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Video: How to Get the HPC Best-in-class Performance via Intel Xeon Skylake

“HPC Cloud services built on the latest Intel architecture, Skylake Xeon processor, are now powering the C5 compute intensive instance at AWS and can serve as your next-generation HPC platform. Hear how customers are starting to consider hybrid strategies to increase productivity and lower their capital expenditure and maintenance costs. Also learn how to adapt this model to meet the increasing HPC and data analytics needs for your applications with the new technologies incorporated into the platform.”

Dell EMC Powers HPC at University of Liverpool with Alces Flight

Today Dell EMC announced a joint solution with Alces Flight and AWS to provide HPC for the University of Liverpool. Dell EMC will provide a fully managed on-premises HPC cluster while a cloud-based HPC account for students and researchers will enable cloud bursting computational capacity. “We are pleased to be working with Dell EMC and Alces Flight on this new venture,” said Cliff Addison, Head of Advanced Research Computing at the University of Liverpool. “The University of Liverpool has always maintained cutting-edge technology and by architecting flexible access to computational resources on AWS we’re setting the bar even higher for what can be achieved in HPC.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at a Controversy in the Irish Supercomputing List

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at a controversy stirred up by the recent Irish Supercomputing List.

The 9th Irish Supercomputer List was released this week. For the first time, Ireland has four computers ranked on the Top500. “Since the publication of the List, a third party called the Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC) has expressed concerns that the press release issued by the Irish Supercomputing List is misleading. You can read their opinion here.”

Video: Introducing the Nitro Hypervisor – the Evolution of Amazon EC2 Virtualization

In this video from AWS Reinvent, Anthony Liguori from Amazon presents: Nitro Hypervisor – the Evolution of Amazon EC2 Virtualization. “The new Nitro hypervisor for Amazon EC2, introduced with the launch of C5 instances, is a component that primarily provides CPU and memory isolation for C5 instances. VPC networking, and EBS storage resources are implemented by dedicated hardware components that are part of all current generation EC2 instance families. It is built on core Linux Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) technology, but does not include general purpose operating system components.

Intel Xeon Scalable Processors power new AWS C5 Instances for HPC

Today, Amazon Web Services announced the availability of C5 instances, the next generation of compute optimized instances for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). Designed for compute-heavy applications like batch processing, distributed analytics, and HPC, C5 instances feature 3.0 GHz Intel Xeon Scalable processors (Skylake-SP) up to 72 vCPUs, and 144 GiB of memory—twice the vCPUs and memory of previous generation C4 instances—providing the best price-performance of any Amazon EC2 instance.

NVIDIA GPU Cloud comes to AWS with Volta GPUs

“In just a few steps, the NVIDIA GPU Cloud (NGC) container registry helps developers get started with no-cost access to a comprehensive, easy-to-use, fully optimized deep learning software stack. The cloud-based service is available immediately to users of the just-announced Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) P3 instances featuring NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs. NVIDIA plans to expand support to other cloud platforms soon.”

How Can We Bring Apps to Racks?

In this special guest feature, Rosemary Dr Rosemary Francis from Ellexus describes why the customized nature of HPC is not a sustainable path forward for the next generation. “The downside is that many of our systems and tools are inaccessible to non-expert users. For example, deep learning is bringing more and more scientists closer towards HPC, but while they bring their knowledge, they also bring their high expectations for what they believe IT can do and not necessarily an understanding of how it works.”

Adrian Cockcroft on how AWS Gives Superpowers to Startups

In this video from AWS Summit in Tel Aviv, Adrian Cockcroft describes how AWS gives Superpowers to Startups. “AWS offers low cost, on-demand IT solutions to help you build and launch your applications quickly and easily with minimum costs. With no upfront investments and a pay-as-you-go price model, you only pay for what you use, when you use it, to build your minimum viable product (MVP), experiment and iterate, all at low cost.”

Video: HPC Reservoir Simulations on AWS with NICE

In this video, Scott Harrison from Rock Flow Dynamics and Bruno Franzini from NICE Software explain how they scale HPC workloads in the cloud. “You’ll learn how they leverage Amazon EC2 Spot instances and Amazon S3 to create cost-effective, scalable clusters that power tNavigator, Rock Flow Dynamics’ solution for running dynamic reservoir simulations. You’ll also see how they use NICE Software’s DCV to stream the OpenGL-based user interface to interact with 3D models.”

Microsoft Acquires Cycle Computing

Today Microsoft announced it has acquired Cycle Computing, a software company focused on making cloud computing resources more readily available for HPC workloads. “Now supporting InfiniBand and accelerated GPU computing, Microsoft Azure looks to be a perfect home for Cycle Computing, which started its journey with software for aggregating compute resources at AWS. The company later added similar capabilities for Azure and Google Cloud.”