"Advances in IT are making HPC systems increasingly more powerful and innovative to accelerate the time necessary to reach new discoveries, but many still believe implementations can be complex", stated Thierry Pellegrino, vice president and general manager of HPC at Dell EMC. "Based on decades of experience with leading institutions, technology partners and strategic customers, Dell EMC provides an extensive portfolio of technologies that simplify HPC adoption to advance research and further democratize HPC. We remain focused on leading the way in HPC innovation and helping organisations of all types and sizes further advance expanding opportunities in artificial intelligence and machine learning."
Dell EMC continues to be at the forefront of helping customers adopt the latest HPC technologies to fuel a wide range of discoveries and research. Recent customer momentum demonstrates Dell EMC's commitment to deliver world-class HPC systems that bring together the latest advances in servers, accelerators, liquid cooling and networking:
Today's HPC workloads require storage infrastructure that scales endlessly and delivers unmatched bandwidth at high concurrency for deep learning algorithms and AI initiatives. To meet these needs, Dell EMC is committed to expanding its HPC portfolio to offer a range of high performance storage options that complement its portfolio of Ready Solutions with the Dell EMC Isilon Scale-out NAS storage powered by the Isilon OneFS operating system.
The Dell EMC Ready Solution for HPC Lustre Storage and Dell EMC Ready Solution for HPC NFS Storage are now available with the new Dell EMC PowerVault ME4 storage arrays. Dell EMC built the ME4 Series with 75 percent more drives than the PowerVault MD3 to increase raw storage capacity by 122 percent, while also boosting read IOPS performance by 4X. Its modular design allows for flexible and custom designs, offering increased density, when compared to the PowerVault MD3, and the ability to scale as customers' businesses grow.
Ideal for technical, big data applications, the Dell EMC Ready Solution for HPC Lustre Storage with the new PowerVault ME4 delivers excellent throughput per building block with on-the-fly storage expansion. As an easy-to-use and fully redundant NFS storage solution, optimized for HPC environments, the Dell EMC Ready Solution for HPC NFS Storage on ME4 Series will offer greater overall performance and a denser solution. Both solutions are accompanied by Dell EMC global services and support.
Dell EMC PowerEdge R640, R740, R740xd and R7425 servers will support the latest GPU and FPGA accelerators to speed results in data analytics and AI applications. This includes:
Dell EMC has selected a research team at the Center of Space, High-Performance, and Resilient Computing (SHREC) at the University of Florida as the winner of the 2018 Dell EMC AI Challenge. The AI Challenge, launched in May 2018, encouraged entrants to demonstrate practical applications of AI technology with a transformational impact on business, research or society. The winner receives 200,000 core-hours on the Dell EMC HPC & AI Innovation Lab Zenith cluster and a spotlight in Dell EMC's booth at the SC18 conference among other promotional activities.
SHREC is comprised of more than 30 industry, government and academic partners working together to solve research challenges in missions and applications that drive and can benefit from reconfigurable, high-performance and reliable computing. For the AI Challenge, the SHREC team was recognized for developing and demonstrating a heterogeneous computing (HGC) system that can support a complete workflowdata analysis and pre-processing, model training, deployment and inferencingfor machine learning and be applied to any application domain leveraging machine learning, including healthcare, business, finance, science exploration and more.
"For the AI Challenge, our team leveraged CERN OpenLab datasets to determine the performance of the HGC workflow with CPUs, GPUs and FPGAs for machine learning. The study showed performance gains of 1.45-2.22x", stated Chao Jiang, Ph.D. student leader of the team. "These early results were promising, and we are continuing to experiment with more complex 3D-image based techniques such as volumetric segmentation with 3D U-net to improve performance, as well as 3D GAN for accelerated particle-simulation."
Dell EMC Ready Solution for HPC Lustre Storage on ME4 and Dell EMC Ready Solution for HPC NFS Storage on PowerVault ME4 are available now. Dell EMC PowerEdge R640, R740, R740xd and R7425 servers have planned support for NVIDIA Tesla T4 Tensor Core GPUs in the first quarter of 2019 and Xilinx Alveo U200 FPGAs in December 2018.
Dan Stanzione, executive director, Texas Advanced Computing Center, the University of Texas at Austin, stated: "Frontera represents our third top 10 and fifth top 25 system we have deployed in partnership with Dell EMC. The success we have had together reflects our close collaboration and a deep relationship, with attention to every detail, that lets us repeatedly deploy at the cutting edge of technology on time and on budget. With this new machine, we will further push the frontiers of science, offering researchers an instrument with capabilities they have never had before."
Paul Calleja, director of High Performance Computing, University of Cambridge, stated: "Conventional HPC clustering techniques present pre-configured static resource pools which, for the most part, satisfy a limited yet important set of users. By enabling a Cloud paradigm, including bare-metal, the benefits of a software-defined infrastructure encompass conventional HPC clustering, without sacrificing performance, and provide additional agility in support of modern hybrid Cloud-enabled workflows. We are witnessing considerable user growth in such new workflows, and Cumulus enables our users with easier access to HPC and HPDA class computing in a secure and flexible environment. Working with Dell EMC and partners has culminated in one of the most computationally and i/o efficient resources in the UK."
Brock Palen, director, Advanced Research Computing - Technology Services (ARC-TS), University of Michigan, stated: "We're thrilled to be working with Dell EMC. Users of Great Lakes will have access to more cores, faster cores, faster memory, faster storage and a more balanced network. This new cluster will ultimately provide improved performance, flexibility, and reliability for University of Michigan researchers."
David Hudak, Ph.D., executive director, Ohio Supercomputer Center, stated: "We worked with Dell EMC to create the Pitzer Cluster, a highly efficient, dense and flexible petaflop-class system. This valuable new addition to our data center allows OSC to continue addressing the growing computational, storage and analysis needs of our client communities in academia, science and industry."
James Lowey, CIO, TGen, stated: "One of the keys to Precision Medicine is being able to analyze the human genome, find abnormalities, then target them with specific treatments. Data sets using multiple inputs are becoming so massive, we must rely on Artificial Intelligence (AI) to help make sense of it all. Dell Technologies is a critical partner as we push the science forward, and Dell EMC Isilon gives us a simple scale-out solution to manage and consume petabytes of data and to expedite genome processing from weeks to hours. When it comes to research that saves lives, where seconds matter, we rely on Dell EMC."