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Primeur weekly 2013-11-25

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Xyratex announces ClusterStor 9000 ...

Univa Corporation and Penguin Computing announce reseller agreement ...

SysFera-DS Version 4.0 for HPC management improves remote visualization and extends Cloud support ...

Supermicro debuts powerful 4U 8x GPU SuperServer optimized for the new NVIDIA Tesla K40 GPU accelerator ...

NVIDIA launches world's fastest accelerator for supercomputing and Big Data analytics ...

Numascale shared memory cluster set to unlock massive data sets and ease HPC programming at University of Oslo and throughout Europe ...

HP drives clients to TOP500 list of fastest supercomputers ...

IBM ranked no. 1 on the Graph500 supercomputing list ...

University of Reims Romeo supercomputer ranked 5th of the Green500 list ...

SGI supports new NVIDIA Tesla K40 GPU accelerators delivering 10x performance ...

Mellanox Connect-IB FDR InfiniBand adapters with NVIDIA GPUDirect RDMA technology provide superior GPU-based cluster performance ...

Adaptive Computing introduces Moab Task Manager to increase efficiency of short computing jobs ...

DataDirect Networks Web Object Scaler to provide a multi-PB storage Cloud to enable collaborative data sharing across Florida research universities ...

KALRAY announces world's first hyper-scalable 1000+ cores MIMD processor architecture for next generation exaflop supercomputers ...

IBM and NVIDIA to supercharge corporate data centre applications and next-generation supercomputers ...

Research institutions push the boundaries of supercomputing with Dell ...

Scientists "burst" supercomputing record with bubble collapse simulation ...

UK Atomic Weapons Establishment advances science-based programme with SGI supercomputers ...

Argonne and RIKEN sign MOU in support of petascale computing ...

Penguin Computing updates densest GPU compute solution with NVIDIA Tesla K40 GPU accelerators ...

International networks to aid global research collaborations in climate, bioinformatics and computer science ...

Convey Computer to OEM Dell servers to accelerate data intensive applications for data centres ...

Mellanox Connect-IB FDR InfiniBand adapters accelerate Purdue University's supercomputer to petascale-class performance ...

Penguin Computing announces world's densest X86 supercomputers that leverage OCP designs ...

The Cloud

Altair announces general availability of Display Manager ...

Cloud Software Programme published a definitive guide to success in the Cloud ...

Desktop Grids

New BOINC installer includes VirtualBox ...

EuroFlash

Open Knowledge promotes fast, creative innovation across sectors ...

Cray awarded $30 million contract to expand the Cray XC30 supercomputer at the High Performance Computing Center of University of Stuttgart ...

CSC deploys an energy-efficient Bull supercomputer ...

Scientists from Forschungszentrum Juelich announce the successful installation of a first Blue Gene Active Storage system worldwide ...

Launch of E-Biothon, a networked platform for the acceleration and advancement of bioinformatics research ...

Database consulting company MonetDB Solutions for Big Data newest spin-off CWI ...

Altair raises the bar for secure HPC workload management ...

USFlash

The University of Tsukuba in Japan puts Cray CS300 cluster supercomputer into production ...

SGI and Extreme Networks partner to bring high performance Big Data and Hadoop solutions ...

Cray adds NVIDIA Tesla K40 GPU accelerators to its complete line of supercomputing systems ...

Cray introduces framework for Hadoop enabling the Cray XC30 supercomputer for scientific Big Data ...

INCITE grants awarded to 59 computational research projects ...

TotalView provides open early access of massive scale debugging ...

Scientists from Forschungszentrum Juelich announce the successful installation of a first Blue Gene Active Storage system worldwide


Forschungszentrum Jülich
18 Nov 2013 Juelich - The ever growing complexity of various simulation tasks not only requires a continuous increase of computing power but also the capability of managing large amounts of data. Realisation of an active storage architecture and integration of non-volatile memory into Blue Gene/Q enables data intensive applications to exploit the performance of this highly scalable high-performance computing system by IBM. The BGAS system is the result of a close collaboration between Forschungszentrum Jülich and IBM in the framework of the Exascale Innovation Centre. It is attached to the supercomputer JUQUEEN installed at Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC). This Blue Gene/Q system is currently the most powerful system in Europe.

Active storage is an architectural concept that addresses the increasing costs of data transport between compute and storage systems. Therefore, computing power and storage are much more tightly integrated. In addition, in BGAS this is combined with the power of non-volatile memory technologies which feature not only high bandwidth but in particular very high access rates. The BGAS system at JSC consists of 32 nodes each connected to a newly designed PCIe card comprising 2 TBytes of SLC NAND flash memory. The BGAS nodes are interconnected within a 3-dimensional torus network. Furthermore, each node is connected to a Blue Gene/Q compute system and to an external storage facility. This architecture is particularly suitable for data intensive tasks and thus enables new research.

