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Simply Beautiful: MareNorstum4 Supercomputer Sports 13.7 Petaflops

Over at Lenovo, Gavin O’Hara writes that the world’s most beautiful supercomputer center now sports a 13.7 Petaflop system so novel in design that it has captured the attention of the global HPC community. It landed at #13 on the TOP500 this week, and that’s just the beginning.

Lenovo Powers World’s Largest Skylake Cluster at Barcelona Supercomputing Center

Today Lenovo announced the deployment of the world’s largest, next-generation Intel-based Supercomputer at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC). The 11.1 petaFLOP1 Supercomputer called MareNostrum 4, will be housed in the world’s “most beautiful data center”at the Chapel Torre Girona at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain, and will be used to power diverse science from human genome research, bioinformatics and biomechanics to weather forecasting and atmospheric composition. This new system, which will continue to grow over time, is listed at #13 on the latest TOP500 list that was released this week. “The fast delivery, installation and optimization of the MareNostrum 4 system at BSC, showcases Lenovo’s end-to-end, high-performance computing strength,” said Kirk Skaugen, President of Lenovo Data Center Group. “Building on our 25 years of history in x86 server computing and our number one position in x86 server customer satisfaction and reliability, our goal at Lenovo is to be the largest supercomputing company on earth helping solve humanities biggest challenges through the rapid advancement of technology and innovation.”

OCF Deploys 600 Teraflop Cluster at University of Bristol

OCF in the UK has deployed a new 600 teraflop supercomputer at the University of Bristol. Designed, integrated, and configured by OCF, the system is the largest of any UK university by core count. “Early benchmarking is showing that the new system is three times faster than our previous cluster.”

Lenovo HPC Strategy Update

Luigi Brochard from Lenovo gave this talk at the Switzerland HPC Conference. “High performance computing is converging more and more with the big data topic and related infrastructure requirements in the field. Lenovo is investing in developing systems designed to resolve todays and future problems in a more efficient way and respond to the demands of Industrial and research application landscape.”

Video: Lenovo Powers Manufacturing Innovation at Hartree Centre

“STFC Hartree Centre needed a powerful, flexible server system that could drive research in energy efficiency as well as economic impact for its clients. By extending its System x platform with NeXtScale System, Hartree Centre can now move to exascale computing, support sustainable energy use and help its clients gain a competitive advantage.” Sophisticated data processes are now integral to all areas of research and business. Whether you are new to discovering the potential of supercomputing, data analytics and cognitive techniques, or are already using them, Hartree’s easy to use portfolio of advanced computing facilities, software tools and know-how can help you create better research outcomes that are also faster and cheaper than traditional research methods.

Barry Bolding from Cray Shares Four Predictions for HPC in 2017

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Cray’s Barry Bolding gives some predictions for the supercomputing industry in 2017. “2016 saw the introduction or announcement of a number of new and innovative processor technologies from leaders in the field such as Intel, Nvidia, ARM, AMD, and even from China. In 2017 we will continue to see capabilities evolve, but as the demand for performance improvements continues unabated and CMOS struggles to drive performance improvements we’ll see processors becoming more and more power hungry.”

Beauty Meets HPC: An Overview of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center

“The multidisciplinary research team and computational facilities –including MareNostrum– make BSC an international centre of excellence in e-Science. Since its establishment in 2005, BSC has developed an active role in fostering HPC in Spain and Europe as an essential tool for international competitiveness in science and engineering. The center manages the Red Española de Supercomputación (RES), and is a hosting member of the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) initiative.”

Lenovo Boosts Marconi Supercomputer to 6.2 Petaflops with Intel Xeon Phi

“Phase one at CINECA, an academic consortium, was completed in May 2016 – coming in at 1.7 Petaflops, which at the time it was the largest Intel Omni-Path Fabric system in the world. Lenovo and CINECA are pleased to announce the delivery and installation of phase two, a 3,600 node Intel Xeon Phi processor which is interconnected with 100Gb Intel Omni-Path fabric – delivering 6.2 Petaflops of performance.”

CoolIT Systems and STULZ Debut High Density Chip-to-Atmosphere Data Center Liquid Cooling

In this video, CoolIT Systems CEO & CTO, Geoff Lyon, and STULZ ATS President, Joerg Desler, discuss high density Chip-to-Atmosphere™ data center liquid cooling solutions for organizations big or small. When integrated, CoolIT Systems’ DCLC™ solutions can capture 85% and more of the servers’ heat directly into liquid. Complimenting DCLC™, STULZ precision air cooling products capture the balance of the lower density heat. A considerable benefit forms when the total heat energy from both systems is consolidated, transported outside and then dissipated or recaptured for reuse, to heat nearby buildings, for example.

HPC Bear Cloud to Power Research at University of Birmingham

Designed specifically with researchers in mind, the Birmingham Environment for Academic Research (BEAR) Cloud will augment an already rich set of IT services at the University of Birmingham and will be used by academics across all disciplines, from Medicine to Archaeology, and Physics to Theology. “We are very proud of the new system, but building a research cloud isn’t easy,” said Simon Thompson, Research Computing Infrastructure Architect in IT Services at the University of Birmingham. “We challenged a range of carefully-selected partners to provide the underlying technology.”