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Podcast: SCR Scalable Checkpoint/Restart Paves the Way for Exascale

A software product called the Scalable Checkpoint/Restart (SCR) Framework 2.0 recently won an R&D 100 Award. In this episode, Elsa Gonsiorowski and Kathryn Mohror of LLNL discuss what SCR does, the challenges involved in creating it, and the impact it is expected to have in HPC. “SCR enables HPC simulations to take advantage of hierarchical storage systems, without complex code modifications. With SCR, the input/output (I/O) performance of scientific simulations can be improved by orders of magnitude.”

Team RACKLette from ETH Zurich steps up at the SC19 Student Cluster Competition

In this video from SC19, Thor Goebel and Emir Isman from ETH Zurich Team RACKLette describe their system configuration in the Student Cluster Competition. “We are a team of motivated students from ETH Zürich in Switzerland with various fields of interests around HPC. Together we work on optimizing and tuning computations on all the different levels down from the physical hardware up to algorithmic performance optimizations wherever possible.”

Job of the Week: HPC Scientific Consultant at the University of Delaware

“The Scientific Applications Consultant will work with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, primarily but not exclusively in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines and associated data scientists, helping them to make the best possible use of UD’s High Performance Computing (HPC) resources, research computing systems and cloud services. The incumbent will work with researchers, educators and other team members to identify and resolve technical obstacles to the work of UD’s computing-intensive and data-intensive research and education community.”

Full Roundup: SC19 Booth Tour Videos from insideHPC

Now that SC19 is behind us, it’s time to gather our booth tour videos in one place. Throughout the course of the show, insideHPC talked to dozens of HPC innovators showcasing the very latest in hardware, software, and cooling technologies.

Video: GigaIO Optimizes FabreX Fabric with GPU Sharing and Composition Technology

In this video from SC19, Alan Benjamin from GigaIO describes how the company’s FabreX Architecture integrates computing, storage ans I/O into a single-system cluster PCIe-based fabric for flawless server-to-server communication and true cluster scale networking. “At the show, GigaIO announced the FabreX implementation of GPU Direct RDMA (GDR) technology, accelerating communication for GPU storage devices with the industry’s highest throughput and lowest latency.”

WekaIO Rocks the IO500 at SC19

In this video from SC19, Charla Bunton-Johnson & Mat Gruen from WekaIO describe the company’s high performance shared file system and how they closely with industry-leading technology resellers, distributors, service providers, and integrators to maximize performance and business opportunity. “At the show, Weka announced that it has been awarded the first-place ranking on the IO-500 Challenge, rankings that compare storage systems that work in tandem with the world’s largest supercomputers. The Weka File System (WekaFS) running on AWS set a record on the IO-500 benchmark.

IBM Powers AiMos Supercomputer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

The most powerful supercomputer to debut on the November 2019 Top500 ranking of supercomputers will be unveiled today at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Center for Computational Innovations (CCI). Part of a collaboration between IBM, Empire State Development (ESD), and NY CREATES, the eight petaflop IBM POWER9-equipped AI supercomputer is configured to help enable users to explore new AI applications and accelerate economic development from New York’s smallest startups to its largest enterprises.

Video: TMGcore Showcases Immersive Cooling for HPC at SC19

In this video from SC19, Taylor Monnig from TMGcore describes OTTO, a completely automated, self-contained, two-phase liquid immersion-cooled data center platform that features a closed loop system, uses zero water and is a tenth of the size of a traditional data center. By using OTTO, clients can cut operational costs by 80 percent while receiving ten times more processing power per square foot.

Microway Showcases HPC & AI Solutions at SC19

In this video from SC19, Eliot Eshelman from Microway describes the company’s innovative solutions for HPC & AI. As Deep Learning enters the mainstream, NVIDIA DGX solutions from Microway are uniquely positioned to provide the best performance when training neural networks and running production-scale classification workloads. Also new is the new AI – ANYWHERE solution, which provides complete AI-ready infrastructure, within a self-contained, high density, modular DDC data center platform.”

2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors Demonstrate Amazing HPC Performance

In this guest article, our friends at Intel discuss how benchmarks show key workloads average 31% better on Intel Xeon Platinum 9282 than AMD EYPC “Rome” 7742. Intel analysis provides strong evidence that the 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processor (Cascade Lake “CLX”) architecture provides dramatic performance for real-world workloads. An impressive array of benchmarks shows 2S systems built with Intel’s 56 core processors (Intel Xeon Platinum 9282 processor) solidly ahead of systems built with AMD’s 64 core processors (AMD EYPC 7742).