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DDN Data Storage in 7th-ranked Nvidia Supercomputer

DDN announced that its data infrastructure is used in the NVIDIA supercomputer that achieved the seventh position in the most recently announced TOP500 supercomputing list announced last week during ISC 2020 Digital conference. DDN AI400X all-flash systems complement the high-performance capabilities of the NVIDIA DGX A100 cluster, dubbed Selene, the largest industrial supercomputer in the United States. The […]

DDN Unveils New Branding, Expands Market Positioning into the Enterprise – ‘Intelligent Infrastructure’

The long march of HPC-class technologies into high end enterprise IT took another step forward today with the unveiling by HPC storage stalwart DataDirect Networks of new corporate branding and  market positioning focused on the broader enterprise market.

Calling itself a “premier provider of AI and data management software and hardware solutions enabling intelligent infrastructure,” privately held DDN’s announcement caps a series of acquisitions in recent years to address standard IT workloads, such as virtualization, databases and file sharing, in support of its expanded market mission. In 2019, DDN purchased the IntelliFlash business from Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC), as well as Nexenta, maker of software defined storage (SDS) for 5G and IoT.

Agenda Posted for OpenFabrics Virtual Workshop

The OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) has opened registration for its OFA Virtual Workshop, taking place June 8-12, 2020. This virtual event will provide fabric developers and users an opportunity to discuss emerging fabric technologies, collaborate on future industry requirements, and address today’s challenges. “The OpenFabrics Alliance is committed to accelerating the development of high performance fabrics. This virtual event will provide fabric developers and users an opportunity to discuss emerging fabric technologies, collaborate on future industry requirements, and address challenges.”

HPC at Scale Enabled by DDN A3i and NVIDIA SuperPOD

William Beaudin from DDN gave this talk at GTC Digital. “Enabling high performance computing through the use of GPUs requires an incredible amount of IO to sustain application performance. We’ll cover architectures that enable extremely scalable applications through the use of NVIDIA’s SuperPOD and DDN’s A3I systems. The groundbreaking performance delivered by the DGX SuperPOD enables the rapid training of deep learning models at great scale.”

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.”

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.”

LANL’s EMC3 Consortium enjoys rapid growth in its first year

Just over a year after Los Alamos National Laboratory launched the Efficient Mission Centric Computing Consortium (EMC3), 15 companies, universities and federal organizations are now working together to explore new ways to make extreme-scale computers more efficient. “In the first year of EMC3 we have already seen efficiency improvements to HPC in a number of areas, including the world’s first NVMe-based hardware-accelerated compressed parallel filesystem, in-situ analysis enabled on network adapters for a real simulation code, identifying issues with file system metadata performance in the Linux Kernel, record-setting in situ simulation output indexing, demonstrating file-system metadata indexing, and more.”

Video: Data Driven Ocean & Atmosphere Sciences at MoES in India

Dr. Suryachandra Rao from MoES gave this talk at the DDN User Group. “The Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) is mandated to provide services for weather, climate, ocean and coastal state, hydrology, seismology, and natural hazards; to explore and harness marine living and non-living resources in a sustainable way and to explore the three poles (Arctic, Antarctic and Himalayas). MoES recently inaugurated a new supercomputer at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) in Pune, dedicated to improving weather and climate forecasts across the country.”

HDR 200GB/sec InfiniBand for HPC & AI

In this video from the DDN booth at SC19, Scot Schultz from Mellanox presents: Connecting Visions: HDR 200GB/sec InfiniBand. “HDR 200Gb/s InfiniBand accelerates 31 percent of new InfiniBand-based systems on the current TOP500, including the fastest TOP500 supercomputer built this year. The results also highlight InfiniBand’s continued position in the top three supercomputers in the world and acceleration of six of the top 10 systems. Since the TOP500 List release in June 2019, InfiniBand’s presence has increased by 12 percent, now accelerating 141 supercomputers on the List.”