Primeur magazine

Edition: live - Issue: 2015-07-15

Exascale

Mellanox Technologies has signed a collaboration with the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), IBM, the University of Tennessee, NVIDIA, and industry leaders, laboratories and academia to develop a new open-source network communication framework for high-performance and data-centric applications. Read further...

Focus on Europe

Eurotech has completed the installation of a new supercomputer prototype at the University of Regensburg. The new system finalizes the 2 year research project QPACE2, which aimed to design and build a new generation QCD machine based on a novel HPC architecture flexible enough to fit Lattice QCD and a wide range of other applications. Read further...
Eurotech, a provider of embedded and supercomputing technologies, has installed the DEEP "Booster", a tightly coupled cluster of many-core coprocessors, at Jülich Supercomputing Centre. This novel and highly-scalable HPC system completes the Exascale-enabling DEEP System. This prototype is based on the Cluster-Booster architecture and has been developed within the research project DEEP - Dynamical Exascale Entry Platform, funded by the European Commission through the FP7 programme under grant agreement no. 287530. Read further...

Middleware

Univa, a data centre workload optimization company, has made significant updates to Univa Grid Engine, including increased functionality and enhancements. These updates include the much anticipated Preemption feature that, in combination with Universal Resource Broker, gives users the unprecedented ability to "pause" workload, services, or containers in the system on a moment's notice in order to run a higher priority application. This is the first time a preemption feature has been able to work with Big Data applications. Read further...
Bright Computing's software has been chosen by GWDG; the Society for Scientific Data Processing that provides a shared computing and IT competence centre for Georg August University and the Max Planck Society, in Göttingen, Germany. Read further...
InfiniBand continues to take market share from Ethernet and proprietary interconnects, and is now connecting the majority of the TOP500 supercomputing list with 51.4 percent of supercomputers. InfiniBand connected systems grew 15.8 percent year-over-year from June 2014 to July 2015, demonstrating the growing demand for Mellanox InfiniBand solutions that best enable users to maximize their data centre return-on-investment. Mellanox EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand made its debut on the list with three new systems from the US, Europe and China, showing the world-wide growing demand for faster data throughput and higher performance. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd. has announced continued industry adoption of the HPC-X Scalable Software Framework, a comprehensive software suite for high-performance computing environments, which provides enhancements to significantly increase the scalability and performance of message communications in the network, supporting MPI, PGAS/SHMEM and UPC. Read further...

Hardware

Bull utilizes Mellanox's EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand for its bullx B700 Direct Liquid Cooling (DLC) blade system. The bullx B700 DLC blade system is designed for demanding, high-throughput data centre workloads, including HPC, Cloud and Big Data applications. Leveraging a revolutionary direct liquid cooling system, Mellanox's ConnectX-4 EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand LOM design and Mellanox EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand blade switch, the bullx B700 delivers high-performance, low latency, improved system efficiency and application offloads. Read further...
RSC Group has demonstrated a new generation of RSC Tornado cluster solution at the international supercomputing conference ISC’15. The new generation has improved footprint and computing density, energy efficiency, high operational stability of computing nodes in "hot water" mode with +65 оC cooling agent temperature at node output - setting the current global record of HPC industry. This proves leading positions of RSC Group in the most innovative areas of development of the global supercomputer industry. Read further...

The Cloud

Altair has signed a business collaboration with Microsoft to build and offer high-performance computing (HPC) solutions on the Azure Cloud computing platform. This follows Microsoft's decision to name Altair's PBS Works suite as its preferred workload management solution for Azure manufacturing clients. Read further...