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Primeur weekly 2016-03-14

Exascale supercomputing

Argo project tests exascale prototype with Chameleon ...

Quantum computing

Protected Majorana states for quantum information ...

Focus on Europe

ISC 2016 is now open for registration ...

Aston University to benefit from GBP 204 million government investment ...

Hardware

Hewlett Packard Enterprise accelerates all-flash data centre adoption ...

IBM 4Q server revenue outpaces overall 4Q server market growth ...

Virgin Media Business to power Met Office supercomputer ...

Mellanox showcases end to end 100Gb/s Ethernet solutions for Content Distribution Networks ...

Mellanox introduces world's first 25/50 Gb/s OCP Ethernet adapters for single and multi-host technology ...

Mellanox adds Cumulus Linux support for Ethernet switches ...

Lenovo and Juniper Networks announce global partnership ...

INRS takes giant step forward in generating optical qubits ...

Supermicro debuts Simply Double storage architecture optimized for Cloud, HPC, data centre, and enterprise at CeBIT 2016 ...

CSIRO uses Dell supercomputer to help combat post-childbirth complications in women ...

Seagate demonstrates fastest-ever SSD Flash drive ...

Worldwide server market revenues increase 5.2% in the fourth quarter as demand in China once again drives the market forward, according to IDC ...

Applications

Multi-scale simulations solve a plasma turbulence mystery ...

Big Data project aims to make breathing easier by mapping air quality ...

Data-intensive supercomputer brings new users to high performance computing for science ...

Study offers clearest picture yet of how HIV defeats a cellular defender ...

The Cloud

IBM opens first Cloud data centre in South Africa ...

Virtual time machine of Earth's geology now in the Cloud ...

Ground-breaking Elastic Computing solution from ProfitBricks and Bright ...

Rackspace expands OpenStack leadership with next generation bare metal servers ...

CSIRO uses Dell supercomputer to help combat post-childbirth complications in women


The CSIRO HPC cluster, named Pearcey, is based on Dell PowerEdge 13th generation M630 blade servers, each with 128GB RAM, and four PowerEdge R930 nodes each with 3 TB of memory for large memory applications.
14 Mar 2016 Round Rock, Sydney - The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia's national science agency, has teamed up with solutions provider Dell to deliver CSIRO's newest high performance computing cluster (HPC), named Pearcey.

The Pearcey cluster supports CSIRO research activities in a broad range of areas such as Bioinformatics, Fluid Dynamics and Materials Science. One CSIRO researcher benefiting from using Pearcey is Dr. Dayalan Gunasegaram, a CSIRO computational modeller who is using Pearcey for the modelling work behind the development of an improved nylon mesh for use in pelvic organ prolapse (POP) surgery, which has the potential to benefit the one in five Australian women that have surgery for the condition at some point in their lives.

"Current mesh implants that haven't been well designed for this purpose can lead to pain and discomfort, so we've teamed up with researchers from Monash University to develop an improved mesh for supporting prolapsed organs and treating the condition more effectively", Dr. Gunasegaram stated.

"Using the high performance computing capability of the Pearcey cluster we can simulate the stressful forces a patient would experience, such as during coughing or running, and model a variety of different situations to assess the mesh under stress."

The new leading-edge computing hardware has helped to accelerate the research which would have taken longer without the specialized Pearcey cluster.

"With thousands of processor cores available, Pearcey allows us to do more finite element analysis computations within a given time, which means we're able to advance to the next stage of testing much sooner than if we didn't have something so powerful."

"The computer simulations allow us to better understand the cause-and-effect relationships between mesh parameters, such as pore size and their expected in-vivo performance after implantation, and really focus on the areas with the most influence."

"By focusing on these areas, we're able to reduce the amount of physical testing we need to carry out on animals and humans, and the associated ethical and financial costs", Dr. Gunasegaram continued.

The HPC cluster is named after Australian ICT pioneer Dr. Trevor Pearcey, who led the CSIRO project team that built one of the world's first digital computers, CSIR Mk1/CSIRAC.

Pearcey is a Dell HPC system designed by CSIRO and Dell that delivers 230 nodes supporting data-intensive research and computational modelling.

Below are its key features:

  • Based on Dell PowerEdge 13th generation M630 blade servers, each with 128GB RAM, and four PowerEdge R930 nodes each with 3 TB of memory for large memory applications.
  • Servers are connected via 1:1 Mellanox FDR InfiniBand Networking.
  • Built with Bright Cluster Manager, enabling a software defined approach to management.
  • Sixteen of the PowerEdge M630 blade servers are configured with 512GB RAM and use ScaleMP software connected architecture to create a single, high memory, 8 TB cluster under a single operating system.

The manager for Dell APJ High-Performance Computing, Andrew Underwood, stated: "It's vitally important we work closely with our customers to make sure we architect the right solution for their needs, and Pearcey is the result of more than three years of close collaboration with CSIRO's Information Management and Technology team to clarify their objectives, and consolidate their infrastructure."

"High performance computing facilities such as Pearcey are an integral part of the advanced information and communications technologies that enable CSIRO science to solve real issues", stated Angus Macoustra, executive manager of Scientific Computing at CSIRO.

"Pearcey joins our portfolio of scientific computing facilities - these world class computing and storage services are essential to the delivery of CSIRO’s research portfolio and allow us to accelerate research impact, and delivery to CSIRO's customers compared to past systems."
Source: Dell

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Primeur weekly 2016-03-14

Exascale supercomputing

Argo project tests exascale prototype with Chameleon ...

Quantum computing

Protected Majorana states for quantum information ...

Focus on Europe

ISC 2016 is now open for registration ...

Aston University to benefit from GBP 204 million government investment ...

Hardware

Hewlett Packard Enterprise accelerates all-flash data centre adoption ...

IBM 4Q server revenue outpaces overall 4Q server market growth ...

Virgin Media Business to power Met Office supercomputer ...

Mellanox showcases end to end 100Gb/s Ethernet solutions for Content Distribution Networks ...

Mellanox introduces world's first 25/50 Gb/s OCP Ethernet adapters for single and multi-host technology ...

Mellanox adds Cumulus Linux support for Ethernet switches ...

Lenovo and Juniper Networks announce global partnership ...

INRS takes giant step forward in generating optical qubits ...

Supermicro debuts Simply Double storage architecture optimized for Cloud, HPC, data centre, and enterprise at CeBIT 2016 ...

CSIRO uses Dell supercomputer to help combat post-childbirth complications in women ...

Seagate demonstrates fastest-ever SSD Flash drive ...

Worldwide server market revenues increase 5.2% in the fourth quarter as demand in China once again drives the market forward, according to IDC ...

Applications

Multi-scale simulations solve a plasma turbulence mystery ...

Big Data project aims to make breathing easier by mapping air quality ...

Data-intensive supercomputer brings new users to high performance computing for science ...

Study offers clearest picture yet of how HIV defeats a cellular defender ...

The Cloud

IBM opens first Cloud data centre in South Africa ...

Virtual time machine of Earth's geology now in the Cloud ...

Ground-breaking Elastic Computing solution from ProfitBricks and Bright ...

Rackspace expands OpenStack leadership with next generation bare metal servers ...