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Video: Building Computing and Data Centres for Exascale in the EU

In this video from the 2018 Swiss HPC Conference, Peter Hopton from the EuroEXA project shares the problems and the solutions that are being developed in the EuroEXA co-design project. “EuroEXA hardware designers work together with system software experts optimizing the entire stack from language runtimes to low-level kernel drivers, and application developers that bring in a rich mix of key HPC applications from across climate/weather, physical/energy and life-science/bioinformatics domains to enable efficient system co-design and maximize the impact of the project.”

Preliminary Agenda Posted for HPC Advisory Council Swiss Conference

The HPC Advisory Council has posted their meeting agenda for their Swiss Conference. Held in conjunction with HPCXXL, the event takes place April 9-12 in Lugano, Switzerland. “Delve into a wide range of interests, disciplines and topics in HPC – from present day application to its future potential. Join the Centro Svizzero di Calcolo Scientifico (CSCS), HPC Advisory Council members and colleagues from around the world for invited and contributed talks and immersive tutorials at the ninth annual Swiss Conference! Knowledgeable evaluations, prescriptive best practices and provocative insights, the open forum conference brings together industry experts for three days of highly interactive sessions.”

Announcing the EuroEXA Project for Exascale

Today, 16 organizations met at the Barcelona Supercomputer Centre to mark the start of the EuroEXA project and the commencement of the execution in the next stage of EU investment towards realizing Exa-Scale computing in Europe. “In EuroEXA, we have taken a holistic approach to break-down the inefficiencies of the historic abstractions and bring significant innovation and co-design across the entire computing stack.”

What Lies Ahead for HPC Cooling?

“To meet the ambitious targets for exascale computing, many cooling companies are exploring optimizations and innovative methods that will redefine cooling architectures for the next generation of HPC systems. Here, some of the prominent cooling technology providers give their views on the current state and future prospects of cooling technology in HPC.”

OCF in the UK Adopts Iceotope Liquid Cooling Technology

“Iceotope’s novel approach to liquid cooling allows us to deliver compute capability for customers with environments outside the traditional air cooled datacentre – for example a factory shop floor or an office environment where standard servers are too noisy,” said Steve Reynolds, sales director at OCF. “Our partnership with Iceotope enables us to provide an alternative and innovative solution for our customers.”

HPC User Forum Returns to Stuttgart Feb 28 – March 1

The IDC HPC User Forum, taking place at the HLRS premises in Stuttgart-Vaihingen on February 28 and March 1, will bring together the HPC community to hear experts from all of Europe and the USA. During the two-day event, one of the subjects will be the role of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) in HPC.

ExaNeSt European Consortium to Develop Exascale Architecture

In this special guest feature, Robert Roe from Scientific Computing World reports that a new Exascale computing architecture using ARM processors is being developed by a European consortium of hardware and software providers, research centers, and industry partners. Funded by the European Union’s Horizon2020 research program, a full prototype of the new system is expected to be ready by 2018.

European ExaNeSt Project to Pave the Way to Exascale

Today the European Consortium announced a step towards Exascale computing with the ExaNeSt project. Funded by the Horizon 2020 initiative, ExaNeSt plans to build its first straw man prototype in 2016. The Consortium consists of twelve partners, each of which has expertise in a core technology needed for innovation to reach Exascale. ExaNeSt takes the sensible, integrated approach of co-designing the hardware and software, enabling the prototype to run real-life evaluations, facilitating its scalability and maturity into this decade and beyond.

Iceotope Showcases ExaNeSt Cooling Technology for Exascale

In this video from SC15, Peter Hopton from Iceotope describes the company’s innovative liquid cooling technology for the European ExaNeSt project. “ExaNeSt will develop, evaluate, and prototype the physical platform and architectural solution for a unified Communication and Storage Interconnect and the physical rack and environmental structures required to deliver European Exascale Systems.”

Innovation Keeps Supercomputers Cool

“The range of cooling options now available is testimony to engineering ingenuity. HPC centers can choose between air, oil, dielectric fluid, or water as the heat-transfer medium. Opting for something other than air means that single or two-phase flow could be available, opening up the possibilities of convective or evaporative cooling and thus saving the cost of pumping the fluid round the system.”