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Primeur weekly 2016-02-08

Focus

Reaching towards fully-integrated 3D tomography using new generation of algorithms and high performant scanning equipment and GPU clusters ...

Whole genome sequencing using HPC clusters in project MinE to find a cure for ALS ...

Exascale supercomputing

How to fit ten million computers into a single Supercomputer? The ExaNeSt project paves the way. European consortium becomes the trailblazer in the development of the most challenging architectures ...

Focus on Europe

Europe and Brazil join forces to improve the efficiency of the energy sector with HPC ...

Upcoming e-IRG Workshop will focus on the Progress of the e-Infrastructure Commons ...

CCRT boosts industrial innovation with a petascale supercomputer from Bull ...

Middleware

Ellexus launches tool to load balance shared storage called Mistral ...

Frame unveils powerful new visual supercomputer in the Cloud ...

Hardware

Poznan Supercomputing & Networking Center and Huawei launch HPC cluster, liquid cooled by CoolIT Systems ...

DDN WOS object storage software wins 2016 Storage Visions Award for secure, collaborative Cloud storage ...

Auburn University unveils $1 million supercomputer and initiates new technology acquisition plan ...

AMD reveals world's first hardware-virtualized GPU product line ...

High Performance Computing (HPC) market worth 36.62 billion USD by 2020 ...

Mellanox promotes Amit Katz to Vice President of Ethernet Switch Sales ...

Applications

Ofiice of Naval Research-sponsored technology simulates how legs bleed ...

Anton 2 supercomputer at PSC will increase speed and size of molecular simulations ...

NCSA awarded grant to examine effective practices in industrial HPC ...

A stellar collaboration: Supercomputing and NASA's IRIS Observatory ...

Carnegie Mellon joins IARPA project to reverse-engineer brain algorithms ...

Bionik Laboratories to utilize machine learning and analytics to improve neurological rehabilitation ...

IBM Watson Ecosystem opens for business in India ...

American Heart Association, IBM Watson Health and Welltok team up to transform heart health ...

The Cloud

Nimbix addresses enterprise call for high-performance computing with executive sales hire ...

IBM launches Cloud data and analytics marketplace for developers ...

IBM closes deal to acquire The Weather Company's product and technology businesses ...

Auburn University unveils $1 million supercomputer and initiates new technology acquisition plan


4 Feb 2016 Auburn - Auburn University has unveiled its new $1 million supercomputer that will enhance research across campus, from microscopic gene sequencing to huge engineering tasks. The university is also initiating a plan to purchase a new one every few years as research needs evolve and expand.

"Many of our research projects require terabytes of data", stated John Liu, Auburn University associate provost and associate vice president for research. "This supercomputer offers Auburn researchers unprecedented computer power. The higher level of capability and capacity allows us to be very competitive in the era of Big Data as we analyze large amounts of information."

The Lenovo supercomputer is actually a collection of 120 computers called "nodes" tied together into a coherent system controlled by a "head node", with its speed ranking in the top 1 percent in the world in terms of access to the large pool of shared storage. Each node has 20 cores that process information, which means 2,400 cores are available for the computational needs of researchers.

The system has more than 16 terabytes of memory and 1.4 petabytes of disk space. One terabyte equals one million megabytes (or 1,000 gigabytes), while one petabyte is 1,000 terabytes. A typical personal computer has 8 gigabytes of memory and disk space that is between 500 gigabytes and 1 terabyte.

Auburn has named its new supercomputer the "Hopper" in honour of the late Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, an extraordinary woman whose work laid the foundation for much of today's computing work.

"Computer technology plays such an important role in all research today", stated Nicholas Giordano, dean of the College of Sciences and Mathematics. "Many Auburn faculty and students will benefit from it, and it will help Auburn recruit new faculty, who can hit the ground running."

Each researcher can have his or her own resources on the machine, which is housed in the Office of Information Technology building.

"We designed our building to accommodate this type of setup when we built it four years ago", stated Bliss Bailey, chief information officer in the Office of Information Technology. "Researchers will still use their desktop computers to access our 'Hopper' supercomputer."

The university will be able to better utilize research funding because researchers will not have to buy individual hardware and software for individual projects and because colleges will not have to build space with advanced electrical and cooling systems. Researchers also will not have to rent computer space and time on supercomputers with outside agencies or companies.

"The new supercomputer will allow our researchers to do all of their work here, and to spend more of their funding on the actual research", John Liu stated. "The machine will provide more opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students as well. Our students need to be trained with state-of-the-art infrastructure."

The university installed a supercomputer in its Hubbard Center for Advanced Science, Innovation and Commerce, or CASIC, building three years ago. Computer technology is estimated to become obsolete every six years, so Auburn plans to replace one of its supercomputers every few years.

"The new supercomputer is four times faster", Bliss Bailey stated. "We want to have multiple machines available for researchers, with incorporating the latest technology."

Funding came from a variety of sources, including the National Science Foundation, Auburn's Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development, Office of Information Technology, the Office of the Provost, College of Sciences and Mathematics and Samuel Ginn College of Engineering.

"We had a great collaboration across campus units to implement this plan", John Liu stated. "I appreciate Nick Giordano and Bliss Bailey for leading this effort."
Source: Auburn University

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Primeur weekly 2016-02-08

Focus

Reaching towards fully-integrated 3D tomography using new generation of algorithms and high performant scanning equipment and GPU clusters ...

Whole genome sequencing using HPC clusters in project MinE to find a cure for ALS ...

Exascale supercomputing

How to fit ten million computers into a single Supercomputer? The ExaNeSt project paves the way. European consortium becomes the trailblazer in the development of the most challenging architectures ...

Focus on Europe

Europe and Brazil join forces to improve the efficiency of the energy sector with HPC ...

Upcoming e-IRG Workshop will focus on the Progress of the e-Infrastructure Commons ...

CCRT boosts industrial innovation with a petascale supercomputer from Bull ...

Middleware

Ellexus launches tool to load balance shared storage called Mistral ...

Frame unveils powerful new visual supercomputer in the Cloud ...

Hardware

Poznan Supercomputing & Networking Center and Huawei launch HPC cluster, liquid cooled by CoolIT Systems ...

DDN WOS object storage software wins 2016 Storage Visions Award for secure, collaborative Cloud storage ...

Auburn University unveils $1 million supercomputer and initiates new technology acquisition plan ...

AMD reveals world's first hardware-virtualized GPU product line ...

High Performance Computing (HPC) market worth 36.62 billion USD by 2020 ...

Mellanox promotes Amit Katz to Vice President of Ethernet Switch Sales ...

Applications

Ofiice of Naval Research-sponsored technology simulates how legs bleed ...

Anton 2 supercomputer at PSC will increase speed and size of molecular simulations ...

NCSA awarded grant to examine effective practices in industrial HPC ...

A stellar collaboration: Supercomputing and NASA's IRIS Observatory ...

Carnegie Mellon joins IARPA project to reverse-engineer brain algorithms ...

Bionik Laboratories to utilize machine learning and analytics to improve neurological rehabilitation ...

IBM Watson Ecosystem opens for business in India ...

American Heart Association, IBM Watson Health and Welltok team up to transform heart health ...

The Cloud

Nimbix addresses enterprise call for high-performance computing with executive sales hire ...

IBM launches Cloud data and analytics marketplace for developers ...

IBM closes deal to acquire The Weather Company's product and technology businesses ...