Primeur weekly 2015-03-02

Special

ASCETiC project to reduce energy consumption of Cloud platforms ...

Focus

2014 Another year on the road to Exascale - An Interview with Satoshi Matsuoka and Thomas Sterling - Part II ...

Mont Blanc vision complements On the Road to Exascale interview ...

The Cloud

ISC Cloud & Big Data is now open for research paper submission ...

EuroFlash

Stalprodukt S.A. selects Cray XC30 supercomputer for modelling steel designs ...

Bright Cluster Manager now supports SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 ...

Asetek announces global OEM purchase agreement with Fujitsu ...

ADVA Optical Networking to demonstrate virtualization in radio access backhaul networks at Mobile World Congress ...

TDC deploys Oscilloquartz synchronization technology in National Danish Network ...

Queen's researchers in bid to develop world's fastest supercomputers ...

Supermicro expands embedded computing solutions with new wireless IoT gateway at Embedded World, Nürnberg ...

Ensuring security for networks of the future ...

USFlash

Cirrascale announces rackmount multi-device peering platform for highly parallel applications ...

Penguin Computing announces Scyld ClusterWare for Hadoop ...

Adaptive Computing appoints Marty Smuin as CEO ...

Innovative AMD FirePro server GPU supports intense compute workloads on HP ProLiant DL380 Gen9 servers ...

Mellanox ConnectX-4 100Gb/s Interconnect adapter delivers record performance results ...

Tohoku University and Fujitsu succeed in real-time flood analysis using supercomputer-based high-resolution tsunami modelling ...

Fujitsu M10 UNIX server achieves world-record performance once again on two-tier SAP SD standard application benchmark with 20% less CPU resources ...

Fujitsu develops column-oriented data-processing engine enabling fast, high-volume data analysis in database systems ...

AMD discloses architecture details of high-performance, energy-efficient "Carrizo" System-on-Chip ...

Undergraduate OSC researcher heading to UK ...

IBM and Juniper Networks partner to build smarter networks with predictive analytics ...

MySQL Cluster 7.4 now generally available ...

Intersect360 Research releases predictions for HPC in 2015 ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2015-03-02

Special

At the Cloud Plugfest December 2014 in London,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to interview Django Armstrong from the University of Leeds and working on the ASCETiC project. ASCETiC is a European Union-funded STREP project with nine partners involved, which is interested in energy efficiency. Read further...

Focus

For the fifth year we interviewed Satoshi Matsuoka and Thomas Sterling on how far we are on the Road to Exascale. Five years ago we thought we would be half way by now. Even last year there was a lot of optimism. Today, more and more it seems likely the date when we will reach exascale will slip by a number of years. Exascale computing is not only about processing, it needs big data, really big data. To get all the data in and out of the system requires new ways of memory are being developed. What will be the winner is not yet clear, but interesting trends are emerging. The dominant computer architecture paradigm with a central processing unit where data moves in and out, is not very suitable for exascale or knowledge processing. Hence new architectures with new associated run time systems are needed. There is also excitement about low energy HPC using for instance ARM processors. Concentrating on low energy alone is missing the important point of ARM: that it is an open extensible architecture. The ultimate use of exascale systems is for knowledge processing, what could lead to a real artificial intelligence. Would such an intelligence pass the Turing test? Of course not, it would laugh at something as human as a Turing test. These are the main topics discussed by Satoshi Matsuoka and Thomas Sterling in this interview, conducted at the ISC14 conference. Read further...
We would like to take this opportunity to clarify the Mont-Blanc project vision in order to complement the comments made in the interesting interview with the leading HPC experts Thomas Sterling and Satoshi Matsuoka in Primeur Weekly Magazine last week ( 2014 Another year on the road to Exascale - An Interview with Satoshi Matsuoka and Thomas Sterling - Part I ). The Mont-Blanc project indeed advocates for the use of ARM IP blocks in future Exascale-class supercomputers, and as detailed in project related publications such as our SC'13 paper, we quickly reached the conclusion that ARM processors are not intrinsically more energy-efficient than their Intel and AMD counterparts. In this sense we agree with the comments made in the interview. Read further...

The Cloud

The organizers of the inaugural ISC Cloud & Big Data conference are offering engineers and scientists in academia, industry, and the government the opportunity to be a part of this new forum. The organizers are looking forward to welcoming international attendees - IT professionals, consultants and managers from organisations seeking information about the latest Cloud and Big Data developments. Researchers in these two areas are encouraged to submit research papers, which will be presented to attendees during the conference proceedings. Read further...

