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Primeur weekly 2012-04-23

Exascale supercomputing

Heading toward Exascale: ISC'12 sessions to look at global progress, plans and programmes

Desktop Grids

IBM enables water quality predictions for major waterways in partnership between World Community Grid and University of Virginia

The Cloud

VENUS-C - Empowering emergency crews with the Cloud

Amazon Web Services introduces AWS Marketplace where customers can find and buy pre-configured software for the AWS Cloud

EMC introduces VSPEX proven infrastructure

Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud selected by Data#3 for its Cloud services in Australia

Netelligent introduces Desktop as a Service (DaaS) powered by Desktone, Cisco and NetApp

Cycle Computing ramps global 50,000-core cluster for Schrodinger molecular research

SoftLayer adds high-performance computing to global platform

EuroFlash

Russia turns to HPC to revive national defense industry

PRACE celebrates 2nd anniversary and launches 5th Call for Proposals

PRACE to issue Call for Proposals for 5th Project Access and Multi-year Access (Tier-0) and synchronized Call for DECI-9 (Tier-1)

SARA to launch tender for new Dutch national supercomputer

Innovative Nordic supercomputer in Iceland

First description of a triple DNA helix in a vacuum

Queen's aims to change the future of car manufacturing with supercomputer

The final frontier: space centre launch facility chooses projectiondesign

Data mining opens the door to predictive neuroscience

USFlash

Cray names William C. Blake Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

DataDirect Networks lowers Big Data total cost of ownership & deployment with new NAS scaler file storage system enhancements

Lustre made simple by DataDirect Networks

CSIRO chooses Xenon for supercomputing upgrade

SDSC announces Center of Excellence for Predictive Analytics

Baylor doctoral student awarded National Science Foundation Fellowship

12 companies join Stanford and Berkeley to launch new Open Networking Research Center

SoftLayer adds high-performance computing to global platform

17 Apr 2012 Dallas - Scientists, engineers and software developers are always looking for innovative ways to accelerate performance and shorten computational cycles. SoftLayer is looking to help them out by offering a new high-performance computing (HPC) Cloud-enabled solution consisting of servers powered by the latest GPUs (graphics processing units) from NVIDIA.

SoftLayer's new offering provides an on-demand, consumption-based model for high-performance computing (HPC) users looking to meet the most compute-intensive environments. These environments include traditional HPC fields such as data mining, numerical and seismic analysis as well as advertising agencies, game developers and interactive media firms with needs including video processing and 3D rendering.

"Using GPUs for running applications is an emerging trend in HPC today. Computing requirements continue to skyrocket but users remain as demanding as ever. They want capacity on-demand and prefer to pay only for what they use. It is incumbent on hosters to deliver this capacity in a Cloud-like fashion if they want to break into this market", stated Philbert Shih, Managing Director, Structure Research Ltd. "Giving people the ability to scale GPU resources adds incredible flexibility in the way research, engineering and development projects are conducted. By putting such raw computational power into a user's hands, in an easy pay as you go model, the focus is on research results not acquiring or maintaining the latest technology."

GPUs work in conjunction with the server's CPU to accelerate application and processing performance. The GPU offloads compute-intensive portions of the application from the CPU to accelerate overall performance of the machine, dramatically boosting overall application performance. SoftLayer's solution consists of dual-processor Intel E5-2600 (Sandy Bridge) based servers supporting one or two NVIDIA Tesla M2090 GPUs, the flagship of NVIDIA's range of data center GPU products, delivering up to 665 gigaflops of double precision floating point performance. As a result, SoftLayer users will see a massive performance boost with HPC applications accelerated by as much as ten times. SoftLayer's HPC servers are available on-demand and can be provisioned via the company's portal, mobile apps or API.

"We are offering breakthrough performance in a unique delivery model", stated Duke Skarda, Chief Technology Officer of SoftLayer. "The beauty of this solution is the way users can break down the toughest computational problems and largest blocks of data to work them in parallel over our network driving quicker results. GPU technology is still in its infancy but customer demand continues to soar as more and more HPC applications get migrated over to cloud infrastructures."

"The SoftLayer HPC Cloud offering brings the game-changing benefits of GPU technology to significantly more scientists and industrial users around the world", stated Sumit Gupta, senior director of NVIDIA's Tesla business. "Tesla GPUs deliver power-efficient, ultra-high performance to accelerate a range of computationally intensive HPC applications."

Key features and benefits include:

  • Cost effective HPC (ideal for scientific and technical computing)
  • Massive compute performance increase while accelerating application speeds by up to 10x
  • Cluster management and GPU monitoring
  • Parallel compute environment operates invisibly to the user
  • GPUs specifically designed to work as computational accelerators

SoftLayer HPC servers with NVIDIA GPUs start at $879.00 per-month for a configuration including one GPU, 16GB of RAM and 500GB of storage.

Source: SoftLayer

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Primeur weekly 2012-04-23

Exascale supercomputing

Heading toward Exascale: ISC'12 sessions to look at global progress, plans and programmes

Desktop Grids

IBM enables water quality predictions for major waterways in partnership between World Community Grid and University of Virginia

The Cloud

VENUS-C - Empowering emergency crews with the Cloud

Amazon Web Services introduces AWS Marketplace where customers can find and buy pre-configured software for the AWS Cloud

EMC introduces VSPEX proven infrastructure

Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud selected by Data#3 for its Cloud services in Australia

Netelligent introduces Desktop as a Service (DaaS) powered by Desktone, Cisco and NetApp

Cycle Computing ramps global 50,000-core cluster for Schrodinger molecular research

SoftLayer adds high-performance computing to global platform

EuroFlash

Russia turns to HPC to revive national defense industry

PRACE celebrates 2nd anniversary and launches 5th Call for Proposals

PRACE to issue Call for Proposals for 5th Project Access and Multi-year Access (Tier-0) and synchronized Call for DECI-9 (Tier-1)

SARA to launch tender for new Dutch national supercomputer

Innovative Nordic supercomputer in Iceland

First description of a triple DNA helix in a vacuum

Queen's aims to change the future of car manufacturing with supercomputer

The final frontier: space centre launch facility chooses projectiondesign

Data mining opens the door to predictive neuroscience

USFlash

Cray names William C. Blake Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

DataDirect Networks lowers Big Data total cost of ownership & deployment with new NAS scaler file storage system enhancements

Lustre made simple by DataDirect Networks

CSIRO chooses Xenon for supercomputing upgrade

SDSC announces Center of Excellence for Predictive Analytics

Baylor doctoral student awarded National Science Foundation Fellowship

12 companies join Stanford and Berkeley to launch new Open Networking Research Center