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Primeur weekly 2016-11-21

Exascale supercomputing

Brookhaven Lab to lead and partner on DOE exascale computing projects ...

Quantum computing

World's fastest quantum simulator operating at the atomic level ...

Tracking the flow of quantum information ...

Tyndall technology lights the way for quantum computing ...

New attacks on location-based quantum cryptography ...

Focus on Europe

Fall 2016 edition of the e-IRG newsletter available ...

Fujitsu in joint intercontinental data centre coordination field trial using cold data storage ...

Asetek announces first installation using InRackCDU technology ...

Middleware

Altair PBS Cloud is Altair's latest technology to further HPC appliance solutions ...

Intel HPC Orchestrator to include PBS Pro for workload management ...

Altair expands the availability of PBS Professional ...

Adaptive Computing launches new Reporting & Analytics solution ...

Adaptive Computing opens up platform of products ...

Adaptive Computing improves ease-of-use & cost efficiency in Moab HPC Suite 9.1 release ...

Hardware

PGI accelerator compilers for POWER architecture enable easy on-ramp to GPU acceleration with POWER8 and NIVIDA NVLink ...

Liquid silicon: Computer chips could bridge the gap between computation and storage ...

Cray expands customer base for Cray Urika-GX system and previews upcoming software release ...

Fujitsu develops analysis technology to improve communication performance of virtual networks ...

Applications

NVIDIA teams with National Cancer Institute, U.S. Department of Energy to create AI platform for accelerating cancer research ...

Supercomputer simulations help develop new approach to fight antibiotic resistance ...

Earlham Institute receives supercomputing award for wheat research ...

Chinese research team that employs high performance computing to understand weather patterns wins 2016 ACM Gordon Bell Prize ...

Cray systems power deep learning in supercomputing at scale ...

IBM and Topcoder bring Watson to more than one million developers ...

IBM Watson Health and Broad Institute launch major research initiative to study why cancers become drug resistant ...

Julia for Astronomy: Parallel computing with Julia on NERSC supercomputer increases speed of image analysis 225x ...

Julia Computing and IBM present Julia for Deep Learning at SC16 ...

TOP500

Jefferson Lab's newest cluster makes TOP500 list of fastest supercomputers ...

Hewlett Packard Enterprise/SGI Cheyenne and Pleiades systems named on TOP500 list ...

The Cloud

Fujitsu and SUSE expand strategic alliance to develop and support open source products ...

IBM closes acquisition of Sanovi Technologies ...

Tencent Cloud joins IBM and Mellanox to break data sorting world records ...

Hewlett Packard Enterprise/SGI Cheyenne and Pleiades systems named on TOP500 list

14 Nov 2016 Palo Alto - The NASA Ames Research Center's supercomputer, Pleiades, was ranked #13 and is the most powerful HPE/SGI supercomputer on the prestigious TOP500 list at the SC16 Conference, the international conference for High-Performance Computing (HPC), Networking, Storage and Analysis. In addition, the National Center for Atmospheric Research's (NCAR) SGI ICE XA supercomputer, Cheyenne, was ranked #20 in the same list.

NASA's Ames Research Center's Pleaides helps the space agency to pioneer the future of space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research through increased computational capabilities. The system supports NASA's real-world engineering applications and also improves modelling and simulation methods for developing aerospace technologies.

NCAR's Cheyenne is one of the world's most powerful commercial supercomputers with 5.33 petaflops. Cheyenne is built on SGI's flagship SGI ICE XA system which enables scientists, researchers and engineers to accelerate computational breakthroughs and provide more actionable projections about the impact of climate change for specific regions and assist agencies throughout the world to develop more accurate weather predictions on a local and global scale.

On November 1, 2016, HPE announced the completion of the acquisition of SGI. HPE and SGI combined hold the most number of systems, 140, recognized in the TOP500 list, showcasing innovation and HPC leadership. Cheyenne joins the already impressive list of HPE and SGI systems on the TOP500. This continued progression reflects HPE/SGI's joint commitment to the HPC market and its customers.

"HPC is rapidly becoming one of the essential components for the digital economy across organisations of all types and sizes", stated Bill Mannel, vice president and general manager, HPC segment solutions, HPE. "Once again, we are excited to be recognized on the TOP500 list as having the most supercomputers. The addition of SGI solidifies HPE’s position of having 5 systems of the Top 50 as well."

"It's always rewarding to see our customer's systems recognized in the industry's most respected index, the TOP500 list", stated Gabriel Broner, vice president and general manager, high-performance computing at SGI. "NCAR understands the benefits of investing in supercomputing and together we've delivered a system that will offer new modelling capabilities to provide groundbreaking research insights in a fraction of the time."

