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HPE Powers Research at DiRAC HPC Facility

“At HPE, we’ve seen many organizations struggle with technology that couldn’t handle enormous volumes of data. As a national facility serving a large research community, DiRAC needed HPC solutions that could manage complex workloads without the risk of downtime. It also needed more computing power, better storage capabilities, and faster processing to allow its researchers to compete internationally.”

Intel Ships First 10nm Agilex FPGAs with Integrated Arm Processors

Today Intel announced that it has begun shipments of the first Intel Agilex field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) to early access program customers. In what may be a surprise to many, the F-Series variant of the chip family also provides the option to integrate a quad-core Arm Cortex-A53 processor to provide high system integration. “Intel FPGAs have provided Microsoft tremendous value for accelerating real-time AI, networking, and other applications/infrastructure across Azure Cloud Services, Bing, and other data center services.”

A Performance Comparison of Different MPI Implementations on an ARM HPC System

Nicholas Brown from EPCC gave this talk at the MVAPICH User Group. “In this talk I will describe work we have done in exploring the performance properties of MVAPICH, OpenMPI and MPT on one of these systems, Fulhame, which is an HPE Apollo 70-based system with 64 nodes of Cavium ThunderX2 ARM processors and Mellanox InfiniBand interconnect. In order to take advantage of these systems most effectively, it is very important to understand the performance that different MPI implementations can provide and any further opportunities to optimize these.”

IBM’s HPC Dreams are Tattered

In this special guest feature, Dan Olds from OrionX.net writes that IBM ambitions in the HPC market have fallen short. “Without more commitment and support, IBM’s POWER processor runs the risk of becoming this generations version of the DEC Alpha CPU. It was a fantastic processor and ran rings around competitors, but ultimately failed because of a lack of marketing and operating environment support from DEC.”

Video: Xilinx Unveils World’s Largest FPGA

Today Xilinx announced the expansion of its 16 nanometer (nm) Virtex UltraScale+ family to now include the world’s largest FPGA — the Virtex UltraScale+ VU19P. With 35 billion transistors, the VU19P provides the highest logic density and I/O count on a single device ever built, enabling emulation and prototyping of tomorrow’s most advanced ASIC and SoC technologies, as well as test, measurement, compute, networking, aerospace and defense-related applications.

Agenda Posted: MVAPICH User Group (MUG) Meeting in Ohio

The MVAPICH User Group Meeting (MUG 2019) has published its Speaker Agenda. The event will take place from August 19-21 in Columbus, Ohio. “MUG aims to bring together MVAPICH2 users, researchers, developers, and system administrators to share their experience and knowledge and learn from each other. The event includes Keynote Talks, Invited Tutorials, Invited Talks, Contributed Presentations, Open MIC session, hands-on sessions  MVAPICH developers, etc.”

Brent Gorda from Arm looks back at ISC 2019

In this special guest feature, Brent Gorda from Arm shares his impressions of ISC 2019 in Frankfurt. “From the perspective of Arm in HPC, it was an excellent event with several high-profile announcements that caught everyone’s attention. The Arm ecosystem was well represented with our partners visible on the show floor and around town.”

Job of the Week: Application Engineer for Arm in Austin

Arm in Austin, Texas is seeking an Application Engineer in our job of the Week. “The Applications Engineer is part of a focused professional services team part of the Development Solutions Group, that has responsibility for supporting and enabling key HPC customers and partners in their development of HPC software, using the Arm HPC Tools across various Linux/UNIX HPC platforms (Arm and other architectures). In this position, you will sharpen your HPC application expertise working on a wide range of scientific fields and environments. You will gain an excellent knowledge of Arm’s HPC development tools, alongside a deep understanding on Arm architecture and Arm IP roadmap. This position is located in the Austin Arm office. This role involves working with sensitive government customers and will involve up to 50% travel, primarily across the US.”

ISC 2019 Recap from Glenn Lockwood

In this special guest feature, Glenn Lockwood from NERSC shares his impressions of ISC 2019 from an I/O perspective. “I was fortunate enough to attend the ISC HPC conference this year, and it was a delightful experience from which I learned quite a lot. For the benefit of anyone interested in what they have missed, I took the opportunity on the eleven-hour flight from Frankfurt to compile my notes and thoughts over the week.”

Open Edge and HPC Initiative to Provide Arm-based Systems to Researchers

Today E4 Computer Engineering and the Open Edge and HPC Initiative today announced that Arm-based HPC resources will be provided to researchers and scientists from academia and industry through the codes@OEHI program. To submit a request for access, have a look at the section “How to Apply” in the OEHI website. “The mission of the Open Edge and HPC Initiative is foster the development of an open and feature-rich ecosystem for Arm-based technologies to support the evolving needs of the various industries undergoing digitalization and of all their respective stakeholders.”