Primeur weekly 2013-11-25

Special

Xyratex announces ClusterStor 9000 ...

Univa Corporation and Penguin Computing announce reseller agreement ...

SysFera-DS Version 4.0 for HPC management improves remote visualization and extends Cloud support ...

Supermicro debuts powerful 4U 8x GPU SuperServer optimized for the new NVIDIA Tesla K40 GPU accelerator ...

NVIDIA launches world's fastest accelerator for supercomputing and Big Data analytics ...

Numascale shared memory cluster set to unlock massive data sets and ease HPC programming at University of Oslo and throughout Europe ...

HP drives clients to TOP500 list of fastest supercomputers ...

IBM ranked no. 1 on the Graph500 supercomputing list ...

University of Reims Romeo supercomputer ranked 5th of the Green500 list ...

SGI supports new NVIDIA Tesla K40 GPU accelerators delivering 10x performance ...

Mellanox Connect-IB FDR InfiniBand adapters with NVIDIA GPUDirect RDMA technology provide superior GPU-based cluster performance ...

Adaptive Computing introduces Moab Task Manager to increase efficiency of short computing jobs ...

DataDirect Networks Web Object Scaler to provide a multi-PB storage Cloud to enable collaborative data sharing across Florida research universities ...

KALRAY announces world's first hyper-scalable 1000+ cores MIMD processor architecture for next generation exaflop supercomputers ...

IBM and NVIDIA to supercharge corporate data centre applications and next-generation supercomputers ...

Research institutions push the boundaries of supercomputing with Dell ...

Scientists "burst" supercomputing record with bubble collapse simulation ...

UK Atomic Weapons Establishment advances science-based programme with SGI supercomputers ...

Argonne and RIKEN sign MOU in support of petascale computing ...

Penguin Computing updates densest GPU compute solution with NVIDIA Tesla K40 GPU accelerators ...

International networks to aid global research collaborations in climate, bioinformatics and computer science ...

Convey Computer to OEM Dell servers to accelerate data intensive applications for data centres ...

Mellanox Connect-IB FDR InfiniBand adapters accelerate Purdue University's supercomputer to petascale-class performance ...

Penguin Computing announces world's densest X86 supercomputers that leverage OCP designs ...

The Cloud

Altair announces general availability of Display Manager ...

Cloud Software Programme published a definitive guide to success in the Cloud ...

Desktop Grids

New BOINC installer includes VirtualBox ...

EuroFlash

Open Knowledge promotes fast, creative innovation across sectors ...

Cray awarded $30 million contract to expand the Cray XC30 supercomputer at the High Performance Computing Center of University of Stuttgart ...

CSC deploys an energy-efficient Bull supercomputer ...

Scientists from Forschungszentrum Juelich announce the successful installation of a first Blue Gene Active Storage system worldwide ...

Launch of E-Biothon, a networked platform for the acceleration and advancement of bioinformatics research ...

Database consulting company MonetDB Solutions for Big Data newest spin-off CWI ...

Altair raises the bar for secure HPC workload management ...

USFlash

The University of Tsukuba in Japan puts Cray CS300 cluster supercomputer into production ...

SGI and Extreme Networks partner to bring high performance Big Data and Hadoop solutions ...

Cray adds NVIDIA Tesla K40 GPU accelerators to its complete line of supercomputing systems ...

Cray introduces framework for Hadoop enabling the Cray XC30 supercomputer for scientific Big Data ...

INCITE grants awarded to 59 computational research projects ...

