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Lenovo’s Niagara Cluster Upgrade makes it Fastest Supercomputer in Canada

Today Lenovo unveiled the addition of 1,500 ultra-dense Lenovo ThinkSystem SD530 high-performance compute nodes for Niagara – Canada’s most-powerful research supercomputer. As the demand for high performance computing in quantitative research increases rapidly, the 4.6 Petaflop supercomputer will help Canadian researchers achieve meaningful results in artificial intelligence, astrophysics, climate change, oceanic research and other disciplines using big data.

Mid-career Women help build SCinet with WINS Apprenticeship at SC17

In this special guest feature, Alisa Alering from ScienceNode writes that a team of women engineers helped build SCinet as part of the WINS program at SC17. “A lot of these women come from small schools, and they may not normally get exposed to the technology SCinet provides,” says Meehl. “It’s a great experience technically, but they also get a great professional experience meeting people—that really brings value to your ability to do your job.”

Excelero NVMesh powers Canada’s new SciNet Petascale Storage Facility

Today Excelero announced that SciNet, Canada’s largest supercomputer center, has deployed Excelero’s NVMesh server SAN for the highly efficient, cost-effective storage behind a new supercomputer at the University of Toronto. “For SciNet, NVMesh is an extremely cost-effective method of achieving unheard-of burst buffer bandwidth,” said Dr. Daniel Gruner, chief technical officer, SciNet High Performance Computing Consortium. “By adding commodity flash drives and NVMesh software to compute nodes, and to a low-latency network fabric that was already provided for the supercomputer itself, NVMesh provides redundancy without impacting target CPUs. This enables standard servers to go beyond their usual role in acting as block targets – the servers now can also act as file servers.”

SCinet to “Blow the Doors off the Network” at SC17

SC17 exhibitors are invited to participate in two “blow the doors off the network” events next week to demonstrate the power of SCinet, the high-capacity network built to support the revolutionary applications and experiments that are a hallmark of the SC conference. “Exhibitors with 100 GB connections to their booths are invited to blast peak traffic to and from the exhibit hall floor to illustrate the power of SCinet connectivity within the Colorado Convention Center and to other sites around the world. The events are scheduled 10-11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 13, and 12-1 p.m. Thursday Nov. 16.”

Time-Lapse Video: Building SCinet at SC17 in 30 seconds

In this time-lapse video from SC17, a team of volunteers build the high-speed SCinet network for the conference in 30 seconds flat. “Check out this behind-the-scenes look at the well-orchestrated frenzy that is SCinet staging week. Jim Stewart, JP Velders and Lance Hutchinson explain how more than 100 volunteers dedicated a week to staging the SCinet NOC prior to its installation on the exhibit floor at the Colorado Convention Center.”

Volunteers Ready High Speed SCinet for SC17

At SC17 in Denver, volunteers have already started the installation of SCinet, the high-capacity network that supports the revolutionary applications and experiments that are a hallmark of the SC conference. SCinet takes one year to plan, and those efforts culminate in a month-long period of staging, setup and operation of the network during the conference.

Interview: Jeffrey Schwab on Building the World’s Fastest Network at SC17

In this guest feature, Jeffrey Schwab describes his role as SCinet Chair at SC17 and how his team of volunteers is building the fastest and most powerful volunteer-built network in the world. “I believe the main attraction for SCinet volunteers is the opportunity to build something unique on a scale and timetable that is challenging in its own right.”

WINS Program Sponsors Six Women to Help Build SCinet at SC17

SC17 has chosen six women from IT departments around the United States to participate in the Women in IT Networking at SC (WINS) program, helping to build and operate SCinet, the very high capacity SC conference network. “Now in its third year, WINS is a collaboration between UCAR, ESnet, and KINBER. Although small numbers of women have been members of SCinet since its earliest days, WINS was launched to increase the diversity of the SCinet volunteer staff and provide professional development opportunities to highly qualified women in the field of networking and computing.”

Women in IT: Apply for WINS Program at SC17

Applications are now being accepted for the Women in IT Networking at SC (WINS) program at SC17. The conference takes place Nov. 12-17 in Denver. “The WINS program seeks qualified female U.S. candidates in their early to mid-career to join the SCinet volunteer team to help build and operate SCinet for SC17. Selected candidates will receive full travel support and mentoring by well-known engineering experts in the research and education community.”

Call for Applications: Women in IT Networking at SC17 (WINS)

SCinet at SC17 has issued its Call for Applications for the Women in IT Networking (WINS) program. The WINS program is currently seeking qualified women U.S. candidates in their early to mid-career to join the SCinet volunteer workforce for SC17. Selected candidates will receive full travel support and mentoring by well-known engineering experts in the research […]