Primeur magazine

Edition: live - Issue: 2013-06-18

Hardware

In the first BoF session on European exascale research at the ISC'13 event, Erwin Laure from KTH in Stockholm, Sweden, presented the EC-funded CRESTA project. CRESTA fouses on the software challenge in the search for exascale computing. Hardware solutions are being developed to deliver exaflop performance but developers face unprecendented levels of heterogeneous parallelism. CRESTA is trying to put a finger on what the scientific challenges are and on what new modelling and algorithmic methods are needed. Erwin Laure is well aware of the complexity and asked himself how to keep more than 100 million threads busy. His talk made clear that hardware and software are inextricably linked. Read further...
Paul Arts from Eurotech presented the DEEP project at the first BoF session on European exascale research at the ISC'13 event in Leipzig. The EC-funded DEEP project is addressing exascale architecture and monitoring. Paul Arts described how the new hardware architecture is paving way to exascale computing using Xeon Phi processors and the EXTOLL interconnect. He explained how the project tackles the problem of the vast amount of data while monitoring the architecture and he also showed how the DEEP project is using hot-water cooling for its solutions. Read further...
During the first BoF session on European exascale research at the ISC'13 event in Leipzig, Alex Ramirez from the Barcelona Supercomputing Center described the progress within the EC-funded Mont-Blanc project. The Mont-Blanc hardware is due to start being tested in July 2013. The hardware incorporates ARM multicore and an integrated OpenCL accelerator, Ethernet NIC, and high density packaging. Mont-Blanc is based on a hybrid MPI and OmpSs programming model. Full-scale applications are being ported to Mont-Blanc. Read further...

Applications

A team of six Chemnitz students will battle it out with eight other teams in the "Student Cluster Challenge" at this year's International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) in mid June 2013 to extract the maximum possible performance from a homemade supercomputer. The team will receive technical support in their efforts from Chemnitz supercomputer manufacturer Megware. Read further...

TOP500

Erich Strohmaier from LBNL analysed the new and already 41st TOP500 list at the ISC'13 event in Leipzig. The Top 10 list of fastest supercomputers now is topped by the Chinese Tianhe-2 system, also known as MilkyWay-2. Second comes the Cray system Titan. Third is the Sequoia IBM BlueGene/Q system. In fourth place we see the Japanese K Computer. Fifth is the Mira, also a BlueGene/Q system at Argonne Laboratory. Sixth is ranking the upgraded Stampede, hosted at TACC in Texas. The first European system ranked at seven, is the JuQUEEN, a BlueGene/Q system at the Juelich Spercomputing Center. Vulcan, the BlueGene/Q system at LLNL is ranked at #8, the SuperMUC in Leibniz at #9, and the Chinese Tianje-1A, hosted at Tianjin, closes the Top 10. All Top 10 systems use some form of accelerator and a specialized architecture. Read further...
The 2013 International Supercomputing Conference (ISC'13) opened its 28th year - in the city of Leipzig to about 2362 attendees, and many are still registering. The conference, held in the Congress Center Leipzig, will continue through Thursday, June 20. ISC'13 offers more than 350 technical presentations and Europe's largest exhibition for high performance computing. Over 150 of world's leading manufacturers, vendors and research organisations will be showcasing their products and accomplishments during the three-day exhibition. Read further...

Company news

nCore HPC, an emerging global provider of high performance, low latency HPC systems, services and solutions, has introduced the BrownDwarf Y-class supercomputer, a heterogeneous ARM- and DSP-based system that, by delivering supercomputer-class performance at significantly reduced power levels, marks a major advance in addressing one of the HPC industry's most challenging technological issues. Read further...
Altair's industry-leading workload management product, PBS Professional, has been selected to manage workload for the Cray XC30 supercomputer recently put into production by the Japan Advanced Institute for Science and Technology (JAIST). Read further...
Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB), a world-class research institute for applied mathematics and computer science, will use DataDirect Networks (DDN) in partnership with Cray Inc. as the foundation for its Big Data analytics and scientific research infrastructure for the HLRN supercomputer. Read further...
At the 2013 International Supercomputing Conference in Leipzig, Germany, Cray Inc. has launched Cray Cluster Connect - a complete Lustre storage solution for x86 Linux clusters. A compute agnostic storage and data management offering, Cray Cluster Connect allows customers to utilize their Linux compute environment of choice, while also leveraging Cray's scalable storage expertise in "Big Data" and supercomputing. Read further...