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LIqid Steps up with Composable Infrastructure at SC19

In this video from SC19, Sumit Puri from Liqid describes the company’s innovative composable infrastructure technology for HPC. “We don’t build servers statically. We build servers dynamically by taking software and reconfiguring servers on the fly to have any amount of storage, GPU, networking, or compute that the application layer requires. Our mission is to turn the data center from statically configured to dynamically configurable.”

Panasas HPC Storage Goes from Fast to Ludicrous Mode at SC19

In this video from SC19, Curtis Anderson from Panasas announces company’s new the Panasas ActiveStor Ultra appliance. Anderson goes on to offers a sneak peek at the company’s vision for the high-performance data center of the future where AI and low latency applications converge with traditional HPC workloads. Coined Ludicrous Mode, this NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) layer is added to the 3-tier data placement inside PanFS to create the most economical approach for addressing large data sets and a wide variety of high-performance workloads.

Qumulo Unified File Storage Reduces Administrative Burden While Consolidating HPC Workloads

Qumulo showcased its scalable file storage for high-performance computing workloads at SC19. The company helps innovative organizations gain real-time visibility, scale and control of their data across on-prem and the public cloud. More and more HPC institutes are looking to modern solutions that help them gain insights from their data, faster,” said Molly Presley, global product marketing director for Qumulo. “Qumulo helps the research community consolidate diverse workloads into a unified, simple-to-manage file storage solution. Workgroups focused on image data, analytics, and user home directories can share a single solution that delivers real-time visibility into billions of files while scaling performance on-prem or in the cloud to meet the demands of the most intensive research environments.”

Intel Wins IO500 10-node Challenge with DAOS

In this video from SC19, Kelsey Prantis from Intel describes how the DAOS parallel file system won the IO500 10-node Challenge with Intel Optane DC persistent memory. As an all-new parallel file system, DAOS will be a key component of the the upcoming Aurora supercomputer coming to Argonne National Laboratory in 2021.

Video: Characterizing Network Paths in and out of the Clouds

Igor Sfiligoi from SDSC gave this talk at CHEP 2019. “Cloud computing is becoming mainstream, with funding agencies moving beyond prototyping and starting to fund production campaigns, too. An important aspect of any production computing campaign is data movement, both incoming and outgoing. And while the performance and cost of VMs is relatively well understood, the network performance and cost is not.”

SC19 Cluster Competition Configs: Small is Mostly Beautiful

“Ok, you’re running a student cluster competition. You tell the university student teams that they can build any cluster they want with the only restriction being that it has to consume less than 3,000 watts during the competition. You’d think that they’d come back with roughly the same design, right? Wrong. Looking at the table below for the SC19 Student Cluster Competition configurations, you see a wide variety of approaches, components, and sizes.”

Lustre Trademark Released to User Community

In this video from SC19, Stephen Simms from OpenSFS and Frank Baetke from EOFS announce the release of the Lustre trademark back to the Lustre community. “We are very pleased to have reached such an agreement with Seagate and are exited that from now on the Lustre community represented by EOFS and OpenSFS equally owns all the assets related to the URL as well as the word LUSTRE and its design marks.”

Cray User Group extends HPE customers an invitation to CUG 2020

The Cray User Group has extended an invitation for HPE HPC & AI customers to participate in the upcoming CUG 2020 event in Auckland, New Zealand. The move signals that the independent organization will continue now that Cray has been acquired by Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “CUG is an important user-driven event, and in collaboration with Cray and HPE, we’re excited to extend the invitation to a larger community of users,” said CUG president Colin McMurtrie. “The CUG Board continues to work on future events and is already planning an event for 2021.”

Advantech Showcases Server Solutions from HPC to AI at SC19

In this video from SC19, Matthew Arnold from Advantech describes the company’s wide array of server products for HPC, AI, and the Edge. “From security frameworks, energy, natural resource management to healthcare, artificial intelligence and machine learning are rapidly changing our world. At SC19, Advantech showcased the latest GPU and FPGA servers for AI applications.”

VMware to add BitFusion GPU Virtualization to HPC Capabilities

In this video from SC19, Mohan Potheri from VMware describes how virtualization makes HPC users more productive. “High Performance Computing workloads are forecasted to be one of the fastest-growing workload types through 2020. 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.”