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SMART Global Holdings Acquires Penguin Computing for $85 Million

Today SMART Global Holdings, Inc. announced that it has acquired HPC vendor Penguin Computing. “Penguin will continue as a standalone operation being the first part of a new business unit, SMART Specialty Compute & Storage Solutions (SCSS), which will benefit from shared infrastructure and the ability to leverage the products and capabilities of SMART’s Specialty Memory business unit into the emerging AI and ML markets.”

Video: Researchers Step Up with the New Summit Supercomputer

“The biggest problems in science require supercomputers of unprecedented capability. That’s why the ORNL launched Summit, a system 8 times more powerful than their previous top-ranked system, Titan. Summit is providing scientists with incredible computing power to solve challenges in energy, artificial intelligence, human health, and other research areas, that were simply out of reach until now. These discoveries will help shape our understanding of the universe, bolster US economic competitiveness, and contribute to a better future.”

Energy Efficiency and Water-Cool-Technology Innovations at Lenovo

Karsten Kutzer from Lenovo gave this talk at the 2018 Swiss HPC Conference. “This session will discuss why water cooling is becoming more and more important for HPC data centers, Lenovo’s series of innovations in the area of direct water-cooled systems, and ways to re-use “waste heat” created by HPC systems.”

Video: Announcing Summit – World’s Fastest Supercomputer with 200 Petaflops of Performance

Today Energy Secretary Rick Perry unveiled Summit, the world’s most powerful supercomputer. Powered by IBM POWER9 processors, 27,648 NVIDIA GPUs, and Mellanox InfiniBand, the Summit supercomputer is also the first Exaop AI system on the planet. “This massive machine, powered by 27,648 of our Volta GPUs, can perform more than three exaops, or three billion billion calculations per second,” writes Ian Buck on the NVIDIA blog. “That’s more than 100 times faster than Titan, previously the fastest U.S. supercomputer, completed just five years ago. And 95 percent of that computing power comes from GPUs.”

Minsky at Murex: GPUs for Risk Management

Pierre Spatz from Murex gave this talk at the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference. “Murex has been an early adopters of GPU for pricing and risk management of complex financial options. GPU adoption has generated performance boost of its software while reducing its usage cost. Each new generation of GPU has also shown the importance of the necessary reshaping of the architecture of the software using its GPU accelerated analytics. Minsky featuring far better GPU memory bandwidth and GPU-CPU interconnect rase the bar even further. Murex will show how it has handled this new challenge for its business.”

Why IMC Is Right for Today’s Fast-Data and Big-Data Applications

In-memory computing, or IMC, is being used for a variety of functions, including fintech and ecommerce to telecommunications and IoT, as it becomes well known for success with processing and analyzing big data.  Download the new report from GridGain, “Choosing the Right In-Memory Computing Solution,” to find out whether IMC is the right choice for your business. 

Video: Dell EMC Innovation for the Oil & Gas industry

In this video from the Dell EMC HPC Community Meeting in Austin, David Holmes from Dell EMC describes how the company is bringing technical innovation to the Oil & Gas industry. “We partner strongly with Intel and Nvidia and we take advantage of Intel Xeon scalable processes, Intel Xeon Phi processors, and Nvidia GPUs. And depending on the workloads, different computational requirements will run best on these different platforms. And we’re now able to help companies build this new breed of composable systems, which provide a broad set of resources that can be dynamically assigned to the different workloads that companies want to run.”

Podcast: Dell EMC Powers Artemis 3 Supercomputer at University of Sydney

In this podcast, Dr. Jeremy Hammond from the University of Sydney and Andrew Underwood from Dell EMC describe the new Artemis 3 supercomputer. The new Dell EMC system will power world-leading research and academic programs. “This fully deployed high-performance computing system uses Dell EMC PowerEdge C4140 server technology, The University of Sydney’s $2.3 million system has an rPeak performance of 1 petaflops and an rMax of 700 teraflops, which will allow faster processing of data to provide answers to scientific questions previously beyond reach.”

The Simulation of the Behavior of the Human Brain using CUDA

Pedro Valero-Lara from BSC gave this talk at the GPU Technology Conference. “The attendees can learn about how the behavior of Human Brain is simulated by using current computers, and the different challenges which the implementation has to deal with. We cover the main steps of the simulation and the methodologies behind this simulation. In particular we highlight and focus on those transformations and optimizations carried out to achieve a good performance on NVIDIA GPUs.”

Case Study: Supercomputing Natural Gas Turbine Generators for Huge Boosts in Efficiency

Hyperion Research has published a new case study on how General Electric engineers were able to nearly double the efficiency of gas turbines with the help of supercomputing simulation. “With these advanced modeling and simulation capabilities, GE was able to replicate previously observed combustion instabilities. Following that validation, GE Power engineers then used the tools to design improvements in the latest generation of heavy-duty gas turbine generators to be delivered to utilities in 2017. These turbine generators, when combined with a steam cycle, provided the ability to convert an amazing 64% of the energy value of the fuel into electricity, far superior to the traditional 33% to 44%.”