TotalView provides open early access of massive scale debugging ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2013-11-25

Special

Xyratex Ltd, a provider of data storage technology, has introduced the newest member of the ClusterStor family of HPC and Big Data engineered storage solutions - the ClusterStor 9000. The ClusterStor 9000 delivers up to 50% more performance in the same rack space compared to previous ClusterStor generations including currently available 1500 and 6000 models. Read further...
Univa and Penguin Computing have signed a reseller agreement. As a result, Penguin Computing is an authorized reseller of Univa Grid Engine software, the most advanced distributed resource management platform used by enterprises and research organisations across the globe. The announcement was made at the 2013 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC13) in Denver, Colorado. Read further...
SysFera has launched version 4.0 of its SysFera-DS software solution that further simplifies high performance computing (HPC) infrastructure management and remote application usage. SysFera-DS is an innovative software solution for federating and managing hybrid HPC environments, from clusters to Clouds. This latest version adds an improved remote-visualization module and extended support for Cloud computing, as well as detailed statistics and reporting tools that manage billing to customers and business units. Read further...
Super Micro Computer has launched its latest high-performance computing (HPC) solutions at the Supercomputing 2013 (SC13) conference in Denver, Colorado. In sync with the launch of the NVIDIA Tesla K40 GPU accelerator, Supermicro debuted the new 4U 8x GPU SuperServer that supports the new and existing active or passive GPUs (up to 300W) with an advanced cooling architecture that splits the CPU (up to 150W x2) and GPU (up to 300W x8) cooling zones on separate levels for maximum performance and reliability. Read further...
NVIDIA has unveiled the NVIDIA Tesla K40 GPU accelerator, the world's highest performance accelerator ever built, delivering extreme performance to a widening range of scientific, engineering, high performance computing (HPC) and enterprise applications. Read further...
Numascale's large shared memory NumaConnect cluster has been successfully validated at the University of Oslo in Norway. The cluster is installed under a prototype PRACE study assessing emerging new technologies for European HPC. Read further...
HP ProLiant Generation 8 (Gen8) servers have propelled commercial, academic and research institutions onto the TOP500 list of the world's highest performing supercomputers. HP server technology supported 198 of this year's top 500 systems, making it the leading server vendor on this year's list. Read further...
IBM supercomputers have taken the top three spots on the latest Graph500 list released during the Supercomputing Conference (SC'13) in Denver, Colorado. The biannual list ranks high-performance computing systems on the basis of processing massive amounts of Big Data. Read further...
The bullx supercomputer deployed at the ROMEO HPC Center of the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne is now fully operational. Powered by NVIDIA Tesla K20X GPU accelerators, it is the most powerful GPU-accelerated cluster in France and also one of the greenest supercomputers in the world. Read further...
SGI has made available NVIDIA Tesla K40 GPU accelerators in fully managed and integrated solutions across its entire server product line. Read further...
NVIDIA GPUDirect RDMA technology, which is supported on NVIDIA Tesla K40 and K20 series GPU accelerators, is now supported on Mellanox's Connect-IB InfiniBand adapters. The combined solution of Mellanox's Connect-IB FDR InfiniBand adapters, NVIDIA GPUDirect RDMA technology and Tesla GPU accelerators provides industry-leading application performance and efficiency for GPU-accelerator based high-performance clusters. Read further...
Adaptive Computing, a company that powers many of the world's largest private/hybrid Cloud and technical computing environments with its Moab optimization and scheduling software, has launched Moab Task Manager, a localized decision-making tool within Moab's HPC Suite that enables high-speed throughput on short computing jobs. Read further...
The Sunshine State Education & Research Computing Alliance (SSERCA) has selected DataDirect Networks (DDN) Web Object Scaler (WOS) high-performance object storage to drive the development of a statewide research community that can more effectively and efficiently address 21st Century research challenges. Read further...
