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Agenda Posted for DDN User Group at SC17

The DDN User Group has posted their agenda for their meetup at SC17. The meeting takes place 2:30pm – 6:30pm on Nov. 13 at the Embassy Suites in Denver. “The DDN User Group brings the HPC community together with DDN executive and technical leadership to share how leading global organizations are leveraging innovative new approaches, best practices, and technologies to raise the bar on HPC discoveries. This year, we are hosting the user group at the Embassy Suites, which is a three minute-walk across the street from the Colorado Convention Center.”

Radio Free HPC Previews SC17 in Denver

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team previews the ancillary events leading up to SC17, which takes place Nov. 12-17 in Denver. “SC17 is the world’s largest gathering of supercomputing professionals. There’s a lot not to miss before the exhibit floor opens in Denver, and we have the full countdown.”

Video: I/O Challenges in Brain Tissue Simulation

“Blue Brain Project simulations use mathematical models of individual neurons and synapses to compute the electrical activity of the network as it evolves over time. This requires a huge computational effort, only possible with large supercomputers. Simulations of larger volumes of tissue, at ever higher levels of detail, will need ever more powerful computing capabilities.”

Video: Technical Challenges in Complex Bioinformatics Environments

In this video from the 2017 DDN User Group meeting at ISC, Dean Flanders, Head of Informatics/CIO at Friedrich Miescher Institute presents: Technical Challenges in Complex Bioinformatics Environments. “Dean Flanders has been Head of Informatics at the Friedrich Miescher Institute since 2000. He has been involved in many activities to enable researchers by improving IT at the national and international levels.”

DDN: Enabling Scientific Discovery and Exascale Initiatives

Alex Bouzari gave this talk at the DDN User Group. “The goal of the event is to gather the community during ISC to discover how HPC organizations are assessing and leveraging technology to raise the bar on HPC innovations and best practices. From exciting user presentations to engaging roundtable conversations and groundbreaking technology updates, this can’t-miss event delivers the ideas and inspiration to help your cutting-edge HPC initiatives transform the world.”

DDN Storage Innovations Enhance Performance and Reliability at Scale

“Today DDN announced a series of performance and reliability innovations across its storage appliances, aimed at meeting the growing demand for storage performance, simplicity and reliability at scale in a new era of data-centric computing. Infinite Memory Engine (IME) and Storage Fusion Architecture (SFA) product lines now feature significant new data protection and performance improvements that allow DDN customers to deploy a complete suite of storage services across even the most demanding emerging IoT, deep learning and technical HPC environments.”

InfiniCortex and the Renaissance in Polish Supercomputing

“Over the past two years, InfiniCortex has clearly demonstrated that IB can perform over trans-continental distances, exploiting this technology to create a “Galaxy of Supercomputers,” a worldwide IB network spanning sites across Asia, Europe and North America. Initiated and led by A*STAR CRC in Singapore, the project hit its first major breakthrough at SC14, showcasing a first-time-ever 100G IB transcontinental connection from Singapore to the SC14 venue in New Orleans.”

NCAR’s Evolving Infrastructure for Weather and Climate Research

Pamela Hill from NCAR/UCAR presented this talk at the DDN User Group at SC16. “With the game-changing SFA14K, NCAR now has the storage capacity and sustained compute performance to perform sophisticated modeling while substantially reducing workflow bottlenecks. As a result, the organization will be able to quickly process mixed I/O workloads while sharing up to 40 PBs of vital research data with a growing scientific community around the world.”

Oakforest-PACS: Overview of the Fastest Supercomputer in Japan

Prof. Taisuke Boku from the University of Tsukuba & JCAHPC presented this talk at the DDN User Group at SC16. “Thanks to DDN’s IME Burst Buffer, researchers using Oakforest-PACS at the Joint Center for Advanced High Performance Computing (JCAHPC) are able to improve modeling of fundamental physical systems and advance understanding of requirements for Exascale-level systems architectures. With DDN’s advanced technology, JCAHPC has achieved effective I/O performance exceeding 1TB/s in writing tens of thousands of processes to the same file.”

How Researchers Will Benefit from Canada’s National Data Cyberinfrastructure

“Individual institutions or organizations will have opportunities to deploy storage locally and can federate their local repository into the national system,” says Dr. Greg Newby, Compute Canada’s Chief Technology Officer. “This provides enhanced privacy and sharing capabilities on a robust, country-wide solution with improved data security and back-up. This is a great solution to address the data explosion we are currently experiencing in Canada and globally.”