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Podcast: What is an Ai Supercomputer?

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team asks whether a supercomputer can or cannot be a “AI Supercomputer.” The question came up after HPE announced a new AI system called Jean Zay that will double the capacity of French supercomputing. “So what are the differences between a traditional super and a AI super? According to Dan, it mostly comes down to how many GPUs the system is configured with, while Shahin and Henry think it has something to do with the datasets.”

200 Gigabit HDR InfiniBand to Power New Atos Supercomputers at CSC in Finland

Last week in Finland, Mellanox announced that its 200 Gigabit HDR InfiniBand solutions were selected to accelerate a multi-phase supercomputer system at CSC – the Finnish IT Center for Science. The new supercomputers, set to be deployed in 2019 and 2020 by Atos, will serve the Finnish researchers in universities and research institutes, enhancing climate, renewable energy, astrophysics, nanomaterials and bioscience, among a wide range of exploration activities. The Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) will have their own separate partition for diverse simulation tasks ranging from ocean fluxes to atmospheric modeling and space physics.

Mellanox Powers New Hawk Supercomputer at HLRS with 200 Gigabit HDR InfiniBand

Today Mellanox announced that its 200 Gigabit HDR InfiniBand solutions were selected to accelerate a world-leading supercomputer at HLRS in Germany. The 5000-node supercomputer named “Hawk” will be built in 2019 and provide 24 petaFLOPs of compute performance. By utilizing the InfiniBand fast data throughput and the smart In-Network Computing acceleration engines, HLRS users will be able to achieve the highest HPC and AI application performance, scalability and efficiency.

Video: Mellanox HDR InfiniBand Speeds HPC and Ai Applications with SHARP Technologies

In this video, Gilad Shainer from Mellanox describes how the company’s newly available HDR 200 Gigabit/sec InfiniBand solutions can speed up HPC and Ai applications. “We are proud to see the first Mellanox HDR InfiniBand ConnectX-6 adapters and Quantum switches based supercomputer in the world,” said Gilad Shainer, vice president of marketing at Mellanox Technologies. “The smart In-Network Computing acceleration engines that InfiniBand enables will deliver the highest performance, efficiency and scalability for the University of Michigan users, for both HPC and AI applications.”

Mellanox BlueField SmartNICs Accelerate E8 Storage

Last week at SC18, E8 Storage announced it is expanding its technology partnership with Mellanox with an integrated solution built on Mellanox BlueField SmartNICs. Customers will be able to maximize computing resources by pairing the E8 agent with the SmartNIC. The new integration will allow users to utilize the benefits of CPU offload to overcome any performance bottlenecks to application performance.

Bitfusion Enables InfiniBand-Attached GPUs on Any VM

“With Bitfusion along with Mellanox and VMWare, IT can now offer an ability to mix bare metal and virtual machine environments, such that GPUs in any configuration can be attached to any virtual machine in the organization, enabling easy access of GPUs to everyone in the organization,” said Subbu Rama, co-founder and chief product officer, Bitfusion. “IT can now pool together resources and offer an elastic GPU as a service to their organizations.”

OSC to Deploy Pitzer Cluster built by Dell EMC

Today the Ohio Supercomputer Center announced plans to deploy the center’s newest, most efficient supercomputer system, the liquid-cooled, Dell EMC-built Pitzer Cluster. “Ohio continues to make significant investments in the Ohio Supercomputer Center to benefit higher education institutions and industry throughout the state by making additional high performance computing (HPC) services available,” said John Carey, chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education. “This newest supercomputer system gives researchers yet another powerful tool to accelerate innovation.”

Interconnect Your Future: Paving the Road to Exascale

In this slidecast, Gilad Shainer from Mellanox describes how the company’s interconnect solutions power HPC and Ai workloads. “Mellanox is leading industry innovation by providing the highest throughput and lowest latency HDR 200Gb/s InfiniBand and Ethernet solutions available today, with a clear roadmap for tomorrow. Please visit Mellanox Technologies in booth #3207 to see the latest in our industry-leading HDR 200Gb/s InfiniBand and Spectrum Ethernet solutions, and see how Mellanox is already paving the way to Exascale.”

Podcast: Countdown to SC18 with Radio Free HPC

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks ahead to preview SC18 in Dallas. The conference takes place Nov. 11 – 16. “SC18 in Dallas is world’s largest gathering of HPC professionals, and the smart money is on the organizations that leverage the show for their own gatherings, meetups, special booth sessions, and user groups. Here is a roundup of special events not to miss.”

Atos Launches Open Edge and HPC Initiative for the coming 5G World

Today Atos announced a joint effort with E4, the Jülich Supecomputing Centre, Fraunhofer FOKUS, Huawei, Mellanox, and SUSE to help shorten time-to-market for HPC and Edge deployments. “Collaborative and grassroots initiatives focused on solving real world problems are the hallmark of a vibrant ecosystem,” said Jean-Marc Denis, Head of Strategy, BigData and Security at Atos. “Addressing the challenge of supporting one trillion connected devices requires today’s infrastructure to evolve. Only the Arm ecosystem has the flexibility, scalability, and technical breadth to bring best-in-class solutions to market in areas as diverse as edge and high-performance compute.”