Primeur weekly 2015-08-03

Special

So much more than meets the eye with Moab, Nitro, Elastic Compute, Docker at Adaptive Computing ...

IDC reports strong growth of HPC in financial markets and assesses European HPC deployment towards exascale in new report for EC ...

DDN presents three game-changing products: the ES7K storage solution, the Wolfcreek Platform and the Internet Memory Engine ...

Focus

IDC assessment of European HPC strategy: remarkable progress, but more needs to be done to reach exascale ...

Focus on Europe

BSC and CEA will coordinate efforts to reinforce European HPC research and technology innovation ...

Middleware

General availability of Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre software v2.3 ...

Hardware

Investments in cyberinfrastructure to enhance Canada's competitive edge in research and innovation ...

DDN financial service storage solutions set world records in STAC performance benchmarks ...

Cray reports second quarter financial results ...

Inova Translational Medicine Institute chooses SGI to power one of the largest genomic databases in the world ...

SGI Japan installs five-screen virtual reality system at Komatsu, Oyama ...

Intel and Micron produce breakthrough memory technology ...

Applications

China's Skyeye-1 supercomputer to support world's largest radio telescope ...

CVS Health and IBM tap Watson to develop care management solutions for chronic disease ...

Illinois receives $1.8 million to create data platform for Big Data in plant breeding ...

Simulations lead to design of near-frictionless material ...

Superfast fluorescence sets new speed record ...

SGI UV 300H 20-socket appliance certified by SAP to run SAP HANA under controlled availability ...

TOP500

NASA's Pleiades supercomputer ranks among world's most powerful systems ...

The Cloud

HP to acquire ActiveState's Stackato business to help customers transition to hybrid Cloud ...

Features

2015-07-16 Brussels IDC has delivered a report to the European Commission about the HPC developments in Europe. It contains an assessment of PC Action Plan Objectives set out a few years ago. The report also provides some recommendations. The report is now at the European Commission, who will study it, draw conclusions from it and use it in further development of the HPC actions. In general, IDC concludes Europe has made good progress in implementing HPC and exascale plans. Europe is now on par with other major HPC players in the world. In the recommendations IDC advices Europe to expand funding for HPC, concentrate on the whole software stack, and also look at the newly developing High Performance Data Analysis (HPDA) area. Read further...

Focus

2015-07-14 Frankfurt

DDN presents three game-changing products: the ES7K storage solution, the Wolfcreek Platform and the Internet Memory Engine

Special At ISC 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany,Primeur Magazinetalked with Molly Rector, CMO, EVP Product Management and Worldwide Marketing at DataDirect Networks (DDN). Molly Rector showed three new products, developed by DataDirect Networks. DDN is the leading storage provider to the Top100 largest supercomputers in the world. DDN is not just for supercomputing but sells its technologies also to all data intensive enterprises around the globe. Read further...

2015-07-14 Frankfurt

So much more than meets the eye with Moab, Nitro, Elastic Compute, Docker at Adaptive Computing

Special At ISC 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany,Primeur Magazinetalked with Marty Smuin, CEO of Adaptive Computing. Adaptive Computing has been attending the ISC events for quite some time and has been in the HPC business for many years. The company was started fourteen years ago and built some of the largest and most complex systems in the world for running its software platform. ISC is for Adaptive not only a place where it has the opportunity to connect with new customers but also has the chance to visit with many existing customers. Adaptive is a company that is on the move. It recently added a lot of new products to its platform. When people think of Adaptive, they primarily think of scheduling work flow management but the company is so much more than that. Read further...

2015-07-15 Frankfurt

IDC reports strong growth of HPC in financial markets and assesses European HPC deployment towards exascale in new report for EC

Special At ISC 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to interview Earl Joseph, IDC Program Vice President, High-Performance Computing. Earl Joseph talked about the fabulous HPC growth in the financial markets. He also highlighted the assessment report that IDC performed for the European Commission in order to define what are the next steps that have to be taken in the European Union to reach for exascale machines under the Horizon 2020 Programme. Read further...

