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Primeur weekly 2018-02-26

Focus

The European Processor Initiative (EPI) to develop the processor that will be at the heart of the European exascale supercomputer effort ...

Quantum computing

Unconventional superconductor may be used to create quantum computers of the future ...

Developing reliable quantum computers: International research team makes important step on the path to solving certification problems ...

Programming on a silicon quantum chip ...

D-Wave locks in $20 million funding and completes prototype of next-gen quantum processor ...

Focus on Europe

Luxembourg joins the European supercomputer network PRACE ...

ICEI Public Information Event on the realisation of a federated HPC and data analytics infrastructure ...

Dutch eScience and Lorentz Centers launch Call to host workshop on digitally enhanced research ...

Middleware

Adaptive Computing announces release of Moab HPC Suite 9.1.2 ...

NCSA Assistant Director Dan Katz named BSSw Fellow ...

University of Nevada, Las Vegas' supercomputing boosted through new collaboration with Altair ...

Hardware

C-DAC focusing on cancer treatment using supercomputers as a tool ...

South-Korean Ministry of Science and Technology to announce Second National High-Performance Computing Fundamental Plan ...

IBM reveals novel energy-saving optical receiver with a new record of rapid power-on/off time ...

Computers learn to learn: Intel and researchers from Heidelberg and Dresden present three new neuromorphic chips ...

HPE helps U.S. Department of Defense to advance national defense capabilities ...

OCF deploys petascale Lenovo supercomputer at University of Southampton ...

HPE reports fiscal 2018 first quarter results ...

Ranovus announces general availability of its on-board optics and CFP2 direct detect transceiver products for 5G mobility and data centre interconnect applications ...

Mellanox appoints Steve Sanghi and Umesh Padval to Board of Directors ...

Applications

Supercomputers aid discovery of new, inexpensive material to make LEDs with high colour quality ...

AI companies to reuse crypto mining farms for deep learning in health care ...

Computer scientists and materials researchers collaborate to optimize steel classification ...

Boris Kaus receives ERC Consolidator Grant for his research in magmatic processes ...

Metabolic modelling becomes three-dimensional ...

Powerful supercomputer unlocks possibilities for tinier devices and affordable DNA sequencing ...

New Berkeley Lab algorithms create "Minimalist Machine Learning" that analyzes images from very little information ...

The Cloud

Adaptive Computing makes HPC Cloud strategies more accessible with the Moab/NODUS Cloud Bursting 1.1.0 release ...

USFlash

Gen-Z Consortium announces the public release of its Core Specification 1.0 ...

OCF deploys petascale Lenovo supercomputer at University of Southampton


23 Feb 2018 Sheffield - Researchers from across the University of Southampton are benefiting from a new high performance computing (HPC) machine named Iridis, which has entered the TOP500, debuting at 251 on the list. The new 1,300 teraflops system was designed, integrated and configured by high performance compute, storage and data analytics integrator, OCF, and will support research demanding traditional HPC as well as projects requiring large scale deep storage, Big Data analytics, web platforms for bioinformatics, and AI services.

Over the past decade, the university has seen a 425 percent increase in the number of research projects using HPC services, from across multiple disciplines such as engineering, chemistry, physics, medicine and computer science. In addition, the new HPC system is also supporting the university's Wolfson Unit. Best known for ship model testing, sailing yacht performance and ship design software, the Unit was founded in 1967 to enable industry to benefit from the facilities, academic excellence and research activities at the University of Southampton.

"We have a worldwide customer base and have worked with the British Cycling Team for the last three Olympic games, as well as working with teams involved in the America's Cup yacht race", commented Sandy Wright, Principal Research Engineer, Wolfson Unit at the University of Southampton. "In the past 10 years, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) has become a perfectly valid commercial activity, reducing the need for physical experimentation. CFD gives as good an answer as the wind tunnel, without the need to build models, so you can speed up research whilst reducing costs. Iridis 5 will enable the Wolfson Unit to get more accurate results, whilst looking at more parameters and asking more questions of computational models."

It's a sentiment echoed by Syma Khalid, Professor of Computational Biophysics at the University: "Our research focuses on understanding how biological membranes function - we use HPC to develop models to predict how membranes protect bacteria. These membranes control how molecules move in and out of bacteria. We aim to understand how they do this at the molecular level. The new insights we gain from our HPC studies have the potential to inform the development of novel antibiotics. We've had early access to Iridis 5 and it's substantially bigger and faster than its previous iteration - it's well ahead of any other in use at any university across the UK for the types of calculations we're doing."

