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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.

Universities step up to Cloud Bursting

In this special guest feature, Mahesh Pancholi from OCF writes that many of universities are now engaging in cloud bursting and are regularly taking advantage of public cloud infrastructures that are widely available from large companies like Amazon, Google and Microsoft. “By bursting into the public cloud, the university can offer the latest and greatest technologies as part of its Research Computing Service for all its researchers.”

OCF deploys first IBM POWER9 systems in UK Academia

Queen Mary University of London and Newcastle University are the first UK academic institutions to install POWER9 systems. Deployed by OCF, both Universities have already integrated the machines into their existing HPC infrastructures. “Modern AI, HPC and Analytics workloads are driving an ever-growing set of data intensive challenges,” comments Julian Fielden, Managing Director of OCF. “These challenges can only be met with accelerated infrastructure, such as IBM’s POWER9. In such a highly competitive field as academic research, providing superior HPC services to compute large quantities of data quickly, can help to attract world-class researchers, as well as grants and funding.”

Lenovo ThinkSystem Servers Power 1.3 Petaflop Supercomputer at University of Southampton

OCF in the UK has deployed a new supercomputer at the University of Southampton. Named Iridis 5, the 1.3 Petaflop system will support research demanding traditional HPC as well as projects requiring large scale deep storage, big data analytics, web platforms for bioinformatics, and AI services. “We’ve had early access to Iridis 5 and it’s substantially bigger and faster than its previous iteration – it’s well ahead of any other in use at any University across the UK for the types of calculations we’re doing.”

For HPC and Deep Learning, GPUs are here to stay

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, David Yip, HPC and Storage Business Development at OCF, provides his take on the place of GPU technology in HPC. “Using GPUs in the HPC datacenter in place of CPUs can dramatically increase the power requirements needed, but if your computational performance goes through the roof, then I’d argue it’s a trade-off worth making.”

OCF DATA to sell Bullion High-end Servers

Today Atos announced it has signed a channel partner agreement with OCF DATA Limited to resell Atos Bullion servers. OCF will sell the Bullion devices to higher education, manufacturing, and utilities sectors in the UK.

OCF Builds Isca Supercomputer for Life Sciences at University of Exeter

Researchers from across the University of Exeter can now benefit from a new HPC machine – Isca – that was configured and integrated by OCF to give the university a larger capacity for computational research. “We’ve seen in the last few years a real growth in interest in High-Performance Computing from life sciences, particularly with the availability of new high-fidelity genome sequencers, which have heavy compute requirements, and that demand will keep going up.”

What Lies Ahead for HPC Cooling?

“To meet the ambitious targets for exascale computing, many cooling companies are exploring optimizations and innovative methods that will redefine cooling architectures for the next generation of HPC systems. Here, some of the prominent cooling technology providers give their views on the current state and future prospects of cooling technology in HPC.”

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.”

OCF Builds POWER8 Supercomputer for Atomic Weapons Establishment in the UK

High Performance Computing integrator OCF is supporting scientific research at the UK Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE), with the design, testing and implementation of a new HPC cluster and a separate big data storage system. “The new HPC system is built on IBM’s POWER8 architecture and a separate parallel file system, called Cedar 3, built on IBM Spectrum Scale. In early benchmark testing, Cedar 3 is operating 10 times faster than the previous high-performance storage system at AWE. Both server and storage systems use IBM Spectrum Protect for data backup and recovery.”