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Lenovo to deploy 17 Petaflop supercomputer at KIT in Germany

Today Lenovo announced a contract for a 17 petaflop supercomputer at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany. Called HoreKa, the system will come online this Fall and will be handed over to the scientific communities by summer 2021. The procurement contract is reportedly on the order of EUR 15 million. “The result is an innovative hybrid system with almost 60.000 next-generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processor cores and 220 terabytes of main memory as well as 740 NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPUs. A non-blocking NVIDIA Mellanox InfiniBand HDR network with 200 GBit/s per port is used for communication between the nodes. Two Spectrum Scale parallel file systems offer a total storage capacity of more than 15 petabytes.”

Novel Liquid Cooling Technologies for HPC

In this special guest feature, Robert Roe from Scientific Computing World writes that increasingly power-hungry and high-density processors are driving the growth of liquid and immersion cooling technology. “We know that CPUs and GPUs are going to get denser and we have developed technologies that are available today which support a 500-watt chip the size of a V100 and we are working on the development of boiling enhancements that would allow us to go beyond that.”

Nor-Tech Collaborates with Intel on HPC for Healthcare

Nor-Tech is collaborating with Intel to offer HPC technology for healthcare organizations. This technology delivers powerful performance and fast results. Nor-Tech’s HPC clusters and workstations integrated with Intel Xeon Scalable Processors and Intel Scalable System Framework deliver powerful performance and fast results. “The Nor-Tech/Intel partnership ensures peak performance and cost control,” said Nor-Tech Executive Vice President Jeff Olson. “There are many companies that offer technology integrated with these incredible Intel products, but there are no other companies I know of with the engineering expertise and personalized support that define our brand.”

Supermicro Powers Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Virtualization

Today Supermicro introduced multiple systems tailored to work with a leading open, hyperconverged software offering, Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure. Supermicro collaborated with Red Hat to develop advanced configurations based on industry-leading Supermicro servers featuring the latest technologies. These systems, available now, give customers new options when architecting infrastructure.

Russian Supercomputer Joins the Fight Against COVID-19

An international research team of scientists – from Russia, Finland, Italy, China, Japan and Canada is using a recently upgraded HPC system at the Joint Supercomputer Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences to develop diagnostics and treatment against COVID-19 coronavirus infection that became the cause of global pandemic. “We aim to use molecular simulation to create a computer model of a medical drug with selective interaction with receptor-binding domain of Spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus strain.”

Latest Release of Intel Parallel Studio XE Delivers New Features to Boost HPC and AI Performance

Intel Parallel Studio XE is a complete software development suite that includes highly optimized compilers and math and data analytics libraries, along with comprehensive tools for performance analysis, application debugging, and parallel processing. It’s available as a download for Windows, Linux, and MacOS. “With this release, the focus is on making it easier for HPC and AI developers to deliver fast and reliable parallel code for the most demanding applications.”

Intel Powers Fujitsu Supercomputer at Japan’s Meteorological Research Institute

Today Fujitsu announced the deployment of a new supercomputer system for the Meteorological Research Institute of the Japan Meteorological Agency. The new system consists of approximately 900 nodes including the latest x86 servers Fujitsu Server PRIMERGY CX2550 M5. With high-speed Intel Omni-Path interconnect, the system has a peak performance of 2.81 petaflops. “With the new supercomputer system, the Meteorological Research Institute plans to further advance research and development in areas such as the prediction and analysis of earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes.”

Supermicro speeds X11 Systems with New 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Processors

Today Supermicro announced fully optimized support on the industry’s broadest portfolio of X11 server and storage systems for the latest 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors. This announcement parallels Intel’s launch of these new processors today. “Supermicro has optimized its X11 server and storage systems to fully leverage the performance advantages of the latest 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors (formerly codenamed Cascade Lake-R or CLX-R) that extend the unique capabilities including built-in AI acceleration with Intel Deep Learning Boost and support for Intel Optane persistent memory. Supermicro’s advanced thermal management and power supply designs allow these new processors to achieve their full potential in the most comprehensive lineup of server systems on the market.”

TYAN adds 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processors

Today TYAN announced support for the extended 2nd generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors lineup (Cascade Lake-SP Refresh). TYAN’s full line of HPC, cloud computing and storage server platforms continue to offer advanced performance and hardware-enhanced security to enterprises, cloud and hyperscale data centers. “Customers from the data center to the enterprise are facing the challenge of getting more value from enormous amounts of data. The demand requires IT infrastructure migration to faster I/O throughput, shorter data process period, and higher storage capacity,” said Danny Hsu, Vice President of MiTAC Computing Technology Corporation’s TYAN Business Unit. “Thanks to Intel’s improvements in CPU clocks, cores and cache, the 2nd generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors let our customers enjoy performance jumps while running cloud computing, HPC and storage applications”.

Podcast: Preparing for HPC & AI Convergence in the Enterprise

In this interview, Dr. Meyer discusses AMAX’s focus on appliances for storage, cloud, and hyper-scale integration. Dr. Meyer goes into more depth about why training in AI is now moving to deploying models at the edge, and why 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors can be a good fit for such tasks given their advancements in machine learning and security technologies.