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Primeur weekly 2015-11-30

Focus

Turkey to prepare itself for European Open Science Cloud ...

Quantum computing

Quantum computer coding in silicon now possible ...

Middleware

Open Science Grid using SDSC's Comet supercomputer virtual clusters ...

IBM and OpenPOWER members deliver accelerated technologies to break Big Data speed barriers ...

Hardware

Hewlett Packard Enterprise sees significant momentum in high-performance computing ...

Mellanox announces ConnectX-4 Lx Programmable adapter with onboard Xilinx FPGA acceleration ...

Mellanox introduces the Switch-IB 2, world's first 100Gb/s smart switch ...

Supermicro debuts new 4U 90/60-bay storage server alongside 1U 4x GPU, NVMe, high-density server and storage solutions ...

Los Alamos National Labs selects Aeon Computing's next generation of supercomputing infrastructure ...

Dell innovation to democratize high performance computing and accelerate mainstream adoption ...

State grant enables energy-saving retrofit of Lawrence Livermore computing clusters ...

Applications

NSF-supported supercomputing resources enable research that would otherwise be impossible ...

New supercomputer simulations enhance understanding of protein motion and function ...

Scientists use supercomputer to model plasma turbulence, and solve a 50-year-old mystery ...

IBM Research and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute pioneer next-generation cognitive environments for business decision making ...

How DNA and a supercomputer can help sustain honey bee populations ...

IRB Barcelona develops an advanced method and the first platform of DNA simulations ...

INCITE grants awarded to 56 computational research projects ...

OLCF supercomputer's GPUs advance earthquake simulations for high-frequency seismic hazard map ...

Researchers trains Watson AI to 'chat' and spark more creativity in humans ...

TOP500

HPC system Hazel Hen of High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart captures position 8 on new TOP500 list ...

HPCG-Benchmark: GCS Centre HLRS runs Europe's fastest supercomputer ...

The Cloud

ICGC brings more genomic health data to researchers on the Amazon Web Services Cloud ...

Penguin Computing increases customer compute capacity with availability of the Tundra platform on its Penguin Computing on Demand HPC Cloud service ...

Hewlett Packard Enterprise delivers Docker solutions from the data centre to the Cloud ...

HPCG-Benchmark: GCS Centre HLRS runs Europe's fastest supercomputer


Cray XC40 system Hazel Hen of the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS) is Europe's fastest supercomputer on the HPCG Benchmark list. Copyright: Boris Lehner for HLRS
18 Nov 2015 Austin - HPC system Hazel Hen of GCS member centre HLRS - High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart - is Europe's fastest supercomputer on the High Performance Conjugate Gradient (HPCG) benchmark list. This was announced at the Supercomputing Conference 2015 in Austin, Texas. The newly created HPCG benchmark represents the behaviour of HPC systems running real applications. Hazel Hen, a Cray XC40 system, captured a strong position 6 by delivering a performance of 138 Teraflops and with this took the European lead amongst the world's fastest supercomputers.

The HPCG benchmark has recently enjoyed growing attention in the HPC community as it tries to reflect changed customer requirements. It has been developed to provide a benchmark for performance of the fastest supercomputers measured in real applications. While the Linpack benchmark, which serves as metrics for the well known TOP500, measures the speed and efficiency of full matrix linear equation calculations of a system, the HPCG benchmark does not focus on raw CPU performance but stresses the system balance, e. g. floating point operations versus bandwidth and latency of the memory system and the communication network. In addition, it tightens the focus on messaging, memory, and parallelization. All these parameters add up to an "averaged" yet from the users' perspective more beneficial and thus more important system performance.

"Being listed in the top-10 of the TOP500 is an honour for us. However, our focus at HLRS has always been on user performance. Everything else comes second", stressed Prof. Michael M. Resch, Director of the HLRS. "As a consequence, we are all the more delighted to take the lead in Europe for this realistic application benchmark. This is the result of the work of many people at HLRS, and we would like to thank all colleagues from Cray and from the University of Stuttgart as well as the state of Baden-Württemberg and the Federal Government of Germany for their continued and ongoing support. Today, we have shown that our focus on the users pays off."

In addition to the HLRS, the other two GCS member centres - Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) and Leibniz Supercomputing Center (LRZ) at Garching near Munich - also undertook the efforts to put their systems through a HPCG benchmark test. With JSC system JUQUEEN (95,5 Teraflops) on position 11 and LRZ system SuperMUC (83.3 Teraflops) ranked 13th, all three GCS member centres achieved outstanding results and delivered proof about their focus on and commitment to user performance. To date, the HPCG benchmark list encompasses 63 HPC systems world-wide with its number steadily growing.
Source: Gauss Centre for Supercomputing - GCS

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2015-11-30

Focus

Turkey to prepare itself for European Open Science Cloud ...

Quantum computing

Quantum computer coding in silicon now possible ...

Middleware

Open Science Grid using SDSC's Comet supercomputer virtual clusters ...

IBM and OpenPOWER members deliver accelerated technologies to break Big Data speed barriers ...

Hardware

Hewlett Packard Enterprise sees significant momentum in high-performance computing ...

Mellanox announces ConnectX-4 Lx Programmable adapter with onboard Xilinx FPGA acceleration ...

Mellanox introduces the Switch-IB 2, world's first 100Gb/s smart switch ...

Supermicro debuts new 4U 90/60-bay storage server alongside 1U 4x GPU, NVMe, high-density server and storage solutions ...

Los Alamos National Labs selects Aeon Computing's next generation of supercomputing infrastructure ...

Dell innovation to democratize high performance computing and accelerate mainstream adoption ...

State grant enables energy-saving retrofit of Lawrence Livermore computing clusters ...

Applications

NSF-supported supercomputing resources enable research that would otherwise be impossible ...

New supercomputer simulations enhance understanding of protein motion and function ...

Scientists use supercomputer to model plasma turbulence, and solve a 50-year-old mystery ...

IBM Research and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute pioneer next-generation cognitive environments for business decision making ...

How DNA and a supercomputer can help sustain honey bee populations ...

IRB Barcelona develops an advanced method and the first platform of DNA simulations ...

INCITE grants awarded to 56 computational research projects ...

OLCF supercomputer's GPUs advance earthquake simulations for high-frequency seismic hazard map ...

Researchers trains Watson AI to 'chat' and spark more creativity in humans ...

TOP500

HPC system Hazel Hen of High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart captures position 8 on new TOP500 list ...

HPCG-Benchmark: GCS Centre HLRS runs Europe's fastest supercomputer ...

The Cloud

ICGC brings more genomic health data to researchers on the Amazon Web Services Cloud ...

Penguin Computing increases customer compute capacity with availability of the Tundra platform on its Penguin Computing on Demand HPC Cloud service ...

Hewlett Packard Enterprise delivers Docker solutions from the data centre to the Cloud ...