Video news

2015-07-03 Arbor Networks to protect organisations against DDoS attacks

At the Baltic HPC and Cloud Computing Conference, held June 4, 2015 in Riga, Latvia,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to interview Micael Engström from Arbor Networks, who is Enterprise Sales Manager for the Nordic and Baltic countries, on how the Internet of Things can actually become the Botnet of Things.

2015-07-03 The importance of being earnest about the long tail of research

At the e-IRG Workshop, held on June 3, 2015 in Riga, Latvia,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to interview Wolfram Horstmann, Director of the State and University Library at the Georg-August University in Göttingen, Germany, and member of the LIBER Executive Board, which is the European Association of Research Libraries

2015-07-03 Moving up to an Open Science Commons

At the e-IRG Workshop, held in Riga, Latvia, on June 3, 2015,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to interview Sergio Andreozzi, Strategy and Policy Manager in the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI), on the topic of the Open Science Commons. The concept of Open Science Commons is very useful to the discussion of the e-IRG Workshop, according to Sergio Andreozzi.

2015-07-03 Challenges of the Internet of Things: Coping with Digital Attacks - Micael Engström

Challenges of the Internet of Things: Coping with Digital Attacks - Micael Engström, Arbor Networks. Presentation at Baltic HPC and Cloud Computing Conference 2015.

2015-06-30 The Exascale Challenge and its Impact on All of Us - Interview Erwin Laure director PDC

At the Baltic HPC and Cloud Conference in Riga, Latvia, held on June 4, 2015,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to interview Erwin Laure, Professor in Computer Science and Director of PDC at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden about the Exascale challenge. At the conference, the latest developments in HPC in the Baltic area were discussed. Sweden as a neighbouring country of the Baltic region is highly interested in these developments.

2015-06-29 The Exascale Challenge and its Impact on All of Us - Erwin Laure

Presentation at Baltic Cloud and HPC conference.

News flashes

News flashes 2015-08-04

The knowns and unknowns of the PEZY-SC accelerator at RIKEN collected by Vincent Hindriksen

HardwareVincent Hindriksen at Stream Computing info on the PEZY-SC processor. This is used in the supercomputer installed at RIKEN with an incredible 7 Glops/Watt. It is powered by the processor-boards at the right: two Xeons, 4 PEZY-SC 1.4 accelerators and 128 GB DRAM, which have a combined performance of about 6,2 Tflop/s. It has been designed for immersive cooling. PEZY started with a multi-core processor of 512 cores, the PEZY-1. The PEZY-SC has 1024 cores and has had a few gradual upgrades – currently PEZY-SC 1.4 (“the brick”) is installed says Hindriksen in his extensive blog. Read further...

Lee Carter at Bright Computing recaps ISC15 – A Great Springboard for Bright EMEA

Industry news At the Bright Computing blog Lee Carter summarizes the Bright Computing activities at ISC 2015 in Frankfurt. For instance Bright Computing announced two new customer wins. EURO/CFD, a company that provides industrial corporations with an option to outsource numerical studies, has chosen to deploy Bright as part of its pioneering new HPC infrastructure. GWDG, a shared computing and IT competence center for Georg August University and the Max Planck Society in Göttingen, has addressed the challenge of simultaneously operating multiple HPC clusters from a number of disparate, non-integrated cluster management platforms, by deploying Bright to overarch the entire HPC infrastructure, consolidating management of their four clusters into a single management platform and view. Read further...

News flashes 2015-08-03

China bans exports of supercomputers and HPC systems

BlogAccording to China daily China will ban export of high-performance computers. Computers with greater performance than 8 Tflop/s will not be allowed for export, said an announcement jointly issued by the Ministry of Commerce and the General Administration of Customs. It is the first time that China is imposing export restrictions on such products. Read further...

