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Virtualization Adds Value, Benefits to HPC Environments

VMware explores the concepts of virtual throughput clusters and CPU overcommitment with VMware vSphere to create multitenant and agile virtual HPC computing environments.

Virtualizing HPC Throughput Computing Environments

This pioneering study focuses primarily on the virtual performance of throughput workloads. Download the new white paper from VMWare that explores the possibilities of virtualizing HPC throughput in computing environments. 

Exploring Dell EMC Networking for vSan

This is the second entry in an insideHPC guide series that explores networking with Dell EMC ready nodes. Read on to learn more about Dell EMC networking for vSan.

Virtualizing AI & HPC Workloads with vSphere

In this video from the Dell EMC HPC Community Meeting, Josh Simons from VMware describes why more customers are moving their HPC & AI workloads to virtualized environments using vSphere. “With VMware, you can capture the benefits of virtualization for HPC workloads while delivering performance that is comparable to bare-metal. Our approach to virtualizing HPC adds a level of flexibility, operational efficiency, agility and security that cannot be achieved in bare-metal environments—enabling faster time to insights and discovery.”

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.

Video: VMware powers HPC Virtualization at NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference

In this video from from 2018 GPU Technology Conference, Ziv Kalmanovich from VMware and Fred Devoir from NVIDIA describe how they are working together to bring the benefits of virtualization to GPU workloads. “For cloud environments based on vSphere, you can deploy a machine learning workload yourself using GPUs via the VMware DirectPath I/O or vGPU technology.”

Sharing High-Performance Interconnects Across Multiple Virtual Machines

Mohan Potheri from VMware gave this talk at the Stanford HPC Conference. “Virtualized devices offer maximum flexibility. This session introduces SR-IOV, explains how it is enabled in VMware vSphere, and provides details of specific use cases that important for machine learning and high-performance computing. It includes performance comparisons that demonstrate the benefits of SR-IOV and information on how to configure and tune these configurations.”

Dell EMC Steps up with AMD EPYC Servers for HPC, SDN, and the Edge

Today Dell EMC announced three new servers powered by AMD EPYC processors. “The Advanced High-Performance Computing Center at the University of Arkansas Fayetteville runs Molecular Dynamics simulation the open-source code: LAMMPS (Large-Scale Atomic/Molecular Massively Parallel Simulator). We found the Dell EMC PowerEdge 7415 single socket server with the AMD EPYC processor runs faster than existing dual socket servers, allowing us to support our continued need for more bandwidth and additional cores, but using less power in a smaller space.”

VMware moves Virtualized HPC Forward at SC17

In this video from SC17, and Martin Yip and Josh Simons from VMware describe how the company is moving Virtualized HPC forward. “In recent years, virtualization has started making major inroads into the realm of High Performance Computing, an area that was previously considered off-limits. In application areas such as life sciences, electronic design automation, financial services, Big Data, and digital media, people are discovering that there are benefits to running a virtualized infrastructure that are similar to those experienced by enterprise applications, but also unique to HPC.”

VMware Rolls Out vSphere Scale-Out Edition for Big Data and HPC Workloads

Today VMware introduced vSphere Scale-Out Edition for Big Data and HPC Workloads, a new solution in the vSphere product line aimed at Big Data and HPC workloads. VMware vSphere Scale-Out edition includes the features and functions most useful to Big Data and HPC workloads such as those provided by the core vSphere hypervisor and the vSphere Distributed Switch. “This new solution also enables the ability to rapidly change and provision compute nodes. The solution will be offered at an attractive price point, optimized for Big Data and HPC environments.”