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Primeur weekly 2014-06-30

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Innovative HTC facilities needed to support computational genomics at the application and data level ...

HPC-assisted cell-based immunotherapy successful in curing melanoma ...

Restless hearts are simulated with real-time modelling at IBM Research in Zurich ...

A live report from the Adapteva A-1 "smallest supercomputer in the world" launch at ISC'14 ...

The Cloud

HP launches Helion Managed Services for optimizing Cloud storage workloads ...

Oracle unveils next generation Virtual Compute Appliance ...

Desktop Grids

ATLAS@Home crowd computing project launched at CERN ...

EuroFlash

a.s.r. uses ADVA Optical Networking's GNOC for critical network monitoring and maintenance ...

ADVA Optical Networking launches new era of data centre connectivity with Big Data transport solution ...

KTH wins from crystal clear insight into application performance with Allinea Performance Reports ...

Neurological simulation milestone reached after UCL embraces Allinea's tools on UK's largest supercomputer ...

Bright Computing is building on its success in data centres across Europe ...

UK Atomic Weapons Establishment launches SGI supercomputer ...

Spectra Logic tape library to archive the UK's fastest supercomputer ...

Physicists find way to boot up quantum computers 72 times faster than previously possible ...

In the fast lane: Mediatec uses Calibre UK LEDView530 scalers at FIA World Endurance Championships ...

The upcoming cybernetic age is one of intellectual capital ...

International Supercomputing Conference moves to Frankfurt, Germany in 2015 ...

USFlash

DataDirect Networks helps EMSL speed climate, energy and bioscience discoveries with high performance and massively scalable storage ...

Spectra and the Tandy Supercomputer shorten calculation rates from days to minutes, saving time and lives ...

New A*STAR-SMU centre combines high-powered computing and behavioural sciences to study people-centric issues ...

Scheduling algorithms based on game theory makes better use of computational resources ...

National Renewable Energy Laboratory supercomputer tackles power grid problems ...

Simulations helps scientists understand and control turbulence in humans and machines ...

Stampede supercomputer enables discoveries throughout science and engineering ...

Supercomputing simulations crucial to the study of Ras protein in determining anticancer drugs ...

Stampede supercomputer powers innovations in DNA sequencing technologies ...

Stampede supercomputer helps researchers design and test improved hurricane forecasting system ...

NSF-supported Stampede supercomputer powers innovations in materials science ...

D-Wave and predecessors: From simulated to quantum annealing ...

HPC server market shrinks -9.6% in the first quarter of 2014, according to IDC ...

University of Maryland's Deepthought2 debuts in global supercomputer rankings ...

Nine ways NSF-supported supercomputers help scientists understand and treat the disease ...

CAST releases wysiwyg R33 ...

DataDirect Networks helps EMSL speed climate, energy and bioscience discoveries with high performance and massively scalable storage

17 Jun 2014 Santa Clara - To help the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) reduce dependence on foreign oil and accelerate discoveries to preserve the environment, the Environmental Molecular Science Laboratory (EMSL), a national scientific user facility located at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), has implemented DataDirect Networks (DDN) high performance block and file storage solutions to provide a storage foundation for ongoing alternative energy research projects.

Over the years, scientific requirements have changed as computational models have grown in size and granularity. Faced with an increased need for more powerful, scalable computing and storage resources to support data-intensive climate modelling and environmental research that was straining its legacy supercomputer platform "Chinook", PNNL engaged in a technology refresh led by supercomputer manufacturer Atipa Technologies, while upgrading to DDN high-performance SFA 12K block storage platform and EXAScaler file storage appliance.

Funded by DOE's Office of Biological & Environmental Research, EMSL provides a High Performance Computing (HPC) capability optimized for molecular-level modelling and simulation through its Molecular Science Computing (MSC) initiative.

More than 300 scientists from academia, industry and government use the MSC capability annually to drive multiple free energy simulations and structural genomics, which are all processed and accessed through its new state-of-the-art supercomputer, "Cascade".

Following a smooth migration to its new Atipa supercomputer and DDN storage system, PNNL's Cascade supercomputer delivers dramatic improvements in compute and storage power, handling up to 3.4 quadrillion calculations per second and 2.7 petabytes of usable storage. With a faster, more efficient storage platform that delivers up to 75 GB/s, users can run simultaneous climate modelling and chemistry computation codes without worry over compute or storage performance bottlenecks.