EuroFlash

Stalprodukt S.A., a global steel processor, purchased a Cray XC30 supercomputer for structural analysis modelling used in the testing of steel designs. This continues Cray's worldwide expansion and is the first Cray XC supercomputer in Poland. Read further...
Bright Computing, a provider of management solutions for clusters and Clouds, now supports the latest version of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, version 12. Full support for the new operating system is available in Bright Cluster Manager, enabling customers to deploy, manage, and monitor SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 clusters using the familiar Bright interface. Read further...
Asetek has signed a global purchase agreement with Fujitsu Technology Solutions GmbH, a global server vendor. Fujitsu will incorporate Asetek's RackCDU D2C liquid cooling technology into its High Performance Computing (HPC) server product line. RackCDU enhances Fujitsu's ability to provide solutions for world-class data centre efficiency and reduced operating costs. RackCDU liquid cooling improves data centre performance by increasing energy efficiency and server density. Read further...
ADVA Optical Networking will showcase virtualization in radio access backhaul networks at this year's Mobile World Congress. The demonstration will reveal how Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) can effectively eliminate the restrictions of hardware-coded networks by using Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) technology. Decoupling innovation from hardware implementation radically shifts the value proposition of radio access backhaul networks and adds unprecedented flexibility. The showcase is underpinned by a new Ethernet access device that ADVA Optical Networking is developing. The device is optimized for Radio Access Network (RAN) backhaul applications and is engineered to host various virtual network functions. The demonstration will be showcased at ADVA Optical Networking's booth in hall 7. Read further...
Oscilloquartz, an ADVA Optical Networking company, announced that TDC has deployed its timing and synchronization technology throughout its national Danish network. This deployment marks a major upgrade to TDC's timing and synchronization capabilities and is a critical step in the development of its optical transport infrastructure. The leading provider of communications services in the Danish region, TDC will be using Oscilloquartz's technology to ensure its national core network can meet stringent accuracy demands in the delivery of frequency, phase and time-of-day information. Read further...
Researchers at Queen's University Belfast are creating ground-breaking computer software which has the potential to develop some of the world's fastest supercomputers. The software, developed by researchers in the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Queen's, will increase the ability of supercomputers to process masses of data at higher speeds than ever before. Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc., a global expert in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing, has debuted its latest lineup of Embedded Building Block Solutions at Embedded World in Nürnberg, Germany. Read further...
Today's company networks comprise hundreds of devices: routers for directing data packets to the right receiver, firewall components for protecting internal networks from the outside world, and network switches. Such networks are extremely inflexible because every component, every router and every switch can carry out only the task it was manufactured for. If the network has to be expanded, the company has to integrate new routers, firewalls or switches and then program them by hand. That's why experts worldwide have been working on flexible networks of the future for the last five years or so, developing what is known as software-defined networking (SDN). It presents one disadvantage, however; it is susceptible to hacker attacks. Read further...

