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Hardware

Stanford engineers perfecting carbon nanotubes for highly energy-efficient computing ...

CSC, CSCS, SARA, and T-Platforms to deliver scalable hybrid prototype for PRACE ...

Global HPC scientific research, development and innovation at the ISC'12 exhibition floor ...

TOP500

Graph500: if you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it ...

How to run the Linpack benchmark for even more powerful HPC systems to come ...

Company news

Allinea Software visualizes the future ...

Cray awarded $16 million contract from the Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Programme ...

CSC - IT Center for Science Ltd. selects SGI ICE Cube Air to increase HPC capacity ...

Organisations convert Big Data into a business driver with solutions from NetApp ...

Businesses to take advantage of big data analytics with enterprise-ready Apache Hadoop solutions from NetApp and Hortonworks ...

Adaptive Computing integrates key updates into its Moab HPC Suite, helping customers get the most from HPC ...

Mellanox enables Peer-to-Peer communication between GPUs with new NVIDIA GPUDirect technology ...

Mellanox FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand to accelerate world-class supercomputer at TACC ...

CSIRO Australia selects Mellanox end-to-end FDR InfiniBand interconnect solutions for new compute infrastructure ...

Mellanox 40GbE interconnect solutions optimize HPC application performance for Ethernet-based server and storage clusters ...

Cray to add Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors to its next-generation "Cascade" supercomputer ...

Whamcloud and Swiss National Supercomputing Centre sign Lustre support agreement ...

First commercial IBM hot-water cooled supercomputer to consume 40% less energy ...

Global HPC scientific research, development and innovation at the ISC'12 exhibition floor

19 Jun 2012 Hamburg - The ISC'12 exhibition is buzzing and running smoothly now. The ISC'12 team organized a research tour across the showfloor to provide an overview of what is cooking in the academic world in the HPC domain. We can assure you: it is a lot and it is very global. We were taken to India, China, Japan, Europe and the United States. Each academic booth responsible had a remarkable story to tell.

C-DAC, the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing is the premier R&D organisation of the Department of Electronics and Information Technology in India. At ISC'12 they are promoting their seismic applications. C-DAC also integrates small clusters in a special development group. They are experts in Linux-based systems and have developed their own switch.

The National University of Defense Technology is based in Changsha, China. The University has 10 different schools and has been very active in the evolution of HPC in China. The first TFlop system was developed here, as well as the first PeteFlop system in 2009 and the Tianhe-1A.

HP HPC-manager Ed Turkel was eager to promote the HP server innovation. In March 2012, the next generation ProLiant servers Gen-8 have been launched. There are several entries in the TOP500 since. Two years ago the SE500 multi-purpose product was introduced. The power-efficient SE500 has been designed especially for HPC with full support for InfiniBand. Ed Turkel also introduced the SL-250, a 2U server which includes 3 GPUs.

HP is collaborating with NVIDIA and Intel to enhance the hybrid architecture. The hybrid computing environment is getting more popular, especially in the Big Data domain for fast data moving, to make videos for instance.

At the Tokyo Tech booth, Dr. Satoshi Matsuoka talked about the Tsubame 2.0. Since ten years the National Computing Center in Japan is performing basic research in supercomputing. The Center is collaborating with many vendors and was heavily involved in the development of the first Petascale system in Japan. The Center is an early adaptor of photonics technology. The focus is on efficient GPU use. Several applications have won the Gordon Bell Prize.

The European Middleware Initiative (EMI) consists of four middleware providers and is being funded by the European Union. EMI has developed the EMI2 - Matterhorn - software that is largely used by scientists. EMI also develops Cloud interfaces.

The PRACE Research Infrastructure is providing quality and excellence. At the PRACE booth Dr. Romalho said that a lot has been achieved in two years. The PRACE consortium now includes 24 member states and is on the road to Exascale. PRACE has expertise in software and applications. Paul Sutton from Xcelerit partner told about the programming model for parallelisation which is primarily used in the finance market.

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center in Spain is doing research in supercomputing applications. It is working to develop the next generation of supercomputing design. The Center has also developed a board for future supercomputers. A new energy-efficient system, called Mont Blanc, is planned for 2013-2014, that will feature a new silicon component.

The Gauss booth includes three German high-performance computing centres. They collaborate in the fields of training, public relations and finance and have a joint peer review. Funds are allocated by the Federal States and Germany. EC-funding is granted through the PRACE prototypes. The three centres have different architectures to work with.

Dr. Mueller said that Germany never had so many systems in the TOP500. He also explained the principle of the "beauty queen" cycles in supercomputing systems. They last only one or two years to fall back in the list again while a new system is waiting in the wings to try and jump the top of the list.

The University of Colorado is organizing a Student Cluster Competition at ISC'12. Students have been selected to build their own cluster during the course of the exhibition. The winner will be announced at the award ceremony on June 20. China even organized its own competition for students to win a spot on the Student Cluster Competition at ISC'12.
Leslie Versweyveld

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Primeur live 2012-06-19

Hardware

Stanford engineers perfecting carbon nanotubes for highly energy-efficient computing ...

CSC, CSCS, SARA, and T-Platforms to deliver scalable hybrid prototype for PRACE ...

Global HPC scientific research, development and innovation at the ISC'12 exhibition floor ...

TOP500

Graph500: if you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it ...

How to run the Linpack benchmark for even more powerful HPC systems to come ...

Company news

Allinea Software visualizes the future ...

Cray awarded $16 million contract from the Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Programme ...

CSC - IT Center for Science Ltd. selects SGI ICE Cube Air to increase HPC capacity ...

Organisations convert Big Data into a business driver with solutions from NetApp ...

Businesses to take advantage of big data analytics with enterprise-ready Apache Hadoop solutions from NetApp and Hortonworks ...

Adaptive Computing integrates key updates into its Moab HPC Suite, helping customers get the most from HPC ...

Mellanox enables Peer-to-Peer communication between GPUs with new NVIDIA GPUDirect technology ...

Mellanox FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand to accelerate world-class supercomputer at TACC ...

CSIRO Australia selects Mellanox end-to-end FDR InfiniBand interconnect solutions for new compute infrastructure ...

Mellanox 40GbE interconnect solutions optimize HPC application performance for Ethernet-based server and storage clusters ...

Cray to add Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors to its next-generation "Cascade" supercomputer ...

Whamcloud and Swiss National Supercomputing Centre sign Lustre support agreement ...

First commercial IBM hot-water cooled supercomputer to consume 40% less energy ...