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Primeur weekly 2021-01-11

Exascale supercomputing

Preparing an earthquake risk assessment application for exascale ...

Quantum computing

A bit too much: reducing the bit width of Ising models for quantum annealing ...

The world's first integrated quantum communication network ...

Focus on Europe

GBP 20 million funding boost for science supercomputer will drive science simulation and UK-wide innovation ...

Northern Data acquires data centre site in Northern Sweden fully powered by green energy ...

Research and Markets to issue report on High Performance Computing (HPC) Market by Component, Deployment Type, Organization Size, Server Prices Band, Application Area, and Region - Global Forecast to 2025 ...

Environmental researchers benefit from powerful supercomputer at Plymouth Marine Laboratory ...

Middleware

XSEDE welcomes new service providers ...

Hardware

IBM appoints Gary D. Cohn as Vice Chairman ...

IBM appoints Martin Schroeter as CEO of "NewCo" independent managed infrastructure services business to spin out from IBM ...

Light-based processors boost machine-learning processing ...

E4 Computer Engineering announces University of Pisa as the first customer of Ultrafast Storage, Totally Integrated (USTI), the new solution for high performance distributed block storage ...

Existing Northern Data bitcoin mining customer expands contract volume by more than 200 MW ...

Power XL Pro launched as new professional server based on AMD EPYC technology ...

Swinburne-led research team demonstrates world's fastest optical neuromorphic processor ...

Applications

Supercomputer models describe chloride's role in corrosion ...

HPC-AI Advisory Council to host HPC AI AC Conference in Japan on January, 26 ...

Insights through atomic simulation ...

Advanced materials in a snap ...

New data-driven global climate model provides projections for urban environments ...

Frequency data for stable power supply ...

Physicists observe competition between magnetic orders ...

UTSA Artificial Intelligence Consortium receives over $1 million in research funding ...

Entangling electrons with heat ...

NIO partners with NVIDIA to develop a new generation of automated driving electric vehicles ...

Navantia leverages Ansys' digital transformation solutions to design next-gen naval vessels ...

Engineering graduate student places second in international research competition ...

The Cloud

Covid-19 genome sequencing project gets major upgrade ...

IBM provides Harris-Stowe State University with $2 million in Artificial Intelligence and open hybrid Cloud technology resources to help students build modern skills ...

IBM and Avertra collaborate to drive digital transformation for energy & utilities clients with IBM Cloud ...

UJET CCaaS Cloud contact centre now available on Oracle Cloud Marketplace ...

E4 Computer Engineering announces University of Pisa as the first customer of Ultrafast Storage, Totally Integrated (USTI), the new solution for high performance distributed block storage


7 Jan 2021 Scandiano - E4 Computer Engineering, an Italian company in the fields of High Performance Computing, Artificial Intelligence and High Performance Data Analytics, has announced that University of Pisa will become the first customer of USTI - Ultrafast Storage, Totally Integrated, the new solution for high performance distributed block storage, based on software-defined block storage Excelero NVMesh, Western Digital SSDs NVME Ultrastar and Mellanox Infiniband 200 Gb/s network interfaces.

Today, data has the enormous potential to open a new world of business opportunities, but it is necessary rethinking how data are acquired, stored, accessed and transformed. We need to create a new approach for data storage, which can offer speed, agility and longevity.

In this context, a zero-latency storage infrastructure is the solution. Having fast and efficient large-scale data processing is a must for high performance solutions.

Aggregating high-performance local storage resources often leads to suboptimal performance, to the point that the performance of the storage itself can be compromised and computational resources are used, thus slowing the entire system.

USTI, the new solution developed by E4 Computer Engineering, enables efficient aggregation of NVMe flash resources on multiple servers via the use of Excelero NVMesh without affecting the CPU, allowing to leave the computational resources dedicated for their main purpose: applications.

The number of nodes usable by USTI is scalable and expandable - from a minimum of 3 to a maximum of 128, in accordance with the required performance growth. USTI can be implemented and used within the chosen architecture in a "native" format, or by providing block storage functionality, or in combination with the main parallel file systems.

USTI exploits the Western Digital Ultrastar DC SN640 NVMe SSDs. The Ultrastar DC SN640 NVMe are mainstream NVMe SSDs intended for a wide range of applications ranging from use as a cache, to primary storage in IT and Cloud environments. DC SN640 is optimized to provide maximum performance and constant QoS read latency while performing random mixed workloads. The Ultrastar DC SN640 has, in fact, a latency of 85 µs in the capacity of 1,6 TB.

