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Primeur weekly 2012-11-19

Exascale supercomputing

DataDirect Networks announces $100 million investment in Exascale computing ...

Intel and DataDirect Networks join forces to enable compute infrastructures 1,000 times larger than today's biggest systems ...

The Cloud

HP delivers industry's first purpose-built server for Big Data ...

DDN adds enterprise class Cloud Tiering, NAS and SSD capabilities to its parallel file system appliances, making them Big Data ready ...

Desktop Grids

Members of the public asked to help tend Feynman's Flowers ...

EuroFlash

EMI 2 - Matterhorn - 5th update is now available ...

German Federal Waterways Engineering and Research Institute (BAW) optimizes navigable waterways using a Bull supercomputer ...

Choreographing light ...

USFlash

New editions of Moab HPC Suite enhance HPC system efficiency ...

SGI ICE X selected by CRIEPI for electric power research ...

Supermicro debuts SuperServer and SuperBlade solutions supporting new AMD Opteron 6300 Series processor ...

Brocade collaborates with Dell to announce industry's first 16 Gbps Fibre Channel end-to-end solution ...

Department of Energy's ESnet rolls out world's fastest science network ...

New storage and management features for IBM PureSystems help clients reduce costs and increase utilization ...

Obsidian welcomes Mellanox and its MetroX product into the long haul InfiniBand ...

Commercial and technical HPC customers can achieve Big Data results faster with NetApp HPS Rack solution ...

Brocade and Hyve Solutions partner to deliver fully integrated Big Data solutions using industry-leading Brocade VCS Fabric network technology ...

AMD FirePro server graphics redefining supercomputing performance through power efficient, sustainable technology ...

Medic Vision introduces industry's first enterprise-wide iterative image reconstruction system ...

StackIQ announces release of StackIQ Enterprise HPC for high performance computing clusters ...

Heterogeneous systems re-claim Green500 list dominance ...

PNNL expertise highlighted at Supercomputing ...

Keeneland Project deploys new GPU supercomputing system for the National Science Foundation ...

Titan is also a green powerhouse ...

AMD delivers massive compute performance for world's top ranked supercomputer ...

German Federal Waterways Engineering and Research Institute (BAW) optimizes navigable waterways using a Bull supercomputer

14 Nov 2012 Salt Lake City - The German Federal Waterways Engineering and Research Institute (BAW) operates on behalf of the federal administration for navigable waterways and navigation (WSV) in the areas of research and computing. The BAW Institute carries out 2 and 3D modelling of the flows in rivers and canals, models structures that generate currents and analyses the reliability of morphodynamic (formant relief) models.

"Given the complexity of three-dimensional flow phenomena, it is not always easy to predict how our projects are going to evolve", explained Thomas Damrau, IT Manager at the BAW Institue. "Our employees regularly need to make significant modifications to models and the various parameters, and even may have to change the source code. That involves testing and validating the computing code that has been changed, so they need direct, rapid access to the Data Center. This means that the BAW Institute's supercomputer has to constantly adapt to evolving needs."

The BAW Institute's supercomputer consists of a cluster of seven bullx blade chassis with 126 processing nodes, representing a total of 2,016 cores. The processing nodes are connected via a high-speed InfiniBand QDR interconnect network, with an Ethernet network serving users and the network administrator. The blades were specifically designed by Bull intensive computing applications and are based on the latest generation of Intel Xeon processors (Sandy Bridge-EP), Quick Path Interconnect, DDR3 memory and QDR Infiniband technologies. The Panasas PAS12 storage systems connected via InfiniBand deliver total capacity of 100 TB. Thanks to an innovative water-based cooling system, the supercomputer consumes very little energy. In addition, the heat it produces is collected in the system so it can easily be reused by the BAW Institute, for example for space heating.

A key feature of the configuration is the potential it offers to managers at the BAW Institute to monitor the system using the scVENUS management tools from science + computing AG, a Bull subsidiary. Another advantage is that the existing servers at the BAW Institute can also be administered using the same tool.

"scVENUS - which is automatically installed by the operating system - allows to be configured the cluster environment, the necessary applications to be installed and optimizes task planning", explained Thomas Weselowski, Director of Extreme Computing, Bull Germany. scVENUS offers a wide choice of standard, proven HPC software, and are well suited to requirements, library administration tools and compilers. "This means we can provide the optimum response to users' demands, while at the same time improving the price/performance ratio by 10-15%", added Thomas Weselowski.
Source: Bull

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Primeur weekly 2012-11-19

Exascale supercomputing

DataDirect Networks announces $100 million investment in Exascale computing ...

Intel and DataDirect Networks join forces to enable compute infrastructures 1,000 times larger than today's biggest systems ...

The Cloud

HP delivers industry's first purpose-built server for Big Data ...

DDN adds enterprise class Cloud Tiering, NAS and SSD capabilities to its parallel file system appliances, making them Big Data ready ...

Desktop Grids

Members of the public asked to help tend Feynman's Flowers ...

EuroFlash

EMI 2 - Matterhorn - 5th update is now available ...

German Federal Waterways Engineering and Research Institute (BAW) optimizes navigable waterways using a Bull supercomputer ...

Choreographing light ...

USFlash

New editions of Moab HPC Suite enhance HPC system efficiency ...

SGI ICE X selected by CRIEPI for electric power research ...

Supermicro debuts SuperServer and SuperBlade solutions supporting new AMD Opteron 6300 Series processor ...

Brocade collaborates with Dell to announce industry's first 16 Gbps Fibre Channel end-to-end solution ...

Department of Energy's ESnet rolls out world's fastest science network ...

New storage and management features for IBM PureSystems help clients reduce costs and increase utilization ...

Obsidian welcomes Mellanox and its MetroX product into the long haul InfiniBand ...

Commercial and technical HPC customers can achieve Big Data results faster with NetApp HPS Rack solution ...

Brocade and Hyve Solutions partner to deliver fully integrated Big Data solutions using industry-leading Brocade VCS Fabric network technology ...

AMD FirePro server graphics redefining supercomputing performance through power efficient, sustainable technology ...

Medic Vision introduces industry's first enterprise-wide iterative image reconstruction system ...

StackIQ announces release of StackIQ Enterprise HPC for high performance computing clusters ...

Heterogeneous systems re-claim Green500 list dominance ...

PNNL expertise highlighted at Supercomputing ...

Keeneland Project deploys new GPU supercomputing system for the National Science Foundation ...

Titan is also a green powerhouse ...

AMD delivers massive compute performance for world's top ranked supercomputer ...