Primeur magazine

Edition: live - Issue: 2016-06-22

Focus on Europe

SGI has made a significant investment in extreme scale software research at the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC) at the University of Edinburgh. The investments at this top tier research centre highlight the commitment of SGI to the European software research community. These resources, including SGI application software and supercomputing hardware expertise, will assist scientists as they explore issues related to health care, materials science, climate change and renewable resources, among many other topics. Read further...

Middleware

Allinea, a provider of software tools for developing and optimizing code on high performance computers, is launching V6.1 of its tool suite for HPC code developers and users at the ISC16 Exhibition, providing full support for the latest Intel Xeon Phi processor, formerly codenamed "Knights Landing". Read further...
Huawei has launched Mellanox InfiniBand EDR 100 Gbps switch solution based on the Huawei FusionServer E9000 converged architecture blade server at International Supercomputing Conference (ISC). The E9000 has become one of the world's first blade servers to support InfiniBand EDR 100 Gbps networks. Read further...

Applications

At the ISC 2016 Conference in Frankfurt, Germany, Andrew Ng from Baidu was invited to talk about the support HPC can provide for machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI). Andrew Ng described AI as the new electricity, having a transformative effect for the industry. Andrew Ng is convinced that there are bright perspectives for AI and that it should really be driven by HPC. Read further...

TOP500

At the International Supercomputing Conference 2016 (ISC), Total's SGI ICE X supercomputer, Pangea, was recognized as the industry's top commercial supercomputer in the prestigious TOP500 list. The TOP500 list ranked the SGI ICE X system as the highest performing commercial supercomputer with 6.7 petaflops (peak). The SGI ICE X is the 5th generation ICE system and powers many of the largest supercomputing environments in the world. Read further...
During the opening session of the International Supercomputing Conference - ISC 2016 - in Frankfurt, Germany, Erich Strohmaier from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory presented the traditional overview of the highlights from the TOP500 list, already the 47th edition of this world's most powerful supercomputers' ranking. The June 2016 edition of the TOP500 has a new nr. 1: the Sunway TaihuLight. Erich Strohmaier said that this Chinese-built machine is quite impressive with over 10 million of cores. The Sunway TaihuLight has almost three times the performance of the nr. 2 in the list, the Tianhe-2 or Milky Way 2, also based in China. Read further...

Company news

Bright Computing has signed a partnership with BOSTON Germany. BOSTON Server & Storage Solutions GmbH is the Germany-based division of the international BOSTON group. The BOSTON Group has been providing first-to-market technology to a diverse client base since 1992, and its high performance, mission-critical server and storage solutions are tailored to suit the needs of its clients. As an established vendor in the DACH HPC market, BOSTON Germany promises a competitive edge of up to twelve months. BOSTON Germany's engagement in the Cloud computing field also makes them the ideal partner to address the growing service provider market. Another strong base is BOSTON Germany's experience with GPU computing; successful partnerships with NVIDA and Intel provide a solution for nearly any requirement. Read further...
At the 2016 International Supercomputing Conference in Frankfurt, Germany, Cray Inc. showcased continued momentum for its supercomputing, analytics, and storage solutions. The company has been awarded new contracts for its Cray XC40 supercomputer, two Cray CS400 cluster supercomputers, a Cray Urika-GX agile analytics platform, and its DataWarp applications I/O accelerator to customers in Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Read further...
Dell has introduced advancements to its high performance computing (HPC) portfolio, including the availability of new Dell HPC Systems, early access to innovative HPC technologies, technology partner collaborations, and successful global customer implementations. Read further...
The International Supercomputing Conference 2016 (ISC16) was held at Messe Frankfurt from June 20 to 22. Huawei, a global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, unveiled its new-generation high-performance computing (HPC) solution positioned for intelligent industrial manufacturing, smart education, and scientific research. Huawei demonstrates its progress in developing HPC solutions that feature high efficiency, acceleration, and convergence. Read further...
Penguin Computing, a provider of high performance, enterprise data centre and Cloud solutions, has launched two new servers powered by NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU accelerators with NVIDIA NVLink high-speed interconnect technology. Read further...
Penguin Computing, a provider of high performance, enterprise data centre and Cloud solutions, has introduced FrostByte, the company's first scalable storage solution for HPC clusters, high-performance enterprise applications and data intensive analytics. Read further...
Penguin Computing, a provider of high performance, enterprise data centre and Cloud solutions, has made a transition from pre-production deployments last year of systems based on the Intel Xeon Phi processor to full production for Penguin's Tundra product family. Read further...