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DDN: Enabling Scientific Discovery and Exascale Initiatives

Alex Bouzari gave this talk at the DDN User Group. “The goal of the event is to gather the community during ISC to discover how HPC organizations are assessing and leveraging technology to raise the bar on HPC innovations and best practices. From exciting user presentations to engaging roundtable conversations and groundbreaking technology updates, this can’t-miss event delivers the ideas and inspiration to help your cutting-edge HPC initiatives transform the world.”

Developing a Software Stack for Exascale

In this special guest feature, Rajeev Thakur from Argonne describes why Exascale would be a daunting software challenge even if we had the hardware today. “The scale makes it complicated. And we don’t have a system that large to test things on right now.” Indeed, no such system exists yet, the hardware is changing, and a final vendor or possibly multiple vendors to build the first exascale systems have not yet been selected.”

Penguin Computing Announces Transition to Intel Xeon Scalable Processors

Today Penguin Computing announced completion of the company’s major technology transition to the Intel Xeon Scalable platform for all Penguin Computing product lines. “Penguin Computing’s server solution offers an unrivaled array of compute and storage form factors, in standard 19” EIA, Open Compute and Tundra Extreme Scale platform,” said William Wu, Director of Product Management, Penguin Computing. “We are excited to introduce Intel Xeon Scalable platform based solutions into our versatile Relion and Tundra product lines to tackle today’s computing challenges. Organizations looking to deploy across Data Centers, Cloud Computing, hyper-scale HPC and Deep Learning will find Penguin Computing’s unique and expanding solutions to meet their needs.”

RCE Podcast Looks at Shifter Containers for HPC

In this RCE Podcast, Brock Palen and Jeff Squyres speak with Shane Canon and Doug Jacobsen from NERSC, the authors of Shifter. “Shifter is a prototype implementation that NERSC is developing and experimenting with as a scalable way of deploying containers in an HPC environment. It works by converting user or staff generated images in Docker, Virtual Machines, or CHOS (another method for delivering flexible environments) to a common format.”

Video: OpenACC Update from ISC 2017

In this video from ISC 2017, Sunita Chandrasekaran and Michael Wolfe present an overview of OpenACC and a preview of upcoming GPU Hackathon events. “OpenACC is a user-driven directive-based performance-portable parallel programming model designed for scientists and engineers interested in porting their codes to a wide-variety of heterogeneous HPC hardware platforms and architectures with significantly less programming effort than required with a low-level model.”

How HPE is Approaching Exascale with Memory-Driven Computing

In this video from ISC 2017, Mike Vildibill describes how Hewlett Packard Enterprise describes why we need Exascale and how the company is pushing forward with Memory-Driven Computing. “At the heart of HPE’s exascale reference design is Memory-Driven Computing, an architecture that puts memory, not processing, at the center of the computing platform to realize a new level of performance and efficiency gains. HPE’s Memory-Driven Computing architecture is a scalable portfolio of technologies that Hewlett Packard Labs developed via The Machine research project. On May 16, 2017, HPE unveiled the latest prototype from this project, the world’s largest single memory computer.”

European Supercomputing Centers Adopt Joint Procurement Process

Some of Europe’s leading supercomputing centers have joined forces to create a buyers group that will enable joint public procurement of new HPC systems. “The new partnership of four public HPC centers (BSC, CINECA, JSC, and GENCI), located in four different countries (Spain, Italy, Germany, and France) means that new supercomputers can be procured through a market consultation for the purchase of HPC systems. This group will operate under as part of the Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions for High-Performance Computing (PPI4HPC) project.”

Maxeler Technologies Accelerates Analytics on UK G-Cloud

Today Maxeler Technologies announced it is now on the G-Cloud 9 framework and can offer its world class accelerated compute performance to the entire UK Public Sector. “I am delighted we can support all parts of the UK Public Sector with our advanced technology,” said Oskar Mencer, CEO & CTO of Maxeler. “We look forward to bringing our expertise in working with large data sets in Financial Services and Scientific computing to the UK Government.”

NEC’s Aurora Vector Engine & Advanced Storage Speed HPC & Machine Learning at ISC 2017

In this video from ISC 2017, Oliver Tennert from NEC Deutschland GmbH introduces the company’s advanced technologies for HPC and Machine Learning. “Today NEC Corporation announced that it has developed data processing technology that accelerates the execution of machine learning on vector computers by more than 50 times in comparison to Apache Spark technologies.”

Intel’s Raj Hazra on how new technologies are Clouding our Future

In this video from ISC 2017, Raj Hazra, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the Enterprise and Government Group at Intel, discusses key trends impacting the future growth of High Performance Computing. He focuses on the opportunities of enabling HPC in the cloud, and how this drives the need for a consistent platform that bridges the worlds of dedicated supercomputers and hyperscale cloud service providers.