Primeur weekly 2014-11-24

Exascale supercomputing

DataDirect Networks collaborates with Intel to take massive step forward in Lustre solution leadership ...

Intel reveals details for future high-performance computing system building blocks as momentum builds for Intel Xeon Phi product ...

The Cloud

Altair to showcase Cloud technology for virtual design and engineering ...

EuroFlash

Cray adds Cloudera Enterprise to Cray Urika-XA system ...

ARM HPC ecosystem continues to build momentum with introduction of PathScale EKOPath compiler ...

AMD FirePro GPUs enable GSI Research Facility's heavy ion studies ...

Advanced North Atlantic 100 Gbit/s ring for research & education now operational ...

Bullion is the world's most powerful x86 enterprise server ...

PRACE SHAPE and Nexio Simulation: Amping up electromagnetic modelling ...

PRACE SHAPE and Albatern: producing power from waves ...

PRACE launches Second Call for Applications under SHAPE ...

Imperial showcases supercomputing capability ...

USFlash

Cray to explore alternative processor technologies for supercomputing ...

Cray awarded $80 million contract from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology ...

Cray refreshes storage line with new Cray Sonexion 2000 system ...

DataDirect Networks announces broad industry validation of IME, world's first SSD/NVM-enabled work flow and application accelerator ...

DataDirect Networks annual high performance computing storage trends survey reveals why users look to DDN to solve their toughest Big Data problems ...

K computer recognized in Class 1 and 2 of the HPC Challenge Awards ...

Harnessing error-prone chips ...

HP delivers analytics on Hadoop to intelligently explore data ...

IDC announces new winners of HPC Innovation Excellence Awards ...

SGI Japan delivers large scale visualization system to Nagoya University ...

SGI enhances NASA's research capabilities with upgraded supercomputers and Pleiades ranks no. 11 on TOP500 ...

NASA chooses SGI compute solution to power climate research ...

Renowned physicist uses NSF-supported supercomputer and visualization resources to gain insight into plasma dynamic ...

SDSC to start loading the nodes for its new Comet supercomputer ...

Success story reveals San Diego Supercomputer Center collaborating with Intel on pervasive research ...

Dot Hill launches high capacity Ultra56 AssuredSAN hybrid storage array ...

Sandia releases interface to help standardize supercomputer power and energy systems ...

Scientists awarded 83 million core-hours of supercomputer access ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2014-11-24

Exascale supercomputing

Delivering best-in-class performance and density, DataDirect Networks (DDN) has launched the latest generation of EXAScaler, the company's high performance Lustre appliance, with full support from DDN and Intel. In a single 45 unit rack, the new EXAScaler today delivers over 4.8 PB of usable storage using 6TB disk drives, 100MB/sec sustained scalable per-drive performance, up to 40GB/sec sustained throughput and up to 1.5 million IOPS. Read further...
Intel Corporation has introduced several new and enhanced technologies bolstering its leadership in high-performance computing (HPC). These include disclosure of the future generation Intel Xeon Phi processor, code-named Knights Hill, and new architectural and performance details for Intel Omni-Path Architecture, a new high-speed interconnect technology optimized for HPC deployments. Read further...

The Cloud

Altair will host a global event series on Cloud computing topics, titled "ATCx Cloud: Infinite Design Exploration", beginning in the U.K. in December and continuing into 2015 in Germany, France, India, Japan, and the U.S. Customers spanning multiple industries will present their successes using Altair's Cloud computer-aided engineering (CAE) and high-performance computing (HPC) solutions, including Vertu, Stanley Black & Decker, the University of Edinburgh, Hieta, and Zodiac Aerospace. In addition, presentations by Intel and Amazon Web Services (AWS) will be featured. Read further...

