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Primeur weekly 2016-08-22

Special

ExaCT team shows how Legion S3D code is a tribute to co-design on the way to exascale supercomputing ...

Focus

Sunway TaihuLight's strengths and weaknesses highlighted by Jack Dongarra ...

Exascale supercomputing

Big PanDA tackles Big Data for physics and other future extreme scale scientific applications ...

Computer programming made easier ...

Quantum computing

Cryptographers from the Netherlands win 2016 Internet Defense Prize ...

Focus on Europe

STFC Daresbury Laboratory to host 2016 Hands-on Tutorial on CFD using open-source software Code_Saturne ...

Middleware

Germany joins ELIXIR ...

Columbus Collaboratory announces CognizeR, an Open Source R extension that accelerates data scientists' access to IBM Watson ...

Cycle Computing optimizes NASA tree count and climate impact research ...

GPU-accelerated computing made better with NVIDIA DCGM and PBS Professional ...

Hardware

Mellanox demonstrates accelerated NVMe over Fabrics at Intel Developers Forum ...

Nor-Tech has developed the first affordable supercomputers designed to be used in an office, rather than a data centre ...

NVIDIA CEO delivers world's first AI supercomputer in a box to OpenAI ...

AMD demonstrates breakthrough performance of next-generation Zen processor core ...

CAST and PLDA Group demonstrate x86-compliant high compression ratio GZIP acceleration on FPGA, accessible to non-FPGA experts using the QuickPlay software defined FPGA development tool ...

IBM Research - Almaden celebrates 30 years of innovation in Silicon Valley ...

Wiring reconfiguration saves millions for Trinity supercomputer ...

Cavium completes acquisition of QLogic ...

Applications

Soybean science blooms with supercomputers ...

NOAA launches America's first national water forecast model ...

Computers trounce pathologists in predicting lung cancer type, severity, researchers find ...

Star and planetary scientists get millions of hours on EU supercomputers ...

Bill Gropp named acting director of NCSA ...

Latest NERSC/Intel/Cray dungeon session yields impressive code speed-ups ...

User-friendly language for programming efficient simulations ...

New book presents how deep learning neural networks are designed ...

Liquid light switch could enable more powerful electronics ...

Energy Department to invest $16 million in computer design of materials ...

Pitt engineers receive grant to develop fast computational modelling for 3D printing ...

Environmental datasets help researchers double the number of microbial phyla known to be infected by viruses ...

Teaching machines to direct traffic through deep reinforcement learning ...

Simulations by PPPL physicists suggest that magnetic fields can calm plasma instabilities ...

New material discovery allows study of elusive Weyl fermion ...

New maths to predict dangerous hospital epidemics ...

Kx financial analytics technology tackles Big Data crop research at biotech leader Earlham Institute ...

The Cloud

New hacking technique imperceptibly changes memory virtual servers ...

Nor-Tech has developed the first affordable supercomputers designed to be used in an office, rather than a data centre


David Bollig, President and CEO of Nor-Tech
16 Aug 2016 Minneapolis - Nor-Tech has developed a line of affordable supercomputers designed to be used in an office, rather than a data centre. Versions include ultra-quiet clusters, open source software clusters, ruggedized portable clusters and clusters with a combination of those features.

Nor-Tech President and CEO David Bollig stated: "We realized for a long time that there was a void in the market for organisations looking for supercomputing power in a cluster that could reside outside a data centre with a cost well below a traditional supercomputer. We have designed what we think is a Goldilocks solution: the right amount of power, the right price, and the right amount of expandability for today's offices."

One of the primary roadblocks to upgrading from a workstation to a cluster until now has been noise. Nor-Tech has solved this problem by introducing a low-noise cluster cabinet that reduces the sound to almost imperceptible white noise. For reference, a single blade server produces about 78dBA of noise; 70dBA is equivalent to the volume of a vacuum cleaner. Removing 28.5dBA, which is what the quiet cluster cabinet does, reduces the sound to a level that is halfway between normal conversation and a whisper. The record-breaking sound reduction factor was independently verified by MIRA Test Laboratories, which conducts sound power measurement in accordance with ISO3744.Great candidates for this solution include:

  • Engineering groups that need to speed up simulation/modelling processing by upgrading from a workstation to a cluster, but have no data centre to locate the cluster in.
  • Businesses that have a data centre but need a mobile, versatile cluster that can be shared outside the data centre.

Many organisations that very much need cluster computing power, but are on tight budgets can't afford a cluster. So they keep adding workstations as they need more power, which in itself gets to be very expensive. Nor-Tech's open source software clusters reduce the cost of operating a cluster by eliminating recurring software licensing fees. This brings clusters within the reach of most scientific and research organisations. Features of these open source software clusters include: no recurring licensing fees; integration with OpenFOAM and ParaView; quiet operation; they run on standard power; and they have wheels - so they can be used anywhere; in an office, classroom, laboratory, etc.