Four times more powerful than the university's previous HPC system, Iridis comprises more than 20,000 Intel Skylake cores on a next generation Lenovo ThinkSystem SD530 server - the first UK installation of the hardware. In addition, it is using 10x Gigabyte servers in total containing 40x NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti GPUs for projects requiring high single precision performance, and OCF has committed to the delivery of 20x Volta GPUs when they become available. OCF's xCAT-based software is used to manage the main HPC resources, with Bright Computing's Advanced Linux Cluster Management software chosen to provide the research Cloud and data analytics portions of the system.

"We're purposefully embracing more researchers and disciplines than ever before at the university, which brings a lot of competing demands, so we need a more agile way to provision systems", stated Oz Parchment, Director of iSolutions, at the University of Southampton. "Users need a infrastructure that's flexible and easily managed, which is why Bright Computing is the ideal solution, particularly as we're now embracing more complex research disciplines."

Iridis has two petabytes of storage provided by Lenovo DSS Spectrum Scale Appliance connected via Mellanox EDR Infiniband and more than five PetaBytes of research data management storage using IBM Tape, taking advantage of the latest 15TB capable drives and media. The university has committed to a Proof of Concept of StrongBox's StrongLink data and tape management solution, a unique approach to manging data environments that automates data classification for life-cycle data management for any data, on any storage, anywhere.

Oz Parchment continued: "The University of Southampton has a long tradition in the use of computational techniques to generate new knowledge and insight, stretching back to 1959 when our researchers first used modelling techniques on the design of Sydney Opera House. Data and analysis of that data, using computational methods is at the heart of modern science and technology and, in order to attract the best world-class researchers we need world-class research facilities."

Julian Fielden, Managing Director of OCF, commented: "Academia really is feeling the pressure in attracting new researchers, groups and grants. Competition has never been fiercer. Throughout our 13-year relationship with the University of Southampton, it has had the determination and ambition to compete not just nationally, but internationally and, critically, provide the HPC, Cloud and Data Analytics services that world-class researchers desire."

On working with OCF, Oz Parchment concluded: "We've been working with OCF since 2004. The team has always delivered to our needs and gone the extra mile providing services, support and consultancy in addition to the hardware and software solutions. OCF listens and understands our needs, putting forward ideas that we haven't even thought about. The team are all technical innovators."
Source: OCF

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2018-02-26

Focus

The European Processor Initiative (EPI) to develop the processor that will be at the heart of the European exascale supercomputer effort ...

Quantum computing

Unconventional superconductor may be used to create quantum computers of the future ...

Developing reliable quantum computers: International research team makes important step on the path to solving certification problems ...

Programming on a silicon quantum chip ...

D-Wave locks in $20 million funding and completes prototype of next-gen quantum processor ...

Focus on Europe

Luxembourg joins the European supercomputer network PRACE ...

ICEI Public Information Event on the realisation of a federated HPC and data analytics infrastructure ...

Dutch eScience and Lorentz Centers launch Call to host workshop on digitally enhanced research ...

Middleware

Adaptive Computing announces release of Moab HPC Suite 9.1.2 ...

NCSA Assistant Director Dan Katz named BSSw Fellow ...

University of Nevada, Las Vegas' supercomputing boosted through new collaboration with Altair ...

Hardware

C-DAC focusing on cancer treatment using supercomputers as a tool ...

South-Korean Ministry of Science and Technology to announce Second National High-Performance Computing Fundamental Plan ...

IBM reveals novel energy-saving optical receiver with a new record of rapid power-on/off time ...

Computers learn to learn: Intel and researchers from Heidelberg and Dresden present three new neuromorphic chips ...

HPE helps U.S. Department of Defense to advance national defense capabilities ...

OCF deploys petascale Lenovo supercomputer at University of Southampton ...

HPE reports fiscal 2018 first quarter results ...

Ranovus announces general availability of its on-board optics and CFP2 direct detect transceiver products for 5G mobility and data centre interconnect applications ...

Mellanox appoints Steve Sanghi and Umesh Padval to Board of Directors ...

Applications

Supercomputers aid discovery of new, inexpensive material to make LEDs with high colour quality ...

AI companies to reuse crypto mining farms for deep learning in health care ...

Computer scientists and materials researchers collaborate to optimize steel classification ...

Boris Kaus receives ERC Consolidator Grant for his research in magmatic processes ...

Metabolic modelling becomes three-dimensional ...

Powerful supercomputer unlocks possibilities for tinier devices and affordable DNA sequencing ...

New Berkeley Lab algorithms create "Minimalist Machine Learning" that analyzes images from very little information ...

The Cloud

Adaptive Computing makes HPC Cloud strategies more accessible with the Moab/NODUS Cloud Bursting 1.1.0 release ...

USFlash

Gen-Z Consortium announces the public release of its Core Specification 1.0 ...