Primeur weekly 2012-11-19

Exascale supercomputing

DataDirect Networks announces $100 million investment in Exascale computing ...

Intel and DataDirect Networks join forces to enable compute infrastructures 1,000 times larger than today's biggest systems ...

The Cloud

HP delivers industry's first purpose-built server for Big Data ...

DDN adds enterprise class Cloud Tiering, NAS and SSD capabilities to its parallel file system appliances, making them Big Data ready ...

Desktop Grids

Members of the public asked to help tend Feynman's Flowers ...

EuroFlash

EMI 2 - Matterhorn - 5th update is now available ...

German Federal Waterways Engineering and Research Institute (BAW) optimizes navigable waterways using a Bull supercomputer ...

Choreographing light ...

USFlash

New editions of Moab HPC Suite enhance HPC system efficiency ...

SGI ICE X selected by CRIEPI for electric power research ...

Supermicro debuts SuperServer and SuperBlade solutions supporting new AMD Opteron 6300 Series processor ...

Brocade collaborates with Dell to announce industry's first 16 Gbps Fibre Channel end-to-end solution ...

Department of Energy's ESnet rolls out world's fastest science network ...

New storage and management features for IBM PureSystems help clients reduce costs and increase utilization ...

Obsidian welcomes Mellanox and its MetroX product into the long haul InfiniBand ...

Commercial and technical HPC customers can achieve Big Data results faster with NetApp HPS Rack solution ...

Brocade and Hyve Solutions partner to deliver fully integrated Big Data solutions using industry-leading Brocade VCS Fabric network technology ...

AMD FirePro server graphics redefining supercomputing performance through power efficient, sustainable technology ...

Medic Vision introduces industry's first enterprise-wide iterative image reconstruction system ...

StackIQ announces release of StackIQ Enterprise HPC for high performance computing clusters ...

Heterogeneous systems re-claim Green500 list dominance ...

PNNL expertise highlighted at Supercomputing ...

Keeneland Project deploys new GPU supercomputing system for the National Science Foundation ...

Titan is also a green powerhouse ...

AMD delivers massive compute performance for world's top ranked supercomputer ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2012-11-19

Exascale supercomputing

DataDirect Networks (DDN), a world expert in massively scalable storage, has established a $100,000,000 USD investment in its research and development efforts, specifically directed at resolving key challenges to achieving Exascale levels of performance in scientific computing. Read further...
DataDirect Networks (DDN) has been selected to collaborate with Intel Corporation as part of the Lawrence Livermore National Security LLC (LLNS) managed extreme-scale computing research and development "FastForward" programme, sponsored by the US Department of Energy. As part of this collaboration, DDN will work with Intel under the Storage and I/O Research & Development subcontract to develop next-generation storage technologies focused on resolving the extreme scalability challenges associated with creating, storing, accessing and protecting data for the Exascale computing era. Read further...

The Cloud

HP has unveiled the industry's first server built to help clients operationalize Big Data, drive new business opportunities and save up to $1 million over three years. With the advent of Big Data software and the promise that it brings, many organisations have tried to deploy these solutions on existing architectures not designed to handle the specific needs of these workloads. As a result, the outcomes from these early deployments have been suboptimal from a performance and cost perspective. Read further...
DataDirect Networks (DDN), an expert in massively scalable storage, has launched an extensive set of parallel file storage product enhancements engineered to accelerate Big Data and HPC work flows, enable automated data collaboration across the Cloud, simplify high-scale systems management, and bridge scale-out storage to support enterprise applications. Read further...

Desktop Grids

Researchers at the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN) are asking members of the public to help unlock the secrets of magnetism at the molecular scale by taking part in a citizen science project entitled 'Feynman's Flowers', which officially was launched on November 9, 2012. Read further...

EuroFlash

The European Middleware Initiative team has made available the 5th update of EMI 2 - Matterhorn. The highlights of this update are a repackaged version of dCache client, dcache-srmclient, v. 2.2.4-2 and the affected services UI and WN. Read further...
The German Federal Waterways Engineering and Research Institute (BAW) operates on behalf of the federal administration for navigable waterways and navigation (WSV) in the areas of research and computing. The BAW Institute carries out 2 and 3D modelling of the flows in rivers and canals, models structures that generate currents and analyses the reliability of morphodynamic (formant relief) models. Read further...
EPFL scientists have developed an algorithm to control light patterns called "caustics" and organize them into coherent images. It's a simple, transparent acrylic plate - nothing embedded within it and nothing printed on its surface. Place it at a certain angle between a white wall and a light source, and a clear, coherent image appears of the face of Alan Turing, the famous British mathematician and father of modern computer science. Read further...

