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JCAHPC in Japan Wins Inaugural IO500 Award with help from DDN

Today DDN announced that the Oakforest-PACS system JCAHPC in Japan, which uses DDN’s Infinite Memory Engine (IME), has been named the first annual IO500 winner. “The goal of the IO500 is to create a suite of I/O benchmarks that allow comparison of storage systems and is similar in concept to the Top500 for computing systems. Storage systems are ranked according to the combination of a set of I/O benchmarks that are designed to represent a mix of applications and real-world workloads.”

Nallatech Showcases Next Generation FPGA Accelerators at SC17

Last week at SC17, Nallatech showcased their FPGA solutions for high-performance computing, low latency network acceleration, and data analytics. “FPGAs are being deployed in volume across a range of on-premise platforms and cloud infrastructure to achieve a step-change in application performance and energy-efficiency above and beyond what can be achieved using conventional processor technologies” said Craig Petrie, VP Business Development of FPGA Solutions at Nallatech. “We’re excited to be showcasing our new OpenCL-programmable ‘520’ product range featuring Intel Stratix-10 FPGAs. These server-qualified accelerator products have been engineered to cost-effectively solve demanding co-processing and real-time data ingest and enrichment applications.”

Video: Nyriad Unveils GPU-accelerated Storage Device for the Square Kilometer Array

At SC17 last week, Nyriad Limited demonstrated their company’s first commercial product, Nsulate, a GPU-accelerated storage solution that enables increased storage resilience while reducing the storage power requirements by over 50 percent. “Using a GPU as a storage controller inserts an enormous amount of general purpose processing power directly into the storage pipeline, enabling modern HPC storage appliances to deliver unprecedented speed, scale, security, storage efficiency and intelligence in real-time.”

Energy-efficient CoolMUC-3 Cluster comes to LRZ in Germany

An new energy-efficient supercomputer called CoolMUC-3 has been deployed at LRZ in Germany. Developed by MEGWARE, the HPC cluster features Intel’s many-core architecture and warm-water cooled Omni-Path switches. “In the long run, we want to get rid of inefficient air-cooling completely.”

NEC Supercomputer at JGU in Germany Ranks #65 on TOP500

NEC Deutschland GmbH has delivered an LX series supercomputer to Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), one of Germany’s leading research universities and part of the German Gauss Alliance consortium of excellence in high-performance computing. The new HPC cluster ranks 65th in the most current TOP500 list of the fastest supercomputers in the world from November 2017 and 51st in the Green500 list of the most energy-efficient supercomputers.

DDN Powers Big Data and Machine Learning at UTC in Tennessee

Last week at SC17, Data Direct Networks announced that The University of Tennessee, Chattanooga (UTC) has selected DDN’s GS14KX parallel file system appliance with 1.1PB of storage to replace its aging big data storage system and to support a diversifying range of data-intensive research projects. The Center of Excellence in Applied Computational Science and Engineering (SimCenter) at UTC needed a big data storage solution that could scale easily to support growing research programs focused on computational fluid dynamics (CFD), machine learning, data analytics, smart cities and molecular biology.

Hyperion Innovation Excellence Award goes to UberCloud and Stanford Living Heart Project

Last week at SC17, Hyperion Research announced that the UberCloud and the Stanford Living Heart Project have won the Hyperion Award for Innovation Excellence. “The Stanford LHP project is simulating cardiac arrhythmia, which can be an undesirable and potentially lethal side effect of drugs. The electrical activity of the heart turns chaotic, decimating its pumping function, thus diminishing the circulation of blood through the body.”

Video: An Affordable Supercomputing Testbed based on Rasberry Pi

In this video from SC17, Bruce Tulloch from BitScope describes a low-cost Rasberry Pi cluster that LANL can use to simulate large-scale supercomputers. “The BitScope Pi Cluster Modules system creates an affordable, scalable, highly parallel testbed for high-performance-computing system-software developers. The system comprises five rack-mounted BitScope Pi Cluster Modules consisting of 3,000 cores using Raspberry Pi ARM processor boards, fully integrated with network switching infrastructure.”

Job of the Week: Computational Scientist at the School of Mines

The School of Mines in Colorado is seeking a Computational Scientist in our Job of the Week. “The Computational Scientist works as part of the High Performance Computing Group to help Mines researchers by collaborating with other researchers and computational scientists to develop, integrate, port and tune applications to take advantage of the high performance computing capabilities at Mines.”

Dell EMC Brings Machine Learning to Mainstream Enterprises

This week at SC17, Dell EMC announced new machine learning and deep learning solutions, continuing the company’s work to bring high performance computing and data analytics capabilities to mainstream enterprises worldwide. “When you think about what this means for industries like financial services or personalized medicine, the possibilities are endless and exciting.”