Primeur magazine

Edition: live - Issue: 2013-06-20

Hardware

Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) will deploy its next prototype system, advancing the roadmap towards the successful introduction fo ARM processors in High Performance Computing. In July, BSC will install the first hybrid accelerator cluster composed of ARM Cortex-A9, NVIDIA Tesla K20 GPU and Mellanox QDR InfiniBand. Co-funded by the Partnerschip for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) initiative, the cluster will be named Pedraforca and will be built at BSC premises. BSC and the European HPC manufacturer Bull are in charge of the industrial co-ordination and integration of the project, while the Italian E4 Computer Engineering company is providing the computing nodes. Read further...

Applications

The ISC'13 event in Leipzig was hosting a satellite event on supercomputing and the EC-funded Human Brain Project that will run for 10 years. Felix Schürmann from EPFL described the challenges and opportunities within this project from the simulation viewpoint. The project mission consists in building a radically new strategy to understanding the human brain and its dieases and developing brain-like technologies. The ramp-up phase involves 87 European and non-European institutions. In addition, the Human Brain Project is launching a competitive calls programme to enlarge the consortium. The focus is on future neuroscience, future medicine and future computing. Read further...

TOP500

Mellanox Technologies continued its leadership as the global interconnect solution provider for the TOP500 list of supercomputers. The number of the TOP500's Petascale-capable systems connected with Mellanox FDR InfiniBand doubled from November 2012 to June 2013. Overall, the number of Mellanox FDR InfiniBand connected systems grew 3.3x from June 2012 to June 2013, and Mellanox FDR InfiniBand accelerates the top four InfiniBand-based systems on the list, showing the increasing demand for higher performance, scalability and efficiency. Read further...

Company news

Univa, the Data Center Automation Company and home of Grid Engine, has kicked off the 20th anniversary of Grid Engine software. Grid Engine is the most widely deployed distributed resource management software, providing the most powerful, integrated software solution suite for mission-critical enterprise technical computing and Big Data applications. Grid Engine, a precursor to Grid computing, has stood the test of time to remain a vital cog in the machine of enterprise computing. The software started its live as CODINE from Genias Software GmbH. Read further...
NVIDIA has collaborated with a research team at Stanford University to create the world's largest artificial neural network built to model how the human brain learns. The network is 6.5 times bigger than the previous record-setting network developed by Google in 2012. Computer-based neural networks are capable of "learning" how to model the behaviour of the brain, including recognizing objects, characters, voices and audio in the same way that humans do. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies has introduced the next major advancement in GPU-to-GPU communications with the launch of its FDR InfiniBand solution with support for NVIDIA GPUDirect remote direct memory access (RDMA) technology. The next generation of NVIDIA GPUDirect technology provides industry-leading application performance and efficiency for GPU-accelerator based high-performance computing (HPC) clusters. NVIDIA GPUDirect RDMA technology dramatically accelerates communications between GPUs by providing a direct peer-to-peer communication data path between Mellanox's scalable HPC adapters and NVIDIA GPUs. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies showcased the world’s first technology demonstration of ConnectX-3 FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand solutions running on the SECO ARM development platform featuring NVIDIA Tegra processors. The SECO development platform is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra quad-core ARM processor. The RISC-based ARM architecture is advancing far beyond today's billions of client devices, and is rapidly moving towards the mainstream technical computing and high performance computing (HPC) market segments. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies' FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand solutions deliver unmatched application performance over competing interconnect solutions. Benchmarks performed on multiple applications, such as OpenFOAM (Computational Fluid Dynamic), NAMD (Molecular Dynamics), RADIOSS (Structural Analysis), LAMMPS (Molecular Dynamics), WRF (Weather Research and Forecasting) and CP2K (Molecular Simulations) demonstrate higher performance - 20 to 30 percent higher performance with sixteen compute nodes compared to QDR 40Gb/s InfiniBand, and 100 to 200 percent higher performance compared to 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet. Read further...
ttgLabs' TTG Apptimizer toolkit has been chosen by Moscow State University (MSU) to be deployed on the Lomonosov supercomputer. This software is going to be used to optimize numerous scientific applications that run on the no. 1 supercomputer in Russia. Read further...
The NAG Library for SMP & Multicore has been extended and now includes even more parallelized algorithms enabling users of shared memory systems to solve their numerical problems faster. Newly parallelized routines are applicable to problems in the areas of global optimization, matrix functions and statistics, including Gaussian mixture model, Brownian bridge and univariate inhomogeneous time series. This update to the NAG Library for SMP & Multicore will greatly benefit software developers wishing to easily exploit the performance potential of multicore systems without having to learn the intricacies of parallel programming, as well as those running large computations where execution speed is imperative. Read further...