Primeur magazine

Edition: flash - Issue: 2015-07-13

Blog

Over the next four days, the ISC High Performance conference will present the latest HPC technological developments and their application in research and commercial environments. As of this morning, 2690 HPC enthusiasts from 56 countries have registered for the conference, an 11 percent increase over 2014 attendance. Participation from a number of key nations has surged, with China more than doubling its attendee numbers, and other countries, such as France, the US, Japan, and the UK, showing double-digit increases. This represents the largest high performance computing event in European history. Read further...
For the fifth consecutive time, Tianhe-2, a supercomputer developed by China's National University of Defense Technology, has retained its position as the world's no. 1 system, according to the 45th edition of the twice-yearly TOP500 list of the world's most powerful supercomputers. Tianhe-2, which means Milky Way-2, led the list with a performance of 33.86 petaflop/s (quadrillions of calculations per second) on the Linpack benchmark. Read further...

Hardware

The EDR 100Gb/s solution, developed by Mellanox Technologies Ltd., a supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data centre servers and storage systems, has been selected to accelerate the new large-scale supercomputer JURECA at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre, provided by T-Platforms and ParTec. Mellanox's end-to-end EDR 100Gb/s solutions, consisting of ConnectX-4 adapters, Switch-IB switch systems, LinkX cables, and HPC-X software, will enable JURECA with scalable application performance and system efficiency for their variety of HPC workloads. Read further...

Exascale

Researchers of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), involved in the Mont-Blanc project, have successfully tested one innovative server platform, based on the 64bit Cavium ThunderX ARMv8 chip and integrated by E4 Computer Engineering. The aim of the test was to prove the portability of the Mont-Blanc system software stack on new high-performance ARM based server platforms. In order to perform the tests, BSC has called for support from the Italian leading hardware OEM E4 Computer Engineering, as their collaboration goes back to when one of the first prototype of ARM+GPU cluster was devised, to produce a newer and more performing version of the cluster. Read further...
The High Performance Conjugate Gradients (HPCG) Benchmark list will be announced at ISC'15. This is the third list produced for the emerging benchmark designed to complement the traditional High Performance Linpack (HPL) benchmark used as the official metric for ranking the Top 500 systems. The first HPCG list was announced at ISC'14 one year ago, containing 15 entries and the SC'14 list had 25. The current list contains more than 40 entries as HPCG continues to gain traction in the HPC community. Read further...

Focus on Europe

Over the next four days, the ISC High Performance conference will present the latest HPC technological developments and their application in research and commercial environments. As of this morning, 2690 HPC enthusiasts from 56 countries have registered for the conference, an 11 percent increase over 2014 attendance. Participation from a number of key nations has surged, with China more than doubling its attendee numbers, and other countries, such as France, the US, Japan, and the UK, showing double-digit increases. This represents the largest high performance computing event in European history. Read further...
Researchers of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), involved in the Mont-Blanc project, have successfully tested one innovative server platform, based on the 64bit Cavium ThunderX ARMv8 chip and integrated by E4 Computer Engineering. The aim of the test was to prove the portability of the Mont-Blanc system software stack on new high-performance ARM based server platforms. In order to perform the tests, BSC has called for support from the Italian leading hardware OEM E4 Computer Engineering, as their collaboration goes back to when one of the first prototype of ARM+GPU cluster was devised, to produce a newer and more performing version of the cluster. Read further...