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Primeur weekly 2016-02-22

Crowd computing

Come and build Sisunen, a real supercomputer ...

Quantum computing

A new spin on quantum computing: Scientists train electrons with microwaves ...

Focus on Europe

Bright Computing names Bill Wagner as Chief Executive Officer ...

PRACEdays16 registration is now open ...

ISC High Performance keynote proclaims women's excellence in computational science ...

Flemish Supercomputer Centre selects Mellanox's end-to-end EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand solution to further science and medical research ...

Middleware

IBM delivers Blockchain-as-a-Service for developers and commits to making blockchain ready for business ...

Hardware

IBM and Cognitiva to usher in a new era of cognitive computing using Watson in Latin America ...

New supercomputer for computational chemistry, biology and physics at University of Western Australia ...

FlashLite sets SPEC benchmark world records ...

GridGain raises $15 million in Series B financing led by Sberbank and MoneyTime Ventures ...

Met Office celebrates 'topping out' of supercomputer complex ...

Applications

Groundbreaking leader of computation at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory retires ...

Titan probes depths of biofuel's biggest barrier ...

New projects pair U.S. manufacturers with Oak Ridge National Laboratory computing resources ...

AweSim-EWI project among those chosen for DOE HPC4Mfg award ...

Simulation reconstructs in detail the volcanic super-eruption which slowed the advance of modern man in Europe ...

University of Nebraska-Licoln supercomputers help gravitational wave discovery ...

The Cloud

EMC and VMware introduce hyper-converged VCE VXRAIL Appliance family ...

IBM unveils new mainframe for encrypted hybrid Clouds ...

Calix uses Oracle Cloud Platform to accelerate innovation ...

IBM Watson Health announces plans to acquire Truven Health Analytics for $2.6B, extending its leadership in value-based care solutions ...

Zycko deploys VM Aware storage solution from Mellanox and Tintri for private Cloud data centre ...

Award honours work of Genomics Virtual Lab team at University of Queensland ...

Connected high-speed data storage coming to University of Queensland ...

FlashLite sets SPEC benchmark world records


XENON Chief Technology Officer Werner Scholz (left) and RCC Director Professor David Abramson at FlashLite's base at the Polaris Data Centre
22 Feb 2016 St Lucia - Research Computing Centre (RCC)'s data-intensive high performance computer, FlashLite, has set two world records to become the world's most powerful shared memory server. The ARC-funded FlashLite was installed in Spring Hill's Polaris Data Centre in August last year and is available for use to Australian researchers, including those at the University of Queensland.

FlashLite has taken the top position on the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation's CPU benchmark results (SPEC), beating previous top position SGI UV systems by as much as 29 percent. FlashLite also came third on the STREAM benchmark, trailing only two systems, which have double the processor count.

RCC designed Flashlite and XENON Systems built and installed it at the Polaris Data Centre, while ScaleMP’s vSMP Foundation powers the supercomputer.

"We are extremely satisfied to have set two world records", stated RCC Director Prof David Abramson.

"These benchmarks measure the computational power and the speed of accessing memory respectively. FlashLite was designed for data-intensive science, but it's great to see it achieving outstanding computational performance at the same time. This makes it ideal for demanding Big Data problems such as those found in Life Sciences, Physics, Chemistry, Geo-Science and even Social Science."

Shai Fultheim, ScaleMP's CEO and founder, stated: "With the FlashLite system, the University has proven that one can indeed use commodity components to create the world's fastest shared memory computer, and we look forward to further collaboration with Queensland scientists in varying fields of research, to help them get the most out of their modeling, simulation, and analysis of the universe we live in."

"These fantastic world records confirm the capabilities of this machine, and XENON's integration of vSMP Foundation makes it easy to partition and reconfigure the system as needed by the researchers", stated Dragan Dimitrovici, founder and CEO of XENON Systems.
Source: University of Queensland Research Computing Centre

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2016-02-22

Crowd computing

Come and build Sisunen, a real supercomputer ...

Quantum computing

A new spin on quantum computing: Scientists train electrons with microwaves ...

Focus on Europe

Bright Computing names Bill Wagner as Chief Executive Officer ...

PRACEdays16 registration is now open ...

ISC High Performance keynote proclaims women's excellence in computational science ...

Flemish Supercomputer Centre selects Mellanox's end-to-end EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand solution to further science and medical research ...

Middleware

IBM delivers Blockchain-as-a-Service for developers and commits to making blockchain ready for business ...

Hardware

IBM and Cognitiva to usher in a new era of cognitive computing using Watson in Latin America ...

New supercomputer for computational chemistry, biology and physics at University of Western Australia ...

FlashLite sets SPEC benchmark world records ...

GridGain raises $15 million in Series B financing led by Sberbank and MoneyTime Ventures ...

Met Office celebrates 'topping out' of supercomputer complex ...

Applications

Groundbreaking leader of computation at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory retires ...

Titan probes depths of biofuel's biggest barrier ...

New projects pair U.S. manufacturers with Oak Ridge National Laboratory computing resources ...

AweSim-EWI project among those chosen for DOE HPC4Mfg award ...

Simulation reconstructs in detail the volcanic super-eruption which slowed the advance of modern man in Europe ...

University of Nebraska-Licoln supercomputers help gravitational wave discovery ...

The Cloud

EMC and VMware introduce hyper-converged VCE VXRAIL Appliance family ...

IBM unveils new mainframe for encrypted hybrid Clouds ...

Calix uses Oracle Cloud Platform to accelerate innovation ...

IBM Watson Health announces plans to acquire Truven Health Analytics for $2.6B, extending its leadership in value-based care solutions ...

Zycko deploys VM Aware storage solution from Mellanox and Tintri for private Cloud data centre ...

Award honours work of Genomics Virtual Lab team at University of Queensland ...

Connected high-speed data storage coming to University of Queensland ...