Primeur magazine

Edition: live - Issue: 2014-06-27

Hardware

In the session "HPC in Europe" at ISC'14 in Leipzig, Arndt Bode from the Leibniz Supercomputing Center and the Technical University in Munich, talked about the experiences in the realm of power efficiency with the SuperMUC system in Garching. He stated that the energy efficient infrastructure is still under development but is showing good progress. Further evolution in the quality of applications will bring down the total cost of ownership (TCO) for the SuperMUC system. Read further...
In the session "HPC in Europe" at ISC'14 in Leipzig, Jésus Labarta from the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) talked about the issues of performance analysis. He stated that the European technologies are very well positione because they reduce the take-up barriers and increase the use of more accurate performance analysis. Read further...
In the session "HPC in Europe" at ISC'14 in Leipzig, Paul Arts from Eurotech presented the efforts of his company to build faster and more energy-efficient solutions for the future of HPC in Europe. Eurotech has been building supercomputers for the last 15 years. In origin, Eurotech is an American company but it has headquarters in Italy and also a technical centre in Japan. Read further...
In the session "HPC in Europe" at ISC'14 in Leipzig, Stéphane Requena from GENCI talked about the exascale challenges of European academic and industrial applications. The goal is to build an international plan for developing the next generation of open source software for scientific HPC in the EESI projects 1 - which has already finished - and 2, both funded by the European Commission. Read further...
At ISC'14 in Leipzig, the second keynote presentation was held by Satoshi Matsuoka from the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan. The topic was the convergence of supercomputing and extreme Big Data. Satoshi Matsuoka is convinced that we will evolve to the data centre in a box which means that the large data centre as we currently know it, will become Jurassic. This data centre in a box will have 10 Petaflops performance, 10 Petabytes of memory, 10K nodes, and 50 GB/s interconnect speed. So it will have a tremendous amount of memory. Satoshi Matsuoka predicted that the Tsubame4 edition planned for 2021-2022 will be a K computer in a box with a convergent architecture that will have 1/500 size, 1/500 power, 1/500 cost, and a 5-fold DRAM + NVM in comparison to the current state-of-the-art HPC system. Read further...

TOP500

The InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA), a global organisation dedicated to maintaining and furthering the InfiniBand specification, announced that InfiniBand is the most used interconnect by the world's fastest supercomputers. Increasing 8.3 percent year-over-year, InfiniBand now represents 44.4 percent of the TOP500 at 222 systems. InfiniBand also connects the top 17 most efficient systems and 50 percent of Petaflop-capable systems on the list. Read further...

Company news

Cray Inc. has been awarded a $54 million contract to provide the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) with two next-generation Cray XC supercomputers and a Cray Sonexion storage system. Read further...
Boston Limited and CoolIT Systems Inc. are congratulating the student team from EPCC at the University of Edinburgh for their 1st place ranking for the Highest LINPACK in the ISC14 Student Cluster Challenge. This achievement was made possible, in part, with a joint sponsorship by Boston and CoolIT. The student team, led by Xu Guo made their first place mark by recording a score of 3.38 Tflops/kW with the system ranking at an estimated #4 on the Green500 list. It is the first time a team has broken the 10 Tflops barrier in under 3kW. Read further...
Bull and the National Center for Genome Analysis in Barcelona - one of the leading gene research establishments in Europe - are set to speed up DNA sequencing using High-Performance Computing (HPC) and Big Data. The use of HPC will enable genomics to move forward at such a pace that will lead to personalized medicine: the challenge being to achieve better health and a better quality of life. Read further...
SoftIron has showcased its 64-bit ARMv8 based enterprise-grade server motherboard at the 2014 International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) in Leipzig, Germany. The SoftIron 64-0800 server motherboard introduces technology partner Applied Micro Circuits Corporation's 64-bit ARM-based Server on a Chip solution to the high performance computing and data-centre markets. Read further...
Bull, an international provider of high performance computing (HPC) solutions and Xyratex, a Seagate company and a provider of data storage technology, have entered a worldwide reseller partner agreement allowing Bull to resell Xyratex ClusterStor solutions. Collectively, bullx supercomputers and Xyratex ClusterStor solutions provide extreme performance and outstanding energy efficiency to HPC users - a direct result of the industry-leading performance of the ClusterStor, a Lustre integrated data storage appliance, and bullx supercomputer capabilities including direct liquid cooled blades. Read further...