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Primeur weekly 2017-11-13

Focus

Despite EuroHPC programme Europe losing ground in the TOP500 of the world's fastest supercomputers ...

Quantum computing

IBM announces advances to IBM quantum systems and ecosystem ...

Quantum computing on the move ...

Focus on Europe

Asetek announces Acer as new data centre OEM partner ...

It is time to clarify who funds what research in Europe, says Science Europe ...

European Commission officially releases European Open Science Cloud Declaration ...

The complete ISC 2018 contributed programme is now open for submission ...

PRACE to hold Summer of HPC 2017 Awards Ceremony at IT4Innovations ...

Atos revolutionizes enterprise AI with next generation servers ...

First modular supercomputer worldwide starts operation at the Research Center Jülich ...

Middleware

University of North Texas implements Bright Computing technology for efficient cluster management ...

Inspur launches ON5263M5, the world's first OCP-accepted compute node based on Intel Xeon Scalable processor family ...

Hardware

Oklahoma State University selects Advanced Clustering to build new HPC cluster ...

Cybermedia Center, Osaka University adopts Asetek liquid cooling for new computer system OCTOPUS ...

Solarflare showcases software defined Ethernet NICS for servers running on Qualcomm Centriq 2400 Arm-based processors ...

CoolIT Systems launches Rack DCLC AHx10 Heat Exchange Module ...

DDN partners with Hewlett Packard Enterprise to deliver unmatched HPC storage solutions ...

CoolIT Systems launches rack DCLC AHx2 Heat Exchange Module ...

DDN's massively scalable storage empowers Pawsey Supercomputing Centre to speed scientific discoveries that reveal the secrets of the universe ...

Fujitsu receives order for supercomputer system from the Institute of Fluid Science at Tohoku University ...

Fujitsu launches new PRIMEQUEST series and boosts processing performance by up to 50% ...

Cavium ThunderX2 motherboard specification for Microsoft's project Olympus contributed to the Open Compute Project ...

University of Michigan partners with Cavium on Big Data computing platform for University of Michigan researchers ...

Mellanox announces Innova-2 FPGA-based programmable adapter family to power next generation of Cloud, security, Big Data and Deep Learning platforms ...

Mellanox announces availability of world-leading Spectrum-based SN2010 data centre Ethernet switch system for storage and hyperconverged infrastructures ...

Mellanox interconnect solutions boost Qualcomm Arm-based data centre platforms with Mellanox ConnectX-5 ...

Mellanox announces world's most scalable switch platforms based on HDR 200G InfiniBand quantum switch technology ...

Atos to leverage Mellanox HDR InfiniBand for unmatched application performance and scalability ...

Mellanox InfiniBand to accelerate Japan's fastest supercomputer for Artificial Intelligence applications ...

Mellanox announces first major production deployment of Linux kernel-based Open Ethernet switch ...

LRZ puts into operation CoolMUC-3, a highly energy-efficient many-core cluster ...

WekaIO partners with Hewlett Packard Enterprise to develop all-flash storage for HPC and AI ...

CoolIT Systems showcases newest data centre liquid cooling innovations for OEM and enterprise customers at SC17 ...

Cray adds Arm-based ThunderX2 processors ito its Cray XC50 supercomputer ...

New Cray storage solutions address key customer needs for improved productivity and unparalleled data access ...

Supermicro unveils new HPC solutions at SC17 ...

Supermicro showcases industry's most advanced and optimized NVIDIA GPU systems at SC17 ...

NASA selects Supermicro to expand advanced computing and data analytics used to study the Earth, solar system and universe ...

Applications

New Cray Artificial Intelligence initiatives to advance Deep Learning for science and enterprise ...

Cosmos code helps probe space oddities ...

Research could 'untangle' vexing problem in computer-simulation technology ...

'Perfectly frustrated' metal provides possible path to superconductivity ...

DARPA awards Georgia Tech energy-efficient high-performance computing contract ...

Scientists create cosmic sounds of Voyager 1 ...

Need entangled atoms? Get 'Em FAST! with NIST's new patent-pending method ...

TOP500

China pulls ahead of U.S. in latest TOP500 list of the worlds' fastest supercomputers ...

TACC tech to shine at SC17 ...

The Cloud

Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies announces commercial shipment of Qualcomm Centriq 2400, the world's first 10nm server processor and highest performance Arm-based server processor family ever designed ...

