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AMD to Power 2 Exaflop El Capitan Supercomputer from HPE

Today HPE announced that it will deliver the world’s fastest exascale-class supercomputer for NNSA at a record-breaking speed of 2 exaflops – 10X faster than today’s most powerful supercomputer. ‘El Capitan is expected to be delivered in early 2023 and will be managed and hosted by LLNL for use by the three NNSA national laboratories: LLNL, Sandia, and Los Alamos. The system will enable advanced simulation and modeling to support the U.S. nuclear stockpile and ensure its reliability and security.”

Azure HBv2 Virtual Machines eclipse 80,000 cores for MPI HPC

Today Microsoft announced general availability of Azure HBv2-series Virtual Machines designed to deliver leadership-class performance, message passing interface (MPI) scalability, and cost efficiency for a variety of real-world HPC workloads. “HBv2 VMs deliver supercomputer-class performance, message passing interface (MPI) scalability, and cost efficiency for a variety of real-world high performance computing (HPC) workloads, such as CFD, explicit finite element analysis, seismic processing, reservoir modeling, rendering, and weather simulation. Azure HBv2 VMs are the first in the public cloud to feature 200 gigabit per second HDR InfiniBand from Mellanox. 

DDN and Atos to Boost Weather Prediction Capabilities at ECMWF

Today DDN announced the company has collaborated with Atos to enhance weather prediction capabilities for the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). ECMWF will be equipped with an enhanced computing capacity to help predict the occurrence and intensity of extreme weather events significantly ahead of time, with an improved infrastructure comprised of more than 91PB of DDN EXAScaler storage, connected to BullSequana XH2000 supercomputer from Atos. “Our new supercomputing capabilities will enable us to deliver much-improved numerical weather predictions while maximizing energy efficiency.”

AMD to Power Cray Shasta Supercomputer at Navy DSRC

The Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) is upgrading its supercomputing capabilities with a new Cray Shasta system powered by AMD EPYC processors. The system, the HPCMP’s first with more than 10 PetaFLOPS of peak computational performance, will be installed at the Navy’s DSRC’s facility at Stennis Space Center, Mississippi and will serve users from all of the services and agencies of the Department.

HLRS Inaugurates Hawk Supercomputer from HPE

HLRS officially dedicated their new Hawk supercomputer computer this week at a ceremony in Stuttgart, Germany. With a peak performance of approximately 26 Petaflops, Hawk is an HPE Apollo 9000 System and is among the fastest supercomputers worldwide and the fastest general purpose system for scientific and industrial computing in Europe. “Computers like Hawk are tools for advanced research in the sciences and in industry,” said Parliamentary State Secretary Dr. Michael Meister. “They enable excellent science and innovation, and solidify Germany’s international position as a top location for supercomputing.”

AMD EPYC Cloud Adoption Grows with Google Cloud

Today Google Cloud announced the beta availability of N2D VMs on Google Compute Engine powered by 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors. The N2D family of VMs is a great option for customers running general purpose and high-performance workloads requiring a balance of compute and memory. “AMD and Google have worked together closely on these initial VMs to help ensure Google Cloud customers have a high-performance and cost-effective experience across a variety of workloads, and we will continue to work together to provide that experience this year and beyond.”

Predictions for HPC in 2020

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Laurence Horrocks-Barlow from OCF predicts that containerization, cloud, and GPU-based workloads are all going to dominate the HPC environment in 2020. “Over the last year, we’ve seen a strong shift towards the use of cloud in HPC, particularly in the case of storage. Many research institutions are working towards a ‘cloud first’ policy, looking for cost savings in using the cloud rather than expanding their data centres with overheads, such as cooling, data and cluster management and certification requirements.”

Podcast: AMD to Power New ECMWF Supercomputer for Weather Forecasting

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC looks at the new ECMWF supercomputer. “This new system will give them roughly 5x more compute power than their current system. The new box is an Atos BullSequana XH2000 fueled by high-end AMD 7742 Epyc processors, which will be the most powerful weather computer in the world. During the conversation we look at the history of ECMWF vendors, discuss the implications on weather forecasts given the power of this new system and the computational difficulties inherent in weather prediction.”

Atos to deploy AMD-powered AION Supercomputer at the University of Luxembourg

Today Atos announced a 4-year contract to supply its BullSequana XH2000 supercomputer to the University of Luxembourg. “The BullSequana XH2000 supercomputer will give researchers 1.5 times more computing capacity with a theoretical peak performance of 1.7 petaflops which will complement the existing supercomputing cluster. It will be equipped with AMD EPYC processors and Mellanox InfiniBand HDR technology, connected to a DDN storage environment.”

GIGABYTE Steps up with a Broad Array of Server Offerings for AI & HPC

In this video from SC19, Peter Hanley from GIGABYTE describes how the company delivers a full range of server solutions for HPC, AI, and the Edge. “GIGABYTE is an industry leader in HPC, delivering systems with the highest GPU density combined with excellent cooling performance, power efficiency and superior networking flexibility. These systems can provide massive parallel computing capabilities to power your next AI breakthrough.”