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Dr Keren Bergman previews ISC Keynote on Optical Computing for HPC

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Dr Keren Bergman, Professor of Electrical Engineering at the School of Engineering and Applied Science, Columbia University discusses her keynote on the development of silicon photonics for HPC ahead of her Tuesday keynote presentation at ISC 2018. “So today we are able to make all the components of photonic links and this includes 50 GHz data modulators, 50 GHz receivers, nanosecond scale switches all kinds of structures and we can do wave division multiplexing into these interconnect structures. The capabilities are just enormous.”

Fujitsu to Showcase Post-K Supercomputer CPU Prototype at ISC 2018

Today Fujitsu unveiled details about their ARM-powered Post K exascale supercomputer, which is planned for deployment at RIKEN in Japan sometime in 2021. Fujitsu has now completed the prototype CPU chip for the machine, which may be the fastest ever commencing functionality field trials. “The Post K processor will likely become the most powerful general-purpose CPU ever for HPC and AI,” said Satoshi Matsuoka from RIKEN on his blog this week.

Welcome to ISC High Performance 2018

In this special guest post, Martin Meuer and Thomas Meuer welcome attendees to ISC 2018, which takes place June 24-28 in Frankfurt, Germany. “Today ISC High Performance stands proudly as a globally recognized HPC event, driven by the extensive involvement of the high performance computing community. The contribution of new topics, speakers, stringent review processes, as well as diversity efforts, makes ISC distinctive.”

Asetek Provides Liquid Cooling QCT at NCHC in Taiwan

Today Asetek announced the deployment of the company’s latest heat rejection technology at the National Center for High-Performance Computing (NCHC) in Hsinchu, Taiwan. “Announced in April, the new liquid cooled NCHC cluster to be implemented by QCT will focus on artificial intelligence. A major goal of the project is to achieve a significant PUE figure, requiring the use of liquid cooling to create a mix of liquid cooled NVIDIA V100 GPUs and Intel Xeon Scalable Processors in a high-density configuration. As one of Asetek’s newest OEM Partners, the NCHC installation by QCT represents both the first major HPC site resulting from the collaboration, and one of the first deployments of the latest InRackCDU.”

Gidel Launches Lossless Compression IP that Reduces FPGA Power Consumption

Today Gidel announced a new compression IP and a renewed focus on compression and encryption algorithms for the HPC and Vision markets. The compression algorithm requires extremely low power, encoding more than 1 GB/sec utilizing just 1% of the FPGA, thus opening up new possibilities for data centers in particular. “Real-time compression capability provides a number of advantages in storage and efficiency,” notes Ofer Pravda, VP Marketing & Sales at Gidel. “Compressed data can be stored in real-time, as opposed to systems that store the raw data and then compress offline at a later date.”

Sylabs Launches Global Partner Program for HPC Containers

Today HPC startup Sylabs announced the launch of a new program for partners. The Sylabs Partner Program offers IT providers a licensing platform that they can use to deliver the commercially supported container platform SingularityPRO through their own sales channels. This includes access to signed package repositories, backported bug and security fixes, and a portfolio of services designed for the container ecosystem. In addition, the Sylabs Partner Program will provide support, training, certifications, and architectural practices to fit the specific needs of the partner and their customers.

Introducing HPE Performance Cluster Manager Software

Over at the HPE Blog, Bill Mannel writes that new HPE Performance Cluster Manager can help you reduce the time and resources spent administering HPC systems. “Managing HPC clusters can be challenging. Especially when you have to deal with the ever-growing large scale systems with thousands of nodes which means you need to monitor and manage more and more components. Your system administrators need a system management solution to allow them to manage even very complex HPC installations easily and quickly.”

Atos and Dell EMC Centre of Excellence coming to Supercomputing Wales

Today Atos announced a new contract with Supercomputing Wales, the national supercomputing research facility for Wales that will result in a world-first Atos and Dell EMC supercomputing Centre of Excellence. This partnership will provide high performance computing facilities and big data research capabilities to a consortium of universities in Wales including Cardiff, Swansea, Aberystwyth and Bangor Universities. “We are thrilled to be part of such an important partnership to help continue the great work already being carried out by universities across Wales,” said Richard Rawcliffe, Vice President, UK Public Sector, Dell EMC.

Prof Michael Resch to present GCS Smart Scale Strategy at ISC 2018

GCS will host a special session on its Smart Scale strategy at ISC 2018. “Prof. Michael Resch will provide insight into the current status and development of Germany’s Smart Scale initiative and of Germany’s position in the field of HPC from an international prospective. The talk takes place Tuesday, June 26 at 12:30pm in room Panorama 2 at the Frankfurt Messe.”

Asetek Liquid Cooling comes to Latest Intel Compute Modules at ISC18

Today Asetek announced plans to showcase its latest liquid cooling technology integrated in Intel Compute Modules at ISC 2018 in Frankfurt. “Asetek is excited with this next step in the ongoing collaboration with Intel,” said John Hamill, Asetek Chief Operating Officer. “The integration of Asetek liquid cooling technology in Intel Compute Modules HNS2600BPBLC and HNS7200APRL serves as further validation of low pressure distributed liquid cooling for HPC and Data Center sites.”