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Exploring Dell EMC Networking for vSan

This is the second entry in an insideHPC guide series that explores networking with Dell EMC ready nodes. Read on to learn more about Dell EMC networking for vSan.

Hyperion Research’s Steve Conway Adds COO Title

Today Hyperion Research announced that Steve Conway, Hyperion Research senior vice president of research, will now also serve as the company’s chief operating officer, according to Hyperion CEO Earl Joseph. “The promotion recognizes key responsibilities Steve has already taken on, in addition to leading our research activities, such as heavily influencing our view of the fast-evolving HPC market, playing a major role in setting the direction for our business, creating and launching new programs, and managing important areas of the business,” Joseph said.

Lenovo Moves Liquid Cooling Forward with Neptune

Today Lenovo released details its pending Neptune liquid-cooling systems, which will enable data centers to run “up to 50 percent more efficiently, with uncompromising performance while maintaining a dense footprint.”  “In Roman mythology, Neptune used his three-pronged trident to tame the sea. This inspired Lenovo’s liquid cooling “trident” of cooling technologies: Direct to Node (DTN) warm water cooling, rear door heat exchanger, and hybrid solutions that combine both air and liquid cooling.”

NVIDIA Releases Code for Accelerated Machine Learning

Today NVIDIA made a number of announcements centered around Machine Learning software at the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Conference in Salt Lake City. “NVIDIA is kicking off the conference by demonstrating an early release of Apex, an open-source PyTorch extension that helps users maximize deep learning training performance on NVIDIA Volta GPUs. Inspired by state of the art mixed precision training in translational networks, sentiment analysis, and image classification, NVIDIA PyTorch developers have created tools bringing these methods to all levels of PyTorch users.”

Cray Rolls Out Scalable Flash Storage Solution for Lustre Workloads

Today Cray announced the ClusterStor L300F Lustre-based scalable flash storage solution, designed for applications that need high-performance scratch storage to quickly store and retrieve intermediate results. “Flash is poised to become an essential technology in every HPC storage solution,” said Jeff Janukowicz, IDC’s research vice president, Solid State Drives and Enabling Technologies. “With the ClusterStor L300F, Cray has positioned itself to be at the leading edge of next generation of HPC storage solutions.”

Edge Computing Proves Critical for Drilling Rigs, Pipeline Integrity

This is the third entry in a five-part insideHPC series that takes an in-depth look at how machine learning, deep learning and AI are being used in the energy industry. Read on to learn how edge computing is playing a role in operating drilling rigs, ensuring pipeline integrity and more. 

Virtualizing AI & HPC Workloads with vSphere

In this video from the Dell EMC HPC Community Meeting, Josh Simons from VMware describes why more customers are moving their HPC & AI workloads to virtualized environments using vSphere. “With VMware, you can capture the benefits of virtualization for HPC workloads while delivering performance that is comparable to bare-metal. Our approach to virtualizing HPC adds a level of flexibility, operational efficiency, agility and security that cannot be achieved in bare-metal environments—enabling faster time to insights and discovery.”

FlyElephant and Squadex team up for expansion in AI and HPC services

FlyElephant has announced its partnership with Squadex, a Cloud Transformation Consultancy, to extend AI & Big Data consulting services and reinforce teams. “Our cooperation will enable FlyElephant customers to get top-notch consulting services and support in deployment and customization of our platform, HPC or Big Data cluster in an AWS Cloud, development and optimization of machine learning models.”, said Dmitry Spodarets, Founder at FlyElephant and AI/ML & HPC Lead at Squadex. “FlyElephant will augment Squadex’ capabilities in HPC and AI areas, enabling synergies to create new types of services in these areas.”

Let’s Talk Exascale: Optimizing I/O at the ADIOS Project

In this episode of Let’s Talk Exascale, researchers from the ADIOS project describe how they are optimizing I/O on exascale architectures and making the code easily maintainable, sustainable, and extensible, while ensuring its performance and scalability. “The Adaptable I/O System (ADIOS) project in the ECP supports exascale applications by addressing their data management and in situ analysis needs.”

ARM goes Big: HPE Builds Petaflop Supercomputer for Sandia

Today HPE announced plans to deliver the world’s largest Arm supercomputer. As part of the Vanguard program, Astra, the new Arm-based system, will be used by the NNSA to run advanced modeling and simulation workloads for addressing areas such as national security, energy and science. “By introducing Arm processors with the HPE Apollo 70, a purpose-built HPC architecture, we are bringing powerful elements, like optimal memory performance and greater density, to supercomputers that existing technologies in the market cannot match,” said Mike Vildibill, vice president, Advanced Technologies Group, HPE.