EuroMPI Conference in Zurich

The EuroMPI conference has issued its Call for Papers. The event takes place September 10-13 in Zurich, Switzerland. “The EuroMPI conference is since 1994 the preeminent meeting for users, developers and researchers to interact and discuss new developments and applications of message-passing parallel computing, in particular in and related to the Message Passing Interface (MPI). This includes parallel programming interfaces, libraries and langauges, architectures, networks, algorithms, tools, applications, and High Performance Computing with particular focus on quality, portability, performance and scalability.”

LRZ in Germany joins the OpenMP effort

The Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) in Germany has joined the OpenMP Architecture Review Board (ARB), a group of leading hardware and software vendors and research organizations creating the standard for the most popular shared-memory parallel programming model in use today. “With the rise of core counts and the expected future deployment of accelerated systems, optimizing node-level performance is getting more and more important. As a member of the OpenMP ARB, we want to contribute to the future of OpenMP to meet the challenges of new architectures“, says Prof. Dieter Kranzlmüller, Chairman of the Board of Directors of LRZ.

Spack – A Package Manager for HPC

Todd Gamblin from LLNL gave this talk at the Stanford HPC Conference. “Spack is a package manager for cluster users, developers and administrators. Rapidly gaining popularity in the HPC community, like other HPC package managers, Spack was designed to build packages from source. This talk will introduce some of the open infrastructure for distributing packages, challenges to providing binaries for a large package ecosystem and what we’re doing to address problems.”

Call for Submissions: OpenMPCon and IWOMP 2019 in New Zealand

The OpenMP community has issued its Call for Submissions for OpenMPCon 2019 and IWOMP 2019. The events take place September 9-13 in Auckland, New Zealand. “OpenMPCon is the annual conference for OpenMP developers to discuss of all aspects of parallel programming with OpenMP. The International Workshop on OpenMP (IWOMP) is an annual workshop dedicated to the promotion and advancement of all aspects of parallel programming with OpenMP.”