EuroFlash

At the 2014 Strata + Hadoop World Barcelona conference, Cray Inc. announced that Cloudera Enterprise is now pre-integrated into Cray's new Big Data analytics appliance - the Cray Urika-XA system. Cloudera Enterprise, the foundation for Cloudera's enterprise data hub offering, includes Cloudera's complete and tested distribution of Apache Hadoop. It is the most widely adopted Hadoop-based platform in the world, with Cloudera being the most prolific contributor to the open source Hadoop ecosystem. The combination of Cray's turnkey analytics platform and Cloudera's popular Hadoop-based platform will give Cray Urika-XA customers the confidence to address mission critical, enterprise class analytics challenges. Read further...
ARM ecosystem partner PathScale has made available its EKOPath Compiler for ARM-based servers in high-performance computing (HPC) applications. EKOPath compiler supports SIMD and AES instructions in addition to C99, C++ 2003, C++11, Fortran 90/95, and partial support for Fortran 2003 and 2008. The BLAS libraries have also been ported and optimized for the ARMv8-A architecture to provide developers with the framework to create ARM-based solutions for HPC applications. Read further...
AMD leadership in heterogeneous high performance computing (HPC) is delivering more than 3 petaFLOPS of AMD FirePro S9150 server GPU performance for the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH in support of physics research related to heavy ion studies. Each of the 160 ASUS ESC4000 G2S nodes1 of the new L-CSC cluster include four AMD FirePro S9150 server GPUs, for a total GPU peak of 3.25 petaFLOPS single precision and 1.62 petaFLOPS double precision performance. The cluster is enabling Lattice Quantum Chromo Dynamics (Lattice QCD) computational research using one of the fastest OpenCL implementations for research applications in the world. Lattice QCD calculations are applicable to a range of studies in high energy and heavy ion physics. Read further...
Internet2, NORDUnet, CANARIE and SURFnet, 4 NRENs from both sides of the North Atlantic Ocean, have completed a collaborative advanced network, called ANA-200G, that spans the North Atlantic, enabling R&E users to transfer data between North America and Europe at speeds that were previously only possible within the continents. ANA-200G is a redundant 100 Gbit/s ring between four open exchange points spanning the North Atlantic. The ring nature of ANA-200G without single points of failure protects against an outage in the unprotected individual 100 Gbit/s transmission paths. ANA-200G builds on the success and the lessons learned in the pilot phase that started in June 2013 and ended last month, and was called ANA-100G. Read further...
Launched on 2 July 2014, the new generation of bullion servers form Bull has turned in a record performance in the international benchmark SPECint_rate2006 test published on 22 October. Performed on a 16-socket configuration, this benchmark demonstrates the exceptional level of performance delivered by bullion servers: the world's most powerful x86 enterprise server in its class. Read further...
Nexio Simulation is a French SME and subsidiary of Nexio Group, develops electromagnetic simulation software called CAPITOLE-EM to study the electromagnetic behaviour of any product during the design process, before the manufacturing phase. After a first step performed locally in France using the HPC-PME initiative, their PRACE SHAPE Project has allowed them by accessing to HPC resources and expertise in HPC and numerical simulation to jump from a personal computer version of this software to an HPC version. Read further...
Albatern's wave power generation product consists of buoyant Squid modules which have three arms and are capable of linking with up-to three other Squids. The Squid modules and their link-arms contain mechanisms to generate power, capturing the heave and surge motion of the waves via hydraulics. In this way, Albatern an innovative Scottish SME of 15 engineers has developed a highly scalable, modular wave power generator. Albatern's project supported by PRACE SHAPE marked the start of the development of a physics code capable of simulating and predicting the power of a large scale Wavenet array (100 or more devices). Read further...
SHAPE - SME HPC Adoption Programme in Europe - is a pan-European programme supported by PRACE. The Programme aims to raise awareness and provide European SMEs with the expertise necessary to take advantage of the innovation possibilities created by High-Performance Computing (HPC), thus increasing their competitiveness. The programme allows SMEs to benefit from the expertise and knowledge developed within the top-class PRACE Research Infrastructure. The Second Call for Applications aims to work with a few selected SMEs and introduce HPC-based tools and techniques into their business, operational, or production environment. It is open to all European SMEs that have an interesting idea that can be implemented using HPC. The selected solutions should bring a potential tangible Return on Investment to their business. Read further...
The House of Lords Digital Skills Committee visited Imperial College's High-Performance Computing (HPC) facility on 19 November 2014 as part of its inquiry into information and communications technology, competitiveness and skills in the UK. Welcomed by Imperial's Provost Professor James Stirling, the Committee was introduced to College's supercomputer facility and the economic and social impact of the research and educational development this enables. Read further...

