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GPU-powered SQream DB Boosts Query Performance up to 150% for IBM POWER9

Today SQream announced that its GPU-powered SQream DB software now includes optimized support for the IBM POWER9 multi-core architecture. “GPU-accelerated analytics are an increasingly important part of our industry,” said Sumit Gupta, VP of HPC and AI for IBM Cognitive Systems. “The announcement of SQream on the IBM POWER9 platform takes this concept to another level of performance, as the POWER9 CPU with embedded NVIDIA NVLink interface to NVIDIA’s GPUs allows SQream to enable even faster processing of data on POWER9 servers.”

Lenovo ThinkAgile System Certified for SAP HANA on Hyperconverged Infrastructure

Today Lenovo announced that it is one of the first server vendors certified for SAP HANA for hyperconverged infrastructure. “With Lenovo’s ThinkAgile HX7820 four-socket system certified for SAP HANA, enterprises can now take advantage of SAP HANA workloads on a hyperconverged infrastructure that moves with agility for the business of your enterprise. With the speed of in-memory databases, you can gain faster access to integrated data analytics and machine learning, while scaling performance for storage, compute and networking.”

STULZ and Cloud&Heat team up with Watercooled Micro Data Center

Today STULZ announced a new strategic partnership with Cloud&Heat Technologies, a specialist in energy-efficient, scalable and reliable data centers. As part of this new technical and sales alliance, the hot water direct cooling system developed by Dresden-based Cloud&Heat is to be marketed in future as an equipment option for the STULZ MicroDC series. “In addition to IT cooling, efficient heat recovery is at the heart of Cloud&Heat’s solution. Its patented technology enables the company to bring the heat produced by the IT equipment to a constant temperature of 60°C degrees and exports it for heating buildings and water. This technique not only lowers the cost of cooling the data center, but also of heating and hot water. This concept therefore helps to massively reduce the CO2 footprint of IT systems.”

Radio Free Noodles on Remarkable in Growth in the HPC Server Market

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at remarkable growth in the HPC Server Market reported by Hyperion Research. “Hyperion Research reports that worldwide factory revenue for the HPC technical server market jumped 27.6% to $3.7 billion in the second quarter of 2018 (2Q18), up from $2.9 billion in the same period of 2017, according to the newly released Hyperion Research Worldwide High-Performance Technical Server QView.”

Intel Beefs up FPGA Line

Today Intel introduced the Intel Programmable Acceleration Card (PAC) with Intel Stratix 10 SX FPGA. The card leverages the Acceleration Stack for Intel Xeon CPU with FPGAs, providing data center developers a robust platform to deploy FPGA-based accelerated workloads. 

Rescale Partners Program to Deliver Big Compute to Enterprise Customers

Last week, Rescale announced the launch of its Powered by Rescale program with IBM as its first partner. “With the Powered by Rescale program, partners can deliver their product and/or service to customers as part of an end-to-end solution under their brand. This allows partners in the simulation and HPC space to participate in net-new cloud business opportunities while maintaining focus on their core technology and competency.”

Microsoft Previews Avere vFXT for Azure

Over at the Microsoft Blog, Rebecca Thompson writes that Avere vFXT software for Azure delivers new possibilities for running HPC workloads in the cloud. “With this new software solution, you can now easily connect on-premises infrastructure to Azure compute or “lift and shift” file-based workloads in Azure to run between Azure blob in the same manner.”

Can we use Machine Learning to Learn about Machines?

In this special guest feature, Ellexus CEO Rosemary Francis writes that the convergence of HPC and Ai is already changing the landscape in the world of supercomputing. “It is only as machines get faster that they are able to get cleverer. This means that more and more industries are becoming interested in making supercomputers even more powerful and investment in the exascale goal will increase.”

Versity Open Sources Next Generation Archiving Filesystem

Today Versity Software announced that it has open sourced ScoutFS, a new scale out archiving filesystem. “ScoutFS is the first GPL archiving file system ever released, creating an inherently safer and more user-friendly option for storing archival data where accessibility over very large time scales and the removal of vendor-specific risk is a key consideration.”

Survey Foretells Explosive Growth in Machine Learning Projects Over Next Two Years

Over at the Univa Blog, Gary Tyreman writes that the company sponsored an industry-wide survey to better understand what key challenges our HPC users are currently facing that are preventing them from moving their machine learning (ML) projects into production. “Our goal is to use this data to help guide our customers and recommend the right set of tools and migration options needed to accelerate value in machine learning.”