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Is Aurora Morphing into an Exascale AI Supercomputer?

The recently published Department of Energy FY 2018 Congressional Budget Request has raised a lot of questions about the Aurora supercomputer that was scheduled to be deployed at Argonne ALCF next year. “As we covered in our Radio Free HPC podcast, Aurora appears to be morphing into a very different kind of machine.”

Penguin Computing FrostByte adds BeeGFS Storage

Today Penguin Computing announced FrostByte with ThinkParQ BeeGFS, the latest member of the family of software-defined storage solutions. FrostByte is Penguin Computing’s scalable storage solution for HPC clusters, high-performance enterprise applications and data intensive analytics. “We are pleased to announce our Gold Partner relationship with ThinkParQ,” said Tom Coull, President and CEO, Penguin Computing. “Together, Penguin Computing and ThinkParQ can deliver a fully supported, scalable storage solution based on BeeGFS, engineered for optimal performance and reliability with best-in-class hardware and expert services.”

Video: DoE Taps HPE Memory-Driven Computing for Exascale

Today Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced it has been awarded a research grant from the DoE to develop a reference design for an exascale supercomputer. “Our novel Memory-Driven Computing architecture combined with our deep expertise in HPC and robust partner ecosystem uniquely positions HPE to develop the first U.S. exascale supercomputer and deliver against the PathForward program’s goals.”

Podcast: DoE Awards $258 Million for Exascale to U.S. HPC Vendors

Today U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced that six leading U.S. technology companies will receive funding from the Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project (ECP) as part of its new PathForward program, accelerating the research necessary to deploy the nation’s first exascale supercomputers. “Continued U.S. leadership in high performance computing is essential to our security, prosperity, and economic competitiveness as a nation,” said Secretary Perry. “These awards will enable leading U.S. technology firms to marshal their formidable skills, expertise, and resources in the global race for the next stage in supercomputing—exascale-capable systems.”

DDN Storage Innovations Enhance Performance and Reliability at Scale

“Today DDN announced a series of performance and reliability innovations across its storage appliances, aimed at meeting the growing demand for storage performance, simplicity and reliability at scale in a new era of data-centric computing. Infinite Memory Engine (IME) and Storage Fusion Architecture (SFA) product lines now feature significant new data protection and performance improvements that allow DDN customers to deploy a complete suite of storage services across even the most demanding emerging IoT, deep learning and technical HPC environments.”

Call for Proposals: HPC4Mfg Program has $3 Million to Boost Supercomputing in Industry

Today the Energy Department announced up to $3 million in available support for manufacturers to use supercomputers at the department’s national laboratories to tackle major manufacturing challenges. The High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) Program enables the use of high performance computing (HPC) expertise and resources for the manufacturing sector to address research and development challenges with HPC and investigate its use to support advanced energy and manufacturing issues. “The technologies adopted as a result of the HPC4Mfg Program can have a significant impact with potential to close the knowledge gaps in the manufacturing and energy industry,” said Mark Johnson, director of the Advanced Manufacturing Office. “This program aligns well with the technical focus areas our office is pursuing in early-stage, applied research and development.”

Radio Free HPC Does the Day-by-Day Preview of ISC 2017

In this Radio Free HPC podcast, Rich gives us a day-by-day preview of the upcoming ISC 2017 conference. The event takes place June 18-22 in Frankfurt, Germany. “ISC High Performance focuses on HPC technological development and its application in scientific fields, as well as its adoption in commercial environments. In 2017 we offer you 13 fascinating HPC topics grouped under three categories: systems, applications, and emerging topics. All topics will be addressed in different power-packed sessions. The ISC tutorials, workshops and the exhibition will complement these sessions.”

Slidecast: Intel Omni-Path Architecture – A World Class High Performance Interconnect

In this slidecast, Scott Misage from Intel is our guest on the Rich Report. As the General Manager of the Intel Omni-Path Business Unit, Scott has a lot to say about scalability, performance, and market momentum for this powerful interconnect technology. He also provides a preview of ISC 2017, where Intel Omni-Path will be in the spotlight as a rising star on the TOP500.

Using Oracle Bare Metal Cloud Services with PBS Professional

Bruce Burns from Oracle presented this talk at the PBS Works User Group. “In this session you learn how to use PBS Professional with Oracle BMCS for common customer use case scenarios to dynamically scale out, on demand and leverage the price / performance advantages that Oracle BMCS uniquely provides with PBS Works.”

Call for Participation: ISAV 2017 Workshop at SC17 in Denver

The ISAV 2017 Workshop has issued their Call for Participation. Held in conjunction with SC17, the In Situ Infrastructures for Enabling Extreme-scale Analysis and Visualization Workshop takes place, Sunday, November 12 in Denver.