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Primeur weekly 2016-08-01

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National Strategic Computing Initiative Executive Council to unfold Strategic Plan ...

Quantum information science is to play a key role in the U.S. National Strategic Computing Initiative ...

Focus

Lenovo is heavily investing in new HPC technology, showing its commitment to the HPC market ...

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Exascale supercomputing

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Crowd computing

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Middleware

Red Hat Satellite 6.2 introduces new features to help users increase efficiency across on-premise, Cloud, and container-based environments ...

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Mellanox Technologies receives Baidu's Award for Technology Leadership, drives company to new heights in machine learning ...

Medallia deploys Mellanox Ethernet solutions to supercharge real-time analytics and achieve the efficiency of hyperscale infrastructure ...

A research project coordinated by UC3M helps reduce the cost of parallel computing ...

Supermicro shipping latest Intel Xeon Phi processor server solutions in volume with Intel Omni-Path fabric ...

Vortex laser offers hope for Moore's Law ...

Penguin Computing provides high-performance computing cluster to University of Alaska Fairbanks ...

Fifth NVM Express Plugfest participation set a record; Next event scheduled for October 2016 ...

Physicists use supercomputers to find a way of making imitation graphene from salt ...

Chip makes parallel programmes run faster with less code ...

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NSF commits $35 million to improve scientific software ...

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Fifth NVM Express Plugfest participation set a record; Next event scheduled for October 2016

12 Jul 2016 Wakefield - NVM Express Inc., the organisation that developed the NVM Express specification, which enables the full performance potential provided by non-volatile memory storage technology, has reported the results of its fifth NVM Express (NVMe) Plugfest. The event was a distinct success, with the highest attendance to date.

The Plugfest, which took place February 29-March 3 at the University of New Hampshire's InterOperability Lab (IOL) in Durham, New Hampshire, was an opportunity for NVM Express implementers to test the interoperability of their products. The programme ensures conformance to the NVM Express specification and establishes confidence that products will work well across a broad range of systems.

The next NVM Express Plugfest, which is scheduled for the week of October 3, 2016, will include new testing protocols and other updates, reflecting what has been learned in prior events, as well as the needs of the growing NVM Express ecosystem.

There were 24 products registered for testing, with more than 70 engineers in attendance, from 20 companies: 16 companies with NVMe products and four from test companies. Two companies were waitlisted because the event was at capacity, and their products were tested separately after the event. Of the 24 products submitted, more than 20 devices successfully completed the rigorous testing. The Integrators List may be used to refer to these products - listing is at the discretion of a company and thus not every product may be specified.

Some devices at the event had implemented the latest revision of the NVMe specification, Version 1.2. Hot plug testing for data centre environments using the U.2 (SFF-8639) form factor was included, which was effective in proving robustness of NVM Express systems. For client and data centre environments, there was boot testing using systems with BIOSes that have a UEFI NVM Express driver integrated.

Conformance testing went very smoothly, with most tests on the conformance test stations finishing within 30 minutes. Interoperability testing took longer, and UNH-IOL is actively exploring ways to speed it up; however, though the current method of shutting down and rebooting servers takes time, it does uncover problems.

Participants stated an interest in diversifying the UNH-IOL host test bed, and UNH-IOL plans to address this in time for the next plugfest. Namespace Management and Dual Port are areas where further testing is being requested.

"NVM Express is quickly being adopted as a high performance interface standard for PCIe SSDs, and compatibility among different products is essential for greater market adoption", stated Frank Shu, VP of R&D, Verification Engineering & Compatibility Test at Silicon Motion Inc. "We are proud of having our products successfully pass through the NVMe Plugfest in ensuring compliance to the specification as well as interoperability with other NVMe products."

"The most recent NVM Express Plugfest was our best attended to date, as interest from the NVM Express community has continued to grow. UNH-IOL appreciates the support from the NVM Express organisation and its members, particularly those who participated in the fifth plugfest", stated David Woolf, Research and Development, Datacenter Technologies at UNH-IOL. "We are working to adjust the plugfest structure to accommodate the growing demand."
Source: NVM Express

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Primeur weekly 2016-08-01

Special

National Strategic Computing Initiative Executive Council to unfold Strategic Plan ...

Quantum information science is to play a key role in the U.S. National Strategic Computing Initiative ...

Focus

Lenovo is heavily investing in new HPC technology, showing its commitment to the HPC market ...

South Africa's CHPC in the picture with new Lengau supercomputer, Student Cluster Competition victory and upcoming ICRI 2016 Conference ...

Exascale supercomputing

China starts developing new-era exascale supercomputer ...

Crowd computing

IBM intensifies fight against Zika ...

Middleware

Red Hat Satellite 6.2 introduces new features to help users increase efficiency across on-premise, Cloud, and container-based environments ...

Hardware

Mellanox Technologies receives Baidu's Award for Technology Leadership, drives company to new heights in machine learning ...

Medallia deploys Mellanox Ethernet solutions to supercharge real-time analytics and achieve the efficiency of hyperscale infrastructure ...

A research project coordinated by UC3M helps reduce the cost of parallel computing ...

Supermicro shipping latest Intel Xeon Phi processor server solutions in volume with Intel Omni-Path fabric ...

Vortex laser offers hope for Moore's Law ...

Penguin Computing provides high-performance computing cluster to University of Alaska Fairbanks ...

Fifth NVM Express Plugfest participation set a record; Next event scheduled for October 2016 ...

Physicists use supercomputers to find a way of making imitation graphene from salt ...

Chip makes parallel programmes run faster with less code ...

Applications

KnuEdge and University of California San Diego to host premiere industry conference to drive next-gen machine learning performance ...

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and Princeton join high-performance software project ...

Red Hat unveils JBoss Data Grid 7 as platform for real-time data analytics ...

Teradata acquires Big Data Partnership consultancy and expands open source analytics services ...

PRACE to organize Women in HPC Workshop at SC16 ...

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory chemist named Howes Scholar ...

NSF commits $35 million to improve scientific software ...

Making Big Data DANCE(S): XSEDE project successfully tests scheduled networking of Big Data ...

New ALS gene NEK1 found by Project MinE researchers at University of Massachusetts and UMC Utrecht ...

New ALS gene C21orf2 identified by international research consortium Project MinE ...

FogHorn Systems secures $12 million in Series A funding ...

The Cloud

IBM Cloud ranked as leading Platform as a Service (PaaS) according to analyst firm ...

Oracle buys NetSuite ...

New Cloud-computing platform to further the analysis of microbial genomes ...

USFlash

Australian Government to make a $14 million investment in NCI's supercomputing and data storage capacity ...