USFlash

Adaptive Computing, a large provider of private Cloud management and High-Performance Computing (HPC) workload management software, has released two new editions of its Moab HPC Suite: Application Portal Edition and Remote Visualization Edition. These two new solutions are designed to leverage next-generation access models to simplify the collection and interpretation of data, improving the time it takes to achieve meaningful results. Read further...
SGI, a trusted expert in technical computing, has installed the latest high-performance computing (HPC) blade server, known as SGI ICE X, for a new large-scale computer system for scientific calculation at the Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI). The system boasts a theoretical computing performance of 670.9 teraflops, one of the fastest cluster systems in Japan. It is also the largest and most powerful cluster system in the SGI ICE series supplied by SGI in Japan. Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc., a global expert in high-performance, high-efficiency server technology and green computing, has upgraded its line of A+ servers with the just released AMD Opteron 6300 Series processors. The new A+ server and tower platforms deliver up to 24 percent higher performance over prior generation solutions and maximize processor density and core counts to support more VMs for public and private Cloud deployments. Performance per watt is up to 40 percent higher with intelligent thermal/power monitoring and management, enabling data centres running robust large-scale software systems to maximize performance while lowering overall TCO. With dual-processor (DP) and multi-processor (MP) architectures, Supermicro ups the performance bar for data centre and high-performance computing (HPC) cluster applications. Read further...
Brocade, an expert in fabric-based data centre networking solutions, has demonstrated continued momentum in next-generation storage area networking (SAN) by announcing it is helping to offer the industry's first complete, end-to-end solution based on the 16 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC) protocol with Dell Compellent - from servers, to switches and storage - that doubles bandwidth for business critical applications within highly virtualized data centre environments. Read further...
As scientific research becomes increasingly data-intensive and globally collaborative, the ability to quickly and reliably share enormous data sets is critical to challenges as diverse as finding cleaner energy technologies, understanding climate change and investigating the nature of our universe. To accelerate such discovery, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) ESnet (Energy Sciences Network) is now operating the world's fastest science network, serving the entire national laboratory system, its supercomputing centres, and its major scientific instruments at 100 gigabits per second - 10 times faster than its previous generation network. ESnet is managed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). Read further...
To help clients increase their IT utilization and reduce data centre operation costs, IBM has introduced new mobile, management and storage components for its PureFlex and Flex System portfolios. Key among these components is a new storage system to help improve storage utilization as much as 30 percent while delivering extraordinary ease of use. This storage system is tightly integrated with IBM Flex System Manager and uses IBM Storwize family virtualization and unique IBM Real-time Compression technologies to help clients reduce storage requirements by up to 80 percent. As a result, clients can run their most important workloads with no application performance degradation. Read further...
Mellanox's recent announcement at the Supercomputing 2012 event of a soon to be released product capable of extending 10Gbits/s InfiniBand fabrics over as much as 10 km has been welcomed by the market pioneer and expert, Obsidian. The importance of range-extension for the very high performance but intrinsically short-reach InfiniBand protocol is not lost on Obsidian, which first demonstrated the capability with its Longbow products at the same Supercomputing conference seven years earlier in Seattle. Read further...
Technology advances have made high-performance computing (HPC) more affordable, extending the benefits beyond traditional scientific and military applications to a broader set of commercial and university applications. As the need to work with growing datasets becomes common, organisations are discovering that the resources required to address big data challenges exceed the capabilities of existing infrastructure, as well as the expertise and process knowledge of supporting staff. And, while the volume of data generated by emerging commercial industries such as manufacturing, life sciences, and higher education can provide key business insights, these organizations are limited by the complexity of existing HPC systems in the market. Read further...
Brocade, an industry expert in fabric networking, and Hyve Solutions, a division of SYNNEX Corporation and an expert in purpose-built, data centre server and storage solutions, have signed a definitive agreement to build a family of fully integrated, pre-tested data centre solutions to deliver unmatched scale, performance and automation for the Big Data market. Read further...
AMD has collaborated with the University of Frankfurt's Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS) to deliver a new standard in power-efficient supercomputing with the SANAM supercomputer, securing the number two ranking on the latest Green500 List. The supercomputer will aid FIAS in quantum chromodynamics research. Read further...
Medic Vision Imaging Solutions Ltd. has released SafeCT Enterprise Edition, a fail-safe, scalable, high-performance version of SafeCT designed for organisations with a large number of CT scanners. SafeCT Enterprise Edition comprises a cluster of SafeCT servers working together to deliver top-notch diagnostic quality to CT studies acquired with low-dose protocols on any number of existing scanners in multiple locations on a network. Read further...
StackIQ has made available StackIQ Enterprise HPC, the newest addition to their comprehensive cluster management product line. Powered by Rocks+, and building on StackIQ's successful Enterprise Data offering, the new product provides the very latest in HPC cluster management software. Read further...
The latest Green500 List was released on November 14 2012 and the top spots on the list have been taken over by machines that combine commodity processors with coprocessors or graphics processing units (GPUs) to form heterogeneous high-performance computing systems. Read further...
From identifying common patterns in data to speeding up computers, researchers from the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) shared their computational expertise at this year's Supercomputing conference. Read further...
Georgia Tech, along with partner research organisations on the Keeneland Project, including the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, the National Institute for Computational Sciences and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, announced that the project has completed installation and acceptance of the Keeneland Full Scale System (KFS). This supercomputing system, which is available to the National Science Foundation (NSF) scientific community, is designed to meet the compute-intensive needs of a wide range of applications through the use of NVIDIA GPU technology. In achieving this milestone, KFS is the most powerful GPU supercomputer available for research through NSF's Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) programme. Read further...
Not only is Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Titan the world's most powerful supercomputer, it is also one of the most energy-efficient. Titan came in at number three on the Green500 list. Organized by Virginia Tech's Wu-chun Feng and Kirk Cameron, the list takes the world's 500 most powerful supercomputers - as ranked by the Top500 list - and reorders them according to how many calculations they can get per watt of electricity. The Green500 list was during the SC12 supercomputing conference in Salt Lake City. Read further...
AMD has demonstrated its ongoing support for high performance computing by providing massive compute capability, performance and flexibility for the world's number one ranked supercomputer. This ranking, the sixth number-one spot for AMD-based supercomputers in the last five years, highlights AMD's commitment to enabling indispensable computing technology by offering competitive performance at low cost. The top supercomputer, a Cray XK7 nicknamed "Titan" and containing more than 18,000 AMD Opteron processors, was cited in the latest list of the Top500 Supercomputer Sites and is installed at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Labs (ORNL). Read further...

