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Primeur weekly 2018-01-22

Focus

European Commission explains why Joint Undertaking is well suited as legal instrument to help create EuroHPC ecosystem ...

Exascale supercomputing

Exascale architectures lead to greener and more advanced combustion systems ...

Call for Proposals: Aurora Early Science Programme expands to include data and learning projects ...

Quantum computing

HKU quantum physicist Dr. Giulio Chiribella receives Croucher Senior Research Fellowship 2018 ...

New input for quantum simulations ...

Focus on Europe

Eni boots up HPC4 and makes its computing system the world's most powerful in the industry ...

ONERA to install new supercomputer for aerospace research ...

Atos to deliver the most powerful supercomputer in Germany at Forschungszentrum Jülich ...

Hardware

Cray announces selected preliminary 2017 financial results ...

India's Ministry of Earth Sciences deploys new Cray XC40 supercomputers and Cray storage systems ...

University of Virginia Engineering tapped to lead $27.5 million centre to reinvent computing ...

Asperitas creates AsperitasEI business unit to bring circular energy and data centre projects to life ...

CSRA selects edge solutions and Supermicro computer for expansion, increasing NASA computing capacity to 5 petaFLOPS ...

Mellanox ConnectX-5 Ethernet adapter wins Linley Group Analyst Choice Award for Best Networking Chip ...

Notre Dame to lead $26 million multi-university research centre developing next-generation computing technologies ...

New $32 million centre at University of Michigan reimagines how computers are designed ...

New C-BRIC centre will tackle brain-inspired computing ...

Ultra-thin memory storage device paves way for more powerful computing ...

Applications

US DOE announces funding for new HPC4Manufacturing industry projects ...

NOAA kicks off 2018 with massive supercomputer upgrade ...

UMass Center for Data Science partners with Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to accelerate science and medicine ...

Himawari-8 data assimilated simulation enables 10-minute updates of rain and flood predictions ...

Ohio Supercomputer Center to host free webinar on innovative web-based HPC portal ...

2D tin (stanene) without buckling: A possible topological insulator ...

Uncovering decades of questionable investments ...

Groundbreaking conference examines how AI transforms our world ...

Framework for Research Data Management makes life simpler for researchers ...

The Cloud

New centre headquartered at Carnegie Mellon will build smarter networks to connect edge devices to the Cloud ...

IBM and Salesforce strengthen strategic partnership ...

ANSYS and Rescale offer on-demand, pay-per-use ANSYS software on Rescale's ScaleX Cloud HPC platform ...

CSRA selects edge solutions and Supermicro computer for expansion, increasing NASA computing capacity to 5 petaFLOPS

17 Jan 2018 Falls Church - CSRA Inc. has acquired another compute expansion under its High Performance Computing (HPC) contract with NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). This latest HPC system expansion represents the 14th incremental expansion of the Scalable Compute Unit (SCU14) architecture employed at NASA Goddard's HPC centre.

The expansion will support the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS), which provides a central HPC resource pool for NASA-sponsored scientists and engineers. The NCCS is part of the Computational and Information Sciences and Technology Office (CISTO) of the GSFC Sciences and Exploration Directorate. Its mission is to enable scientists to increase their understanding of the earth, the solar system, and the universe by supplying a range of advanced computing and data analytics solutions.

"Through this procurement, NASA GSFC will have expanded capacity, further enhancing its HPC capabilities", stated Executive Vice President Paul Nedzbala, head of CSRA's Health and Civil Group. "This is CSRA's third Skylake-based HPC systems procurement in the past three months. We are excited to deliver these solutions for NASA and deploy the latest technological advancements."

"This HPC expansion brings our compute capacity to over 50 petaFLOPS for all CSRA HPC contracts across the federal government", stated Sharon Hays, PhD., Director of CSRA's HPC Center of Excellence. "This HPC expansion will help NASA researchers meet their mission objectives and bring a greater understanding of the earth’s climate system."

The NCCS' integrated set of computational capabilities includes supercomputing, virtualization environments, analytics-as-a-service, visualization, data services/sharing technologies, and storage.

These capabilities have expanded to include:

  • A Big Compute private Cloud, known as the Advanced Data Analytics Platform (ADAPT)
  • The Data Analytics and Storage System (DASS), which combines HPC and storage services into a single, data-centric system to serve both traditional and emerging data analytics
  • Remote Visualization: large processing technology within the HPC environment which renders images sent back to the user's desktop
  • Mass Storage, which includes a data archive
  • NASA's Discover Supercomputer (the core HPC system)

This latest augmentation of Discover brings its compute capacity to approximately 5 petaFLOPS. A petaFLOP is a unit of computing speed equal to one thousand million million (1015) floating-point operations per second.

The system is provided by Edge Solutions & Consulting Inc., headquartered in Westlake Village, California and includes options for additional capacity over the next two years. Edge is a certified, woman-owned small business systems integrator that provides enterprise-class solutions for complex enterprise-class customers.

