Primeur weekly 2019-06-17

Exascale supercomputing

Cray to deliver first exabyte storage system for the Frontier exascale system at ORNL ...

NVIDIA brings CUDA to Arm, enabling new path to Exascale supercomputing ...

CINECA and E4 Computer Engineering announce the successful conclusion of phase I of the Evaluation of 64-bit Armv8 based clusters ...

Quantum computing

Quantum software company Zapata Computing adds Rhonda Germany Ballintyn to Board ...

IBM expands its quantum computing programme to Africa with Wits University ...

Focus on Europe

Kalray at the heart of the European Processor Initiative ...

Switzerland contributing to one of the most competitive supercomputers in the world to be placed in Finland ...

Extension CERN Alice and LHCb-data centres: 50% delivered ...

The Luxembourgian supercomputer "Meluxina" will be part of the European network EuroHPC ...

Joint PRACE IAC and EuroHPC INFRAG Workshop on Support for Industrial Users ...

ISC 2019 kicks off with five days of non-stop HPC ...

E4 Computer Engineering and Marvell sponsor Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya team at ISC 2019 Student Cluster Competition ...

Italy to host one of the supercomputers funded by EuroHPC ...

Dell Technologies simplifies customers' path to innovation with AI and high performance computing ...

Middleware

Bright Computing and Cray reduce complexity and cost in modern HPC environment for NeSI and NIWA ...

Imperial College protects vital research data with software-defined storage infrastructure using ArcaStream and Excelero ...

Hardware

CoolIT Systems to showcase newest data centre liquid cooling solutions for OEM systems at ISC High Performance 2019 ...

Panasas welcomes Boston Limited to its accelerate Channel Partner Programme ...

Atos strengthens its supercomputer portfolio with launch of new range of modular storage appliances ...

BullSequana S800 becomes the highest-performing server on the market world-wide for SAP HANA with record benchmark result ...

Cray powers Geospatial AI revolution with breakthrough deep learning performance ...

Mellanox HDR 200G InfiniBand accelerates new generation of world-wide high-performance computing and Artificial Intelligence supercomputers ...

Supermicro scalable AI Edge systems validated for trusted infrastructure deployment with the NVIDIA EGX Edge Computing Platform now available ...

From black hole imaging to NASA climate research - Supermicro high-performance systems support major scientific discovery and exploration even to distant galaxies ...

E4 Computer Engineering and the Open Edge and HPC Initiative announce the codes@OEHI programme ...

WekaIO updates file system with advanced security features for multi-user enterprise HPC ...

TYAN powers AI and HPC with 2nd gen Intel Xeon Scalable processor-based server platforms at ISC 2019 ...

Toshiba Memory America announces SSD compatibility with Excelero's NVMesh software-defined block storage products ...

Applications

Student attending OSC's Summer Institute will solve problems with supercomputers ...

Immortal quantum particles ...

Energy department to invest $32 million in computer design of materials ...

TOP500

TOP500 becomes a Petaflop club for supercomputers ...

InfiniBand accelerates six of the top ten supercomputers in the world, including the top three, and four of the top five on June's TOP500 ...

The Cloud

New Oracle Exadata builds in Machine Learning advances, supercharges performance, improves cost effectiveness ...

VMware announces intent to acquire Avi Networks ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2019-06-17

Exascale supercomputing

As part of the Frontier CORAL-2 contract with the Department of Energy (DOE) and Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL), Cray and ORNL have agreed to build a first-of-a-kind exabyte storage solution. The next generation Cray ClusterStor storage file system will be integrated as part of ORNL's Frontier exascale supercomputer, built on Cray's Shasta architecture. The storage solution is a new design for the data-intensive workloads of the exascale era and will be based on next generation Cray ClusterStor storage and the Cray Slingshot high-speed interconnect. The storage system portion of the previously-announced Frontier contract is valued at more than $50 million, which is the largest single Cray ClusterStor win to date. The Frontier system is expected to be delivered in 2021. Read further...
NVIDIA has launched its support for Arm CPUs, providing the high performance computing industry a new path to build extremely energy-efficient, AI-enabled exascale supercomputers. Read further...
CINECA and E4 Computer Engineering SpA have successfully concluded the Phase I study targeted to assess the suitability of the 64-bit Armv8 based ecosystem for the CINECA HPC workload. The two-phase study aims at preparing and enabling the transition towards exascale of the flagship codes and workflows used by the material science community, in line with the membership of CINECA in MaX, one of the nine "European Centres of Excellence for HPC applications". Read further...