KALRAY has launched the world's first hyper-scalable 1000+ cores MIMD processor architecture - about 1 TeraFlops at less than 30 Watts, and up to0.5 TeraBytes of DDR - for Next Generation ExaFLOP Supercomputers. This MPPA SCoC (SuperComputer on a Chip) hyper-scalable architecture, is the only one available for next generation exaflop supercomputers. Indeed, breaking the exaflops barrier becomes realistic, thanks to its low power characteristics and the NoC extension (NoCX). Read further...
NVIDIA and IBM are planning to collaborate on GPU-accelerated versions of IBM's wide portfolio of enterprise software applications on IBM Power Systems. The move marks the first time that GPU accelerator technology will move beyond the realm of supercomputing and into the heart of enterprise-scale data centres. The collaboration aims to enable IBM customers to more rapidly process, secure and analyse massive volumes of streaming data. Read further...
At SC13, Dell reaffirmed its long-standing commitment to improve access to and use of high-performance computing (HPC) in research computing. Over the last five years, Dell and its research computing partners have combined integrated server, storage and networking solutions designed specifically for hyperscale and research computing environments with scalable, cost-effective usage models such as HPC-as-a-Service and HPC in the Cloud to simplify collaborative science, improve access to compute capacity and accelerate discovery for the research computing community. Read further...
Scientists at ETH Zurich and IBM Research, in collaboration with the Technical University of Munich and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), have set a new record in supercomputing in fluid dynamics using 6.4 million threads on LLNL's 96 rack "Sequoia" IBM BlueGene/Q, one of the fastest supercomputers in the world. Read further...
The Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) in the United Kingdom has selected three SGI ICE X systems to rapidly advance sophisticated scientific and technological capabilities, and to enhance the simulation methods used to verify the safety and reliability of the Trident warhead. Read further...
Leaders in the petascale computing arena in the U.S. and Japan have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) establishing a co-operative relationship in support of projects aimed at expanding the use of petascale computing in the scientific and engineering communities. The MOU was signed at SC13, the annual supercomputing conference being held in Denver, by Kimihiko Hirao, director of the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science (AICS) of Japan, and Michael E. Papka, director of the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) of the U.S. Read further...
Penguin Computing, a provider of high performance and enterprise computing solutions, will offer NVIDIA Tesla K40 GPU accelerators across its range of GPU computing platforms, including its flagship Relion 2808GT servers. Read further...
Five of the worlds leading national research and education networks (NRENs) at the Supercomputing Conference (SC13) have selected four major research collaborations that will participate in the first ever "Enlighten Your Research Global" (EYR-Global) programme. Supported by leading NRENs in the United Kingdom (UK), the Netherlands (NL), Finland (FI) and the United States (USA), the EYR programme is designed to identify research programmes that could significantly benefit from enhanced global network connectivity. Read further...
Convey Computer, an expert in hybrid-core computing, has signed a deal with Dell to develop accelerated solutions using Convey's reconfigurable acceleration technology and Dell servers as part of Convey's recently announced memcached solution. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd.'s FDR InfiniBand solution provides Purdue University's Conte supercomputer with leading, scalable performance, allowing its researchers to use the most effective computational tools. By connecting Conte's servers and Lustre-based storage with Mellanox's FDR InfiniBand solution, consisting of Connect-IB adapters, SwitchX-2-based switches and cables, Conte is capable of delivering a peak performance of 1.342 petaflops with message rate up to 2x higher than their previous cluster. Read further...
Penguin Computing has introduced Tundra Open HPC. This clustered architecture can support up to 108 high performance compute servers in a single rack with improved serviceability and investment protection. Read further...

