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GPCNeT or GPCNoT?

In this special guest feature, Gilad Shainer from Mellanox Technologies writes that the new GPCNeT benchmark is actually a measure of relative performance under load rather than a measure of absolute performance. “When it comes to evaluating high-performance computing systems or interconnects, there are much better benchmarks available for use. Moreover, the ability to benchmark real workloads is obviously a better approach for determining system or interconnect performance and capabilities. The drawbacks of GPCNeT benchmarks can be much more than its benefits.”

Azure HBv2 Virtual Machines eclipse 80,000 cores for MPI HPC

Today Microsoft announced general availability of Azure HBv2-series Virtual Machines designed to deliver leadership-class performance, message passing interface (MPI) scalability, and cost efficiency for a variety of real-world HPC workloads. “HBv2 VMs deliver supercomputer-class performance, message passing interface (MPI) scalability, and cost efficiency for a variety of real-world high performance computing (HPC) workloads, such as CFD, explicit finite element analysis, seismic processing, reservoir modeling, rendering, and weather simulation. Azure HBv2 VMs are the first in the public cloud to feature 200 gigabit per second HDR InfiniBand from Mellanox. 

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.”

AMD Powers CARA Supercomputer from NEC in Dresden

The DLR German Aerospace Center dedicated its new CARA supercomputer in Dresden on February 5, 2020. With 1.746 Petaflops of performance on the Linpack benchmark, the AMD-powered system from NEC is currently rated #221 on the TOP500.  “With its almost 150,000 computing cores, CARA is one of the most powerful supercomputers available internationally for aerospace research,” said Prof. Markus Henke from TU Dresden.

200G HDR InfiniBand to Accelerate Weather Forecasting at ECMWF

Today Mellanox announced that 200 Gigabit HDR InfiniBand has been selected by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) to accelerate their new world-leading supercomputer, based on Atos’ latest BullSequana XH2000 technology. By leveraging HDR InfiniBand’s fast data throughout, extremely low latency, and smart In-Network Computing engines, ECMWF will enhance, speed up, and increase the accuracy of weather forecasting and predictions.

Atos to deploy AMD-powered AION Supercomputer at the University of Luxembourg

Today Atos announced a 4-year contract to supply its BullSequana XH2000 supercomputer to the University of Luxembourg. “The BullSequana XH2000 supercomputer will give researchers 1.5 times more computing capacity with a theoretical peak performance of 1.7 petaflops which will complement the existing supercomputing cluster. It will be equipped with AMD EPYC processors and Mellanox InfiniBand HDR technology, connected to a DDN storage environment.”

Mellanox Rocks the TOP500 with HDR InfiniBand at SC19

In this video, Gilad Shainer from Mellanox describes the company’s dominating  results on the TOP500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers. “At SC19, Mellanox announced that 200 gigabit per second HDR InfiniBand accelerates 31% of the new 2019 InfiniBand systems on November’s TOP500 supercomputing list, demonstrating market demand for faster data speeds and smart interconnect technologies. Moreover, HDR InfiniBand connects the fastest TOP500 supercomputer built in 2019.”

Mellanox Announces HDR InfiniBand-to-Ethernet Gateway Appliance for High Performance Data Centers

Today Mellanox introduced Mellanox Skyway, a 200 gigabit HDR InfiniBand to Ethernet gateway appliance. Mellanox Skyway enables a scalable and efficient way to connect the high-performance, low-latency InfiniBand data center to external Ethernet infrastructures or connectivity. Mellanox Skyway is the next generation of the existing 56 gigabit FDR InfiniBand to 40 gigabit Ethernet gateway system, deployed in multiple data centers around the world.

GPU-Powered Turbocharger coming to JUWELS Supercomputer at Jülich

The Jülich Supercomputing Centre is adding a high-powered booster module to their JUWELS supercomputer. Designed in cooperation with Atos, ParTec, Mellanox, and NVIDIA, the booster module is equipped with several thousand GPUs designed for extreme computing power and artificial intelligence tasks. “With the launch of the booster in 2020, the computing power of JUWELS will be increased from currently 12 to over 70 petaflops.”

Dell EMC to Deploy World’s Largest Industrial Supercomputer at Eni

Today Eni announced plans to deploy the world’s largest industrial supercomputer at its Green Data Center in Italy. Called “HPC5,” the new system from Dell EMC will triple the computing power of their existing HPC4 system. The combined machines will have a total peak power of 70 Petaflops. “HPC5 will be made up of 1,820 Dell EMC PowerEdge C4140 servers, each with two Intel Gold 6252 24-core processors and four NVIDIA V100 GPU accelerators. The servers will be connected through an InfiniBand Mellanox HDR ultra-high-performance network.”