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Primeur weekly 2019-09-02

Quantum computing

DOE announces $21,4 million for quantum information science research ...

Quantum criticality could be a boon for qubit designers ...

DOE announces $60,7 million to advance quantum computing and networking ...

Atos delivers Quantum-Learning-as-a-Service to Xofia to enable artificial intelligence solutions ...

Entanglement sent over 50 km of optical fiber ...

Focus on Europe

MIPT physicists create device for imitating biological memory ...

Supercomputer Puhti at CSC Finland is now available for researchers ...

Hardware

Micron and WekaIO win Best of Show Award at the Flash Memory Summit 2019 ...

Tachyum joins CXL High-Speed Interconnect Consortium to advance breakthrough data centre performance ...

OSNEXUS announces QuantaStor 5.4 featuring scale-out NAS, IBM Key Protect integration, and storage firewall management ...

DIY: How to build a supercomputer ...

NVIDIA vComputeServer with NGC containers brings GPU virtualization to AI, Deep Learning and Data Science ...

Mellanox works with VMware and NVIDIA to enable high performance virtualized machine learning solutions ...

Mellanox introduces revolutionary ConnectX-6 Dx and BlueField-2 secure Cloud SmartNICs and I/O Processing Unit solutions ...

New modular supercomputing facility opens at NASA's Ames Research Center ...

Supermicro extends vSAN system portfolio for hyper-converged infrastructure and launches new high-performance vSAN solution ...

Applications

IBM gives artificial intelligence computing at MIT a lift ...

Break in temporal symmetry produces molecules that can encode information ...

Smarter experiments for faster materials discovery ...

Seagate and UC Santa Cruz collaboration poised to accelerate genomics data analysis ...

ORNL-Veterans Affiars collaboration targets veteran suicide epidemic ...

Messi versus Ronaldo: who's the GOAT? Computer model may help to settle the debate ...

Supercomputers pave the way for new machine learning approach ...

Altair expands AI data science solutions ...

The Cloud

Supercomputing in the Open Telekom Cloud ...

DIY: How to build a supercomputer


Stations were built on site to support the transformers that step down the power to Frontera.
8 Aug 2019 Austin - The construction of the Frontera supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) involved multiple industry partners over the course of several months. Dell EMC delivered fully integrated racks. Mellanox provided the HDR InfiniBand network. Intel provided its 8280 Cascade Lake processors. DataDirect Networks supplied the storage appliances. Innovative cooling systems came from Cooltera and CoolIT to the racks; and Green Revolution Cooling with their immersion cooling system for the graphics processing units. And that's just to name a few.
The flash-based file servers from DataDirect Networks provide fast and hefty storage for Frontera, with 1,5 terabytes per second of total bandwidth and 60 petabytes of data storage.

A one-million-gallon thermal storage tank supplied by an onsite chilling station provides efficient cooling to Frontera, which helps keep its energy footprint small. Renewable energy from wind and solar meets a significant amount, about one-third, of Frontera's needs. In addition, TACC added infrastructure to handle Frontera's 5,9 megawatts of power, roughly equivalent to about 1000 homes.

Other steps in readying the machine room for Frontera involved constructing stands to support its electrical transformers, which weigh thousands of pounds. And each rack required individual plumbing to be installed.

Once the plumbing and electrical infrastructure were ready, the first racks to arrive were the data storage servers. DataDirect Networks supplied a flash-based filesystem with their IME240 storage appliances, with four DDN ES18K EXAScaler appliances to be used for the home and scratch filesystems.

Next came the six Mellanox Quantum CS8500 core switches, capable of 320 terabytes per second switching capacity to the Mellanox HDR InfiniBand network to support all application communications between Frontera's compute nodes.

After the storage and network switches were in place, the first of 91 fully-loaded compute racks from Dell EMC arrived and were placed in the machine room. The compute racks consisted of a total of 8008 dual-socket servers with Intel 8280 Cascade Lake processors, a proven technology that allows Frontera to reach a peak performance of 38,7 petaflops.

An experienced TACC staff installed over 50 miles of interconnect cable between the nodes and the network switches, aided by dozens of volunteers who helped unwind and deliver cables.

After round-the-clock work to stand the system up and test it, Frontera ran the LINPACK benchmark - number-crunching subroutines used by the international TOP500 project to rank the fastest supercomputers in the world. NSF-funded Frontera earned a #5 spot on the TOP500 list for June of 2019, giving the University of Texas at Austin two supercomputers (Stampede2, #19) ranked in the top 20 fastest in the world.

"Building Frontera was an incredible feat and required a big, expert team", stated Dan Stanzione, Executive Director of TACC and Principal Investigator of the Frontera project. "Our ability to stand up such a complex machine under intense time pressure is something that sets TACC apart from other organisations in the world. We're proud to have executed and are now excited to see the amazing science it can enable."

Testing and early user access has continued through mid-summer of 2019 with full production expected for late summer 2019.
Dozens of volunteers throughout the centre helped unroll and place the InfiniBand network cables to the core switches.
Source: University of Texas at Austin, Texas Advanced Computing Center - TACC

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Primeur weekly 2019-09-02

Quantum computing

DOE announces $21,4 million for quantum information science research ...

Quantum criticality could be a boon for qubit designers ...

DOE announces $60,7 million to advance quantum computing and networking ...

Atos delivers Quantum-Learning-as-a-Service to Xofia to enable artificial intelligence solutions ...

Entanglement sent over 50 km of optical fiber ...

Focus on Europe

MIPT physicists create device for imitating biological memory ...

Supercomputer Puhti at CSC Finland is now available for researchers ...

Hardware

Micron and WekaIO win Best of Show Award at the Flash Memory Summit 2019 ...

Tachyum joins CXL High-Speed Interconnect Consortium to advance breakthrough data centre performance ...

OSNEXUS announces QuantaStor 5.4 featuring scale-out NAS, IBM Key Protect integration, and storage firewall management ...

DIY: How to build a supercomputer ...

NVIDIA vComputeServer with NGC containers brings GPU virtualization to AI, Deep Learning and Data Science ...

Mellanox works with VMware and NVIDIA to enable high performance virtualized machine learning solutions ...

Mellanox introduces revolutionary ConnectX-6 Dx and BlueField-2 secure Cloud SmartNICs and I/O Processing Unit solutions ...

New modular supercomputing facility opens at NASA's Ames Research Center ...

Supermicro extends vSAN system portfolio for hyper-converged infrastructure and launches new high-performance vSAN solution ...

Applications

IBM gives artificial intelligence computing at MIT a lift ...

Break in temporal symmetry produces molecules that can encode information ...

Smarter experiments for faster materials discovery ...

Seagate and UC Santa Cruz collaboration poised to accelerate genomics data analysis ...

ORNL-Veterans Affiars collaboration targets veteran suicide epidemic ...

Messi versus Ronaldo: who's the GOAT? Computer model may help to settle the debate ...

Supercomputers pave the way for new machine learning approach ...

Altair expands AI data science solutions ...

The Cloud

Supercomputing in the Open Telekom Cloud ...