The Cloud

Altair has made available Display Manager, a web-based environment for remote visualization of very Big Data arising from large high-performance computing (HPC) simulations. This product is designed for extreme performance even in networks with challenging latencies, and enables access to graphically intensive applications through a simple web browser. Read further...
The key experiences from the Finland's Cloud Software Programme have been complied into the book "Quick Guide to Cloud Success". The informative, easy-to-read book presents current methods with examples on how best to move to the Cloud by showcasing Finnish organisations and their experiences. In addition, there are many helpful tips on how to embrace Cloud or use Cloud-based services and offerings. Many Cloud solutions and tools are easy to use, free or competitively priced and available to use by anyone. For example, a low cost Cloud-based service can be set up in minutes. Read further...

Desktop Grids

Starting with version 7.2.28, the recommended BOINC installer for Windows also installs VirtualBox, open-source virtualization software. This allows volunteered computer to run VM applications, benefitting both scientists and volunteers. Read further...

EuroFlash

'Open knowledge' is the power to promote fast, creative innovation by allowing an idea to leave your hands. Essentially, something is 'open' if anyone is free to use, reuse and redistribute it. It should only be subject to the requirement to attribute the author, if even that. Knowledge Exchange is exploring the rich field of open knowledge in order to help its partners effectively achieve their objectives. To this end, scoping sessions took place with experts which revealed strong views on the value of making knowledge open and steps which need to be taken to achieve this. These views are collected in the Knowledge Exchange discussion paper on Open Knowledge. Read further...
Cray has signed a contract with the University of Stuttgart to expand theat the University's High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS). When the expansion is complete, Hornet will have a peak performance of more than seven Petadlop/s of high performance computing (HPC) power and 2.3 petabytes of additional Cray file system storage for Lustre (CLFS). Read further...
CSC-IT Center for Science is deploying a highly energy-efficient supercomputer. The system is built by Bull and co-funded by the European PRACE project. It will be installed in CSC's data centre in Kajaani. Read further...
The ever growing complexity of various simulation tasks not only requires a continuous increase of computing power but also the capability of managing large amounts of data. Realisation of an active storage architecture and integration of non-volatile memory into Blue Gene/Q enables data intensive applications to exploit the performance of this highly scalable high-performance computing system by IBM. The BGAS system is the result of a close collaboration between Forschungszentrum Jülich and IBM in the framework of the Exascale Innovation Centre. It is attached to the supercomputer JUQUEEN installed at Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC). This Blue Gene/Q system is currently the most powerful system in Europe. Read further...
CNRS, IBM, Inria, the Institut Français de Bioinformatique and the innovative start-up SysFera are rolling out E-Biothon, an experimental Cloud platform to help speed up and advance research in biology, health and the environment. With a 200-terabyte (1012 bytes) storage capacity and a computing power of 28 teraflops (1012 flops), E-Biothon will provide an application portal and significant processing capacity to both researchers and the scientific community as a whole. This will make it possible to tackle the processing of today's complex biological data in order to develop tomorrow's application software. Read further...
Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) has founded a new spin-off, MonetDB Solutions, a consulting company specialised in the development of database technologies for Business Analytics. MonetDB Solutions is established by the founders of the world's first and most widespread open-source column-store database management system MonetDB. It combines world-leading researchers and engineers to provide its customers with tailored services and packaged solutions. Its core services involve technical consultancy, architectural review, performance assessment, migration & upgrade services and training. The company is led by Dr. Ying Zhang. Read further...
Altair, a global provider of high-performance computing (HPC) technology and services, has introduced PBS Professional support for cross-domain configurations of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, delivering robust new security capabilities for HPC workload management. Read further...

USFlash

The Center for Computational Sciences (CCS) at the University of Tsukuba in Japan has put a Cray CS300 cluster supercomputer into production. The new Cray CS300 system has been combined with the University's current Cray cluster supercomputer, and is providing researchers and scientists with a 1.1 petaflop system for computational science. Read further...
Extreme Networks has signed an agreement with SGI, an expert in high performance computing (HPC) and Big Data to be their select networking partner in order to provide comprehensive Hadoop solutions globally. SGI will include Extreme Networks' Summit X670 fixed Ethernet switches, with 10/40GbE capabilities, as part of its SGI Clusters for Hadoop. The integrated solution is designed to help customers harness valuable information and rapidly improves the speed at which data can be analysed. Read further...
The Cray CS300 line of cluster supercomputers and the Cray XC30 supercomputers are now available with the NVIDIA Tesla K40 GPU accelerators. Designed to solve the most demanding supercomputing challenges, the NVIDIA Tesla K40 provides 40 percent higher peak performance than its predecessor, the Tesla K20X GPU. Read further...
Cray Inc. has introduced a new "Big Data" framework that gives Cray customers the ability to more easily implement and run Apache Hadoop on their Cray XC30 supercomputers. Fusing the benefits of supercomputing and Big Data, the Cray Framework for Hadoop package improves the overall efficiency and performance for Cray XC30 customers deploying Hadoop in Scientific Big Data environments. Read further...
The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science announced 59 projects, promising to accelerate scientific discovery and innovation, that will share nearly 6 billion core hours on two of America's fastest supercomputers dedicated to open science. Their work will advance knowledge in critical areas, from sustainable energy technologies to the environmental consequences of energy use. Read further...
Rogue Wave Software has launched the beta release of its parallel debugger, TotalView 8.13. This beta release allows customers to work with an early-access version of the scalable architecture used to complete the successful 786,432 core debugging test announced at SC12. The architecture that set the record for debugging at scale has shown increased performance over TotalView 8.12 during tests on the latest generation Cray and IBM BlueGene supercomputers, as well as Linux-based clusters. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2013-11-25