Quantum computing

Zapata Computing, an enterprise software company for quantum solutions, has appointed marketing veteran Rhonda Germany Ballintyn as a board member of the company. Most recently, Rhonda Germany Ballintyn was the corporate vice president, chief strategy and marketing officer at Honeywell International until her retirement in 2017. Read further...
IBM has expanded its quantum computing efforts to Africa in a new collaboration with the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits University) in South Africa. Wits University is the first African academic partner in the IBM Q Network and will be the gateway for academic collaboration across South Africa, and to the other 15 universities who are part of the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA). Read further...

Focus on Europe

Kalray, a pioneer in processors for new intelligent systems, will be a key technology provider and partner of the European Processor Initiative (EPI) with its MPPA cluster - Massively Parallel Processor Array - technology. In particular, on account of its expertise and unique technology, Kalray will lead the acceleration technology work for the automotive version of the next generation EPI processor. Read further...
The Swiss National Supercomputing Centre CSCS of ETH Zurich will represent Switzerland in a joint endeavour to acquire, build and deploy a world-class computing and data infrastructure at the IT Center for Science's data centre in Kajaani, Finland. Eight countries and the EU will participate in this unique joint endeavour that will deploy by the end of 2020 one of the fastest and most advanced supercomputers in the world, providing highly competitive HPC resources for Europe's scientific, industrial and public users with EuroHPC funding. Read further...
Two experiments - Alice and LHCb - will install 10 SAFE Prefabricated Datacenter Modules to extend their data centres. The modules are located on top of the experiments - near source - allowing for huge savings on the transfer of data. Read further...
On June 14, 2019, the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economy, Étienne Schneider; the Deputy Director General of the Directorate General of Communication Networks, Content and Technologies at the European Commission, Khalil Rouhana, as well as LuxConnect CEO Roger Lampach presented the future supercomputer in Luxembourg, named "Meluxina", which will join the European network of EuroHPC supercomputers. Read further...
On June 3, 2019, the PRACE Industrial Advisory Committee (IAC) welcomed the EuroHPC Infrastructure Advisory Group (INFRAG) to their biannual meeting to discuss user requirements for industry. The PRACE IAC was set up in 2013 to give independent advice to PRACE and has been consulted on various services including SHAPE, training and open access. Members include C-level representatives of small, medium and large firms (industry users), as well as trade associations such as NAFEMS (engineering) and CEFIC (chemistry). ETP4HPC is also represented as an observer. Read further...
3345 high performance computing practitioners and enthusiasts from over 50 countries have made their way into Frankfurt, Germany as of June 16, to attend the 2019 ISC High Performance conference and exhibition. A total of over 3500 attendees are expected at this year's show. Now in its 34th year, this mid-year event is Europe's largest HPC forum and prides itself on the international scope and diversity of its attendees. Read further...
As for the previous five editions, E4 Computer Engineering, teaming up with Marvell, will sponsor and support the UPC Team for the Student Cluster Competition at ISC High Performance 2019, from June 16th-20th in Frankfurt, Germany. Read further...
Italy will host one of the pre-exascale class computers funded by the European Union in the context of EuroHPC, a joint collaboration between European countries and the European Union about developing and supporting exascale supercomputing by 2022/2023. Read further...
At ISC High Performance 2019, Dell Technologies has introduced details of new solutions, reference designs, customer collaborations and partnerships designed to advance and simplify the deployment of artificial intelligence (AI), deep learning (DL) and high performance computing (HPC). Read further...

Middleware

Bright Computing, a global expert in cluster management software for HPC, A.I. and Cloud infrastructure, is providing cluster management software to enable a modernized HPC infrastructure for New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI) and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Ltd (NIWA). Bright Computing worked closely with NeSI and NIWA to build three clusters in part managed by Bright solutions - one coupled to each of the Cray XC-class supercomputers and a third for development, testing, training, and education. Armed with deep infrastructure knowledge and systems integration experience, Bright was part of a co-design partnership with Cray, NIWA and NeSI working collaborative to design and build a hybrid HPC and private Cloud infrastructure based on Bright Cluster Manager and Bright OpenStack. Read further...
ArcaStream and Excelero, experts in scale-out software-defined storage, announced that their solutions were part of a new software-defined storage deployment at Imperial College London, one of the world's leading university research centres for science, engineering, medicine and business. By moving to a single high-performance storage infrastructure that integrates legacy and new resources, Imperial College London reduced storage complexity, increased agility in managing capacity and performance, and gained significant ROI. Backed by its new system, the university also improved usability, enacted a simpler and more cost-effective charge back policy, and embraced a future-proof approach to staying ahead of the continual multi-petabyte per year growth of their data holdings. Read further...