USFlash

Cirrascale Corporation, a premier developer of build-to-order, open architecture blade-based and rackmount computing infrastructure, has introduced the RM4600 Series of rackmount workstations and servers designed around its proprietary 80-lane Gen3 PCIe switch-enabled risers. The new rackmount series supports the recently released Intel Xeon processor E5-2600/1600 v3 product families and up to four PCIe Gen 3.0 devices enabling multi-device peering on a single PCIe root complex and making it a perfect solution for highly parallel applications and libraries like those used for deep learning, machine learning, and molecular dynamics such as Torch 7, Theano, and AMBER. Read further...
Penguin Computing, a provider of high performance, enterprise data centre and Cloud solutions, has launched Scyld ClusterWare for Hadoop, adding greater capability to the company's existing Scyld ClusterWare high performance computing cluster management solution. Read further...
Adaptive Computing has named Marty Smuin, the former head of business development and worldwide sales, as CEO. A technology visionary and proven leader with more than two decades of management experience, Marty Smuin will lead Adaptive Computing's efforts to continue servicing and expanding its large customer base in the traditional HPC space - government, research and academic organisations - as well as the commercial sector - oil and gas, manufacturing, finance and more. Read further...
The AMD FirePro S9150 server GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) built for High Performance Computing is now available on the HP ProLiant DL380 Gen9, the world's best-selling server. AMD FirePro server GPUs combine with HP ProLiant DL380 Gen9 servers for a variety of specialized applications including Academic and Government clusters, Oil and Gas research, and Deep Neural Networks. The AMD FirePro S9150 server GPU is supported by a powerful software ecosystem, enabling developers to better harness its compute performance including support for OpenCL 2.0. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd.'s industry-leading ConnectX-4 EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand adapter attained world-record performance results. Achieving InfiniBand throughput of 100Gb/s, bi-directional throughput of 195Gb/s, applications latency level of 610 nanoseconds and message rate of 149.5 million messages per second, ConnectX-4 is the highest performing adapter for the HPC, Web 2.0, Cloud, machine learning, storage and enterprise applications. Read further...
International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), Tohoku University and Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. have jointly developed a high-resolution tsunami model, able to run on a supercomputer, and based on Tohoku University's existing TUNAMI-N2 simulation model, which is in widespread use internationally. For this project, IRIDeS prepared the model to perform high-resolution calculations, and Fujitsu Laboratories implemented methods for high-efficiency parallelization. Read further...
The Fujitsu M10-4S UNIX server running Oracle Solaris 11 and Oracle Database 12c set a new world record - as of December 2, 2014 - on the two-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) standard application benchmark, achieving 153,050 SAP SD benchmark users with 20 percent fewer CPUs than in the previous world record result achieved by the Fujitsu M10-4S configuration, also on the two-tier SAP SD benchmark. Read further...
Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. has developed a column-oriented data-storage and processing engine that enables fast analysis of large volumes of data in a database system. In recent years, column-oriented databases have emerged as a system that allows for better speed when reading and analyzing large volumes of data, as a counterpart to existing row-oriented databases, which are suited to handling data updates. But problems have been either that the changes to row-oriented data cannot be automatically reflected in column-oriented data, or that the size of the column-oriented data is constrained by installed memory. Read further...
AMD has revealed at the prestigious International Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) that the upcoming A-Series Accelerated Processing Unit (APU), codenamed "Carrizo", for notebooks and low-power desktops will deliver a wealth of new, advanced power management technologies while achieving substantial performance through new "Excavator" x86 CPU cores and a new generation of AMD Radeon GPU cores. Using a true System-on-Chip (SoC) design, AMD expects Carrizo to reduce the power consumed by the x86 cores alone by 40 percent, while also providing substantial gains in CPU, graphics, and multimedia performance over the prior generation APU. Read further...
In pursuit of a graduate degree next year in the United Kingdom, an Ohio State Honors student will leverage what he's learned about using specialized processors at the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) to study cutting-edge mathematical methods for analyzing large datasets. Read further...
IBM and Juniper Networks are planning to provide real-time network behaviour insights to help customers dramatically improve mobile experiences, address increasing Internet of Things (IoT) application demands and uncover new opportunities gleaned from Big Data. Read further...
Oracle has made available MySQL Cluster 7.4. The new release delivers greater performance, high availability, and advanced management capabilities to power highly demanding telecommunications, web, mobile, and Cloud services. Read further...
The drive toward exascale computing, a renewed emphasis on data-centric processing, energy efficiency concerns, and the limitations of memory and I/O performance are all working to reshape High Performance Computing platforms, according to Intersect360 Research's Top Six Predictions for HPC in 2015. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2015-03-02

Special

ASCETiC project to reduce energy consumption of Cloud platforms ...

Focus

2014 Another year on the road to Exascale - An Interview with Satoshi Matsuoka and Thomas Sterling - Part II ...

Mont Blanc vision complements On the Road to Exascale interview ...

The Cloud

ISC Cloud & Big Data is now open for research paper submission ...

EuroFlash

Stalprodukt S.A. selects Cray XC30 supercomputer for modelling steel designs ...

Bright Cluster Manager now supports SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 ...

Asetek announces global OEM purchase agreement with Fujitsu ...

ADVA Optical Networking to demonstrate virtualization in radio access backhaul networks at Mobile World Congress ...

TDC deploys Oscilloquartz synchronization technology in National Danish Network ...

Queen's researchers in bid to develop world's fastest supercomputers ...

Supermicro expands embedded computing solutions with new wireless IoT gateway at Embedded World, Nürnberg ...

Ensuring security for networks of the future ...

USFlash

Cirrascale announces rackmount multi-device peering platform for highly parallel applications ...

Penguin Computing announces Scyld ClusterWare for Hadoop ...

Adaptive Computing appoints Marty Smuin as CEO ...

Innovative AMD FirePro server GPU supports intense compute workloads on HP ProLiant DL380 Gen9 servers ...

Mellanox ConnectX-4 100Gb/s Interconnect adapter delivers record performance results ...

Tohoku University and Fujitsu succeed in real-time flood analysis using supercomputer-based high-resolution tsunami modelling ...

Fujitsu M10 UNIX server achieves world-record performance once again on two-tier SAP SD standard application benchmark with 20% less CPU resources ...

Fujitsu develops column-oriented data-processing engine enabling fast, high-volume data analysis in database systems ...

AMD discloses architecture details of high-performance, energy-efficient "Carrizo" System-on-Chip ...

Undergraduate OSC researcher heading to UK ...

IBM and Juniper Networks partner to build smarter networks with predictive analytics ...

MySQL Cluster 7.4 now generally available ...

Intersect360 Research releases predictions for HPC in 2015 ...