Features

Report Shows HPC Spending ‘Solid and Stable’

Jul 6, 2015 |

The staff at Intersect360 Research have published their seventh Site Budget Allocation Map, peeling back the curtains on HPC site spending across industry, government and academic sites to suss out important trends. Overall this was a strong year characterized by fairly stable spending across the major categories (hardware, software, etc.) with 59 percent of all sites anticipating further growth over Read more…

Filippo Mantovani on What’s Next for Mont-Blanc and ARM

Jul 6, 2015 |

Firing up the Mont-Blanc prototype in mid-June at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) was a significant milestone in the European effort to base HPC systems on energy efficient architecture. Mont-Blanc program coordinator Filippo Mantovani was quoted in the release announcing the prototype saying, “Now the challenge starts because with this platform we can foresee how Read more…

The state of the Lustre* Parallel File System

Jul 6, 2015 |

We caught up with Brent Gorda, General Manager of Intel’s High Performance Data Division recently and asked him to give us an update on what was going on with the Lustre technology and community. Q: Brent, what can you tell us about recent Lustre momentum in the HPC community? A: We’ve seen strong growth in Read more…

IBM, NVIDIA and Mellanox Launch Design Center for HPC

Jul 2, 2015 |

Today’s launch by IBM, NVIDIA, and Mellanox of a new POWER Acceleration and Design Center in Montpellier, France, ratchets up their campaign to attract a wider developer community to the OpenPOWER platform and their efforts to build momentum for the march into the Intel-dominated HPC landscape. The Montpellier-based center is the second of its kind, Read more…

Dell Aims PowerEdge C-Series Platform for HPC and Beyond

Jun 30, 2015 |

Dell has positioned its latest PowerEdge C-series platform to meet the needs of both traditional HPC and the hyperscale market. The recently hatched PowerEdge C6320 is outfitted with the latest generation Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors, providing up to 18 cores per socket (144 cores per 2U chassis), up to 512GB of DDR4 memory and Read more…

Is IBM Getting Openness Right? Yes, Says GM Doug Balog

Jun 29, 2015 |

The annual Red Hat Summit, held in Boston last week, is something of revival tent for open source where the pulpits are plentiful and so are smiling believers. Indeed it’s hard to dispute the powerful innovation springing from open source. The RH Summit, which started 11 years ago as a modest celebration of open source Read more…

Direct Contact Liquid Cooling Continues its Move into the Data Center

Jun 29, 2015 |

In the world of HPC, continuous improvements in performance are key to keeping up with today’s demanding workloads. But it’s hard to realize the true potential of your IT infrastructure when your datacenter is running out of cooling capacity. Space and power density problems limit your ability to pack more compute into smaller spaces and Read more…

New Sandia Director Jill Hruby Transcends Glass Ceiling

Jun 24, 2015 |

Sandia National Laboratories has named Jill Hruby to its highest post. When Hruby officially take the reins of the nation’s largest laboratory on July 17, she becomes Sandia’s 14th director in its 60-plus year history as well as the first woman to lead one of the three National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) laboratories. As director of Read more…

ISC Session Preview: I/O in the Post-Petascale Era

Jun 23, 2015 |

Improving data communication performance in HPC has turned out to be one of the most difficult challenges for system designers. As a result, the topic is getting a lot of attention from academic researchers around the world. Some of that work will be presented at this year’s ISC High Performance conference in Frankfurt, Germany, where Read more…

Four Challenges Facing Exascale Application Prep

Jun 22, 2015 |

Worry over readying HPC applications for exascale computing isn’t new and various efforts are underway. Whether they are sufficient is a matter of debate. A major stumbling block, of course, is no one knows precisely what exascale architecture will look like. A recent paper (June 9) on arXiv.org from IBM Research and several European academic Read more…