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Primeur weekly 2018-04-03

Quantum computing

Putting quantum scientists in the driver's seat ...

Focus on Europe

Tuesday and Wednesday keynotes announced for ISC 2018 ...

PRACE SHAPE 7th Call for Applications opens from 3 April to 1 June 2018 ...

Cray commissioned to deliver FPGA-accelerated supercomputer to Paderborn University ...

Developing the technology for future smart cities and autonomous cars ...

Philips Research-led big data consortium receives EU funding to improve healthcare outcomes ...

Middleware

Bright partners with Bechtle to offer infrastructure management solutions to French customer base ...

The Linux Foundation and open source community members launch LF Deep Learning to drive open source growth in AI ...

Hardware

NVIDIA boosts world's leading deep learning computing platform, bringing 10x performance gain in six months ...

NVIDIA expands its deep learning inference capabilities for hyperscale data centres ...

DDN Storage announces groundbreaking 33GB/s performance to NVIDIA DGX servers to accelerate machine learning and AI initiatives ...

DDN and SQream partner to deliver the world's fastest Big Data analytics and enterprise business intelligence acceleration at massive scale ...

DDN Storage helps Standard Cognition revolutionize the consumer shopping experience with fully autonomous check-out ...

Supermicro's new scale-up artificial intelligence and machine learning systems with 8 NVIDIA Tesla V100 with NVLink GPUs deliver superior performance and system density ...

NVIDIA reinvents the workstation with real-time ray tracing ...

Penguin Computing receives Americas 2017 NVIDIA Partner Network High Performance Computing Partner of the Year Award ...

Molecular basis of neural memory - reviewing 'neuro-mimetic' technologies ...

Asperitas and Boston announce Immersed Computing partnership ...

NVIDIA and Arm partner to bring deep learning to billions of IoT devices ...

Applications

ANSYS to acquire optical simulation leader OPTIS ...

NCSA's Donna Cox wins 2018 Innovation Transfer Award ...

The future of photonics using quantum dots ...

Chemical synthesis with artificial intelligence: Researchers develop new computer method ...

Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Australian partners jointly launch impactful research on blockchain technologies ...

New Cray artificial intelligence offerings designed to accelerate customers' AI from pilot to production ...

Overcoming a battery's fatal flaw ...

The Cloud

DDN named Data Centre Platform partner of the year at Intel Technology Partner Awards, recognizing its market leadership at scale ...

Oracle redefines the Cloud database category with world's first autonomous database ...

The Linux Foundation announces expanded industry commitment to Akraino Edge Stack ...

OpenContrail is now "Tungsten Fabric" and completes move to The Linux Foundation ...

Cray commissioned to deliver FPGA-accelerated supercomputer to Paderborn University


Paderborn University's vice president Dr. Simone Probst (right) signing the contract for the first phase of the Noctua procurement with Nurcan Rasig (left), Sales Manager Cray and Prof. Dr. Christian Plessl (middle), director and head of the board Paderborn Center for Parallel Computing. Copyright Paderborn University.
3 Apr 2018 Paderborn - Paderborn University has selected a Cray CS500 cluster system as its next-generation supercomputer. This procurement is the first phase of the Noctua project in which a multi-petaflop-system with a total budget of 10 million euro. The initial high-performance computing (HPC) system provides academic researchers from Paderborn University and nationwide with computing resources primarily for computational material science, opto-electronics and photonics, and computer system research. The system is expected to go into production in 2018.

Translating the continuous innovation in HPC technologies into meaningful benefits for researchers requires a close collaboration of technology providers, method and code developers, and users. "Cray has a reputation both as a technology pioneer and for pushing the boundaries of supercomputing unlike any other IT company", stated Prof. Dr. Christian Plessl, director and head of the board of PC². "Cray is an ideal partner for delivering the computing power required by our users and for collaborating with PC² in forward-looking HPC systems research."

A distinctive feature of the cluster is the deployment of 32 FPGA accelerators featuring the latest generation Intel Stratix 10 FPGAs, placing it at the very top of academic HPC production systems with state-of-the-art FPGAs. The selected FPGAs, with 5,760 variable-precision DSP blocks each, are well suited to floating-point heavy scientific computations. They reached general availability just in time to be installed in the Noctua cluster. A first set of applications that benefit from FPGA acceleration is currently ported and was reengineered in close cooperation with computational scientists. This infrastructure will be used to study the potential of FPGAs for energy-efficient scientific computing, allowing PC² to maintain its leading role in establishing this technology in HPC.