First modular supercomputer worldwide starts operation at the Research Center Jülich

5 petaflop/s booster at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC). Copyright: Forschungszentrum Jülich / W.-P. Schneider.13 Nov 2017 Juelich - The second module of JURECA is as large as an entire supercomputer: the booster is accommodated across 33 cabinets in the computer hall of the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC). The expansion, developed by Intel and the JSC in cooperation with Dell EMC and ParTec to massively increase the available computing power, is directly connected to the first module, the cluster, which was supplied by T-Platforms in 2015. Thanks to the additional 5 petaflop/second - equivalent to 5 billion computing operations per second - the Jülich supercomputer now appears as one of the fastest computers in Europe on the TOP500 list of the fastest computers in the world, the current version of which has been published on November 13, 2017. Above all, this is the first time that a supercomputer with an innovative modular architecture has gone into productive operation worldwide.

The modular concept of JURECA - JURECA stands for "Jülich Research on Exascale Architectures" - originates from the EU-funded research projects DEEP and DEEP-ER. The aim of the projects, led by Dr. Estela Suarez, a scientist from Jülich, was to develop a modular supercomputer architecture that is specially tailored to the requirements of modern simulation codes. Various types of modules can be dynamically allocated to the programs by means of the "ParaStation" software system developed by the Munich-based company ParTec, so that their individual advantages can be exploited.

"This works like a turbocharger: a booster module accelerates calculations on a cluster module, or in other words, complex parts of the code, which are difficult to calculate simultaneously on a large number of processors, are executed on the so-called cluster module", explained Prof. Thomas Lippert, head of the Jülich Supercomputing Centre and originator of the concept. "Simpler parts of the programme that can be processed in parallel with greater efficiency, i.e., they are scalable, are transferred to the booster module." The booster module uses a large number of relatively slow but energy-efficient cores.

"The successful installation and integration of the booster marks a significant milestone in our efforts to develop highly innovative modular supercomputing systems and to make them available together with industry-leading companies such as T-Platforms, Intel, Dell EMC and ParTec for scientific simulations, for example in materials science or brain and climate research", explained Dr. Dorian Krause, responsible for computer operation at the JSC. "The test run for the TOP500 was a good proof of the performance and stability of the JURECA cluster booster system. More importantly, we are delighted to be able to make this unique architecture available to our entire user community", stated Dr. Dorian Krause.

"We are extremely pleased by the successful implementation of this new computer architecture with the help of our software ParaStation. This software has specifically been developed to handle the unique, inventive modular architecture of these futuristic systems. This is a spectacular first step to the provision of the exascale computer, needed in the world for ever growing scientific and civil/commercial applications, from internet to automatic driving, and much more. A world wide 'first' and remarkable lead in the race to exascale", stated Bernhard Frohwitter, CEO of ParTec.

The JURECA cluster booster system achieved rank 29 in the TOP500 list with a performance of 3.78 petaflop/second. The updated version of this list of the world's fastest computers - which celebrated its 25th anniversary and the 50th edition - was presented at the beginning of the international supercomputing conference SC17 in Denver, USA.

With the booster module 1,640 new computing nodes with Intel Xeon Phi 7250-F processors are added, each with 68 cores. Intel has deployed the system, which is based on Intel's Scalable Systems Framework (Intel SSF), together with Dell EMC, using the Dell EMC PowerEdge C6230P server, interconnected with an Intel Omni-Path Architecture (OPA) network. The cluster-module was delivered already in 2015 by the Russian company T-Platforms, which actively supported the development of the booster. The system is operated by the ParaStation Cluster Suite from ParTec, which fully implements the software functionality required for modular supercomputing.

"Intel is very excited to have been chosen as the technology and systems partner for this breakthrough work in supercomputing with Jülich", stated Charles Wuischpard, VP & General Manager, Intel Data Center Solutions. "Intel has a long history of close collaboration with Jülich but this is the first time Intel played a more direct role in bringing an innovation like the Cluster-Booster design to fruition. Our engineers worked side by side with Jülich and our partners (Dell EMC and ParTec) to design, deliver, and implement this important advance in systems architecture."

"Dell EMC is proud to collaborate with the Jülich Supercomputing Centre on one of the fastest supercomputers in Europe", stated Armughan Ahmad, senior vice president and general manager, Dell EMC Ready Solutions & Hybrid Cloud. "The successful combination of the new Booster system with the existing JURECA cluster is reflective of our commitment to work closely with our customers to develop accessible and innovative solutions that continue to advance human potential."