Primeur weekly 2012-11-19

Exascale supercomputing

DataDirect Networks announces $100 million investment in Exascale computing ...

Intel and DataDirect Networks join forces to enable compute infrastructures 1,000 times larger than today's biggest systems ...

The Cloud

HP delivers industry's first purpose-built server for Big Data ...

DDN adds enterprise class Cloud Tiering, NAS and SSD capabilities to its parallel file system appliances, making them Big Data ready ...

Desktop Grids

Members of the public asked to help tend Feynman's Flowers ...

EuroFlash

EMI 2 - Matterhorn - 5th update is now available ...

German Federal Waterways Engineering and Research Institute (BAW) optimizes navigable waterways using a Bull supercomputer ...

Choreographing light ...

USFlash

New editions of Moab HPC Suite enhance HPC system efficiency ...

SGI ICE X selected by CRIEPI for electric power research ...

Supermicro debuts SuperServer and SuperBlade solutions supporting new AMD Opteron 6300 Series processor ...

Brocade collaborates with Dell to announce industry's first 16 Gbps Fibre Channel end-to-end solution ...

Department of Energy's ESnet rolls out world's fastest science network ...

New storage and management features for IBM PureSystems help clients reduce costs and increase utilization ...

Obsidian welcomes Mellanox and its MetroX product into the long haul InfiniBand ...

Commercial and technical HPC customers can achieve Big Data results faster with NetApp HPS Rack solution ...

Brocade and Hyve Solutions partner to deliver fully integrated Big Data solutions using industry-leading Brocade VCS Fabric network technology ...

AMD FirePro server graphics redefining supercomputing performance through power efficient, sustainable technology ...

Medic Vision introduces industry's first enterprise-wide iterative image reconstruction system ...

StackIQ announces release of StackIQ Enterprise HPC for high performance computing clusters ...

Heterogeneous systems re-claim Green500 list dominance ...

PNNL expertise highlighted at Supercomputing ...

Keeneland Project deploys new GPU supercomputing system for the National Science Foundation ...

Titan is also a green powerhouse ...

AMD delivers massive compute performance for world's top ranked supercomputer ...