"Cray is dedicated to supporting academic researchers around the world in achieving their initiatives and we are pleased that Cray's system provides the flexibility in supporting state-of-the-art FPGAs for scientific computing,” said Pascal Barbolosi, vice president of EMEA sales at Cray. "This latest commission will allow Cray to support Paderborn University researchers with this exciting phase of their computer system research."

The Cray CS500 system will be installed at the Paderborn Center for Parallel Computing (PC²). It is expected that the new system will deliver triple the performance of the previous flagship system, OCuLUS. The new supercomputer will be deployed with 272 dual-socket compute nodes powered by Intel's latest generation Xeon Skylake processors. The used 20-core CPUs are the highest-performing of Intel's Xeon Gold portfolio. Overall, the system will provide a total of 11,000 cores and 51 TB RAM. The system is connected by a 100 Gbps Intel OmniPath interconnect supporting highly parallel MPI applications.

Additionally, a Cray ClusterStor L300N storage appliance will be installed. The combination of Lustre, GridRAID and the NXD flash accelerator technology will offer 720 TB of highly reliable storage for I/O-intensive compute jobs. "With the updated HPC system our users will again have the latest HPC technology with the most powerful computing nodes available", stated Dr. Jens Simon, manager of HPC systems and services at the Paderborn Center for Parallel Computing.

When signing the purchase agreement, operations vice president Dr. Simone Probst emphasized the importance of the supercomputer for the strategy of Paderborn University. "It is essential that we enable our researchers to perform world-class research by providing them with powerful computing resources. The university as a whole also profits from this infrastructure in the competition to attract the best talent."
Source: University of Paderborn

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Primeur weekly 2018-04-03

Quantum computing

Putting quantum scientists in the driver's seat ...

Focus on Europe

Tuesday and Wednesday keynotes announced for ISC 2018 ...

PRACE SHAPE 7th Call for Applications opens from 3 April to 1 June 2018 ...

Cray commissioned to deliver FPGA-accelerated supercomputer to Paderborn University ...

Developing the technology for future smart cities and autonomous cars ...

Philips Research-led big data consortium receives EU funding to improve healthcare outcomes ...

Middleware

Bright partners with Bechtle to offer infrastructure management solutions to French customer base ...

The Linux Foundation and open source community members launch LF Deep Learning to drive open source growth in AI ...

Hardware

NVIDIA boosts world's leading deep learning computing platform, bringing 10x performance gain in six months ...

NVIDIA expands its deep learning inference capabilities for hyperscale data centres ...

DDN Storage announces groundbreaking 33GB/s performance to NVIDIA DGX servers to accelerate machine learning and AI initiatives ...

DDN and SQream partner to deliver the world's fastest Big Data analytics and enterprise business intelligence acceleration at massive scale ...

DDN Storage helps Standard Cognition revolutionize the consumer shopping experience with fully autonomous check-out ...

Supermicro's new scale-up artificial intelligence and machine learning systems with 8 NVIDIA Tesla V100 with NVLink GPUs deliver superior performance and system density ...

NVIDIA reinvents the workstation with real-time ray tracing ...

Penguin Computing receives Americas 2017 NVIDIA Partner Network High Performance Computing Partner of the Year Award ...

Molecular basis of neural memory - reviewing 'neuro-mimetic' technologies ...

Asperitas and Boston announce Immersed Computing partnership ...

NVIDIA and Arm partner to bring deep learning to billions of IoT devices ...

Applications

ANSYS to acquire optical simulation leader OPTIS ...

NCSA's Donna Cox wins 2018 Innovation Transfer Award ...

The future of photonics using quantum dots ...

Chemical synthesis with artificial intelligence: Researchers develop new computer method ...

Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Australian partners jointly launch impactful research on blockchain technologies ...

New Cray artificial intelligence offerings designed to accelerate customers' AI from pilot to production ...

Overcoming a battery's fatal flaw ...

The Cloud

DDN named Data Centre Platform partner of the year at Intel Technology Partner Awards, recognizing its market leadership at scale ...

Oracle redefines the Cloud database category with world's first autonomous database ...

The Linux Foundation announces expanded industry commitment to Akraino Edge Stack ...

OpenContrail is now "Tungsten Fabric" and completes move to The Linux Foundation ...