Hardware

CoolIT Systems, a global expert in OEM Server liquid cooling solutions, is back at the annual ISC High Performance (ISC19) exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany, from June 17-19 with its latest Rack DLC solutions for HPC, Cloud and AI data centres and servers. Read further...
Boston Limited and Panasas Inc. have signed a partnership, with Boston joining the Panasas Accelerate Channel Partner Programme as a key distributor and integrator for the Panasas ActiveStor Ultra product line, providing installation, configuration and support services globally. Read further...
Atos, a global expert in digital transformation, has launched BullSequana Xstor, its new range of modular storage appliances, which enables organisations to harness the power of supercomputing now and in the future. Read further...
Atos, a global expert in digital transformation, has set a world-record with its BullSequana S800 which has become the highest-performing server on the market for use in SAP environments, as measured in the latest SAP BW edition for SAP HANA Standard Application Benchmark test (version 3), published 22 May. Read further...
At the 2019 International Supercomputing Conference in Frankfurt, Germany, Cray Inc. announced enhanced capabilities to empower data scientists and engineers who are innovating in the field of Geospatial AI. Cray introduced a new Geospatial Reference Configuration as well as new features in its Cray Urika-CS and Urika-XC AI and Analytics software suites. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd.'s HDR 200G InfiniBand accelerates the next generation of supercomputers world-wide, enabling higher levels of research and scientific discovery. HDR 200G InfiniBand solutions include the ConnectX-6 adapters, Mellanox Quantum switches, LinkX cables and transceivers and software packages. With its highest data throughput, extremely low latency, and smart In-Network Computing acceleration engines, HDR InfiniBand provides world leading performance and scalability for the most demanding compute and data applications. Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc., a global expert in enterprise computing, storage, networking solutions and green computing technology, has introduced support for the NVIDIA EGX platform on Supermicro's NGC-Ready industry-leading 1U and 2U GPU servers as well as its compact and highly configurable Edge computing servers, allowing customers to rapidly develop AI applications in their Edge networks. Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc., a global expert in enterprise computing, storage, networking solutions and green computing technology, supplies server and storage systems that deliver maximum performance to power major breakthroughs in a wide range of HPC applications including scientific research and space exploration. Read further...
E4 Computer Engineering SpA and the Open Edge and HPC Initiative announced that Arm-based HPC resources will be provided to researchers and scientists from academia and industry through the codes@OEHI programme. Read further...
WekaIO, an expert in high-performance, scalable file storage for data intensive applications, has made updates to its software platform with advanced security functionality for multi-use enterprise high performance computing (HPC). WekaIO has built the industry's first flash-native parallel file system that delivers unmatched performance to the most demanding applications, scaling to exabytes of data in a single namespace. Read further...
TYAN, an industry-leading server platform design manufacturer and a MiTAC Computing Technology Corporation subsidiary, is showcasing its new 2nd gen Intel Xeon Scalable processor-based platformsthat are optimized for predictive analytics, machine learning, and HPC applications at ISC 2019 from June 17-19 at Messe Frankfurt, booth C-1250. Read further...
Toshiba Memory America Inc., the U.S.-based subsidiary of Toshiba Memory Corporation, has announced that its CD5 Series data center NVMe SSDs and CM5 Series enterprise NVMe SSDs are now certified and compatible with Excelero's flagship NVMesh software-defined block storage products. The NVMesh software platform is designed to meet the low-latency performance and scalability requirements of the largest web-scale and enterprise applications. It enables compatible NVMe SSDs to be shared across any network, with support for local or distributed file systems. Users can benefit from local NVMe-based SSD performance as well as the convenience of centralized storage. Read further...

Applications

Eighteen Ohio high school students will be spending two weeks this summer at the Ohio Supercomputer Center's 30th annual Summer Institute, June 16-28 at The Ohio State University. The students will investigate complex science and engineering problems while discovering career opportunities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Read further...
Decay is relentless in the macroscopic world: broken objects do not fit themselves back together again. However, other laws are valid in the quantum world: new research shows that so-called quasiparticles can decay and reorganize themselves again and are thus become virtually immortal. These are good prospects for the development of durable data memories. Read further...
The U.S. Department of Energy announced that it will invest $32 million over the next four years to accelerate the design of new materials through use of supercomputers. Read further...

TOP500

The 53rd edition of the TOP500 marks a milestone in the 26-year history of the list. For the first time, all 500 systems deliver a petaflop or more on the High Performance Linpack (HPL) benchmark, with the entry level to the list now at 1.022 petaflops. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd.'s InfiniBand solutions accelerate six of the top ten High-Performance Computing (HPC) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) supercomputers on the June TOP500 list. The six systems Mellanox accelerates include the top three, and four of the top five: The fastest supercomputer in the world at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, #2 at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, #3 at Wuxi Supercomputing Center in China, #5 at Texas Advanced Computing Center, #8 at Japan's Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, and #10 at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Read further...