The USTI solution is equipped with Mellanox Infiniband network cards, which have the dual purpose of reducing latency and increasing efficiency, improving security and simplifying automation in the data centre, to allow applications to run even faster. Excelero NVMesh is based on the patented Remote Direct Drive Access (RDDA), which allows direct access to data by clients, without overloading the CPU. RDDA is also available via RoCE interfaces (RDMA over Converged Ethernet).

"USTI is the ideal solution for today's infrastructures and applications, which need to have a latency close to zero", stated Cosimo Gianfreda, CTO of E4 Computer Engineering. "With USTI it is possible to maximize the performance of the entire infrastructure, using acceleration technologies synergistically, such as NVMe disks and NVMesh software, and thus optimizing the use of all available resources."

"The Green Data Center of the University of Pisa is implementing an innovative computing and storage architecture to support the new scientific computing workloads (ML/DL, Data Analytics, Genomics ...)", stated Maurizio Davini, CTO of the University of Pisa. "USTI allowed us to complete the GPU Computing infrastructure in the best possible way and proved to be an ideal solution due to its ease of implementation and exceptional performance."

"When designing USTI together with the E4 team, I was once more impressed by how professional and passionate the E4 team is about building innovative solutions of the highest quality. I am sure that customers will appreciate USTI for its game-changing performance and will thoroughly enjoy working with the E4 team to deploy and optimize their storage resources. E4 consistently designs the best solution for any given challenge", stated Sven Breuner, Field CTO, Excelero.

"We participated with great enthusiasm in the E4 Computer Engineering project for the new Green Data Center of the University of Pisa. The USTI solution fully meets the requirements that data centre customers need in the current zettabyte era. Our Ultrastar DC SN640 is a perfect complement to this solution", stated Davide Villa, Emeai Business Development Director, Western Digital. "The hardware and software components of a state-of-the-art data centre solution such as USTI must interact intelligently and holistically to achieve optimal levels of performance and, together with E4 Computer Engineering and its partners, we have achieved this."
Source: E4 Computer Engineering

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Primeur weekly 2021-01-11

Exascale supercomputing

Preparing an earthquake risk assessment application for exascale ...

Quantum computing

A bit too much: reducing the bit width of Ising models for quantum annealing ...

The world's first integrated quantum communication network ...

Focus on Europe

GBP 20 million funding boost for science supercomputer will drive science simulation and UK-wide innovation ...

Northern Data acquires data centre site in Northern Sweden fully powered by green energy ...

Research and Markets to issue report on High Performance Computing (HPC) Market by Component, Deployment Type, Organization Size, Server Prices Band, Application Area, and Region - Global Forecast to 2025 ...

Environmental researchers benefit from powerful supercomputer at Plymouth Marine Laboratory ...

Middleware

XSEDE welcomes new service providers ...

Hardware

IBM appoints Gary D. Cohn as Vice Chairman ...

IBM appoints Martin Schroeter as CEO of "NewCo" independent managed infrastructure services business to spin out from IBM ...

Light-based processors boost machine-learning processing ...

E4 Computer Engineering announces University of Pisa as the first customer of Ultrafast Storage, Totally Integrated (USTI), the new solution for high performance distributed block storage ...

Existing Northern Data bitcoin mining customer expands contract volume by more than 200 MW ...

Power XL Pro launched as new professional server based on AMD EPYC technology ...

Swinburne-led research team demonstrates world's fastest optical neuromorphic processor ...

Applications

Supercomputer models describe chloride's role in corrosion ...

HPC-AI Advisory Council to host HPC AI AC Conference in Japan on January, 26 ...

Insights through atomic simulation ...

Advanced materials in a snap ...

New data-driven global climate model provides projections for urban environments ...

Frequency data for stable power supply ...

Physicists observe competition between magnetic orders ...

UTSA Artificial Intelligence Consortium receives over $1 million in research funding ...

Entangling electrons with heat ...

NIO partners with NVIDIA to develop a new generation of automated driving electric vehicles ...

Navantia leverages Ansys' digital transformation solutions to design next-gen naval vessels ...

Engineering graduate student places second in international research competition ...

The Cloud

Covid-19 genome sequencing project gets major upgrade ...

IBM provides Harris-Stowe State University with $2 million in Artificial Intelligence and open hybrid Cloud technology resources to help students build modern skills ...

IBM and Avertra collaborate to drive digital transformation for energy & utilities clients with IBM Cloud ...

UJET CCaaS Cloud contact centre now available on Oracle Cloud Marketplace ...