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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.

UMass Dartmouth Speeds Research with Hybrid Supercomputer from Microway

UMass Dartmouth’s powerful new cluster from Microway affords the university five times the compute performance its researchers enjoyed previously, with over 85% more total memory and over four times the aggregate memory bandwidth. “The UMass Dartmouth cluster reflects a hybrid design to appeal to a wide array of the campus’ workloads. “Over 50 nodes include Intel Xeon Scalable Processors, DDR4 memory, SSDs and Mellanox ConnectX-5 EDR 100Gb InfiniBand. A subset of systems also feature NVIDIA V100 GPU accelerators. Equally important are a second subset of POWER9 with 2nd Generation NVLink- based- IBM Power Systems AC922 Compute nodes.”

Lenovo and Intel Partner for VSC-4 Supercomputer in Vienna

Today Lenovo and Intel announced their collaboration to modernize HPC infrastructure at Austria’s most powerful supercomputer – the Vienna Scientific Cluster-4 (VSC-4). Built on Lenovo ThinkSystem servers and 2nd generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors, VSC-4 supports more than 300 research projects led by scientists from higher education institutions throughout Austria, covering life-enhancing challenges such as meteorology to materials science, quantum chemistry to genetics.

Tyan Showcases Intel Xeon Solutions for HPC, AI, and the Edge

In this video from SC19, Philip Maher from Tyan describes the company’s latest lineup of HPC and storage server platforms based on Intel Xeon Scalable Processors. “Data is the foundation of the new economy, and how organizations effectively move, store and process will help determine their level of success,” said Danny Hsu, Vice President of MiTAC Computing Technology Corporation’s TYAN Business Unit. “By leveraging the 2nd gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors, TYAN’s leading portfolio of HPC, storage and cloud server platforms enable to help our customers accelerate innovation, drive business value, and bring products and services to market faster.”

Intel Unveils New GPU Architecture and oneAPI Software Stack for HPC and AI

Today at SC19, Intel unveiled its new GPU architecture optimized for HPC and AI as well as an ambitious new software initiative called oneAPI that represents a paradigm shift from today’s single-architecture, single-vendor programming models. “HPC and AI workloads demand diverse architectures, ranging from CPUs, general-purpose GPUs and FPGAs, to more specialized deep learning NNPs which Intel demonstrated earlier this month,” said Raja Koduri, senior vice president, chief architect, and general manager of architecture, graphics and software at Intel. “Simplifying our customers’ ability to harness the power of diverse computing environments is paramount, and Intel is committed to taking a software-first approach that delivers unified and scalable abstraction for heterogeneous architectures.”