Special

Xyratex announces ClusterStor 9000 ...

Univa Corporation and Penguin Computing announce reseller agreement ...

SysFera-DS Version 4.0 for HPC management improves remote visualization and extends Cloud support ...

Supermicro debuts powerful 4U 8x GPU SuperServer optimized for the new NVIDIA Tesla K40 GPU accelerator ...

NVIDIA launches world's fastest accelerator for supercomputing and Big Data analytics ...

Numascale shared memory cluster set to unlock massive data sets and ease HPC programming at University of Oslo and throughout Europe ...

HP drives clients to TOP500 list of fastest supercomputers ...

IBM ranked no. 1 on the Graph500 supercomputing list ...

University of Reims Romeo supercomputer ranked 5th of the Green500 list ...

SGI supports new NVIDIA Tesla K40 GPU accelerators delivering 10x performance ...

Mellanox Connect-IB FDR InfiniBand adapters with NVIDIA GPUDirect RDMA technology provide superior GPU-based cluster performance ...

Adaptive Computing introduces Moab Task Manager to increase efficiency of short computing jobs ...

DataDirect Networks Web Object Scaler to provide a multi-PB storage Cloud to enable collaborative data sharing across Florida research universities ...

KALRAY announces world's first hyper-scalable 1000+ cores MIMD processor architecture for next generation exaflop supercomputers ...

IBM and NVIDIA to supercharge corporate data centre applications and next-generation supercomputers ...

Research institutions push the boundaries of supercomputing with Dell ...

Scientists "burst" supercomputing record with bubble collapse simulation ...

UK Atomic Weapons Establishment advances science-based programme with SGI supercomputers ...

Argonne and RIKEN sign MOU in support of petascale computing ...

Penguin Computing updates densest GPU compute solution with NVIDIA Tesla K40 GPU accelerators ...

International networks to aid global research collaborations in climate, bioinformatics and computer science ...

Convey Computer to OEM Dell servers to accelerate data intensive applications for data centres ...

Mellanox Connect-IB FDR InfiniBand adapters accelerate Purdue University's supercomputer to petascale-class performance ...

Penguin Computing announces world's densest X86 supercomputers that leverage OCP designs ...

The Cloud

Altair announces general availability of Display Manager ...

Cloud Software Programme published a definitive guide to success in the Cloud ...

Desktop Grids

New BOINC installer includes VirtualBox ...

EuroFlash

Open Knowledge promotes fast, creative innovation across sectors ...

Cray awarded $30 million contract to expand the Cray XC30 supercomputer at the High Performance Computing Center of University of Stuttgart ...

CSC deploys an energy-efficient Bull supercomputer ...

Scientists from Forschungszentrum Juelich announce the successful installation of a first Blue Gene Active Storage system worldwide ...

Launch of E-Biothon, a networked platform for the acceleration and advancement of bioinformatics research ...

Database consulting company MonetDB Solutions for Big Data newest spin-off CWI ...

Altair raises the bar for secure HPC workload management ...

USFlash

The University of Tsukuba in Japan puts Cray CS300 cluster supercomputer into production ...

SGI and Extreme Networks partner to bring high performance Big Data and Hadoop solutions ...

Cray adds NVIDIA Tesla K40 GPU accelerators to its complete line of supercomputing systems ...

Cray introduces framework for Hadoop enabling the Cray XC30 supercomputer for scientific Big Data ...

INCITE grants awarded to 59 computational research projects ...

TotalView provides open early access of massive scale debugging ...