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AWS Announces EC2 Bare Metal instances and C5D instances with local SSD Storage

HPC in the Cloud got a boost this week with this announcement of two updates to the Amazon EC2 instance family. EC2 Bare Metal instances provide customers’ applications with direct access to the processor and memory resources of the underlying server. C5D instances with local SSD storage are designed for applications that benefit from high-speed, ultra-low latency local storage, such as video encoding, manipulation, and other forms of media processing that often include large numbers of reads and writes to temporary storage.

Equus Compute Solutions Named Intel 2018 Cloud and HPC Data Center Specialist

Today Equus Compute Solutions announced that Intel has identified Equus as an Intel Platinum 2018 Technology Provider. Furthermore, Intel has distinguished Equus as both a Cloud Data Center Specialist and an HPC Data Center Specialist. These distinctions were earned based on Equus application specific platforms, solutions, and staff training in these areas. “We are honored to be a 2018 Intel Platinum Technology Partner. “said Costa Hasapopoulos, Equus President. “We are proud to offer our customers industry-leading data center solutions across a wide of range of industries and applications. In all of these applications, Equus customizes Intel-based white box servers and storage offerings to enable flexible software-defined infrastructures.”

Celebrating 20 Years of the OpenMP API

“The first version of the OpenMP application programming interface (API) was published in October 1997. In the 20 years since then, the OpenMP API and the slightly older MPI have become the two stable programming models that high-performance parallel codes rely on. MPI handles the message passing aspects and allows code to scale out to significant numbers of nodes, while the OpenMP API allows programmers to write portable code to exploit the multiple cores and accelerators in modern machines.”

High Performance Big Data Computing Using Harp-DAAL

Harp-DAAL is a framework developed at Indiana University that brings together the capabilities of big data (Hadoop) and techniques that have previously been adopted for high performance computing.  Together, employees can become more productive and gain deeper insights to massive amounts of data.

Intel FPGAs Power Realtime AI in the Azure cloud

At the Microsoft Build conference held this week, Microsoft announced Azure Machine Learning Hardware Accelerated Models powered by Project Brainwave integrated with the Microsoft Azure Machine Learning SDK. In this configuration, customers gain access to industry-leading artificial intelligence inferencing performance for their models using Azure’s large-scale deployments of Intel FPGA (field programmable gate array) technology. “With today’s announcement, customers can now utilize Intel’s FPGA and Intel Xeon technologies to use Microsoft’s stream of AI breakthroughs on both the cloud and the edge.”

ClusterVision to build Scandinavia’s Most Powerful Supercomputer

Today Sweden’s National Supercomputing Centre (NSC) at Linköping University announced it has awarded ClusterVision a contract to build its new flagship cluster, Tetralith. Available to all researchers in Sweden, the 4 Petaflop machine will be Scandinavia’s most powerful yet with 60,544 cores based on Intel Xeon.

Cavium ThunderX2 Processor goes GA for HPC and Beyond

Today Cavium announced the General Availability of ThunderX2, Cavium’s second generation of Armv8-A SoC processors. “Integrating ThunderX2 into the HPE Apollo 70 Servers is another example of HPE’s leadership in driving innovation and superior technical solutions into the HPC server market. The ThunderX2 processor provides excellent compute and memory performance that is critical for our HPE Apollo 70 customers and the applications they depend on.”

Iridis 5 Supercomputer to Simplify Use of HPC

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Robert Roe talks to Southampton University’s Oz Parchment about the decision-making behind installing the latest HPC system at the University. “Iridis 4 was based On Sandy Bridge and the current one we have got now is based on Sky Lake so you can see we have jumped four generations of development. Four years is a long time in HPC performance,” stated Oz Parchment, director of i-solutions at the University of Southampton.

Intel Saffron AI Speeds Issue Resolution for Manufacturing

Today Intel released the Intel Saffron AI Quality and Maintenance Decision Support Suite – a suite of artificial intelligence (AI)-powered software applications using associative memory learning and reasoning to facilitate faster issue resolution. “Intel Saffron AI simulates a human’s natural ability to learn, remember and reason in real time. It uses associative memory learning and reasoning to analyze structured and unstructured text data sets to find hidden patterns, trends and similarities. It surfaces insights in a transparent way through an easy-to-use interface so human operators can make better-informed decisions.”

ScaleMP Powers Largest Shared-Memory Systems in Canada

ScaleMP announced that the government of Canada has extended the contract for its large shared memory systems acquired from Dell. These SMP systems use vSMP Foundation to aggregate more than 64 Intel Xeon processors each, totaling more than 1500 CPUs per system. The systems are used for a variety of HPC workloads, including computer-aided engineering (CAE) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD). “Together with our hardware partners, we have been providing technology to the government of Canada since 2012, and are proud of repeatedly earning their business,” said Shai Fultheim, founder and CEO of ScaleMP. “repeat customers are a big part of the vSMP Foundation user community, and we continue to see expansion of our footprint with existing customers along with strong growth in deployments of vSMP Foundation with new ones.”