Now ranked no. 13 on the TOP500 list of the world’s fastest computers, in comparison to its predecessor, Cascade is 20 times faster, delivers 10 times the storage capacity, and more than twice the IO bandwidth. Multiple, large computational chemistry and climate models can be run concurrently with no resource contention, and individual experiments are seeing much faster results, thereby shortening the time to new scientific discoveries.

DDN SFA12K storage empowers researchers to change how research hours are allocated as so much more can be accomplished in less time. Moreover, DDN's robust performance enables peak performance of up to 75 GB/s along with a six-times multiple improvement in cluster performance rates.

DDN's unparalleled density allows users to replace as many as 40 racks of legacy storage with as few as three racks, lowering power, cooling and administrative overhead for significant TCO improvements. With network nodes that are hundreds of times faster than those on older systems, researchers now can go beyond the molecular level to the atomic level while having the flexibility to run a wide variety of different software codes without concern over storage capacity or performance bottlenecks.

Molly Rector, Chief Marketing Officer, DDN, stated: "We're proud to be the storage behind today's groundbreaking research at organisations like EMSL. Many organisations today are struggling to maximize the value of existing storage resources and IT budgets, while balancing high performance requirements in order to keep pace with scientific discovery. With the performance, scale and massive capacity of DDN storage, researchers at these organisations are able to achieve new levels of discovery at lower TCO by scaling their data to include bigger models and larger computation sets."
Source: DataDirect Networks

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Primeur weekly 2014-06-30

Special

Innovative HTC facilities needed to support computational genomics at the application and data level ...

HPC-assisted cell-based immunotherapy successful in curing melanoma ...

Restless hearts are simulated with real-time modelling at IBM Research in Zurich ...

A live report from the Adapteva A-1 "smallest supercomputer in the world" launch at ISC'14 ...

The Cloud

HP launches Helion Managed Services for optimizing Cloud storage workloads ...

Oracle unveils next generation Virtual Compute Appliance ...

Desktop Grids

ATLAS@Home crowd computing project launched at CERN ...

EuroFlash

a.s.r. uses ADVA Optical Networking's GNOC for critical network monitoring and maintenance ...

ADVA Optical Networking launches new era of data centre connectivity with Big Data transport solution ...

KTH wins from crystal clear insight into application performance with Allinea Performance Reports ...

Neurological simulation milestone reached after UCL embraces Allinea's tools on UK's largest supercomputer ...

Bright Computing is building on its success in data centres across Europe ...

UK Atomic Weapons Establishment launches SGI supercomputer ...

Spectra Logic tape library to archive the UK's fastest supercomputer ...

Physicists find way to boot up quantum computers 72 times faster than previously possible ...

In the fast lane: Mediatec uses Calibre UK LEDView530 scalers at FIA World Endurance Championships ...

The upcoming cybernetic age is one of intellectual capital ...

International Supercomputing Conference moves to Frankfurt, Germany in 2015 ...

USFlash

DataDirect Networks helps EMSL speed climate, energy and bioscience discoveries with high performance and massively scalable storage ...

Spectra and the Tandy Supercomputer shorten calculation rates from days to minutes, saving time and lives ...

New A*STAR-SMU centre combines high-powered computing and behavioural sciences to study people-centric issues ...

Scheduling algorithms based on game theory makes better use of computational resources ...

National Renewable Energy Laboratory supercomputer tackles power grid problems ...

Simulations helps scientists understand and control turbulence in humans and machines ...

Stampede supercomputer enables discoveries throughout science and engineering ...

Supercomputing simulations crucial to the study of Ras protein in determining anticancer drugs ...

Stampede supercomputer powers innovations in DNA sequencing technologies ...

Stampede supercomputer helps researchers design and test improved hurricane forecasting system ...

NSF-supported Stampede supercomputer powers innovations in materials science ...

D-Wave and predecessors: From simulated to quantum annealing ...

HPC server market shrinks -9.6% in the first quarter of 2014, according to IDC ...

University of Maryland's Deepthought2 debuts in global supercomputer rankings ...

Nine ways NSF-supported supercomputers help scientists understand and treat the disease ...

CAST releases wysiwyg R33 ...