The Hartree Centre - End of term report by Cliff Brereton

BlogCliff Brereton has left the Hartree Centre as director. On his personal page he put his thoughts on the development of the centre and HPC in the UK and the world. Brereton writes: "The strategy we developed at Hartree around data analytics and its convergence with HPC (High Performance Computing) in 2013 was hugely ahead of its time (they all talk about it now!). The current Hartree '4 Forces of change' strategy likewise, I don't see matched elsewhere in its forward thinking." Read further...

News flashes 2015-07-31

The anatomy of a supercomputer called Bruce - 5 Petalop/s system at DownUnder GeoSolutions

HardwarePetroleum News Review has an in depth article on the supercomputer Bruce. The system is installed by DownUnder GeoSolutions (DUG) in Perth Australia where it is processing one of the oil industry's largest ever multi-client seismic project. At 5 Petaflop/s DUG's SGI based supercomputer is not only the largest supercomputer in Australia, but perhaps the largest privately owned supercomputer in the world. Much of Bruce is submerged in a cooled mineral oil bath, which makes him one of the greenest machines around. Read further...

GRNET High-Performance Computing - Pilot Call for Proposals

ApplicationsThe Greek Research and Technology Network (GRNET S.A.) opens the first Pilot Call for Proposals, for project access to the newly installed national HPC system named ARIS (https://hpc.grnet.gr). The call is addressed to scientists and researchers that work in academic and research institutions in Greece. The project proposals should address open research topics in all scientific fields. Via this call GRNET S.A. makes it possible for scientists in Greece to have access to the national supercomputing facility, ARIS. Access will be awarded for a maximum period of 6 months, beginning on the 25th of September 2015. Eligible applicants are scientists affiliated with academic or research institutions in Greece. Read further...

HPCG bechmark results on Archer supercomputer: about 0,08 Petaflop/s out of 2,55 Petaflop/s peak

ExascaleAdrian Jackson compares the new HPCG benchmarks results with HPL one that is used in the TOP500 on the Archer supercomputer. Archer is the UL national supercomputer at EPCC in Edinburgh. ARCHER is currently number 35 in the TOP500 with a performance of 1.6 PetaFlop/s Rmax, out of a potential peak performance of 2,55 Petaflop/s. On the HPCG benchmark list, ARCHER came out as nr 10 with a HPCG performance of 0,0808 Petaflop/s. This is around 5% of the HPL performance. Jackson says they spent some time tuning the HPCG run on Archer to ensure they had maximum performance. They were using a tuned version of the HPCG benchmark provided by Intel. Read further...

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Primeur weekly 2015-08-03

Special

So much more than meets the eye with Moab, Nitro, Elastic Compute, Docker at Adaptive Computing ...

IDC reports strong growth of HPC in financial markets and assesses European HPC deployment towards exascale in new report for EC ...

DDN presents three game-changing products: the ES7K storage solution, the Wolfcreek Platform and the Internet Memory Engine ...

Focus

IDC assessment of European HPC strategy: remarkable progress, but more needs to be done to reach exascale ...

Focus on Europe

BSC and CEA will coordinate efforts to reinforce European HPC research and technology innovation ...

Middleware

General availability of Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre software v2.3 ...

Hardware

Investments in cyberinfrastructure to enhance Canada's competitive edge in research and innovation ...

DDN financial service storage solutions set world records in STAC performance benchmarks ...

Cray reports second quarter financial results ...

Inova Translational Medicine Institute chooses SGI to power one of the largest genomic databases in the world ...

SGI Japan installs five-screen virtual reality system at Komatsu, Oyama ...

Intel and Micron produce breakthrough memory technology ...

Applications

China's Skyeye-1 supercomputer to support world's largest radio telescope ...

CVS Health and IBM tap Watson to develop care management solutions for chronic disease ...

Illinois receives $1.8 million to create data platform for Big Data in plant breeding ...

Simulations lead to design of near-frictionless material ...

Superfast fluorescence sets new speed record ...

SGI UV 300H 20-socket appliance certified by SAP to run SAP HANA under controlled availability ...

TOP500

NASA's Pleiades supercomputer ranks among world's most powerful systems ...

The Cloud

HP to acquire ActiveState's Stackato business to help customers transition to hybrid Cloud ...