USFlash

Cray Inc. is evaluating alternative processor design points, including the potential use of 64-bit ARM and other power and performance efficient processing technologies for its supercomputers and data analytics systems. As part of this effort, Cray was recently awarded a research and development contract from the United States Department of Energy's Office of Science and the National Nuclear Security Administration under a programme called FastForward 2. This contract taps Cray to explore a range of topics around architectures of 64-bit ARM processors for high performance computing. Read further...
Cray Inc. has been awarded a contract to provide King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia with multiple Cray systems that span the company's line of compute, storage and analytics products. The contract with KAUST marks Cray's return to the Middle East for the first time in nearly 20 years. Read further...
Cray Inc., a global expert in large-scale parallel storage systems for high performance computing (HPC) and advanced data analytics, has launched the Cray Sonexion 2000 system - the latest addition to its line of scale-out Lustre storage solutions. The new Sonexion system combines Cray's expertise in designing, scaling and managing end-to-end Lustre solutions with a unique architecture that allows for maximum scalability. Sonexion 2000 features 50 percent more performance and capacity than its predecessor in the same storage footprint, and provides more than 45 gigabytes-per-second of performance and two petabytes of useable capacity in a single rack. Read further...
Continuing to build on the company's unparalleled leadership in HPC innovation, at this year's SC14, DataDirect Networks (DDN) has revealed broad customer adoption and latest performance testing of its Infinite Memory Engine (IME) burst buffer and application acceleration technology. Ideal for a broad range of performance-hungry HPC applications, such as real-time analytic processing and modeling of Big Data across Life Sciences, Oil and Gas, Research and Financial Services industries among others, where support for high bandwidth and high IOPS workloads is essential, DDN is placing previews of IME technology into leading HPC facilities around the world and currently has placed test beds in over a dozen Top100 sites. Read further...
Addressing the mixed I/O demands on the storage infrastructure of local High Performance Computing (HPC) environments continues to be the biggest challenge for HPC storage architects as they look to solve their Big Data and storage needs in 2015 according to the results of a DataDirect Networks (DDN) High Performance Computing (HPC) Trends survey, released at SC14. Conducted by TechValidate, a customer insights firm, the survey polled a cross-section of 112 HPC end users representing hundreds of petabytes of storage investment, which included individuals responsible for HPC allocations comprising high availability storage and file systems across a variety of industries. Of those surveyed, 36 percent manage or use at least one petabyte of storage, and over a quarter manage or use 6 PBs or more. Read further...
RIKEN, the University of Tsukuba, and Fujitsu have received top ranks in two of the four benchmarks at the 2014 HPC Challenge Class 1 Awards, which evaluate the overall performance of supercomputers, for the performance of the K computer. The first-place rankings were received in two benchmarks: (1) Global HPL, which measures the floating point rate of execution for solving a linear system of equations; and (2) EP STREAM (Triad) per system, which measures sustainable memory bandwidth and the corresponding computation rate for simple vector kernels. This marks the fourth consecutive year, from 2011 to 2014, that the K computer has ranked first in the HPC Challenge Class 1 Awards. Read further...
As transistors get smaller, they also grow less reliable. Increasing their operating voltage can help, but that means a corresponding increase in power consumption. With information technology consuming a steadily growing fraction of the world's energy supplies, some researchers and hardware manufacturers are exploring the possibility of simply letting chips botch the occasional computation. In many popular applications - video rendering, for instance - users probably wouldn't notice the difference, and it could significantly improve energy efficiency. Read further...
HP has made available HP Vertica for SQL on Hadoop, an analytics platform that enables customers to access and explore data residing in Hortonworks, MapR, Cloudera, Apache based data lakes, or any combination of these leading Hadoop distributions. HP Vertica for SQL on Hadoop dramatically reduces the complexity of multiple data architectures with a proven query engine, backed by HP's first-class support, service, and expertise. This new offering builds on a strong history of Hadoop integration technology to provide a seamless way for organisations to explore and exploit value in data that's stored on the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS). Read further...
International Data Corporation (IDC) has announced the eighth round of recipients of the HPC Innovation Excellence Award at the SC'14 high performance computing (HPC) conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. Two sets of winners are announced each year, at the November SC conference in the U.S. and the June ISC HPC conference in Germany. The HPC Innovation Excellence Awards recognize noteworthy achievements by users of high performance computing technologies. The programme's goals are to showcase return on investment (ROI) and scientific success stories involving HPC; to help other users better understand the benefits of adopting HPC and justify HPC investments, especially for small and medium-size businesses (SMBs); to demonstrate the value of HPC to funding bodies and politicians; and to expand public support for increased HPC investments. Read further...
SGI Japan Ltd., part of SGI, a global expert in high performance solutions for compute, data analytics and data management, announced that Nagoya University has deployed a major visualization system based on the SGI UV 2000 in-memory computing system. This new solution enables Nagoya University to create high-resolution 3D images that will drive education and research in areas including plasma fluid, earthflow phenomenon and medical fields. As one of the largest dedicated visualization system in the world, Nagoya University will be able to process high resolution visualization with a single operating system. Read further...
NASA's flagship supercomputer, Pleiades, was recently upgraded with new, more powerful hardware in order to help meet the agency's increasing demand for high-end computing (HEC) resources. Completed in October 2014, the upgrade adds 15 SGI ICE X racks providing 1,080 nodes, containing the latest generation of Intel Xeon E5-2680 v3 processors. The new hardware increased Pleiades' theoretical peak performance to 4.5 petaflops. The NASA Ames Research Center upgrade is part of NASA's High-End Computing Capabilities (HECC) Project, which supports NASA missions to pioneer the future of space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research through increased computational capabilities. Read further...
The NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS), located at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, has selected SGI to further enhance its research and analysis capabilities in climate prediction. The NCCS is home to the Discover supercomputer, which conducts weather and climate simulations that span time scales from seasons and years to decades and centuries. Data and visualizations from these simulations are then made available to researchers, laboratories, and universities around the world, fueling climate science discovery at an accelerated pace. Read further...
Studying the intricacies and mysteries of the sun is physicist Wendell Horton life's work. A widely known authority on plasma physics, his study of the high temperature gases on the sun, or plasma, consistently leads him around the world to work on a diverse range of projects that have great impact. Read further...
Comet, a new petascale supercomputer designed to transform advanced scientific computing by expanding access and capacity among traditional as well as non-traditional research domains, will soon be taking shape at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego. The result of a National Science Foundation (NSF) award currently valued at $21.6 million including hardware and operating funds, Comet will be capable of an overall peak performance of two petaflops, or two quadrillion operations per second. Comet will join SDSC's Gordon supercomputer as another key resource within the NSF's XSEDE - Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment - programme, which comprises the most advanced collection of integrated digital resources and services in the world. Read further...
A document authored by Intel highlights the remarkable work currently happening at the San Diego Supercomputer Center on University of California, San Diego (USCD) campus. With help from the Intel Software Academic Programme, researchers are embarking on new and fascinating territory that could benefit a broad swath of industries by using the Intel Parallel Computing Center. Read further...
Dot Hill Systems Corp., a trusted supplier of innovative carrier and enterprise-class storage systems, has unveiled the Dot Hill Ultra56 AssuredSAN, a new hybrid flash storage array based on an ultra-density chassis that supports both NEBS Level 3 carrier and MIL-STD government requirements and up to 1.34 petabytes (PB) of raw capacity. The Ultra56 AssuredSAN includes the same dual active, redundant 4004 controllers as other Dot Hill storage arrays, affording up to 6400MB/s of sustained read performance and complete meta-data compatibility within the Dot Hill family of storage solutions. It is the only high density storage product on the market today that meets the extremely demanding requirements of telecommunications carriers, service providers and tactically deployed government installations. Read further...
To help moderate the energy needs of increasingly power-hungry supercomputers, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have released an application programming interface (API) with the goal of standardizing measurement and control of power- and energy-relevant features for high-performance computing (HPC) systems. Read further...
Eighty-three million core-hours on one of the world's fastest supercomputers will be accessible to a group of scientists led by the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in collaboration with the Computational Infrastructure for Geodynamics, or CIG, based at UC Davis. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2014-11-24

