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Liquid Cooling Trends in HPC

In this special guest feature, Bob Fletcher from Verne Global reflects on how liquid cooling technologies on display at SC19 represent more than just a wave. “My intuition suggests that the larger established water-cooling users will mostly stick with their familiar high-pressure solution, but the newer green field deployments will be fertile ground for the new vacuum CDUs. In particular, the AI community as their compute accelerators become increasingly water-cooled, while maintaining their short 2-year product life.”

HDR 200GB/sec InfiniBand for HPC & AI

In this video from the DDN booth at SC19, Scot Schultz from Mellanox presents: Connecting Visions: HDR 200GB/sec InfiniBand. “HDR 200Gb/s InfiniBand accelerates 31 percent of new InfiniBand-based systems on the current TOP500, including the fastest TOP500 supercomputer built this year. The results also highlight InfiniBand’s continued position in the top three supercomputers in the world and acceleration of six of the top 10 systems. Since the TOP500 List release in June 2019, InfiniBand’s presence has increased by 12 percent, now accelerating 141 supercomputers on the List.”

2020 Predictions from Radio Free HPC

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team lays out their tech predictions for 2020. “Henry predicts that we’ll see a RISC-V based supercomputer on the TOP500 list by the end of 2020 – gutsy call on that. This is a double down on a bet that Dan and Henry have, so he’s reinforcing his position. Dan also sees 2020 as the “Year of the FPGA.”

TMGcore teams with FSG as Certified OTTO Ready Electrical Contractor

Today TMGcore announced that Facility Solutions Group (FSG) will be the first OTTO-Ready Electrical Contractor. OTTO is a line of highly efficient, high density, modular two-phase immersion cooled data center platforms with a fully integrated power, cooling, racking, networking and management experience, backed by partnerships with numerous industry leaders. “We first worked with FSG in 2018 when we were building our own headquarters and data center in Plano, Texas,” said John-David Enright, CEO of TMGcore. “We trust them to handle our electrical needs daily and, therefore, we trust they can do the same for our customers now, helping them decide upon the best electrical solutions for the installation and creation of ideal environments for their OTTO platforms.”

Call for Papers: MSST 2020 Mass Storage Conference in Santa Clara

The MSST 2020 Mass Storage Conference has issued its Call for Papers. The event will be held May 4-8, 2020 at Santa Clara University, with the Research Track taking place May 7 and 8. “The conference focuses on current challenges and future trends in storage technologies. MSST 2020 will include a day of tutorials, two days of invited papers, and two days of peer-reviewed research papers. The conference will be held, once again, on the beautiful campus of Santa Clara University, in the heart of Silicon Valley.”

MIRIS Teams with LiquidCool Solutions for Datacenter Heat Recovery

MIRIS has entered into an agreement with LiquidCool Solutions (LCS), a world leader in rack-based immersion cooling technology for datacenters. The agreement gives MIRIS the exclusive right to distribute LCS technology on heat recovery projects. “Together we will develop the next generation of datacenter racks, with the highest density and the most effective heat recovery that the industry has ever seen. LCS brings to the plan a technology that is uniquely able to recapture more than 90% of rack input energy in the form of a 60 degree C liquid, and an emphasis will be placed on reusing valuable energy that would otherwise be wasted.”

New Achronix Bittware FPGA Accelerator Speeds Cloud, AI, and Machine Learning

In October Bittware and Achronix announced a strategic collaboration with Achronix to introduce the S7t-VG6 PCIe accelerator product – a PCIe card sporting the new Achronix 7nm Speedster7t FPGA. This new generation of accelerator products offers a range of capabilities including low-cost and highly flexible GDDR6 memory that aims to offer HBM-class memory bandwidth, high-performance machine learning processors and a new 2D network-on-chip for high bandwidth and energy-efficient data movement.

Technologies for Energy Efficient Supercomputing

In this special guest feature, Robert Roe from Scientific Computing World writes that it is not always clear which HPC technology provides the most energy-efficient solution for a given application. “You need to understand your application as somebody that is coming into this from a greenfield perspective. If your application doesn’t parallelize well, or if it needs higher frequency processors, then the best thing you can do is pick the right processor and the right number of them so you are not wasting power on CPU cycles that are not being used.”

WekaIO Named Major Player in File-Based Storage by IDC MarketScape

IDC MarketScape has recognized WekaIO as a Major Player in this sector. According to the IDC MarketScape 2019, IDC believes that file-based storage (FBS) will continue to evolve to address the needs of traditional and next-generation workloads. The IDC MarketScape noted, “WekaFS was developed from the ground up to utilize the performance of NVMe flash technology to deliver the optimum performance and minimum latency for demanding and unpredictable AI workloads. WekaIO’s customers claim satisfaction and that the offering holds to performance promises made by the vendor.”

GIGABYTE Brings AI and Cloud Solutions to CES 2020

GIGABYTE is showcasing AI, Cloud, and Smart Applications this week at CES 2020 in Las Vegas. “GIGABYTE is renowned for its craftsmanship and dedication to innovating new technologies that are current with the time and helping humanity leap forward for more than 30 years. GIGABYTE’s accomplishments in motherboards and graphics cards have set the standard for the industry to follow, and the quality and performance of its products have been the excellence that competitors look up to. GIGABYTE has leveraged the experience and know-how to establish a trusted reputation in data center expertise, and is responsible in supplying the hardware and support to some of the biggest companies involved in HPC and cloud & web hosting services, enabling their successes in the respective fields.”