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The State of High-Performance Fabrics: A Chat with the OpenFabrics Alliance

In this special guest feature, Paul Grun and Doug Ledford from the OpenFabrics Alliance describe the industry trends in the fabrics space, its state of affairs and emerging applications. “Originally, ‘high-performance fabrics’ were associated with large, exotic HPC machines. But in the modern world, these fabrics, which are based on technologies designed to improve application efficiency, performance, and scalability, are becoming more and more common in the commercial sphere because of the increasing demands being placed on commercial systems.”

WekaIO Beats Big Systems on the IO-500 10 Node Challenge

Today WekaIO announced record performance on the IO-500 10 Node Challenge benchmark. The Virtual Institute for I/O has placed WekaIO Matrix in first place on the IO-500 10 Node Challenge list, beating out massive supercomputer installations. VI4IO republished the 10 Node Challenge list with the new rankings indicating Matrix as number one—31 percent faster than IBM Spectrum Scale and 85 percent faster than DDN Lustre.

Why HPC Cloud is your Competitive Advantage

In this special guest post, Thomas Francis writes that the Cloud is stepping up to answer the computational challenges of Ai and HPC. “Cloud delivers cost savings and efficiencies which are nice to have. But the reason companies are adopting the cloud is because suddenly it is a competitive advantage. And conversely, using your company’s precious resources on buying and managing aging hardware is a disadvantage.”

200 Gigabit HDR InfiniBand to Power New Atos Supercomputers at CSC in Finland

Last week in Finland, Mellanox announced that its 200 Gigabit HDR InfiniBand solutions were selected to accelerate a multi-phase supercomputer system at CSC – the Finnish IT Center for Science. The new supercomputers, set to be deployed in 2019 and 2020 by Atos, will serve the Finnish researchers in universities and research institutes, enhancing climate, renewable energy, astrophysics, nanomaterials and bioscience, among a wide range of exploration activities. The Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) will have their own separate partition for diverse simulation tasks ranging from ocean fluxes to atmospheric modeling and space physics.

Mellanox Powers New Hawk Supercomputer at HLRS with 200 Gigabit HDR InfiniBand

Today Mellanox announced that its 200 Gigabit HDR InfiniBand solutions were selected to accelerate a world-leading supercomputer at HLRS in Germany. The 5000-node supercomputer named “Hawk” will be built in 2019 and provide 24 petaFLOPs of compute performance. By utilizing the InfiniBand fast data throughput and the smart In-Network Computing acceleration engines, HLRS users will be able to achieve the highest HPC and AI application performance, scalability and efficiency.

Why InfiniBand rules the roost in the TOP500

In this special guest feature, Bill Lee from the InfiniBand Trade Association writes that the new TOP500 list has a lot to say about how interconnects matter for the world’s most powerful supercomputers. “Once again, the List highlights that InfiniBand is the top choice for the most powerful and advanced supercomputers in the world, including the reigning #1 system – Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL) Summit. The TOP500 List results not only report that InfiniBand accelerates the top three supercomputers in the world but is also the most used high-speed interconnect for the TOP500 systems.”

Bitfusion Enables InfiniBand-Attached GPUs on Any VM

“With Bitfusion along with Mellanox and VMWare, IT can now offer an ability to mix bare metal and virtual machine environments, such that GPUs in any configuration can be attached to any virtual machine in the organization, enabling easy access of GPUs to everyone in the organization,” said Subbu Rama, co-founder and chief product officer, Bitfusion. “IT can now pool together resources and offer an elastic GPU as a service to their organizations.”

Interconnect Your Future: Paving the Road to Exascale

In this slidecast, Gilad Shainer from Mellanox describes how the company’s interconnect solutions power HPC and Ai workloads. “Mellanox is leading industry innovation by providing the highest throughput and lowest latency HDR 200Gb/s InfiniBand and Ethernet solutions available today, with a clear roadmap for tomorrow. Please visit Mellanox Technologies in booth #3207 to see the latest in our industry-leading HDR 200Gb/s InfiniBand and Spectrum Ethernet solutions, and see how Mellanox is already paving the way to Exascale.”

OFA Expands Mission to Boost Development of Advanced Network and Fabric Technologies

Today the OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) unveiled an expanded mission to accelerate the development and adoption of advanced fabric technologies. This is a significant expansion of its original mission from 2004, which was to facilitate the rapid adoption of an emerging network technology, known as the InfiniBand Architecture. The new mission expands its scope to include software for the entirety of the advanced networks landscape, including the InfiniBand Architecture. ”
The 15th Annual OFA Workshop, is returning to Austin, Texas – March 19-21, 2019 at the University of Texas at Austin.”

HPC AI Advisory Council Conference Returns to Perth Aug. 28-29

The HPC Advisory Council has posted the Agenda for their upcoming meeting in Perth, Australia. Hosted by the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, the event takes place August 28-29. “The Conference highlights Western Australia’s relevance and key role in delivering scientific breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity through leading centres like Pawsey.”