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Primeur weekly 2016-07-04

Special

European Commission reorganisation affects supercomputing and e-Infrastructures ...

Focus

The next flagship supercomputer in Japan will be the "post K" with a CPU based on ARM V8 with HPC extension ...

Crowd computing

Book about volunteer computing released ...

Quantum computing

New, better way to build circuits for world's first useful quantum computers ...

Focus on Europe

ISC 2016 breaks record with attendance and programme in Frankfurt ...

PRACE Council elects new leadership ...

PRACE launches Fourth Call for Applications under SHAPE ...

International Data Corporation lauds innovations in supercomputing with Innovation Excellence Awards ...

PRACE looks back on successful ISC 2016 Conference in Frankfurt ...

Hardware

New age of computing launched at the University of Melbourne ...

Computing density of scalable energy-efficient RSC Tornado solution with the newest Intel Xeon Phi processor has increased by 2 times to 528 Teraflops per cabinet ...

CFMS selects Cray for next generation HPC platform ...

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory dedicates new supercomputer facility ...

Applications

Supercomputers on the trail of dark matter ...

New Quantum Mechanics algorithm fast on GPU desktop, not like older algorithms that need a supercomputer ...

Seeds of supermassive black holes could be revealed by gravitational waves ...

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs enlists IBM's Watson in the war on cancer ...

New ocean current simulations alter view of climate change impacts ...

Computer simulations help scientists glimpse why life can't happen without water ...

Nine University of Wyoming projects awarded summer use of supercomputer in Cheyenne ...

TOP500

MSU supercomputer recognized for power and energy efficiency ...

DDN increases its TOP500 HPC leadership to an unprecedented 70 percent of global supercomputing centres ...

The Cloud

Oracle announces Pfizer's Selection of Oracle Cloud for clinical data management and trial management across its clinical trial portfolio ...

IBM unveils new Bluemix OpenWhisk tools to speed development of IoT apps on IBM Cloud ...

Oracle brings SPARC to the Cloud ...

New age of computing launched at the University of Melbourne


30 Jun 2016 Melbourne - A new age in high-performance computing (HPC) is about to begin at the University of Melbourne. The University has launched a new HPC service called Spartan. It combines traditional HPC with a flexible Cloud computing component. No other university has put a system like this into production.

Mr. Bernard Meade, Head of Research Computer Services at the University of Melbourne, said that the application of HPC and Cloud techniques would increase research productivity across a wide range of disciplines.

"Many research projects demand high speed interconnect. Spartan can quickly scale into Cloud based virtual machines as needed, and expand the HPC system as user needs evolve", Mr. Meade stated. "Traditional HPC systems are typically tailored for a few specific use cases, but in practice are used for a much wider variety of applications, resulting in less than optimal usage", he stated.

Cloud systems allow for the sharing of computer resources without the need to be prescriptive as to how they are used. They also allow for the rapid deployment and reclaiming of resources for the shared pool.

Spartan is designed to take advantage of the best of both these worlds.

"High level computing has become an integral part of much of the research activity undertaken at the University. Spartan will help us provide a world-class research environment", stated Professor Margaret Sheil, Acting Vice-Chancellor at the University of Melbourne.

Spartan can grow and evolve according to the demands of researchers, expanding physically or virtually as required. The unique design features a nucleus of high performance, tightly coupled machines, augmented by thousands of compute cores in the Melbourne Node of the Research Cloud.

Such flexibility offers researchers greater options. They will be able to run jobs on bare metal with high-speed interconnections, use a cluster of virtual machines, or use a combination of the two. The system also caters for the diverse workloads of modern research, rather than forcing them all together in a sub-optimal environment.

Spartan uses the open-source Linux operating system, common throughout the HPC and Cloud industry, and SLURM as a workload manager. Physical hardware includes Intel systems sourced from Dell and switches from Mellanox and Cisco.

The combination of the architecture, hardware, and software choices has already generated impressive results with the fastest latency tests down to 1.15 µsec.

“Spartan is a hybrid HPC service, designed to suit a wide range of problem domains. We believe this is the future of HPC", Mr. Meade stated.
Source: University of Melbourne

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Primeur weekly 2016-07-04

Special

European Commission reorganisation affects supercomputing and e-Infrastructures ...

Focus

The next flagship supercomputer in Japan will be the "post K" with a CPU based on ARM V8 with HPC extension ...

Crowd computing

Book about volunteer computing released ...

Quantum computing

New, better way to build circuits for world's first useful quantum computers ...

Focus on Europe

ISC 2016 breaks record with attendance and programme in Frankfurt ...

PRACE Council elects new leadership ...

PRACE launches Fourth Call for Applications under SHAPE ...

International Data Corporation lauds innovations in supercomputing with Innovation Excellence Awards ...

PRACE looks back on successful ISC 2016 Conference in Frankfurt ...

Hardware

New age of computing launched at the University of Melbourne ...

Computing density of scalable energy-efficient RSC Tornado solution with the newest Intel Xeon Phi processor has increased by 2 times to 528 Teraflops per cabinet ...

CFMS selects Cray for next generation HPC platform ...

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory dedicates new supercomputer facility ...

Applications

Supercomputers on the trail of dark matter ...

New Quantum Mechanics algorithm fast on GPU desktop, not like older algorithms that need a supercomputer ...

Seeds of supermassive black holes could be revealed by gravitational waves ...

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs enlists IBM's Watson in the war on cancer ...

New ocean current simulations alter view of climate change impacts ...

Computer simulations help scientists glimpse why life can't happen without water ...

Nine University of Wyoming projects awarded summer use of supercomputer in Cheyenne ...

TOP500

MSU supercomputer recognized for power and energy efficiency ...

DDN increases its TOP500 HPC leadership to an unprecedented 70 percent of global supercomputing centres ...

The Cloud

Oracle announces Pfizer's Selection of Oracle Cloud for clinical data management and trial management across its clinical trial portfolio ...

IBM unveils new Bluemix OpenWhisk tools to speed development of IoT apps on IBM Cloud ...

Oracle brings SPARC to the Cloud ...