"Highly complex simulations such as in brain research generate large volumes of data that can no longer be processed by conventional methods. New I/O concepts are therefore one of the most important steps to achieve new research results using high-performance computers in these areas", stated the director of JSC, Prof. Thomas Lippert.

The opportunities of the newly installed BGAS had been immediately recognised by the computational neuroscientists at Forschungszentrum Jülich. "During extensive simulations of neuronal networks large amounts of data must be stored externally in order to be analysed later", stated Prof. Markus Diesmann. The director at the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine is one of the developers of the freely available software NEST, which is used by neuroscientists worldwide. However, no typical HPC system does provide sufficient I/O capabilities to cope with the generated data that researchers would like to analyse. "BGAS can sustain the required data rates and provides the compute power to analyse this data", stated Markus Diesmann. The new storage system additionally facilitates interactive access to the data.

A team led by the Jülich neuroscientist recently succeeded in simulating the largest neuronal network to date consisting of 1.73 billion nerve cells on the Japanese K computer. The result demonstrates that the neuroscientists can make full use of existing petascale supercomputers.

Source: Forschungszentrum Juelich

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Primeur weekly 2013-11-25

Special

Xyratex announces ClusterStor 9000 ...

Univa Corporation and Penguin Computing announce reseller agreement ...

SysFera-DS Version 4.0 for HPC management improves remote visualization and extends Cloud support ...

Supermicro debuts powerful 4U 8x GPU SuperServer optimized for the new NVIDIA Tesla K40 GPU accelerator ...

NVIDIA launches world's fastest accelerator for supercomputing and Big Data analytics ...

Numascale shared memory cluster set to unlock massive data sets and ease HPC programming at University of Oslo and throughout Europe ...

HP drives clients to TOP500 list of fastest supercomputers ...

IBM ranked no. 1 on the Graph500 supercomputing list ...

University of Reims Romeo supercomputer ranked 5th of the Green500 list ...

SGI supports new NVIDIA Tesla K40 GPU accelerators delivering 10x performance ...

Mellanox Connect-IB FDR InfiniBand adapters with NVIDIA GPUDirect RDMA technology provide superior GPU-based cluster performance ...

Adaptive Computing introduces Moab Task Manager to increase efficiency of short computing jobs ...

DataDirect Networks Web Object Scaler to provide a multi-PB storage Cloud to enable collaborative data sharing across Florida research universities ...

KALRAY announces world's first hyper-scalable 1000+ cores MIMD processor architecture for next generation exaflop supercomputers ...

IBM and NVIDIA to supercharge corporate data centre applications and next-generation supercomputers ...

Research institutions push the boundaries of supercomputing with Dell ...

Scientists "burst" supercomputing record with bubble collapse simulation ...

UK Atomic Weapons Establishment advances science-based programme with SGI supercomputers ...

Argonne and RIKEN sign MOU in support of petascale computing ...

Penguin Computing updates densest GPU compute solution with NVIDIA Tesla K40 GPU accelerators ...

International networks to aid global research collaborations in climate, bioinformatics and computer science ...

Convey Computer to OEM Dell servers to accelerate data intensive applications for data centres ...

Mellanox Connect-IB FDR InfiniBand adapters accelerate Purdue University's supercomputer to petascale-class performance ...

Penguin Computing announces world's densest X86 supercomputers that leverage OCP designs ...

The Cloud

Altair announces general availability of Display Manager ...

Cloud Software Programme published a definitive guide to success in the Cloud ...

Desktop Grids

New BOINC installer includes VirtualBox ...

EuroFlash

Open Knowledge promotes fast, creative innovation across sectors ...

Cray awarded $30 million contract to expand the Cray XC30 supercomputer at the High Performance Computing Center of University of Stuttgart ...

CSC deploys an energy-efficient Bull supercomputer ...

Scientists from Forschungszentrum Juelich announce the successful installation of a first Blue Gene Active Storage system worldwide ...

Launch of E-Biothon, a networked platform for the acceleration and advancement of bioinformatics research ...

Database consulting company MonetDB Solutions for Big Data newest spin-off CWI ...

Altair raises the bar for secure HPC workload management ...

USFlash

The University of Tsukuba in Japan puts Cray CS300 cluster supercomputer into production ...

SGI and Extreme Networks partner to bring high performance Big Data and Hadoop solutions ...

Cray adds NVIDIA Tesla K40 GPU accelerators to its complete line of supercomputing systems ...

Cray introduces framework for Hadoop enabling the Cray XC30 supercomputer for scientific Big Data ...

INCITE grants awarded to 59 computational research projects ...

TotalView provides open early access of massive scale debugging ...