Primeur magazine

Edition: flash - Issue: 2015-11-18

Hardware

Inspur Group announced at SC15 the launch of the Inspur I9000 Blade System. This modular product in converged architecture can converge multiple computing solutions in a single chassis, including high-density servers, 4-socket and 8-socket mission-critical servers, software-defined storage and heterogeneous computing, to meet the demands of various applications on hardware platforms, such as commercial HPC, enterprise-class business, cloud computing and big data. Read further...
A collaboration between researchers at RENCI and the University of Houston means that RENCI's Breakable Experimental Network (BEN) will be faster and easier to use for scientists with data intensive research problems to solve. BEN, an optical network test bed that connects UNC-Chapel Hill, RENCI, Duke University, and North Carolina State University, was developed and deployed by RENCI's networking research group nearly five years ago as a dark fiber network for experiments in networking technologies. BEN links the campuses to other high-speed research networks, such as Internet2 and the Department of Energy's Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) and provides an on ramp to the 20-plus nodes and computational resources of ExoGENI, a RENCI-led project funded through the National Science Foundation's Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI) initiative. Read further...
InfiniBand connected systems grew year-over-year from November 2014 to November 2015, demonstrating the growing demand for Mellanox InfiniBand solutions to enable users to maximize their data centre return-on-investment. InfiniBand-connected systems increased from 225 to 235 year-over-year, representing 47 percent of the TOP500 list. The number of FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand systems grew 16 percent year-over-year and EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand now connects 4 systems on the TOP500. The number of EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand systems is expected to more than double by the end of 2015 compared to the July 2015 TOP500 list. Read further...

Industry news

2CRSI announced a big contract worth $32 million from an undisclosed customer. It is a multi-year contract with a private company, a top player in a sensitive industry, 2CRSI says.The contract means more than $32 million for 2CRSI, for which the company will provide hardware, logistics, and support. 2CRSI Technology Sales Enablement Manager, Adrien Badina added: "We expect to provide over 4000 dedicated, high-performance servers to support the customer's applications in the next decade. We are extremely proud to have demonstrated that we have the expertise and equipment to meet their extremely high standards." Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc. debuts a new 100Gbps HPC cluster solution at SC'15 that leverages the Intel Scalable System Framework (SSF) to address evolving demands across high performance data analytics, machine learning, visualization, traditional modelling and simulation workloads. Supermicro's 2U TwinPro² and new 1U 48-port top-of-rack network switch support the 100Gbps Intel Omni-Path Architecture (OPA) providing a unique HPC cluster solution offering excellent bandwidth, latency and message rate that is highly scalable and easily serviceable. In addition, Supermicro will highlight its 2U TwinPro² SuperServer supporting the Intel Xeon Phi x200 processor providing 4x hot-swappable single socket nodes and support for 100Gbps via Intel Omni-Path architecture add-on-cards. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The Luxembourg Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research, Marc Hansen announced at the European Data Forum 2015 that Luxembourg, France, Italy & Spain have started an "Important project of common European interest (IPCEI) on high performance computing and big data enabled applications (IPCEI-HPC-BDA)". It has already been endorsed by the European Commission, said Commisoner Günther Oettinger at the same conference. Read further...
The 11th Graph500 list was released today at the Supercomputing 2015 conference (SC'15), with Japan's K-Computer maintaining its top spot for the second consecutive time. The Graph500 ranks the performance of more than 200 of the world's most powerful supercomputers, which are used to analyze "big data" for cybersecurity, medical informatics, social networks and other scientific fields. The list is released twice each year to coincide with top high-performance computer (HPC) conferences, and it is the dominant international benchmark for analytics platforms. The Graph500 is compiled by the Georgia Institute of Technology, Indiana University, the University of Notre Dame and Boise State University. Read further...