Source: Forschungszentrum Juelich

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Primeur weekly 2017-11-13

Focus

Despite EuroHPC programme Europe losing ground in the TOP500 of the world's fastest supercomputers ...

Quantum computing

IBM announces advances to IBM quantum systems and ecosystem ...

Quantum computing on the move ...

Focus on Europe

Asetek announces Acer as new data centre OEM partner ...

It is time to clarify who funds what research in Europe, says Science Europe ...

European Commission officially releases European Open Science Cloud Declaration ...

The complete ISC 2018 contributed programme is now open for submission ...

PRACE to hold Summer of HPC 2017 Awards Ceremony at IT4Innovations ...

Atos revolutionizes enterprise AI with next generation servers ...

First modular supercomputer worldwide starts operation at the Research Center Jülich ...

Middleware

University of North Texas implements Bright Computing technology for efficient cluster management ...

Inspur launches ON5263M5, the world's first OCP-accepted compute node based on Intel Xeon Scalable processor family ...

Hardware

Oklahoma State University selects Advanced Clustering to build new HPC cluster ...

Cybermedia Center, Osaka University adopts Asetek liquid cooling for new computer system OCTOPUS ...

Solarflare showcases software defined Ethernet NICS for servers running on Qualcomm Centriq 2400 Arm-based processors ...

CoolIT Systems launches Rack DCLC AHx10 Heat Exchange Module ...

DDN partners with Hewlett Packard Enterprise to deliver unmatched HPC storage solutions ...

CoolIT Systems launches rack DCLC AHx2 Heat Exchange Module ...

DDN's massively scalable storage empowers Pawsey Supercomputing Centre to speed scientific discoveries that reveal the secrets of the universe ...

Fujitsu receives order for supercomputer system from the Institute of Fluid Science at Tohoku University ...

Fujitsu launches new PRIMEQUEST series and boosts processing performance by up to 50% ...

Cavium ThunderX2 motherboard specification for Microsoft's project Olympus contributed to the Open Compute Project ...

University of Michigan partners with Cavium on Big Data computing platform for University of Michigan researchers ...

Mellanox announces Innova-2 FPGA-based programmable adapter family to power next generation of Cloud, security, Big Data and Deep Learning platforms ...

Mellanox announces availability of world-leading Spectrum-based SN2010 data centre Ethernet switch system for storage and hyperconverged infrastructures ...

Mellanox interconnect solutions boost Qualcomm Arm-based data centre platforms with Mellanox ConnectX-5 ...

Mellanox announces world's most scalable switch platforms based on HDR 200G InfiniBand quantum switch technology ...

Atos to leverage Mellanox HDR InfiniBand for unmatched application performance and scalability ...

Mellanox InfiniBand to accelerate Japan's fastest supercomputer for Artificial Intelligence applications ...

Mellanox announces first major production deployment of Linux kernel-based Open Ethernet switch ...

LRZ puts into operation CoolMUC-3, a highly energy-efficient many-core cluster ...

WekaIO partners with Hewlett Packard Enterprise to develop all-flash storage for HPC and AI ...

CoolIT Systems showcases newest data centre liquid cooling innovations for OEM and enterprise customers at SC17 ...

Cray adds Arm-based ThunderX2 processors ito its Cray XC50 supercomputer ...

New Cray storage solutions address key customer needs for improved productivity and unparalleled data access ...

Supermicro unveils new HPC solutions at SC17 ...

Supermicro showcases industry's most advanced and optimized NVIDIA GPU systems at SC17 ...

NASA selects Supermicro to expand advanced computing and data analytics used to study the Earth, solar system and universe ...

Applications

New Cray Artificial Intelligence initiatives to advance Deep Learning for science and enterprise ...

Cosmos code helps probe space oddities ...

Research could 'untangle' vexing problem in computer-simulation technology ...

'Perfectly frustrated' metal provides possible path to superconductivity ...

DARPA awards Georgia Tech energy-efficient high-performance computing contract ...

Scientists create cosmic sounds of Voyager 1 ...

Need entangled atoms? Get 'Em FAST! with NIST's new patent-pending method ...

TOP500

China pulls ahead of U.S. in latest TOP500 list of the worlds' fastest supercomputers ...

TACC tech to shine at SC17 ...

The Cloud

Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies announces commercial shipment of Qualcomm Centriq 2400, the world's first 10nm server processor and highest performance Arm-based server processor family ever designed ...