Exascale supercomputing

DataDirect Networks collaborates with Intel to take massive step forward in Lustre solution leadership ...

Intel reveals details for future high-performance computing system building blocks as momentum builds for Intel Xeon Phi product ...

The Cloud

Altair to showcase Cloud technology for virtual design and engineering ...

EuroFlash

Cray adds Cloudera Enterprise to Cray Urika-XA system ...

ARM HPC ecosystem continues to build momentum with introduction of PathScale EKOPath compiler ...

AMD FirePro GPUs enable GSI Research Facility's heavy ion studies ...

Advanced North Atlantic 100 Gbit/s ring for research & education now operational ...

Bullion is the world's most powerful x86 enterprise server ...

PRACE SHAPE and Nexio Simulation: Amping up electromagnetic modelling ...

PRACE SHAPE and Albatern: producing power from waves ...

PRACE launches Second Call for Applications under SHAPE ...

Imperial showcases supercomputing capability ...

USFlash

Cray to explore alternative processor technologies for supercomputing ...

Cray awarded $80 million contract from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology ...

Cray refreshes storage line with new Cray Sonexion 2000 system ...

DataDirect Networks announces broad industry validation of IME, world's first SSD/NVM-enabled work flow and application accelerator ...

DataDirect Networks annual high performance computing storage trends survey reveals why users look to DDN to solve their toughest Big Data problems ...

K computer recognized in Class 1 and 2 of the HPC Challenge Awards ...

Harnessing error-prone chips ...

HP delivers analytics on Hadoop to intelligently explore data ...

IDC announces new winners of HPC Innovation Excellence Awards ...

SGI Japan delivers large scale visualization system to Nagoya University ...

SGI enhances NASA's research capabilities with upgraded supercomputers and Pleiades ranks no. 11 on TOP500 ...

NASA chooses SGI compute solution to power climate research ...

Renowned physicist uses NSF-supported supercomputer and visualization resources to gain insight into plasma dynamic ...

SDSC to start loading the nodes for its new Comet supercomputer ...

Success story reveals San Diego Supercomputer Center collaborating with Intel on pervasive research ...

Dot Hill launches high capacity Ultra56 AssuredSAN hybrid storage array ...

Sandia releases interface to help standardize supercomputer power and energy systems ...

Scientists awarded 83 million core-hours of supercomputer access ...