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Cost-effective Cloud Research Computing comes to Penn State

Penn State’s Institute for CyberScience (ICS) announced that a new cloud computing environment has been added to its suite of high-performance computing offerings. This expanded capability provides Penn State researchers with more versatile, and potentially more cost-effective, computing resource options. “A cluster of computers will serve as the backbone of this on-premises cloud, which will initially comprise more than 6,000 virtual cores available to researchers; plans are that this will increase to 60,000 cores based upon demand.”

Harvard Names New Lenovo HPC Cluster after Astronomer Annie Jump Cannon

Harvard has deployed a liquid-cooled supercomputer from Lenovo at it’s FASRC computing center. The system, named “Cannon” in honor of astronomer Annie Jump Cannon, is a large-scale HPC cluster supporting scientific modeling and simulation for thousands of Harvard researchers. “This new cluster will have 30,000 cores of Intel 8268 “Cascade Lake” processors. Each node will have 48 cores and 192 GB of RAM.”

Traverse Supercomputer to accelerate fusion research at Princeton

Princeton’s High-Performance Computing Research Center recently hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Traverse, it’s newest supercomputer. Traverse is a 1.4 petaflop HPC cluster that ranks among the top 500 systems in the world. “Traverse is a mini version of ORNL’s Summit, thereby providing a stepping stone for the research community to one of the world’s fastest supercomputers,” said Curt Hillegas, associate CIO, Research Computin. “Getting experience using Traverse will allow our research groups to adapt their codes, so they can use the current leadership-class machines and be best prepared for the new exascale systems.”

Microway Deploys NVIDIA DGX POD-based AI Supercomputer at MSOE

Microway recently deployed an NVIDIA DGX POD-based supercomputer for education and applied research at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). Called “Rosie,” the supercomputer forms the centerpiece of the university’s new computer science program and will support an expansion of deep learning and AI education designed to permeate across the institution. “It features three racks of NVIDIA DGX-1 AI systems with NVIDIA V100 Tensor Core GPU accelerators; twenty Microway NumberSmasher Xeon + NVIDIA T4 GPU teaching compute nodes; and access to NGC.”

CSC Deploys Puhti Supercomputer from Atos

Finnish scientific computing took a big step recently with the launch of Puhti, a new Atos supercomputer at CSC’s Kajaani Data Center. “With these new acquisitions, we are looking to the future and aiming to meet the needs of the Finnish research community so that the investment would benefit the entire Finnish society. We are able to serve an ever-growing clientele from computing-intensive industries to projects that require more efficient data management,” says Kimmo Koski, CEO of CSC.

IBM Deploys Triton AI Supercomputer at University of Miami

Today the University of Miami (UM) announced that their new Triton supercomputer is installed and helping their researchers explore new frontiers of science. The new supercomputer will be UM’s first GPU-accelerated HPC system, representing a completely new approach to computational and data science for the university’s campuses. Built using IBM Power Systems AC922 servers, the new HPC system was designed to maximize data movement between the IBM POWER9 CPU and attached accelerators like GPUs.

VSC-4 from Lenovo is Austria’s most powerful supercomputer

Lenovo has deployed the fastest supercomputer in Austria. Installed by EDV-Design at TU Wien, the water cooled Vienna Scientific Cluster 4 (VSC-4) ranks #82 in the TOP500 list. “The compute nodes are directly water cooled allowing to use primary cooling water with a temperature in excess of 43 ℃, permitting year-round free cooling. Up to 90% of the energy will be removed by this high-temperature loop with the remainder being removed by air cooling. This permits a very reasonable energy foot-print.”

NEC Delivers HPC Cluster to RWTH Aachen University in Germany

Today NEC announced that RWTH Aachen University in Germany has started operations of a new HPC cluster. Called CLAIX-2018 the system augments the university’s existing CLAIX-2016 installation. “RWTH Aachen is one of the most renowned universities in Germany, and this project is a lighthouse project not only for the HPC datacentre, but also for NEC,” said Yuichi Kojima, Vice President HPC EMEA at NEC Deutschland.

Joliot-Curie Supercomputer from Atos Powers Research at GENCI

GENCI in France has inaugurated their new Joliot-Curie supercomputer. Based on the Atos BullSequana architecture, the system is rated at 9.4 petaflops of peak performance. The system boasts 4.5X increase in computing capacity with half the power consumption of its predecessor. “Joliot-Curie has already been tested as part of the Grands Challenges (Great challenges), organized by GENCI at the TGCC, by running major simulations and other applications.”

Beluga Supercomputer comes to Calcul Québec

Calcul Québec has deployed a new supercomputer to power research in Canada. With over 28,000 compute cores and 688 NVIDIA V100 GPUs, the new Béluga system was first made available at the beginning of April and is now the main high performance computing infrastructure in the province. “Béluga is a state-of-the-art supercomputer and was made available through the exceptional teamwork of our research and teaching institutions. It will become an essential part of advancing research in Quebec.”