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Primeur weekly 2017-11-20

Quantum computing

D-Wave announces upgrades to D-Wave 2000Q quantum computer ...

Essential quantum computer component downsized by two orders of magnitude ...

Hardware

University of Oxford acquires Atos' latest supercomputer for Deep Learning programme ...

Toyota Tsusho and D-Wave announce quantum computing collaboration ...

Gidel first to market with application support package for Intel's HLS, offers 5x faster FPGA development ...

Gidel launches new high performance line of acceleration boards based on Intel's Stratix 10 FPGA ...

Argonne to install Comanche system to explore ARM technology for high-performance computing ...

15th Graph500 list reveals top machines for running data applications ...

Applications

Argonne forms new divisions to focus on computation and data science strengths ...

Chinese team employs world's fastest supercomputer to simulate devastating earthquake ...

Physicists mix waves on superconducting qubits ...

Quantum computing with molecules for a quicker search of unsorted databases ...

What is the computational power of the universe? ...

Lawrence Livermore and American Heart Association partner to accelerate drug discovery ...

Supercomputing award of 5.95 billion hours to 55 computational research projects ...

Detailed view of immune proteins could lead to new pathogen-defense strategies ...

The Cloud

Fusion Genomics turns to IBM Cloud to help support advances designed to conquer global pandemics ...

New Oracle Cloud infrastructure innovations deliver unmatched performance and value for the most demanding enterprise, AI and HPC applications ...

Latest version of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform joins infrastructure and services across hybrid Cloud environments ...

UberCloud and the Stanford Living Heart Project win prestigious Hyperion Innovation Excellence Award ...

New Oracle Cloud infrastructure innovations deliver unmatched performance and value for the most demanding enterprise, AI and HPC applications

16 Nov 2017 Redwoord Shores - Oracle has made available a range of new Oracle Cloud Infrastructure compute options, providing customers with unparalleled compute performance based on Oracle's recently announced X7 hardware. Newly enhanced virtual machine (VM) and bare metal compute, and new bare metal graphical processing unit (GPU) instances enable customers to run even the most infrastructure-heavy workloads such as high-performance computing (HPC), Big Data, and artificial intelligence (AI) faster and more cost-effectively.

Unlike competitive offerings, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure is built to meet the unique requirements of enterprises, offering predictable performance for enterprise applications while bringing cost efficiency to HPC use cases. Oracle delivers 1,214 percent better storage performance at 88 percent lower cost per input/output operation (IO).

All of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure's new compute instances leverage Intel's latest Xeon processors based on the Skylake architecture. Oracle's accelerated bare metal shapes are also powered by NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPUs, based on the Pascal architecture. Providing 28 cores, dual 25Gb network interfaces for high-bandwidth requirements and over 18 TFLOPS of single-precision performance per instance, these GPU instances accelerate computation-heavy use cases such as reservoir modeling, AI, and Deep Learning.

Oracle also plans to soon release NVIDIA Volta architecture-powered instances with 8 NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs interconnected via NVIDIA NVLINK to generate over 125 TFLOPS of single-precision performance. Unlike the competition, Oracle will offer these GPUs as both virtual machines and bare metal instances. Oracle will also provide pre-configured images for fast deployment of use cases such as AI. Customers can also leverage TensorFlow or Caffe toolkits to accelerate HPC and Deep Learning use cases.

"Only Oracle Cloud Infrastructure provides the compute, storage, networking, and edge services necessary to deliver the end-to-end performance required of today's modern enterprise", stated Kash Iftikhar, vice president of product management, Oracle. "With these latest enhancements, customers can avoid additional hardware investments on-premises and gain the agility of the Cloud. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure offers them tremendous horsepower on-demand to drive competitive advantage."

In addition, Oracle's new VM standard shape is now available in 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, and 24 cores, while the bare metal standard shape offers 52 cores, the highest Intel Skylake-based CPU count per instance of any Cloud vendor. Combined with its high-scale storage capacity, supporting up to 512 terabytes (TB) of non-volatile memory express (NVMe) solid state drive (SSD) remote block volumes, these instances are ideal for traditional enterprise applications that require predictable storage performance.

The Dense I/O shapes are also available in both VM and bare metal instances and are optimal for HPC, database applications, and big data workloads. The bare metal Dense I/O shape is capable of over 3.9 million input/output operations per second (IOPS) for write operations. It also includes 51 TB of local NVMe SSD storage, offering 237 percent more capacity than competing solutions.

Furthermore, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure has simplified management of virtual machines by offering a Terraform provider for single-click deployment of single or multiple compute instances for clustering. In addition, a Terraform-based Kubernetes installer is available for deployment of highly available, containerized applications.

By delivering compute solutions that leverage NVIDIA's latest technologies, Oracle can dramatically accelerate its customers' HPC, analytics and AI workloads. "HPC, AI and advanced analytic workloads are defined by an almost insatiable hunger for compute", stated Ian Buck, general manager and vice president of Accelerated Computing at NVIDIA. "To run these compute-intensive workloads, customers require enterprise-class accelerated computing, a need Oracle is addressing by putting NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPU accelerators in the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure."

"The integration of TidalScale's inverse hypervisor technology with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure enables organisations, for the first time, to run their largest workloads across dozens of Oracle Cloud bare metal systems as a single Software-Defined Server in a public Cloud environment", stated Gary Smerdon, chief executive officer, TidalScale Inc. "Oracle Cloud customers now have the flexibility to configure, deploy and right-size servers to fit their compute needs while paying only for what they use."

"Cutting-edge hardware can make all the difference for companies we work with like Airbus, ARUP and Rolls Royce", stated Jamil Appa, co-founder and director of Zenotech. "We've seen significant improvements in performance with the X7 architecture. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure is a no-brainer for compute-intensive HPC workloads."
Source: Oracle

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Primeur weekly 2017-11-20

Quantum computing

D-Wave announces upgrades to D-Wave 2000Q quantum computer ...

Essential quantum computer component downsized by two orders of magnitude ...

Hardware

University of Oxford acquires Atos' latest supercomputer for Deep Learning programme ...

Toyota Tsusho and D-Wave announce quantum computing collaboration ...

Gidel first to market with application support package for Intel's HLS, offers 5x faster FPGA development ...

Gidel launches new high performance line of acceleration boards based on Intel's Stratix 10 FPGA ...

Argonne to install Comanche system to explore ARM technology for high-performance computing ...

15th Graph500 list reveals top machines for running data applications ...

Applications

Argonne forms new divisions to focus on computation and data science strengths ...

Chinese team employs world's fastest supercomputer to simulate devastating earthquake ...

Physicists mix waves on superconducting qubits ...

Quantum computing with molecules for a quicker search of unsorted databases ...

What is the computational power of the universe? ...

Lawrence Livermore and American Heart Association partner to accelerate drug discovery ...

Supercomputing award of 5.95 billion hours to 55 computational research projects ...

Detailed view of immune proteins could lead to new pathogen-defense strategies ...

The Cloud

Fusion Genomics turns to IBM Cloud to help support advances designed to conquer global pandemics ...

New Oracle Cloud infrastructure innovations deliver unmatched performance and value for the most demanding enterprise, AI and HPC applications ...

Latest version of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform joins infrastructure and services across hybrid Cloud environments ...

UberCloud and the Stanford Living Heart Project win prestigious Hyperion Innovation Excellence Award ...