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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.”

InfiniBand Powers World’s Fastest Supercomputer

Today the InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA) announced that the latest TOP500 List results that report the world’s new fastest supercomputer, Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Summit system, is accelerated by InfiniBand EDR. InfiniBand now powers the top three and four of the top five systems. The latest rankings underscore InfiniBand’s continued position as the interconnect of choice for the industry’s most demanding high performance computing (HPC) platforms. “As the makeup of the world’s fastest supercomputers evolve to include more non-HPC systems such as cloud and hyperscale, the IBTA remains confident in the InfiniBand Architecture’s flexibility to support the increasing variety of demanding deployments,” said Bill Lee, IBTA Marketing Working Group Co-Chair. “As evident in the latest TOP500 List, the reinforced position of InfiniBand among the most powerful HPC systems and growing prominence of RoCE-capable non-HPC platforms demonstrate the technology’s unparalleled performance capabilities across a diverse set of applications.”

Agenda Posted: MVAPICH User Group (MUG) Meeting in Ohio

The MVAPICH User Group Meeting (MUG 2018) has published its Speaker Agenda. The event will take place from August 6-8 in Columbus, Ohio. “MUG aims to bring together MVAPICH2 users, researchers, developers, and system administrators to share their experience and knowledge and learn from each other. The event includes Keynote Talks, Invited Tutorials, Invited Talks, Contributed Presentations, Open MIC session, hands-on sessions  MVAPICH developers, etc.”

Cray ClusterStor Powers Joliot-Curie Supercomputer in France

Last week at ISC 2018, Cray announced that the new GENCI supercomputer in France is powered by Cray ClusterStor storage systems integrated by Atos. Named after the Nobel Prize-winning French couple, the 9 Petaflop Joliot-Curie system is made up of a BullSequana X1000 system from Atos, which includes Intel Xeon Scalable processors, Intel Xeon Phi processors, and the Cray ClusterStor storage system.”

Improving Deep Learning scalability on HPE servers with NovuMind: GPU RDMA made easy

Bruno Monnet from HPE gave this talk at the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference. “Deep Learning demands massive amounts of computational power. Those computation power usually involve heterogeneous computation resources, e.g., GPUs and InfiniBand as installed on HPE Apollo. NovuForce deep learning softwares within the docker image has been optimized for the latest technology like NVIDIA Pascal GPU and infiniband GPUDirect RDMA. This flexibility of the software, combined with the broad GPU servers in HPE portfolio, makes one of the most efficient and scalable solutions.”

Designing Scalable HPC, Deep Learning and Cloud Middleware for Exascale Systems

DK Panda from Ohio State University gave this talk at the Swiss HPC Conference. “This talk will focus on challenges in designing HPC, Deep Learning, and HPC Cloud middleware for Exascale systems with millions of processors and accelerators. For the HPC domain, we will discuss about the challenges in designing runtime environments for MPI+X (PGAS – OpenSHMEM/UPC/CAF/UPC++, OpenMP, and CUDA) programming models. For the Deep Learning domain, we will focus on popular Deep Learning frameworks (Caffe, CNTK, and TensorFlow) to extract performance and scalability with MVAPICH2-GDR MPI library.”

Advanced Networking: The Critical Path for HPC, Cloud, Machine Learning and More

Erez Cohen from Mellanox gave this talk at the Swiss HPC Conference. “While InfiniBand, RDMA and GPU-Direct are an HPC mainstay, these advanced networking technologies are increasingly becoming a core differentiator to the data center. In fact, within just a few short years so far, where only a handful of bleeding edge industrial leaders emulated classic HPC disciplines, today almost every commercial market is usurping HPC technologies and disciplines in mass.”

The OpenFabrics Alliance 2018 Annual Workshop Recap

“The 14th Annual OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) Workshop, held in scenic Boulder, Colorado, recently concluded its week-long, community-wide collaboration and dialogue on OpenFabrics. As the premier means of fostering lively discussions among those who develop fabrics, deploy fabrics, and create applications that rely on fabrics, the Workshop is the ideal venue for the OpenFabrics community and networking industry at large to identify and address the wide variety of emerging industry requirements and challenges that remain.”

HPE Deploys “Genius” Supercomputer at KU Leuven

Today HPE announced a new supercomputer installation at KU Leuven, a Flemish research university consistently ranked as one of the five most innovative universities in the world. HPE collaborated with KU Leuven to develop and deploy Genius, a new supercomputer built to run artificial intelligence (AI) workloads. The system will be available to both academia and the industry to build applications that drive scientific breakthroughs, economic growth and innovation in Flanders, the northern region of Belgium.