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Primeur weekly 2014-07-07

Special

Visualisation on Europe's number one supercomputer Piz Daint ...

The UberCloud to launch new marketplace and appstore for engineers and scientists ...

HPC in Asia Workshop at ISC'14 - a video report ...

AppliedMicro's Gaurav Singh to launch X-Gene ARM 64-bit CPU at ISC'14 ...

Wolfgang Gentzsch and Sverre Jarp to announce ISC Cloud and ISC Big Data 2014 ...

Four-panelist Analyst Crossfire nailing hot HPC and Cloud topics down at ISC'14 ...

The Cloud

IBM to open new SoftLayer data centre in London ...

IBM delivers new Big Data capabilities on IBM Cloud marketplace ...

Desktop Grids

EU citizen science initiative asks us all to do our part ...

EuroFlash

Bull launches new range of bullion servers for Big Data and Cloud computing ...

"Cosmic own goal" another clue in hunt for dark matter ...

Bull and Sinequa join forces to offer real-time Big Data processing appliance ...

Eni turns on one of the largest and energy efficient High Performance Computing systems for industrial oil and gas activities ...

Over 100 people from 19 countries gain HPC skills at 5th International HPC Summer School ...

PRACE to announce Awards and winners at ISC'14 ...

PRACE-3IP PCP completes successful bidding stage ...

Netherlands contribute 12 million euro to design of the Square Kilometre Array ...

IDC announces new winners of HPC Innovation Excellence Awards ...

USFlash

New Executive Director named for Texas Advanced Computing Center ...

IBM Watson and Bon Appétit team on new app that transforms how we cook ...

Curtiss-Wright's new rugged SWaP-C optimized mobile IP router subsystem features an integrated Cisco ESS 2020 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switch ...

Mellanox Technologies announces definitive agreement to acquire Integrity Project ...

GiDEL announces OpenCL compliant Stratix V based FPGA boards to target High-Performance Computing applications ...

US Energy Department's National Labs supercompuetrs in the TOP500 list ...

Angus Tait building to house BlueFern supercomputer team ...

Visualisation on Europe's number one supercomputer Piz Daint


24 Jun 2014 Leipzig - At ISC'14 in Leipzig, Germany, Primeur Magazine had the opportunity to talk with John Biddiscombe, a computational scientist at the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) in Lugano, about Piz Daint, the number one supercomputer in Europe and the number six in the world, according to rankings of the new June 2014 TOP500 list. One interesting project the researchers are working on at CSCS is the use of Piz Daint's accelerators. The machine has 5000 nodes. Each one of these has an NVIDIA GPU inside of it. Traditionally, computational scientists have been using the GPUs to perform accelerated computations of the standard codes that are all known but it has been very difficult to also utilise the GPUs for the traditional use which is visulisation with for example OpenGL.

The OpenGL facilities were not activated on the GPUs. NVIDIA has been collaborating with Cray and CSCS to activate the OpenGL features on the chips so that the scientists not only can use them for the computation but also for the visualisation. This opens a whole new avenue for research and interactive use of the machine which the researchers could not conceive of before.

On the GPUs the scientists have experimented with a number of applications that include neuron visualisations and chemical simulations.

John Biddiscombe went over to the NVIDIA booth at the ISC'14 Exhibition to showPrimeur Magazineon one of the screens a live simulation running on Piz Daint coupled to the OpenGL visualisation that we could see happening as it took place.

On the screen John Biddiscombe showed a simulation of molecular dynamics running on 64 nodes of Piz Daint using the NAMDI solver. The visualisation is using one of the GPUs that has been enabled for graphics on the same machine. The simulation and the visualisation are coupled together so this was happening live, taking place in Switzerland as we spoke.

The work is done by collaborators at NVIDIA and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It really shows the advantage of having the GPU enabled for graphics so no data is saved to disk, nothing is being copied. It is rendered as it happens and you get these sorts of images, John Biddiscombe showed.

In addition to this, the scientists have also enabled ParaView, Viz-it, and custom OpenGL applications which can run on the same nodes. The advantage is that, even if the scientists don't perform any visualisation, they can render the data on the same machine as it was generated on, on the same scratch file system so they don't have to copy data and they don't have to mount the file systems on other machines. This is a huge game for everybody involved.
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Primeur weekly 2014-07-07

Special

Visualisation on Europe's number one supercomputer Piz Daint ...

The UberCloud to launch new marketplace and appstore for engineers and scientists ...

HPC in Asia Workshop at ISC'14 - a video report ...

AppliedMicro's Gaurav Singh to launch X-Gene ARM 64-bit CPU at ISC'14 ...

Wolfgang Gentzsch and Sverre Jarp to announce ISC Cloud and ISC Big Data 2014 ...

Four-panelist Analyst Crossfire nailing hot HPC and Cloud topics down at ISC'14 ...

The Cloud

IBM to open new SoftLayer data centre in London ...

IBM delivers new Big Data capabilities on IBM Cloud marketplace ...

Desktop Grids

EU citizen science initiative asks us all to do our part ...

EuroFlash

Bull launches new range of bullion servers for Big Data and Cloud computing ...

"Cosmic own goal" another clue in hunt for dark matter ...

Bull and Sinequa join forces to offer real-time Big Data processing appliance ...

Eni turns on one of the largest and energy efficient High Performance Computing systems for industrial oil and gas activities ...

Over 100 people from 19 countries gain HPC skills at 5th International HPC Summer School ...

PRACE to announce Awards and winners at ISC'14 ...

PRACE-3IP PCP completes successful bidding stage ...

Netherlands contribute 12 million euro to design of the Square Kilometre Array ...

IDC announces new winners of HPC Innovation Excellence Awards ...

USFlash

New Executive Director named for Texas Advanced Computing Center ...

IBM Watson and Bon Appétit team on new app that transforms how we cook ...

Curtiss-Wright's new rugged SWaP-C optimized mobile IP router subsystem features an integrated Cisco ESS 2020 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switch ...

Mellanox Technologies announces definitive agreement to acquire Integrity Project ...

GiDEL announces OpenCL compliant Stratix V based FPGA boards to target High-Performance Computing applications ...

US Energy Department's National Labs supercompuetrs in the TOP500 list ...

Angus Tait building to house BlueFern supercomputer team ...