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Primeur weekly 2016-11-07

Focus

EGI to finalize service catalogue and ISO certification ...

Exascale supercomputing

SLAC and Berkeley Lab researchers prepare for scientific computing on the exascale ...

Quantum computing

Researchers nearly reached quantum limit with nanodrums ...

Focus on Europe

New approach for ARM-based technology to halve the cost of powering data centres ...

PRACE to award contracts in third and final phase of Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) ...

PRACE welcomes new Managing Director Serge Bogaerts ...

PRACE 2016 Digest Special Edition on Industry is out ...

Supercomputer comes up with a profile of dark matter ...

Middleware

Bright Computing supplies Bright OpenStack to Stony Brook University ...

DDN Annual High Performance Computing Trends survey reveals rising deployment of flash tiers and private/hybrid Clouds versus public for HPC ...

With Corral 3, TACC provides a more unified data structure and increased space ...

Hardware

Mellanox launches open source software initiative for routers, load balancers, and firewalls ...

Mellanox Multi-Host technology reshapes data centre economics ...

Cray awarded $26 million contract from the Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Programme ...

Hewlett Packard Enterprise completes acquisition of SGI ...

Centre for Modelling & Simulation in Bristol launches new supercomputer ...

Baylor University selects Cray CS400 cluster supercomputer to power innovative research ...

SGI awarded $27 million systems contract with the Army Research Laboratory Defense Supercomputing Resource Center ...

Applications

XSEDE spins off annual conference to unite research computing community ...

Researchers at UCSB explore the delicate balance between coherence and control with a simple but complete platform for quantum processing ...

Cosmic connection: KITP's Greg Huber worked with nuclear physicists to confirm a structural similarity found in both human cells and neutron stars ...

New technique for creating NV-doped nanodiamonds may be boost for quantum computing ...

New bacteria groups, and stunning diversity, discovered underground ...

The Cloud

IBM drives Cloud storage with new all-flash and software defined solutions ...

Capital markets firms continue to invest in hardware for compute Grids alongside growing Cloud adoption, according to TABB Group Research ...

New approach for ARM-based technology to halve the cost of powering data centres


3 Nov 2016 Grenoble - EUROSERVER, a European Union-funded research project, is paving the way toward lower energy consumption in data centres. Based on the concept of chiplets, where multiple silicon subsystems are mounted in an integrated device, along with an associated new groundbreaking system architecture, the project has enabled more energy-efficient servers and has even inspired start-ups motivated by the new technology.

Delivering the potential to reduce energy consumption in data centres by at least half, the breakthrough leads to substantial reduction in the total cost of acquisition and operation (total cost of ownership (TCO)).

EUROSERVER created system architecture and runtime software innovations: the sharing of peripheral devices, access to system wide memory, compression of data to better utilize memory and lightweight hypervisor capabilities. These are being demonstrated with applications across the data centre and telecommunications domain. All reduce energy consumption and have been developed for systems built around energy-efficient 64-bit ARMv8-based architecture.

Two start-ups have already been launched, inspired by the technology created during the project:

  • KALEAO Ltd., with headquarters in the UK and labs in Crete and Italy, has introduced a unique new generation of web-scale, true-converged server appliance that features physicalized resource sharing, OpenStack virtualization services and extreme core density, leading to low energy consumption and significant computing capabilities.
  • ZeroPoint, in Sweden, commercializes the memory compression innovations.

Data centres account for a huge consumption of power. If all the data centres in the USA alone were a country, their energy consumption would rank 12th in the world. As the capacity and number of data centres increase, so do the financial and environmental impacts of their vast energy use. EUROSERVER's innovation will take efficient and scalable ARM processors and use the flexibility of a System-on-Chip (SoC) design at the system level to create a new type of server.

This evolution is comparable to the transition from mainframe computers to mass-produced personal computers (PCs) in the 1980s, which in turn evolved into modern servers. With smartphones the contemporary equivalent of 1980s PCs, now is the time to take advantage of their architectural flexibility and evolve them to create the energy-efficient servers of the future.

Isabelle Dor, Research Engineer at CEA and EUROSERVER Coordinator, stated: "EUROSERVER is delivering vital energy savings for data centres and CEA/LETI is proud to coordinate this important EU-funded project. The SoC architectures and advanced packaging solutions being developed bring us one step closer to scalability and power efficiency in data centres. We are also delighted that two start-ups have been created to leverage innovations from the project."

"ARM is committed to enabling energy-efficient computing. Together, the consortium helped define a set of Reliability, Availability and Serviceability (RAS) requirements for enterprise servers", stated John Goodacre, director of technology and systems, ARM. "ARM subsequently enhanced its processor architecture with the ARMv8.2-A release, which included a specific extension in support of RAS."

