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Primeur weekly 2014-04-28

Exascale supercomputing

MONTBLANC scaling new heights of computing performance ...

The Cloud

HP extends mission-critical enterprise environments ...

UTSA hosts Open BigCloud Symposium and OCP Workshop May 7-8 ...

IBM provides SoftLayer ecosystem partners with new resources for generating Cloud revenue ...

Desktop Grids

Parabon launches crowdsourcing initiative to tackle Alzheimer's Disease with computing capacity donated by concerned citizens ...

SETI.Germany to organize BOINC Pentathlon ...

New BOINC server VM image available ...

EuroFlash

Tower International selects Altair's Compute Manager ...

Forschungszentrum Jülich Joins the OpenPOWER Foundation ...

CSC leads a Nordic project on sensitive data ...

CSC joins Intel Parallel Computing Center programme ...

Earthquake simulation tops 1 quadrillion flops ...

Master in High Performance Computing (MHPC) programme at ICTP and the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) ...

Catherine Rivière, PRACE Council Chair, speaks at ICRI 2014 on the way forward for PRACE and HPC in Europe ...

PRACE Spring School: Researchers from all over the world come to school in Austria ...

USFlash

Third Person, first rate projection: TDC delivers tech and crew to ground-breaking Australian movie production for TEDx Sydney ...

OpenPOWER Foundation unveils first innovations and roadmap ...

NCAR & CU join Intel Parallel Computing Centers programme ...

AltaSim Technologies wins DOE grant for additive manufacturing ...

Georgia Tech researchers use NSF XSEDE supercomputers to understand and predict how black holes swallow stars ...

NEC selects Chelsio adapters for Vector Supercomputer ...

IBM Watson Group invests in Fluid to transform the consumer shopping experience ...

HP introduces next-generation enterprise array for mission-critical workloads ...

Big data poses great challenges and opportunities for databases ...

IBM tackles Big Data challenges with Open Server Innovation Model ...

OpenPOWER Foundation unveils first innovations and roadmap

23 Apr 2014 San Francisco - The OpenPOWER Foundation, an open development community dedicated to accelerating data centre innovation, has taken its first steps to deliver transformative system designs based on IBM's new POWER8 processor.

At the recent Open Innovation Summit, with over 100 industry executives and technologists on hand, the Foundation showed the first reference board and OEM systems, and innovations including many forms of acceleration, advanced memory and networking. OpenPOWER has grown to more than two dozen members including global hardware and software thought leaders.

Formed by Google, IBM, Mellanox Technologies, NVIDIA, and Tyan, the Foundation makes POWER hardware and software available for open development, as well as POWER intellectual property licensable to other manufacturers. OpenPOWER is greatly expanding the ecosystem of innovators providing value back to the industry and end users.

"We are very pleased with the growth of the OpenPOWER community and the progress made by the Working Group members even at this early stage", stated Gordon MacKean, Chairman, OpenPOWER Foundation. "The projects feeding the innovation pipeline to date will greatly enhance the performance of the next generation of servers by eliminating system-level bottlenecks."

At the summit, the OpenPOWER Foundation presented its first white box server details including a development and reference design from Tyan, and firmware and operating system developed by IBM, Google, and Canonical. The OpenPOWER Software stack in this white box design is targeted for ease of implementation in hybrid deployments. IBM noted it will be deploying systems leveraging this OpenPOWER hardware and software stack in Softlayer later this year. Information on OpenPOWER projects is available on the Foundation's new web site.

OpenPOWER also announced new ways to use POWER-based technologies to address critical Big Data, Cloud, and application challenges facing modern data centres. An early live demonstration of these innovations will be performed at the IBM Impact 2014 Global Conference, Las Vegas Nevada, April 27-May 1.

These include:

  • Mellanox RDMA exploitation on POWER: Using RDMA a 10X throughput andlatency improvement of Key Value Store applications was described. These capabilities will be further accelerated with future exploitation of POWER8 capabilities.
  • NVIDIA GPU Accelerators: NVIDIA is adding CUDA software support for NVIDIA GPUs with IBM POWER CPUs. IBM and NVIDIA are demonstrating the first GPU accelerator framework for Java, showing an order of magnitude performance improvement on Hadoop Analytics applications compared to a CPU-only implementation. NVIDIA will offer its NVLinkTM high-speed GPU interconnect as a licensed technology to OpenPOWER Foundation members.
  • Xilinx and Altera FPGA accelerators with CAPI attach: IBM described two CAPI attach accelerator solutions, a memcached Key Value Store showing a 35x power/performance improvement with an order of magnitude latency reduction, and Monte Carlo financial instruments models with a 200X speedup using Altera FPGAs with a CAPI attach.
  • Micron, Samsung Electronics, and SK Hynix memory: Each of these innovative memory companies is committed to supporting the OpenPower Foundation through the supply of memory and storage components for an open ecosystem.

Twenty-five members have joined OpenPOWER including Canonical, Samsung Electronics, Micron, Hitachi, Emulex, Fusion-IO, SK Hynix, Xilinx, Jülich Supercomputer Center, Oregon State University, and several others since OpenPOWER formed as a legal entity in December 2013.

The goal of the OpenPOWER Foundation is to create an open ecosystem, using the POWER Architecture to share expertise, investment, and server-class intellectual property to serve the evolving needs of customers:

  • OpenPOWER enables collaborative innovation for shared building blocks
  • OpenPOWER supports independent innovation by members
  • OpenPOWER builds on industry leading technology
  • OpenPOWER thrives as an open development community

For further details, a full membership roster, and getting involved in the OpenPOWER

Foundation, you can visit www.openpowerfoundation.org .
Source: OpenPOWER

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Primeur weekly 2014-04-28

Exascale supercomputing

MONTBLANC scaling new heights of computing performance ...

The Cloud

HP extends mission-critical enterprise environments ...

UTSA hosts Open BigCloud Symposium and OCP Workshop May 7-8 ...

IBM provides SoftLayer ecosystem partners with new resources for generating Cloud revenue ...

Desktop Grids

Parabon launches crowdsourcing initiative to tackle Alzheimer's Disease with computing capacity donated by concerned citizens ...

SETI.Germany to organize BOINC Pentathlon ...

New BOINC server VM image available ...

EuroFlash

Tower International selects Altair's Compute Manager ...

Forschungszentrum Jülich Joins the OpenPOWER Foundation ...

CSC leads a Nordic project on sensitive data ...

CSC joins Intel Parallel Computing Center programme ...

Earthquake simulation tops 1 quadrillion flops ...

Master in High Performance Computing (MHPC) programme at ICTP and the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) ...

Catherine Rivière, PRACE Council Chair, speaks at ICRI 2014 on the way forward for PRACE and HPC in Europe ...

PRACE Spring School: Researchers from all over the world come to school in Austria ...

USFlash

Third Person, first rate projection: TDC delivers tech and crew to ground-breaking Australian movie production for TEDx Sydney ...

OpenPOWER Foundation unveils first innovations and roadmap ...

NCAR & CU join Intel Parallel Computing Centers programme ...

AltaSim Technologies wins DOE grant for additive manufacturing ...

Georgia Tech researchers use NSF XSEDE supercomputers to understand and predict how black holes swallow stars ...

NEC selects Chelsio adapters for Vector Supercomputer ...

IBM Watson Group invests in Fluid to transform the consumer shopping experience ...

HP introduces next-generation enterprise array for mission-critical workloads ...

Big data poses great challenges and opportunities for databases ...

IBM tackles Big Data challenges with Open Server Innovation Model ...