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French supercomputers help European scientists fight COVID19

Two of the most powerful supercomputers in France, Joliot-Curie at CEA and Occigen at CINES are providing urgent computing access to large computer resources to European research teams involved in the fight against COVID-19. The aim is to perform epidemiological studies of COVID-19 virus spread, understand its molecular structure and behavior and massively screen and […]

Barcelona Supercomputing Centre to Optimize Storage and Data Analysis with PPI4HPC

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) will provide a new storage infrastructure for enhanced data analysis capabilities thanks to the PPI4HPC (Public Procurement of Innovations for High Performance Computing). “The proposed infrastructure includes a disk tier built on all-flash technology and spinning disk drives. It changes the way underlying physical drives are managed, accessed and rebuilt in case of failures in order to minimize the impact to the scientific applications. It is a High-Performance Analytics compute infrastructure to run data analytics operations with the latest Power microprocessors and NVMe PCIe local storage to accelerate the workloads.”

Video: Optimizing Flash at Scale at CEA

In this video from the DDN User Group at SC19, Gael Delbray from CEA presents: Optimizing Flash at Scale. “The major challenges that the HPC will face in the coming years are manifold, such as the development of hardware and software architectures able to deliver very high computing power, modelling methods combining different scales and physical models and the management of huge volumes of numerical data.”

AMD Delivers Best-in-Class HPC Performance at SC19

Today at SC19, AMD announced a set of new customer wins and new platforms supporting AMD EPYC processors and Radeon Instinct accelerators, as well as the release of ROCm 3.0 development environment. “HPC organizations are continuing to adopt the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processor and Radeon Instinct accelerators for more powerful and efficient supercomputing systems. The 2nd Gen EPYC processors provide twice the manufacturing application performance and up to 60% faster Life Sciences simulations than competing solutions, while the Radeon Instinct GPU accelerator provides up to 6.6 peak theoretical TFLOPS Double Precision performance for HPC workloads.”

OpenIO Achieves Record 1 Tbps Write Speed

French startup OpenIO recently announced record performance with Criteo, the advertising platform for the open Internet. OpenIO demonstrated the performance and scalability of their object storage solution by deploying their technology on a cluster of more than 350 physica.l servers provided by Criteo. The benchmark made it possible to cross the symbolic threshold of writing up to one terabit of data per second

Forum Teratec to Spotlight HPC, AI, and Digital Transformation in Europe

Registration is now open for the Forum Teratec in France. The event takes place June 11-12 in Palaiseau. “The Forum Teratec is the premier international meeting for all players in HPC, Simulation, Big Data and Machine Learning (AI). It is a unique place of exchange and sharing for professionals in the sector. Come and discover the innovations that will revolutionize practices in industry and in many other fields of activity.”

Cray ClusterStor Powers Joliot-Curie Supercomputer in France

Last week at ISC 2018, Cray announced that the new GENCI supercomputer in France is powered by Cray ClusterStor storage systems integrated by Atos. Named after the Nobel Prize-winning French couple, the 9 Petaflop Joliot-Curie system is made up of a BullSequana X1000 system from Atos, which includes Intel Xeon Scalable processors, Intel Xeon Phi processors, and the Cray ClusterStor storage system.”

Speakers Announced for PASC18 in Basel

The PASC18 conference has posted their conference speaker agenda. Registration is now open for this HPC event, which takes place July 2-4 in Basel, Switzerland. “PASC18 offers three days of stimulating technical sessions with more than 200 talks in total. The program includes keynote presentations, minisymposia, peer-reviewed papers, posters, an interdisciplinary dialogue, and a panel discussion.”

Marina Becoulet from CEA to Keynote PASC18

Today the PASC18 conference announced that Marina Becoulet from CEA will be one of its keynote speakers. “The main goal of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project is the demonstration of the feasibility of future clean energy sources based on nuclear fusion in magnetically confined plasma. In the era of ITER construction, fusion plasma theory and modeling provide not only a deep understanding of a specific phenomenon, but moreover, modeling-based design is critical for ensuring active plasma control.”

Preliminary Agenda Posted for March HPC User Forum in France

The HPC User Forum has posted their Preliminary Agenda for their upcoming meeting in France. Free to attend, the event takes place March 6-7 near Paris at the Teratec campus in Bruyères-le-Châtel. “We have developed an exciting agenda with prominent speakers who will discuss the HPC strategies for Europe, Japan and the USA,” said Earl Joseph, CEO of Hyperion Research. “We will also have talks on new HPC technologies, applications and markets; and the proliferation of HPC in industrial and commercial environments.”