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OFA and Gen-Z Consortium to advance industry standardization of open-source fabric management

The OFA and Gen-Z Consortium recently entered a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreement to advance the industry standardization of open-source fabric management. “Potential activities outlined in the agreement include joint development of a roadmap guiding future enhancements and development of the libfabric API as well as an abstract fabric manager built on the concepts of Distributed Management Task Force’s (DMTF) Redfish standard.”

Agenda Posted for OpenFabrics Virtual Workshop

The OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) has opened registration for its OFA Virtual Workshop, taking place June 8-12, 2020. This virtual event will provide fabric developers and users an opportunity to discuss emerging fabric technologies, collaborate on future industry requirements, and address today’s challenges. “The OpenFabrics Alliance is committed to accelerating the development of high performance fabrics. This virtual event will provide fabric developers and users an opportunity to discuss emerging fabric technologies, collaborate on future industry requirements, and address challenges.”

Atos engages in the fight against Covid-19

Atos reports that the company is bringing its technology leadership, skills and innovation resources to the global fight against Covid-19. Through several direct and partner-led initiatives across the globe, Atos is engaged on multiple fronts, providing solutions and computing power to help contain the spread of the virus, support the scientific community, accelerate vaccine research and ensure business continuity for critical activities.

IBTA Updates InfiniBand Architecture Specifications for Next-Gen HPC

Today the InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA) announced the public availability of the InfiniBand Architecture Specification Volume 1 Release 1.4 and Volume 2 Release 1.4. With these updates in place, the InfiniBand ecosystem will continue to grow and address the needs of the next generation of HPC, artificial AI, cloud and enterprise data center compute, and storage connectivity needs. 

Intel Commits $50 Million to Pandemic Response Technology Initiative

Today, Intel pledged an additional $50 million in a pandemic response technology initiative to combat the coronavirus through accelerating access to technology at the point of patient care, speeding scientific research and ensuring access to online learning for students. Included in Intel’s effort is an additional innovation fund for requests where access to Intel expertise and resources can have immediate impact. “We hope that by sharing our expertise, resources and technology, we can help to accelerate work that saves lives and expands access to critical services around the world during this challenging time.”

Barcelona Supercomputing Centre to Optimize Storage and Data Analysis with PPI4HPC

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) will provide a new storage infrastructure for enhanced data analysis capabilities thanks to the PPI4HPC (Public Procurement of Innovations for High Performance Computing). “The proposed infrastructure includes a disk tier built on all-flash technology and spinning disk drives. It changes the way underlying physical drives are managed, accessed and rebuilt in case of failures in order to minimize the impact to the scientific applications. It is a High-Performance Analytics compute infrastructure to run data analytics operations with the latest Power microprocessors and NVMe PCIe local storage to accelerate the workloads.”

CXL and Gen-Z Consortiums to Collaborate

Today the Compute Express Link (CXL) Consortium and Gen-Z Consortium announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) describing a mutual plan for collaboration between the two organizations. The agreement shows the commitment each organization is making to promote interoperability between the technologies, while leveraging and further developing complementary capabilities of each technology. “CXL technology and Gen-Z are gearing up to make big strides across the device connectivity ecosystem. Each technology brings different yet complementary interconnect capabilities required for high-speed communications,” said Jim Pappas, board chair, CXL Consortium. “We are looking forward to collaborating with the Gen-Z Consortium to enable great innovations for the Cloud and IT world.”

Rittal steps up with ZutaCore waterless liquid cooling

Today IT infrastructure provider Rittal announced a strategic partnership with ZutaCore for waterless, two-phase, liquid cooling. Together they offer highly efficient data center cooling solutions and will enable customers to cool processors up to and above 900W. Now data center owners and operators can harness computer power at significantly higher densities from the CPU level through to server, rack and data center levels. “The partnership between long-time and trusted data center provider Rittal and ZutaCore will alleviate hesitations to adoption and open up opportunities for much greater efficiencies in data center cooling,” says Jennifer Cooke, Research Director for IDC’s Cloud to Edge Datacenter Trends and Strategies team at IDC.

Inspur Re-Elected as Member of SPEC OSSC and Chair of SPEC Machine Learning

The Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC) has finalized the election of new Open System Steering Committee (OSSC) executive members, which include Inspur, Intel, AMD, IBM, Oracle and three other companies. “It is worth noting that Inspur, a re-elected OSSC member, was also re-elected as the chair of the SPEC Machine Learning (SPEC ML) working group. The development plan of ML test benchmark proposed by Inspur has been approved by members which aims to provide users with standard on evaluating machine learning computing performance.”

IRIS and XSEDE to investigate the impact of research supercomputing

A partnership XSEDE and the Institute for Research on Innovation and Science (IRIS) will examine how access to advanced research computing resources and services available via XSEDE affect the collaboration networks and scientific productivity of participating researchers. “IRIS will link the IRIS UMETRICS dataset containing transaction-level administrative data on sponsored research projects from dozens of the nation’s leading higher educational institutions to data from XSEDE allocations. This will result in a new way to examine how access to supercomputers influences the way researchers collaborate with colleagues and the productivity of individuals and research teams.”