HPE and SGI also showcased new technologies at SC16, including:

  • The Multi-Rail Lustre capability from HPE/SGI and Intel which delivers highly scalable data pipelines by bonding the throughput of multiple Intel Omni-Path or InfiniBand connections to support the rapid movement of large data sets for HPC and data analytics applications. SGI demonstrated the SGI UV 300 as a large memory data analytics and computation node with Multi-Rail Lustre, Intel NVMe storage utilizing Intel Omni-Path interconnect.
  • HPE/SGI Management Suite and HPE/SGI Performance Suite now fully support SGI's Intel Xeon Phi processor-based platforms as well as Intel Omni-Path. SGI Management Suite now also includes an advanced analytical power management feature which helps customers to predict and plan their power usage more easily by analyzing up to three months of historical power usage data.
  • An HPE/SGI OpenStack Reference Architecture is now available and provides guidance for integrating SGI Rackable scale-out servers and optional SGI UV scale-up servers with SUSE OpenStack Cloud software. Following these recommendations and best practices allows organisations to quickly and confidently deploy the required infrastructure that yields a secure, scalable, performant and highly available private Cloud instance for HPC workloads, including testing, development or production usage scenarios.
  • HPE/SGI demonstrated how computational fluid dynamics (CFD) enhances aerodynamic design in the Elemental Car. London Computational Solutions used SGI's HPC capabilities to provide more downforce for Elemental Car's top rated racing vehicle. Using CFD powered by SGI, the car was redesigned for improved aerodynamics in just four weeks vs. what previously took nine months.
  • The HPE Quantitative Finance Library solution designed for financial services customers leverages the Altimesh tool with the HPE Apollo 6000 system to enhance application software performance through multiple levels of parallelism. This will increase business productivity through automation and accelerate applications leading to more competitive differentiation in high-frequency trading.
  • The HPE Next Generation Sequencing solution for life science customers provides optimized, flexible reference configurations for HPE Apollo 2000 to enable faster genome assembly and sequencing while lowering total cost of ownership resulting in increased revenue for bio-sciences organisations.
  • The HPE High Performance Remote Visualization for Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) delivers 84 percent lower hardware and software acquisition costs[1], 45 frames per second[2] and up to 32 users per GPU while continuing to offer the best performance experience. The solution, featuring HPE Apollo 2000 servers delivers the ideal solution for engineers and designers seeking robust remote visualization capabilities.
  • The new version 2.0 of the HPE Core HPC Software Stack combines the capabilities of the new version of HPE Insight Cluster Management Utility (CMU) v8.1 with OpenHPC application compatibility and multiple partner component integrations. CMU v8.1 now provides limitless HPC cluster scalability with faster provisioning along with more comprehensive monitoring and management to deliver faster time to value - from bare metal to fully functional cluster in two hours. Free downloads of this entire stack for up to 32 nodes and a 120 day trial license for larger clusters are now available. In addition, a HPE supported version of this software stack will be available in the first calendar quarter of 2017.
Source: Hewlett Packard Enterprise - HPE

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2016-11-21

Exascale supercomputing

Brookhaven Lab to lead and partner on DOE exascale computing projects ...

Quantum computing

World's fastest quantum simulator operating at the atomic level ...

Tracking the flow of quantum information ...

Tyndall technology lights the way for quantum computing ...

New attacks on location-based quantum cryptography ...

Focus on Europe

Fall 2016 edition of the e-IRG newsletter available ...

Fujitsu in joint intercontinental data centre coordination field trial using cold data storage ...

Asetek announces first installation using InRackCDU technology ...

Middleware

Altair PBS Cloud is Altair's latest technology to further HPC appliance solutions ...

Intel HPC Orchestrator to include PBS Pro for workload management ...

Altair expands the availability of PBS Professional ...

Adaptive Computing launches new Reporting & Analytics solution ...

Adaptive Computing opens up platform of products ...

Adaptive Computing improves ease-of-use & cost efficiency in Moab HPC Suite 9.1 release ...

Hardware

PGI accelerator compilers for POWER architecture enable easy on-ramp to GPU acceleration with POWER8 and NIVIDA NVLink ...

Liquid silicon: Computer chips could bridge the gap between computation and storage ...

Cray expands customer base for Cray Urika-GX system and previews upcoming software release ...

Fujitsu develops analysis technology to improve communication performance of virtual networks ...

Applications

NVIDIA teams with National Cancer Institute, U.S. Department of Energy to create AI platform for accelerating cancer research ...

Supercomputer simulations help develop new approach to fight antibiotic resistance ...

Earlham Institute receives supercomputing award for wheat research ...

Chinese research team that employs high performance computing to understand weather patterns wins 2016 ACM Gordon Bell Prize ...

Cray systems power deep learning in supercomputing at scale ...

IBM and Topcoder bring Watson to more than one million developers ...

IBM Watson Health and Broad Institute launch major research initiative to study why cancers become drug resistant ...

Julia for Astronomy: Parallel computing with Julia on NERSC supercomputer increases speed of image analysis 225x ...

Julia Computing and IBM present Julia for Deep Learning at SC16 ...

TOP500

Jefferson Lab's newest cluster makes TOP500 list of fastest supercomputers ...

Hewlett Packard Enterprise/SGI Cheyenne and Pleiades systems named on TOP500 list ...

The Cloud

Fujitsu and SUSE expand strategic alliance to develop and support open source products ...

IBM closes acquisition of Sanovi Technologies ...

Tencent Cloud joins IBM and Mellanox to break data sorting world records ...