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Intel® VTune™ Amplifier Turns Raw Profiling Data Into Performance Insights

Discovering where the performance bottlenecks are and knowing what to do about it can be a mysterious and complex art, needing some very sophisticated performance analysis tools for success. That’s where Intel® VTune™ Amplifier XE 2017, part of Intel Parallel Studio XE, comes in.

dCUDA: Distributed GPU Computing with Hardware Overlap

“Over the last decade, CUDA and the underlying GPU hardware architecture have continuously gained popularity in various high-performance computing application domains such as climate modeling, computational chemistry, or machine learning. Despite this popularity, we lack a single coherent programming model for GPU clusters. We therefore introduce the dCUDA programming model, which implements device-side remote memory access.”

Managing Node Configuration with 1000s of Nodes

Ira Weiny from Intel presented this talk at the OpenFabrics Workshop. “Individual node configuration when managing 1000s or 10s of thousands of nodes in a cluster can be a daunting challenge. Two key daemons are now part of the rdma-core package which aid the management of individual nodes in a large fabric: IBACM and rdma-ndd.”

Max Planck Institute Adopts ScaleMP Cluster Virtualization Software

“We selected vSMP Foundation from ScaleMP as the sole available solution turning cluster hardware into an SMP; as a single machine, it allows us to distribute the jobs without using any batch/queuing system, and we only need to manage one logical entity rather than a collection of nodes,” said Dr. Dirk Bockelmann of the department NMR-based Structural Biology at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry. “We are looking forward to putting vSMP Foundation to work for our Scientists.”

Adaptive Computing Releases Moab HPC Suite 9.1.1

Today Adaptive Computing announces the latest release of Moab HPC Suite and related add-ons. The new release extends ease-of-use submission and workload management to new platforms by delivering a release of Viewpoint that can now work directly with either Torque or Slurm. Because of this “Open Platform” extension, other related products now automatically work with either resource manager, including remote visualization, submissions of high throughput workloads (Nitro enables tens of thousands to millions of tasks), and use of Adaptive Computing’s new Reporting & Analytics solution.

Call for Papers: International Conference on HPC & Simulation in Genoa

The International Conference on HPC & Simulation has issued its Call for Papers. Also known as HPBench, the event place in July 17-21 in Genoa, Italy. “Benchmarking is an essential aspect of modern computational science, and as such, it provides a means for quantifying and comparing the performance of different computer systems. With a large combination of aspects to benchmark, all the way from the capability of a single core, to cluster configuration, and to various software configurations, the benchmarking process is more of an art than science. However, the results of this process, drive modern science and are vital for the community to draw sensible conclusions on the performance of applications and systems.”

Intel Xeon Phi Cluster Mode Programming (and interactions with memory modes) in a Nutshell

In previous articles (1 and 2) here on insideHPC, James Reinders described “Intel Xeon Phi processor Programming in a Nutshell” for Intel’s 72-core processor. In this special guest feature, he discusses cluster modes and the interaction of the memory modes with these cluster modes.

Creating Applications with the Intel Computer Vision SDK

“In order for developers to be able to focus on their application, a Vision Algorithm Designer application is included in the Intel Computer Vision SDK. This gives users a drag and drop interface that allows them to create new applications on the fly. Large and complex workflows can be modelled visually which takes the guesswork out of bringing together many different functions. In addition, customized code can be added to the workflows.”

Intel Xeon Phi Memory Mode Programming (MCDRAM) in a Nutshell

James Reinders discusses one of the “mode” options that Intel Xeon Phi processors have to offer: memory modes. “For programmers, this is the key option to really study because it may inspire programming changes.”

GTC to Feature 90 Sessions on HPC and Supercomputing

Accelerated computing continues to gain momentum. This year the GPU Technology Conference will feature 90 sessions on HPC and Supercomputing. “Sessions will focus on how computational and data science are used to solve traditional HPC problems in healthcare, weather, astronomy, and other domains. GPU developers can also connect with innovators and researchers as they share their groundbreaking work using GPU computing.”