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Primeur weekly 2013-12-02

Exascale supercomputing

Human Brain Project to hold Open Dialogue with potential HPC suppliers ...

U.S. Government awards AMD contract to research interconnect architectures for high-performance computing ...

The Cloud

Carnegie Mellon leads multi-university project to improve web and Cloud computing accessibility ...

Need a Cloud resource for science? TACC serves up Rodeo ...

IBM Cloud capabilities help ENN Energy drive business growth and build smarter operations ...

iomartcloud and Paragon Development Systems (PDS) to deliver back-up to the Cloud services based on VMware vSphere Data Protection 5.5 advanced ...

Palo Alto Networks and VMware transform Cloud deployments with integrated network virtualization and next-generation security solution ...

IBM awards multi-million dollar Cloud computing platform to seven Nova Scotia schools ...

University of Texas at San Antonio opens Cloud and Big Data Laboratory ...

Unlocking business insights and sales opportunities with Cloud services ...

Scalable Informatics' Unison Appliance shines in first ever public report of STAC-M3 benchmarks on a parallel filesystem with Ceph ...

EuroFlash

European Union funds holistic approach on greener computing ...

Eni's new supercomputer for Eni's exploration & production activity starts work ...

PRACE partners launch Pre-Commercial Procurement: Whole-System Design for Energy Efficient HPC ...

TotalSim to launch a new range of CFD Hardware ...

Beyond encryption: Stronger security for wireless communications ...

USFlash

Intel brings supercomputing horsepower to Big Data analytics ...

Penguin Computing releases Arctica 3200xl open switches based on Broadcom Trident II chipset ...

Aeon Computing to deploy 7 Petabyte Lustre filesystem for SDSC's Comet supercomputer ...

Bright Cluster Manager helps Intel's "Cherry Creek" supercomputer achieve top rankings for SC13 ...

DataDirect Networks introduces the industry's fastest Big Data storage platform - the SFA12KX appliance series ...

OSC unveiled new industrial engagement initiative at SC13 ...

Top honours awarded for productivity in a high-performance supercomputer parallel programming language implementation and overall performance ...

TACC to deploy Maverick for interactive, remote visualization and data analysis ...

Supercomputer helps model lakes, oceans and much more ...

Micron announces development of new parallel processing architecture ...

Spectra Logic expands support of TS1140 Tape Drive technology with T-Series tape libraries and BlackPearl ...

Designed for Big Data applications, AMD announces industry's first "supercomputing" server graphics card with 12GB memory ...

Carnegie Mellon computer searches web 24/7 to analyze images and teach itself common sense ...

NIST demonstrates how losing information can benefit quantum computing ...

Italian physicist delivered 2013 Pitzer Lecture in Theoretical Chemistry ...

Rensselaer professor Deborah L. McGuinness named Fellow of the AAAS ...

TACC to deploy Maverick for interactive, remote visualization and data analysis

18 Nov 2013 Austin - The Texas Advanced Computer Center (TACC) at the University of Texas at Austin, along with technology partners HP and NVIDIA, will deploy Maverick in January 2014, a unique, powerful, high performance visualization and data analytics resource for the open science and engineering community.

"Maverick will be deployed for open science research and is designed primarily for interactive, remote visualization and analytics", stated Kelly Gaither, the principal investigator on the project and TACC's director of Visualization. "This system will help researchers analyse large scale scientific data, and complement systems like Stampede, by providing a rich, interactive data exploration environment."

Today, in addition to modelling and simulation, scientific discovery now also depends on statistics and probabilities to infer meanings from patterns in data. The explosive amount of digital data being generated, collected and captured has created an even greater need for parallel processing and interactive exploration capabilities, according to Kelly Gaither. Not all people think in terms of statistics and probabilities, but almost everyone thinks visually in varying degrees, she said.

Niall Gaffney, TACC's director of Data Intensive Computing, stated: "This system will be great for Big Data analysis - every node in Maverick will have large memory, a state-of-the-art GPU accelerator, and be connected to massive data storage. Data scientists and all researchers will be able to use visual analysis techniques to explore data."

Thanks to generous funding from the O'Donnell Foundation, TACC is now expanding its data intensive computing infrastructure. In addition to launching Maverick in January 2014, TACC is deploying Stockyard this month, a 20 petabyte large-scale global filesystem. Other systems for storing and analysing data sets and for hosting web portals and gateways that provide access to scientific data will be announced in 2014.

"We're extremely grateful to Peter O'Donnell and his foundation for supporting TACC's efforts to provide leadership class systems for data driven science and data intensive computing", stated TACC Director Jay Boisseau.