"This ambitious European project has benefited from ST's expertise in complex SoC architectures and ARM-core integration, along with silicon technology and packaging techniques", stated Patrick Blouet, Collaborative R&D programmes manager, STMicroelectronics.

Simone Cabasino, President in NEAT, noted: "We are happy to design, develop and bring-up the board and the system for the project, and we are also proud to be a technology partner of the KALEAO start-up."

Julian Chesterfield, Director of the Emerging Technology Group at OnApp Ltd., reported: "The EUROSERVER design highlights the trend for power efficient and high density computing environments entering the data centre. As a Cloud infrastructure provider, our customers will benefit from the improvements in the virtualization platform, being able to handle more end-users while at the same time benefiting from lower electricity costs."

Giampietro Tecchiolli, CEO of KALEAO Ltd., stated: "We started KALEAO with the goal to revolutionize the server market by enabling true convergence at web-scale with our KMAX products. EUROSERVER has been a source of partnerships, inspiration, expertise and technology contributions. In sharing many of the EUROSERVER paradigms, we use ARM cores in order to reduce the costs and energy for a server while achieving unprecedented compute density."

Per Stenström, Professor at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, stated: "This project gave us the opportunity to develop novel memory optimizations, including memory compression and hybrid memory management technologies, for servers and high-performance platforms."

Then, as founder and CTO of ZeroPoint Technologies AB, Per Stenström added: "Our results at Chalmers in EUROSERVER are so promising that we created this spin-off company with the mission to commercialize these memory compression technologies; we are very happy with the interest that we have already seen among several potential customers."

Manolis Katevenis, Head of the Computer Architecture Lab at FORTH/ICS, stated: "The new UNIMEM architecture, to which we made key contributions, allows communicated data to enter directly into receiver memory, thus reducing overhead. We are glad to have built prototypes and systems software for UNIMEM, and to have supported KALEAO through their Development Center in the Science and Technology Park of Crete."

Emil Matus, Senior Researcher at TUD, the Dresden University of Technology, noted: "TUD aims to advance the software defined mobile network infrastructure by exploiting the EUROSERVER high density computing architecture for 5G radio access dataflow applications. This project allowed us to develop the dataflow framework with dynamic resource management capability, enabling the exploration and efficient deployment of Cloud-RAN wireless algorithms."

Paul Carpenter, Senior Researcher at BSC, the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, added: "BSC is advancing the state of the art in energy-efficient systems and runtime software to support memory capacity sharing, energy-efficient scheduling of tasks and workloads and energy-aware virtual machine placement in Cloud infrastructure."
Source: HiPEAC

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Primeur weekly 2016-11-07

Focus

EGI to finalize service catalogue and ISO certification ...

Exascale supercomputing

SLAC and Berkeley Lab researchers prepare for scientific computing on the exascale ...

Quantum computing

Researchers nearly reached quantum limit with nanodrums ...

Focus on Europe

New approach for ARM-based technology to halve the cost of powering data centres ...

PRACE to award contracts in third and final phase of Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) ...

PRACE welcomes new Managing Director Serge Bogaerts ...

PRACE 2016 Digest Special Edition on Industry is out ...

Supercomputer comes up with a profile of dark matter ...

Middleware

Bright Computing supplies Bright OpenStack to Stony Brook University ...

DDN Annual High Performance Computing Trends survey reveals rising deployment of flash tiers and private/hybrid Clouds versus public for HPC ...

With Corral 3, TACC provides a more unified data structure and increased space ...

Hardware

Mellanox launches open source software initiative for routers, load balancers, and firewalls ...

Mellanox Multi-Host technology reshapes data centre economics ...

Cray awarded $26 million contract from the Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Programme ...

Hewlett Packard Enterprise completes acquisition of SGI ...

Centre for Modelling & Simulation in Bristol launches new supercomputer ...

Baylor University selects Cray CS400 cluster supercomputer to power innovative research ...

SGI awarded $27 million systems contract with the Army Research Laboratory Defense Supercomputing Resource Center ...

Applications

XSEDE spins off annual conference to unite research computing community ...

Researchers at UCSB explore the delicate balance between coherence and control with a simple but complete platform for quantum processing ...

Cosmic connection: KITP's Greg Huber worked with nuclear physicists to confirm a structural similarity found in both human cells and neutron stars ...

New technique for creating NV-doped nanodiamonds may be boost for quantum computing ...

New bacteria groups, and stunning diversity, discovered underground ...

The Cloud

IBM drives Cloud storage with new all-flash and software defined solutions ...

Capital markets firms continue to invest in hardware for compute Grids alongside growing Cloud adoption, according to TABB Group Research ...