The Cloud

The new Oracle Exadata Database Machine X8, available today, features breakthrough hardware and software enhancements, as well as unique machine learning capabilities. Delivering extreme performance and availability, Oracle Exadata is the foundation for Oracle Autonomous Database, the world's first self-driving database, and Oracle Cloud Applications. In fiscal year 2018, Exadata set all-time product sales records with continued adoption across multiple workloads such as OLTP, Analytics, and IoT, and multiple verticals, including finance, retail, electronics, and telecommunications. Read further...
VMware Inc. has the intent to acquire Avi Networks, an expert in multi-Cloud application delivery services. Deployed today at hundreds of global enterprises - including Fortune 500 companies representing the world's largest financial services, media, and technology companies - Avi Networks will further enable VMware to bring the public Cloud experience to the entire data centre - automated, highly scalable, and intrinsically more secure with the ability to deploy applications with a single click, upon close of the acquisition. Leveraging a common architectural foundation, VMware and Avi Networks will be able to deliver the industry's only complete software-defined networking stack from L2-7 built for the modern multi-Cloud era after the deal closes. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2019-06-17

Exascale supercomputing

Cray to deliver first exabyte storage system for the Frontier exascale system at ORNL ...

NVIDIA brings CUDA to Arm, enabling new path to Exascale supercomputing ...

CINECA and E4 Computer Engineering announce the successful conclusion of phase I of the Evaluation of 64-bit Armv8 based clusters ...

Quantum computing

Quantum software company Zapata Computing adds Rhonda Germany Ballintyn to Board ...

IBM expands its quantum computing programme to Africa with Wits University ...

Focus on Europe

Kalray at the heart of the European Processor Initiative ...

Switzerland contributing to one of the most competitive supercomputers in the world to be placed in Finland ...

Extension CERN Alice and LHCb-data centres: 50% delivered ...

The Luxembourgian supercomputer "Meluxina" will be part of the European network EuroHPC ...

Joint PRACE IAC and EuroHPC INFRAG Workshop on Support for Industrial Users ...

ISC 2019 kicks off with five days of non-stop HPC ...

E4 Computer Engineering and Marvell sponsor Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya team at ISC 2019 Student Cluster Competition ...

Italy to host one of the supercomputers funded by EuroHPC ...

Dell Technologies simplifies customers' path to innovation with AI and high performance computing ...

Middleware

Bright Computing and Cray reduce complexity and cost in modern HPC environment for NeSI and NIWA ...

Imperial College protects vital research data with software-defined storage infrastructure using ArcaStream and Excelero ...

Hardware

CoolIT Systems to showcase newest data centre liquid cooling solutions for OEM systems at ISC High Performance 2019 ...

Panasas welcomes Boston Limited to its accelerate Channel Partner Programme ...

Atos strengthens its supercomputer portfolio with launch of new range of modular storage appliances ...

BullSequana S800 becomes the highest-performing server on the market world-wide for SAP HANA with record benchmark result ...

Cray powers Geospatial AI revolution with breakthrough deep learning performance ...

Mellanox HDR 200G InfiniBand accelerates new generation of world-wide high-performance computing and Artificial Intelligence supercomputers ...

Supermicro scalable AI Edge systems validated for trusted infrastructure deployment with the NVIDIA EGX Edge Computing Platform now available ...

From black hole imaging to NASA climate research - Supermicro high-performance systems support major scientific discovery and exploration even to distant galaxies ...

E4 Computer Engineering and the Open Edge and HPC Initiative announce the codes@OEHI programme ...

WekaIO updates file system with advanced security features for multi-user enterprise HPC ...

TYAN powers AI and HPC with 2nd gen Intel Xeon Scalable processor-based server platforms at ISC 2019 ...

Toshiba Memory America announces SSD compatibility with Excelero's NVMesh software-defined block storage products ...

Applications

Student attending OSC's Summer Institute will solve problems with supercomputers ...

Immortal quantum particles ...

Energy department to invest $32 million in computer design of materials ...

TOP500

TOP500 becomes a Petaflop club for supercomputers ...

InfiniBand accelerates six of the top ten supercomputers in the world, including the top three, and four of the top five on June's TOP500 ...

The Cloud

New Oracle Exadata builds in Machine Learning advances, supercharges performance, improves cost effectiveness ...

VMware announces intent to acquire Avi Networks ...