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Exascale Computing Project Software Activities

Mike Heroux from Sandia National Labs gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. “The Exascale Computing Project is accelerating delivery of a capable exascale computing ecosystem for breakthroughs in scientific discovery, energy assurance, economic competitiveness, and national security.The goal of the ECP Software Technology focus area is to develop a comprehensive and coherent software stack that will enable application developers to productively write highly parallel applications that can portably target diverse exascale architectures.”

Video: Prepare for Production AI with the HPE AI Data Node

In this video from GTC 2019 in San Jose, Harvey Skinner, Distinguished Technologist, discusses the advent of production AI and how the HPE AI Data Node offers a building block for AI storage. “The HPE AI Data Node is a HPE reference configuration which offers a storage solution that provides both the capacity for data, as well as a performance tier that meets the throughput requirements of GPU servers. The HPE Apollo 4200 Gen10 density optimized data server provides the hardware platform for the WekaIO Matrix flash-optimized parallel file system, as well as the Scality RING object store.”

2019: The Year of PCI Express 4.0

Computer systems are about to get a whole lot faster. This year starting at the high end of the market a transition will begin toward systems based on PCI Express 4.0. The interconnect speed will double to 64GB/sec in a 16 lane connection. Tim Miller, Vice President Strategic Development for One Stop Systems, explores the expected speed and innovation stemming from the introduction of PCI Express 4.0. 

NVIDIA to Purchase Mellanox for $6.9 Billion

Today NVIDIA announced plans to acquire Mellanox for approximately $6.9 billion. The acquisition will unite two of the world’s leading companies in HPC. Together, NVIDIA’s computing platform and Mellanox’s interconnects power over 250 of the world’s TOP500 supercomputers and have as customers every major cloud service provider and computer maker.

Intel High-Performance Python Extends to Machine Learning and Data Analytics

One of the big surprises of the past few years has been the spectacular rise in the use of Python* in high-performance computing applications. With the latest releases of Intel® Distribution for Python, included in Intel® Parallel Studio XE 2019, the numerical and scientific computing capabilities of high-performance Python now extends to machine learning and data analytics.

Looking Back at SC18 and the Road Ahead to Exascale

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Robert Roe reports on new technology and 30 years of the US supercomputing conference at SC18 in Dallas. “From our volunteers to our exhibitors to our students and attendees – SC18 was inspirational,” said SC18 general chair Ralph McEldowney. “Whether it was in technical sessions or on the exhibit floor, SC18 inspired people with the best in research, technology, and information sharing.”

Radio Free HPC Reviews Highlights from the CHPC Conference in South Africa

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks back at the highlights of the 2018 CHPC Conference in South Africa. With over 500 attendees, the event featured a set of keynotes on high performance computing as well as a Student Cluster Challenge and a Cyber Security Competition.

Oracle Offers Bare Metal Instances for HPC in the Cloud

In this video from SC18, Karan Batta from Oracle describes how the company provides high performance computing in the Cloud with Bare Metal speed. “Oracle Bare Metal Cloud Services (BMCS) public cloud infrastructure. Oracle BMCS is a new generation of scalable, inexpensive and performant compute, network and storage infrastructure that combines internet cloud scale architecture with enterprise scale-up bare metal capabilities, providing the ideal platform for demanding High Performance Computing workloads.”

Video: Lenovo Leads the TOP500 with Innovative HPC Cooling Technologies

In this video from SC18 in Dallas, Scott Tease from Lenovo describes how the company is leading the TOP500 with innovative HPC cooling technologies. “At #8 on the TOP500, the Lenovo-built, hot-water cooled SuperMUC system at the LRZ in Germany is one of the most power efficient supercomputers on the planet. With more than 241,000 cores and a combined peak performance of the two installation phases of more than 6.8 Petaflops.”

Record SC18 Attendance a Bellwether for Growth in HPC Market

The SC18 conference drew a record-breaking 13,071 attendees, making it the largest SC conference of all time. As the premier international conference showcasing high performance computing, networking, storage, and analysis, the conference and exhibition infused the local economy with more than $40 million in revenue, according to the local Dallas Convention Bureau.