Primeur magazine

Edition: live - Issue: 2014-06-25

Hardware

GENCI, the French national High-Performance Computing organisation, is to acquire France's largest supercomputer dedicated to research, capable of executing over two million billion operations a second. The move will rejuvenate by 8 times the computing resources available at CINES, enabling it to offer cutting-edge hardware for extreme computer simulations. Based on latest generation technologies, it will enable them to run a huge range of different applications in scientific areas as diverse as climatology, combustion, astrophysics, medicine and biology, plasmas physics and materials science. Read further...

TOP500

SGI's ICE X supercomputer platform garnered 4 of the top 5 most efficient supercomputer rankings for standard x86-based systems, including the #1 position, as reported on the newly released TOP500 list. As reported on the latest TOP500 List, these four energy efficient systems are the Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC), UK's Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE), both Spruce A and Spruce B installations, and Germany's T-Systems. The latest edition of the bi-annual list, reporting on the world's most powerful commercially available computer systems, highlights that SGI ICE X systems can achieve 20 to 40+% higher performance efficiency versus IBM, Bull, HP and Cray systems. Read further...

The Cloud

In the session on HPC Cloud-based simulation services for Mid Caps and SMEs at ISC'14 in Leipzig, Max Lemke from the European Union, presented the first results and the future opportunities, offered by the I4MS initiative, a programme funded by the European Commission (EC), to support SMEs with HPC Cloud-based services for the industry. Max Lemke told the audience that there is a need vor innovation schemes. The focus lies on connecting innovators across the value chain. Read further...
In the session on HPC Cloud-based simulation services for Mid Caps and SMEs at ISC'14 in Leipzig, Mark Parsons from EPCC in Edinburgh, presented Fortissimo, a project within the European Commission's I4MS initiative. The goal of Fortissimo is to bring HPC solutions to SMEs across Europe. Read further...
In the session on HPC Cloud-based simulation services for Mid Caps and SMEs at ISC'14 in Leipzig, André Stork from the Fraunhofer Institute for Graphical Data Processing, introduced CloudFlow, a project within the European Commission's I4MS initiative, that offers computational Cloud services and workflows for agile engineering. Read further...
In the session on HPC Cloud-based simulation services for Mid Caps and SMEs at ISC'14 in Leipzig, Tamas Kiss from the University of Westminster, presented the first results of CloudSME, a project within the European Commission's I4MS initiative, that provides a platform for running manufacturing and engineering simulations on the Cloud. Read further...

Company news

At the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) 2014 in Leipzig, Germany, Adaptive Computing, the company that powers many of the world's largest private/hybrid Cloud and technical computing environments with its Moab optimization and scheduling software, and Bright Computing, a provider of management solutions for clusters and Clouds, have signed their reseller agreement and a deeper integration of their product sets to enhance provisioning and workflow optimization in technical computing environments. Read further...
RSC Group, a Russian and CIS developer and integrator of innovative high performance computing (HPC) and data centre solutions, made several technology demonstrations and announcements at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC'14) confirming the company's leading position in advanced technology development. RSC Group demonstrated its revolutionary RSC PetaStream ultra-high density supercomputer system with massive-parallel architecture and direct liquid cooling boosting performance by more than 20% with the newest Intel Xeon Phi 7120D. It sets the new world records of computing - 1.2 PFLOPS, and power - 400 kW - density per cabinet. The company announced a new approach to form extended solution-driven configurations based on the RSC Tornado architecture. Read further...
Adaptive Computing has combined technologies with HP to deliver greater performance and higher throughput by running Adaptive's Nitro on HP Apollo Systems. The technology combo of Moab 8.0 and the HP Apollo Systems allows users to achieve even greater power savings due to the new power management capabilities in Moab 8.0 coupled with the HP Apollo ultra low-energy usage. In addition, Adaptive is providing HP Helion Self-Service HPC Solution implementation and management services. Read further...
Micron Technology Inc., a global provider of advanced semiconductor solutions, has signed an ongoing collaboration with Intel to deliver an on-package memory solution for Intel's next-generation Xeon Phi processor, codenamed Knights Landing. The memory solution is the result of a long-term effort between the two companies to break down the memory wall, leveraging the fundamental DRAM and stacking technologies also found in Micron's Hybrid Memory Cube products. Read further...
At the 2014 International Supercomputing Conference in Leipzig, Germany, Cray announced that it has joined the OpenStack Foundation as a Corporate Sponsor. Cray will contribute to OpenStack and work to integrate open source capabilities into future Cray products and services. Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc., a global expert in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing exhibits its High Performance Computing solutions at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC'14) in Leipzig, Germany. HPC solutions designed by Supermicro feature architecture innovations that optimize performance, I/O bandwidth and compute density while providing the most efficient air flow for minimum power consumption as well as ease of installation and maintenance. Read further...