In addition to their focus in assisting clients with planning, project management, implementation, and engineering, Edge is also a hardware and software reseller. It partners with original equipment manufacturer (OEMs) to deliver solutions that best serve a customer's needs. The equipment is supplied by Super Micro Computer Inc., a global expert in enterprise computing, storage, networking solutions, and green computing technology.

The SCU14 solution includes Intel's Skylake processor technology and Omni-Path (OPA) interconnect technology - the NCCS' first deployment of OPA. Specifically, it includes:

  • 528 Fat Twin Compute Nodes
  • 28 Twin Pro Service Nodes and 24 I/O Nodes
  • 2:1 Oversubscription
  • 240GB SSD per Compute Node
  • OPA interconnect

The Supermicro HPC Cluster Solution for SCU14 is based on Supermicro FatTwin server nodes, each equipped with dual 20-core Intel Xeon Gold 6148 processors and Intel 4600 SSDs for persistent storage. The FatTwin SuperServer F619P2-RT is an 8-node 4U system, with each node supporting 12 DIMM slots and six front hot-swap SSDs. To provide high-speed interconnect, the cluster employs Omni-Path (OPA) 100G 48-port top-of-rack managed network switches. The Supermicro 42U racks for this fully integrated HPC cluster solution are equipped with Motivair ChilledDoor solution to maximize the cooling efficiency for improved power usage effectiveness (PUE).

"Global research leaders, like those at NASA, drive new discoveries that enrich our understanding of the universe and improve the lives of everyone", stated Trish Damkroger, Vice President of Technical Computing at Intel. "Intel's balanced technology portfolio and close collaboration with leading system vendors like Supermicro helps put the most powerful computational tools in the hands of scientists to tackle the most difficult challenges facing society."

CSRA is a specialist in HPC services and offers a wide variety of solutions for government customers to achieve important mission objectives. In August, the company announced the installment of a second increment to the Biowulf supercomputing cluster at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center for Information Technology. Last April, CSRA was awarded a $51 million contract to support the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) HPC systems.

CSRA has been a strong partner to NASA, supporting its NCCS HPC needs since 2000 - and NASA Ames' HPC even longer. In late 2005, NASA and CSRA deployed the first SCU with a compute capacity of only 6.9 teraFLOPS, ranking No. 54 on the November 2005 HPC TOP500 list.

In addition to NIH and the EPA, CSRA supports supercomputers used by NOAA, the CDC, and the Department of Defense. This technology is used for applications ranging from aerospace system design, climate and weather modelling, astrophysics, ecosystems modelling, to health and medical research.

Source: CSRA

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2018-01-22

Focus

European Commission explains why Joint Undertaking is well suited as legal instrument to help create EuroHPC ecosystem ...

Exascale supercomputing

Exascale architectures lead to greener and more advanced combustion systems ...

Call for Proposals: Aurora Early Science Programme expands to include data and learning projects ...

Quantum computing

HKU quantum physicist Dr. Giulio Chiribella receives Croucher Senior Research Fellowship 2018 ...

New input for quantum simulations ...

Focus on Europe

Eni boots up HPC4 and makes its computing system the world's most powerful in the industry ...

ONERA to install new supercomputer for aerospace research ...

Atos to deliver the most powerful supercomputer in Germany at Forschungszentrum Jülich ...

Hardware

Cray announces selected preliminary 2017 financial results ...

India's Ministry of Earth Sciences deploys new Cray XC40 supercomputers and Cray storage systems ...

University of Virginia Engineering tapped to lead $27.5 million centre to reinvent computing ...

Asperitas creates AsperitasEI business unit to bring circular energy and data centre projects to life ...

CSRA selects edge solutions and Supermicro computer for expansion, increasing NASA computing capacity to 5 petaFLOPS ...

Mellanox ConnectX-5 Ethernet adapter wins Linley Group Analyst Choice Award for Best Networking Chip ...

Notre Dame to lead $26 million multi-university research centre developing next-generation computing technologies ...

New $32 million centre at University of Michigan reimagines how computers are designed ...

New C-BRIC centre will tackle brain-inspired computing ...

Ultra-thin memory storage device paves way for more powerful computing ...

Applications

US DOE announces funding for new HPC4Manufacturing industry projects ...

NOAA kicks off 2018 with massive supercomputer upgrade ...

UMass Center for Data Science partners with Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to accelerate science and medicine ...

Himawari-8 data assimilated simulation enables 10-minute updates of rain and flood predictions ...

Ohio Supercomputer Center to host free webinar on innovative web-based HPC portal ...

2D tin (stanene) without buckling: A possible topological insulator ...

Uncovering decades of questionable investments ...

Groundbreaking conference examines how AI transforms our world ...

Framework for Research Data Management makes life simpler for researchers ...

The Cloud

New centre headquartered at Carnegie Mellon will build smarter networks to connect edge devices to the Cloud ...

IBM and Salesforce strengthen strategic partnership ...

ANSYS and Rescale offer on-demand, pay-per-use ANSYS software on Rescale's ScaleX Cloud HPC platform ...