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DDN Acquires Tintri for High-Speed Virtualization

Today DDN announced that it has completed the acquisition of Tintri for $60 million. “Tintri offers the best analytics with predictive, efficient and intuitive insight for virtualized environments and databases. Combining these capabilities with DDN’s market-winning performance, efficiency and integration at scale for AI, technical computing and the enterprise is incredibly enabling for customers.”

Video: Introduction to HPC on the Google Cloud Platform

Emma Haruka gave this talk at Google Next. “Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is ready for High Performance Computing (HPC) applications. Google Compute Engine (GCE) offers flexible network and virtual machine (VM) configuration options to run HPC workloads. This session explores why GCP is a good place to run HPC applications and save money. Topics will include CPU, GPU, and memory offerings, as well as underlying network architecture, preemptible VMs, and storage options. You will also learn how Google designs their cloud infrastructure and why it works for HPC workloads.”

Virtualization Adds Value, Benefits to HPC Environments

VMware explores the concepts of virtual throughput clusters and CPU overcommitment with VMware vSphere to create multitenant and agile virtual HPC computing environments.

Univa Announces Collaboration with Sylabs for HPC Containers

Today Univa announced a partnership with Sylabs to offer enhanced support and integration for Sylabs’ Singularity container platform in Univa Grid Engine and other Univa products. “Customers are rapidly embracing containers for high-performance workloads and Singularity offers clear advantages,” said Gary Tyreman, CEO of Univa. “We’re delighted to be collaborating with Sylabs to make container technology easier to use and deploy. By improving interoperability between Univa products and Singularity, we can make it easier for customers to reap the benefits associated with container technology.”

Sylabs Launches Global Partner Program for HPC Containers

Today HPC startup Sylabs announced the launch of a new program for partners. The Sylabs Partner Program offers IT providers a licensing platform that they can use to deliver the commercially supported container platform SingularityPRO through their own sales channels. This includes access to signed package repositories, backported bug and security fixes, and a portfolio of services designed for the container ecosystem. In addition, the Sylabs Partner Program will provide support, training, certifications, and architectural practices to fit the specific needs of the partner and their customers.

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.”

UberCloud Publishes Compendium of Cloud HPC Case Studies

Our friends at the UberCloud have published the 2018 edition of their Compendium of Cloud HPC Case Studies. “The goal of the UberCloud Experiment is to perform engineering simulation experiments in the HPC cloud with real engineering applications in order to understand the roadblocks to success and how to overcome them. The Compendium is a way of sharing these results with the broader HPC community.”

Maximizing Performance of HiFUN* CFD Solver on Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processor With Intel MPI Library

The HiFUN CFD solver shows that the latest-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processor enhances single-node performance due to the availability of large cache, higher core density per CPU, higher memory speed, and larger memory bandwidth. The higher core density improves intra-node parallel performance that permits users to build more compact clusters for a given number of processor cores. This permits the HiFUN solver to exploit better cache utilization that contributes to super-linear performance gained through the combination of a high-performance interconnect between nodes and the highly-optimized Intel® MPI Library.

AWS Announces EC2 Bare Metal instances and C5D instances with local SSD Storage

HPC in the Cloud got a boost this week with this announcement of two updates to the Amazon EC2 instance family. EC2 Bare Metal instances provide customers’ applications with direct access to the processor and memory resources of the underlying server. C5D instances with local SSD storage are designed for applications that benefit from high-speed, ultra-low latency local storage, such as video encoding, manipulation, and other forms of media processing that often include large numbers of reads and writes to temporary storage.

NVIDIA Simplifies Building Containers for HPC Applications

In this video, CJ Newburn from NVIDIA describes how users can benefit from running their workloads in the NVIDIA GPU Cloud. “A container essentially creates a self contained environment. Your application lives in that container along with everything the application depends on, so the whole bundle is self contained. NVIDIA is now offering a script as part of an open source project called HPC Container Maker, or HPCCM that makes it easy for developers to select the ingredients they want to go into a container, to provide those ingredients in an optimized way using best-known recipes.”