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Optimizing HPC Code with Roofline Analysis

In this special guest feature, James Reinders describes why roofline estimation is a great tool for code optimization in HPC. “As a long-time teacher of optimization techniques, I can confidently say that Roofline analysis is a must-have for anyone optimizing for performance. This has not always been the case. As I will explain, today it is an important technique to draw upon when doing performance optimization.”

Noctua Supercomputer Inaugurated at Paderborn University

A new supercomputer called “Noctua” was inaugurated recently at Paderborn University. The high-performance computing system is expected to be one of the ten most powerful university installations within Germany. “Integrating a high ratio of state-of-the-art FPGAs in an advanced supercomputer cluster system will provide a remarkable heterogeneous computing platform that enables researchers to perform a new dimension of experiments.”

Intel Stratix FPGAs Power Innovation for the Dell HPC Community

In this video from the Dell EMC HPC Community Meeting, Chris Branch from Intel describes how FPGAs deliver speed and efficiency for technical computing. The two companies are working together to bring new FPGA solutions to market. “With ​ever-changing ​​workloads​ ​and​ ​evolving​ ​standards,​ ​how ​do​ ​you​ ​maximize performance ​while ​​minimizing​ ​power​ ​consumption in your data center? Intel platforms are qualified, validated, and deployed through Dell EMC.”

Intel FPGAs Power Realtime AI in the Azure cloud

At the Microsoft Build conference held this week, Microsoft announced Azure Machine Learning Hardware Accelerated Models powered by Project Brainwave integrated with the Microsoft Azure Machine Learning SDK. In this configuration, customers gain access to industry-leading artificial intelligence inferencing performance for their models using Azure’s large-scale deployments of Intel FPGA (field programmable gate array) technology. “With today’s announcement, customers can now utilize Intel’s FPGA and Intel Xeon technologies to use Microsoft’s stream of AI breakthroughs on both the cloud and the edge.”

Intel FPGAs Goes Mainstream for Enterprise Workloads

Today Intel announced top-tier OEM adoption of Intel’s field programmable gate array (FPGA) acceleration in their server lineup. This is the first major use of reprogrammable silicon chips to help speed up mainstream applications for the modern data center. “We are at the horizon of a new era of data center computing as Dell EMC and Fujitsu put the power and flexibility of Intel FPGAs in mainstream server products,” said Reynette Au, vice president of marketing for the Intel Programmable Solutions Group. “We’re enabling our customers and partners to create a rich set of high-performance solutions at scale by delivering the benefits of hardware performance, all in a software development environment.”

Accelize Launches App Store for FPGAs

While FPGAs have been renowned for how hard they are to program, help may be on the way. Today Acceliz launched an App Store marketplace called AccelStore for FPGA applications. Currently, the marketplace hosts accelerator functions for data compression, search-and-replace, image encoding and security running on both Amazon Web Services (AWS) and OVH platforms and delivering performance improvements from 10x to more than 1000x compared to traditional pure software implementations. “Our customers are constantly looking for ways to boost their efficiency and improve service quality. FPGAs therefore represent a powerful tool for them,” said Nicolas Savides, VP of Strategic Partnerships at OVH. “AccelStore is an essential part of our plan for making FPGA acceleration a reality for our customers.”

Video: Intel Ships Stratix 10 TX FPGAs for Multi-Terabit Network Infrastructure

Today Intel announced it has begun shipping its Intel Stratix 10 TX FPGAs, the industry’s only field programmable gate array (FPGA) with 58G PAM4 transceiver technology. “In this smart and connected world, billions of devices are creating massive amounts of data that need faster, flexible, and scalable connectivity solutions,” said Reynette Au, vice president of marketing, Intel Programmable Solutions Group. “With Stratix 10 TX FPGAs, Intel continues to provide architects with higher transceiver bandwidth and hardened IP to address the insatiable demand for faster and higher-density connectivity.”

OpenFabrics Alliance Workshop 2018 – An Emphasis on Fabric Community Collaboration

In this special guest feature, Parks Fields and Paul Grun from the OpenFabrics Alliance write that the upcoming OFA Workshop in Boulder is an excellent opportunity to collaborate on the next generation of network fabrics. “Come join the community in Boulder this year to lend your voice to shaping the direction of fabric technology in big ways or small, or perhaps just to listen and learn about the latest trends coming down the pike, or to pick up tips and tricks to make you more effective in your daily job.”

Intel tackles FPGA HPC Memory Bottleneck

Intel recently announced the availability of the Intel Stratix 10 MX FPGA, the industry’s first field programmable gate array (FPGA) with integrated HBM2. By integrating the FPGA and the HBM2, Intel Stratix 10 MX FPGAs offer up to 10 times the memory bandwidth when compared when compared to standard DDR 2400 DIMM.

EuroExa Project puts Europe on the Road to Exascale

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Robert Roe writes that the EuroExa project has Europe on the road to Exascale computing. “Ultimately, the goals for exascale computing projects are focused on delivering and supporting an exascale-class supercomputer, but the benefits have the potential to drive future developments far beyond the small number of potential exascale systems. Projects such as EuroExa and the Exascale Computing Project in the US could have far-reaching benefits for smaller-scale HPC systems.”