OpenFOAM is a CFD application developed primarily by ESI's OpenCFD Ltd. It was created in the 1980s and first released in 2004. It has a large user base across most areas of engineering and science - both commercial and academic organizations. OpenFOAM includes a full array of tools that solve anything from complex fluid flows involving chemical reactions, turbulence, and heat transfer to acoustics, solid mechanics, and electromagnetics.

ParaView is a multi-platform data analysis and visualization application that was first released in 2002. Users can quickly build visualizations to analyze their data using qualitative and quantitative techniques. The data exploration can be done interactively in 3D or programmatically using ParaView's batch processing capabilities. ParaView was developed to analyze extremely large datasets (petascale) using distributed memory computing resources.

Nor-Tech's ruggedized portable clusters bring supercomputing capacity to locations where HPC couldn't go before. This is ideal for any application that involves gathering and preprocessing data at multiple sites. It is also a good solution for remote applications that lack the infrastructure necessary for traditional HPCs.

The configurable cluster is energy efficient and runs quietly with low heat generation, with the highest available power at the lowest possible consumption - up to 128 cores on just two 120VAC 20-amp circuits. The ruggedized chassis meets applicable sections of military standards such as MIL-STD-108, MIL-STD648, and MIL-STD-810.

Shock absorbers line the chassis, keeping the system protected from sudden impact as well as sustained vibration. Lockable casters roll smoothly - even over rough terrain - and can be removed and stored inside the unit. End caps seal the unit while in transit and allow easy access to the components from both sides when removed. Users roll it out of the crate, detach the two end caps, and plug it in almost anywhere power is available. The entire unit can be moved by one person.
Source: Northern Technologies - Nor-Tech

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Primeur weekly 2016-08-22

Special

ExaCT team shows how Legion S3D code is a tribute to co-design on the way to exascale supercomputing ...

Focus

Sunway TaihuLight's strengths and weaknesses highlighted by Jack Dongarra ...

Exascale supercomputing

Big PanDA tackles Big Data for physics and other future extreme scale scientific applications ...

Computer programming made easier ...

Quantum computing

Cryptographers from the Netherlands win 2016 Internet Defense Prize ...

Focus on Europe

STFC Daresbury Laboratory to host 2016 Hands-on Tutorial on CFD using open-source software Code_Saturne ...

Middleware

Germany joins ELIXIR ...

Columbus Collaboratory announces CognizeR, an Open Source R extension that accelerates data scientists' access to IBM Watson ...

Cycle Computing optimizes NASA tree count and climate impact research ...

GPU-accelerated computing made better with NVIDIA DCGM and PBS Professional ...

Hardware

Mellanox demonstrates accelerated NVMe over Fabrics at Intel Developers Forum ...

Nor-Tech has developed the first affordable supercomputers designed to be used in an office, rather than a data centre ...

NVIDIA CEO delivers world's first AI supercomputer in a box to OpenAI ...

AMD demonstrates breakthrough performance of next-generation Zen processor core ...

CAST and PLDA Group demonstrate x86-compliant high compression ratio GZIP acceleration on FPGA, accessible to non-FPGA experts using the QuickPlay software defined FPGA development tool ...

IBM Research - Almaden celebrates 30 years of innovation in Silicon Valley ...

Wiring reconfiguration saves millions for Trinity supercomputer ...

Cavium completes acquisition of QLogic ...

Applications

Soybean science blooms with supercomputers ...

NOAA launches America's first national water forecast model ...

Computers trounce pathologists in predicting lung cancer type, severity, researchers find ...

Star and planetary scientists get millions of hours on EU supercomputers ...

Bill Gropp named acting director of NCSA ...

Latest NERSC/Intel/Cray dungeon session yields impressive code speed-ups ...

User-friendly language for programming efficient simulations ...

New book presents how deep learning neural networks are designed ...

Liquid light switch could enable more powerful electronics ...

Energy Department to invest $16 million in computer design of materials ...

Pitt engineers receive grant to develop fast computational modelling for 3D printing ...

Environmental datasets help researchers double the number of microbial phyla known to be infected by viruses ...

Teaching machines to direct traffic through deep reinforcement learning ...

Simulations by PPPL physicists suggest that magnetic fields can calm plasma instabilities ...

New material discovery allows study of elusive Weyl fermion ...

New maths to predict dangerous hospital epidemics ...

Kx financial analytics technology tackles Big Data crop research at biotech leader Earlham Institute ...

The Cloud

New hacking technique imperceptibly changes memory virtual servers ...