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Primeur weekly 2015-08-03

Special

So much more than meets the eye with Moab, Nitro, Elastic Compute, Docker at Adaptive Computing ...

IDC reports strong growth of HPC in financial markets and assesses European HPC deployment towards exascale in new report for EC ...

DDN presents three game-changing products: the ES7K storage solution, the Wolfcreek Platform and the Infinite Memory Engine ...

Focus

IDC assessment of European HPC strategy: remarkable progress, but more needs to be done to reach exascale ...

Focus on Europe

BSC and CEA will coordinate efforts to reinforce European HPC research and technology innovation ...

Middleware

General availability of Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre software v2.3 ...

Hardware

Investments in cyberinfrastructure to enhance Canada's competitive edge in research and innovation ...

DDN financial service storage solutions set world records in STAC performance benchmarks ...

Cray reports second quarter financial results ...

Inova Translational Medicine Institute chooses SGI to power one of the largest genomic databases in the world ...

SGI Japan installs five-screen virtual reality system at Komatsu, Oyama ...

Intel and Micron produce breakthrough memory technology ...

Applications

China's Skyeye-1 supercomputer to support world's largest radio telescope ...

CVS Health and IBM tap Watson to develop care management solutions for chronic disease ...

Illinois receives $1.8 million to create data platform for Big Data in plant breeding ...

Simulations lead to design of near-frictionless material ...

Superfast fluorescence sets new speed record ...

SGI UV 300H 20-socket appliance certified by SAP to run SAP HANA under controlled availability ...

TOP500

NASA's Pleiades supercomputer ranks among world's most powerful systems ...

The Cloud

HP to acquire ActiveState's Stackato business to help customers transition to hybrid Cloud ...

NASA's Pleiades supercomputer ranks among world's most powerful systems


NASA
17 Jul 2015 Moffett Field - NASA's foremost supercomputer, Pleiades, ranks 6th in the U.S on the July 2015 TOP500 list of the most powerful supercomputers, and holds the 11th spot worldwide, as announced at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) in Frankfurt, Germany. The computing power of Pleiades jumped nearly 21 percent over the November 2014 TOP500 result, as measured on the LINPACK Benchmark.

More significantly for NASA, Pleiades ranks 5th in the world and 3rd in the U.S. on the June 2015 High Performance Conjugate Gradient (HPCG) benchmark list, also announced at ISC. This "companion metric" to the LINPACK benchmark provides a more accurate performance measurement of the real-world scientific and engineering work done on general-purpose systems like Pleiades. This was the first time that Pleiades' performance numbers were reported on the HPCG list, which debuted in June 2014.

"Our goal continues to be to give scientists the computing capacity needed to do their research", stated William Thigpen, systems engineering branch chief at the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) facility at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. "The impact of our continuous performance improvements to Pleiades is not about numbers on a list, but to support the ever-increasing modeling and simulation needs of missions across NASA - from aeronautics, to space exploration, to Earth and space sciences", William Thigpen stated.

For example, in May 2015, using data from NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission to measure the moon's gravity field interior structure from crust to core, scientists running very large computations on Pleiades' Intel Xeon E5-2680v3 (Haswell) processors got results in half the time it took on the previous-generation processors. The improvement will save more than 2.5 million hours of computer time over the life of the project.

As another example, the increased number of Haswell nodes on Pleiades greatly reduced the time required to run roughly 10,000 cases for the booster separation aerodynamic database to support the first flight of Space Launch System (SLS) in 2018. The database is critical for SLS flight qualification, to determine the risk of the boosters recontacting the core after separation, which could cause loss of mission. The additional nodes cut in half the time required to populate the remaining data.

A series of upgrades over the past nine months increased the 211,360-core Pleaides' sustained performance to 4.09 petaflops (quadrillion floating-point operations per second) on the LINPACK benchmark. Sustained performance on the HPCG benchmark was measured at 131.90 teraflops (trillion floating-point operations per second). The upgrades included the addition of 4,176 12-core Haswell processors, each performing twice as many scientific calculations per second as the previous generation of Intel processors.
Source: NASA Advanced Supercomputing Division - Ames Research Center

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2015-08-03

Special

So much more than meets the eye with Moab, Nitro, Elastic Compute, Docker at Adaptive Computing ...

IDC reports strong growth of HPC in financial markets and assesses European HPC deployment towards exascale in new report for EC ...

DDN presents three game-changing products: the ES7K storage solution, the Wolfcreek Platform and the Infinite Memory Engine ...

Focus

IDC assessment of European HPC strategy: remarkable progress, but more needs to be done to reach exascale ...

Focus on Europe

BSC and CEA will coordinate efforts to reinforce European HPC research and technology innovation ...

Middleware

General availability of Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre software v2.3 ...

Hardware

Investments in cyberinfrastructure to enhance Canada's competitive edge in research and innovation ...

DDN financial service storage solutions set world records in STAC performance benchmarks ...

Cray reports second quarter financial results ...

Inova Translational Medicine Institute chooses SGI to power one of the largest genomic databases in the world ...

SGI Japan installs five-screen virtual reality system at Komatsu, Oyama ...

Intel and Micron produce breakthrough memory technology ...

Applications

China's Skyeye-1 supercomputer to support world's largest radio telescope ...

CVS Health and IBM tap Watson to develop care management solutions for chronic disease ...

Illinois receives $1.8 million to create data platform for Big Data in plant breeding ...

Simulations lead to design of near-frictionless material ...

Superfast fluorescence sets new speed record ...

SGI UV 300H 20-socket appliance certified by SAP to run SAP HANA under controlled availability ...

TOP500

NASA's Pleiades supercomputer ranks among world's most powerful systems ...

The Cloud

HP to acquire ActiveState's Stackato business to help customers transition to hybrid Cloud ...