Maverick system specifications include the following:

  • Comprised of five racks containing 132 HP ProLiant SL250s Gen8 compute nodes and 14 HP ProLiant management, login, and Lustre router servers.
  • Each of the 132 compute nodes will include two ten-core Intel Xeon E5-2680 V2 processors with 256GB of DDR3 1866MHz memory each, a Mellanox Connect-X3 FDR InfiniBand FlexibleLOM adapter, and one NVIDIA Tesla K40 GPU accelerator.
  • A Mellanox FDR InfiniBand interconnect will provide a high-performance communication platform.

"Increasingly the limiting factor in HPC systems performance is not just floating point performance but data movement", stated Scott Misage, HPC engineering director at HP. "The new Maverick system is based on HP ProLiant compute nodes with NVIDIA Tesla K40 GPUs that offer double the GPU memory of previous GPUs, minimizing the need for data movement and enabling new levels of large scale scientific data analysis."

"Maverick is part of a growing trend in which researchers and technologists are expanding the use of accelerated supercomputers for big data analytics, in addition to traditional science", stated Sumit Gupta, general manager of Tesla Accelerated Computing products at NVIDIA. "Combining HP ProLiant servers with Tesla K40 GPUs, the world's highest performance accelerators, will give TACC users the fastest computational horsepower for Big Data analytics with industry-leading visualization capabilities."

In addition, Maverick will offer Cloud-like visualization capability and analytics through the ongoing evolution of TACC's remote visualization software. "We'll continue to offer our remote visualization suite and services leveraging traditional OpenGL-based visualization applications (VisIt, ParaView), commercial third-party applications (EnSight, Amira), and TACC-developed applications (DisplayCluster, GLuRay)", Kelly Gaither stated.

Maverick, which replaces TACC's Longhorn system, will be available to the open science community in January 2014 through TACC's allocation process and the National Science Foundation's Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment project.
Source: Texas Advanced Computing Center - TACC

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Primeur weekly 2013-12-02

Exascale supercomputing

Human Brain Project to hold Open Dialogue with potential HPC suppliers ...

U.S. Government awards AMD contract to research interconnect architectures for high-performance computing ...

The Cloud

Carnegie Mellon leads multi-university project to improve web and Cloud computing accessibility ...

Need a Cloud resource for science? TACC serves up Rodeo ...

IBM Cloud capabilities help ENN Energy drive business growth and build smarter operations ...

iomartcloud and Paragon Development Systems (PDS) to deliver back-up to the Cloud services based on VMware vSphere Data Protection 5.5 advanced ...

Palo Alto Networks and VMware transform Cloud deployments with integrated network virtualization and next-generation security solution ...

IBM awards multi-million dollar Cloud computing platform to seven Nova Scotia schools ...

University of Texas at San Antonio opens Cloud and Big Data Laboratory ...

Unlocking business insights and sales opportunities with Cloud services ...

Scalable Informatics' Unison Appliance shines in first ever public report of STAC-M3 benchmarks on a parallel filesystem with Ceph ...

EuroFlash

European Union funds holistic approach on greener computing ...

Eni's new supercomputer for Eni's exploration & production activity starts work ...

PRACE partners launch Pre-Commercial Procurement: Whole-System Design for Energy Efficient HPC ...

TotalSim to launch a new range of CFD Hardware ...

Beyond encryption: Stronger security for wireless communications ...

USFlash

Intel brings supercomputing horsepower to Big Data analytics ...

Penguin Computing releases Arctica 3200xl open switches based on Broadcom Trident II chipset ...

Aeon Computing to deploy 7 Petabyte Lustre filesystem for SDSC's Comet supercomputer ...

Bright Cluster Manager helps Intel's "Cherry Creek" supercomputer achieve top rankings for SC13 ...

DataDirect Networks introduces the industry's fastest Big Data storage platform - the SFA12KX appliance series ...

OSC unveiled new industrial engagement initiative at SC13 ...

Top honours awarded for productivity in a high-performance supercomputer parallel programming language implementation and overall performance ...

TACC to deploy Maverick for interactive, remote visualization and data analysis ...

Supercomputer helps model lakes, oceans and much more ...

Micron announces development of new parallel processing architecture ...

Spectra Logic expands support of TS1140 Tape Drive technology with T-Series tape libraries and BlackPearl ...

Designed for Big Data applications, AMD announces industry's first "supercomputing" server graphics card with 12GB memory ...

Carnegie Mellon computer searches web 24/7 to analyze images and teach itself common sense ...

NIST demonstrates how losing information can benefit quantum computing ...

Italian physicist delivered 2013 Pitzer Lecture in Theoretical Chemistry ...

Rensselaer professor Deborah L. McGuinness named Fellow of the AAAS ...