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Update: Approximately 100 Seagate ClusterStor Employees to Move to Cray in Strategic Transaction

Seagate is getting out of the HPC business. Today Cray announced that it has entered into partnership agreement with Seagate centered around ClusterStor high-performance storage. “In 2012 Cray became our first OEM and has continued over the years to be our largest and most strategic ClusterStor partner,” said Ken Claffey, vice president and general manager, Storage Systems Group at Seagate. “As the leader in the supercomputing market, Cray will be a great home for the ClusterStor, employees, customers and partners.”

Speeding Up Big Data Analysis With Intel MKL and Intel DAAL

“New algorithms that can query massive amounts of data an draw conclusions have been developed, but these algorithms need to be optimized on the underlying hardware. This is where the expertise of vendors who develop the hardware can add tremendous value. Optimizing the underlying libraries that can execute with a high degree of parallelism will definitely lead to improved performance for the software and productivity gains for the organization.”

Supercomputing by API: Connecting Modern Web Apps to HPC

In this video from OpenStack Australia, David Perry from the University of Melbourne presents: Supercomputing by API – Connecting Modern Web Apps to HPC. “OpenStack is a free and open-source set of software tools for building and managing cloud computing platforms for public and private clouds. OpenStack Australia Day is the region’s largest, and Australia’s best, conference focusing on Open Source cloud technology. Gathering users, vendors and solution providers, OpenStack Australia Day is an industry event to showcase the latest technologies and share real-world experiences of the next wave of IT virtualization.”

Intel’s Xeon Scalable Processors Provide Cooling Challenges for HPC

Unless you reduce node and rack density, the wattages of today’s high-poweredCPUs and GPUs are simply no longer addressable with air cooling alone. Asetek explores how new processors, such as Intel’s Xeon Scalable processors, often call for more than just air cooling. “The largest Xeon Phi direct-to-chip cooled system today is Oakforest-PACS system in Japan. The system is made up of 8,208 computational nodes using Asetek Direct-to-Chip liquid cooled Intel Xeon Phi high performance processors with Knights Landing architecture. It is the highest performing system in Japan and #7 on the Top500.”

A Scalable Object Store for Meteorological and Climate Data

Simon D. Smart gave this talk at the PASC17 conference. “Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) and Climate simulations sit in the intersection between classically understood HPC and the Big Data communities. Driven by ever more ambitious scientific goals, both the size and number of output data elements generated as part of NWP operations has grown by several orders of magnitude, and will continue to grow into the future. This poses significant scalability challenges for the data processing pipeline, and the movement of data through and between stages is one of the most significant factors in this.”

Video: Towards Quantum High Performance Computing

“Following an introduction to the exceptional computational power of quantum computers using analogies with classical high performance computing systems, I will discuss real-world application problems that can be tackled on medium scale quantum computers but not on post exa-scale classical computers. I will motivate hardware software co-design of quantum accelerators to classical supercomputers and the need for educating a new generation of quantum software engineers with knowledge both in quantum computing and in high performance computing.”

Interview: The Computational Challenges of Fusion Energy

In this video from PASC17, Yasuhiro Idomura from the Japan Atomic Energy Agency and Laurent Villard from EPFL discuss the computational challenges of developing Fusion reactors. “Numerical plasma physics models are used to improve our understanding of transport, instability growth and other poorly understood phenomena encountered in the experimental devices edging toward viable fusion energy. Since computational expense imposes a major limitation on accurate physical modeling, computational resources must be used as efficiently as possible.”

Lenovo Gains Momentum in HPC at ISC 2017

In this video from ISC 2017, Rick Koopman from Lenovo describes the company’s innovative solutions for HPC. “Lenovo recently announced the delivery of one of the most powerful systems – among the first in the world based on Intel Xeon Platinum processor family – to Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC). The BSC MareNostrum 4 supercomputer, tasked with jobs in science and engineering research, incorporates 48 racks with more than 3,400 nodes with next generation Intel Xeon processors and a central memory of 390 Terabytes. Its peak power will be over 11 Petaflops.”

Petabyte-Scale Active Archive in Private Object Storage

In big data science, storage archives protect massive volumes of research-critical content. Scientists at the University of Warsaw (UW) Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling (ICM) rely on a petabyte-scale active archive built on modern storage technology.

Video: Supermicro Showcases HPC Solutions at ISC 2017

In this video, Peter Maas from Supermicro gives us a tour of the company’s exhibit at ISC 2017. “Supermicro offers the industry’s broadest selection of HPC Solutions in the industry, including 1U, 2U, 3U, 4U SuperServers, FatTwin, SuperWorkstations and SuperBlade platforms. Now, the HPC community can build even higher density compute clusters to deliver maximum parallel computing performance per watt, per dollar, and per square foot. Look to Supermicro HPC Servers and Solutions to deliver the performance, scalability and reliability needed to solve the most complex computing challenges of our time.”