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September 03, 2009
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Fujitsu plans for 10PFLOPS super in 2011
UK Met Office caught in green flap over super emissions
New Zealand buys big IBM super
AFRL dedicates new SGI super
Maui doubles computing power
OSC expands flagship IBM supercomputer to 75TF, 9500 cores
Student research that fundamentally changed computing
PGI tutorial on GPU programming during SC09
Masterworks sessions announced for SC09
AMD launches 40W Istanbul
Greening this old historic datacenter
MemoryScape 3.0 released
OSC expands flagship IBM super
The Ohio Supercomputing Center, Monday, announced a new expansion to its current flagship IBM supercomputer. The $4 million effort is billed to provide further computational support for the state's economic development aspirations. The expansion integrates additional hardware into the original, IBM Cluster 135, system that went operational in January 2008. Due to overwhelming demand, the original system reached capacity in three months.
"The expansion, which is dedicated to bioscience and additional research efforts targeted by the state, provides badly needed high performance computing resources for academic and industry researchers," said Stanley C. Ahalt, executive director of the Ohio Supercomputer Center.
"For every $1 the State in Ohio invests in OSC, $17 returns to the Ohio economy," Ahalt said. "With these critical, new supercomputing assets in place, researchers can further propel Ohio to the forefront of biosciences research, funding and job creation."
The new, combined, system provides 75TF of compute power and 24TB of memory via 9,532 cores. The specifics are as follows:
For more info on the OSC expansion, read the release here.
Cray acquires PathScale Compiler Suite
Cray has announced that it has officially acquired the PathScale Compiler Suite from the recently defunct assets of SiCortex. Cray plans on leveraging pieces of the PathScale IP in order to enhance its own compiler offerings over time. Other parts of the suite will be contributed to the open source via an alliance with NetSyncro.com. NetSyncro is an organization of compiler engineers with good ties to the open source community. NetSyncro will continue developing the PathScale Compiler Suite, provide support for its current users and will rebrand the effort under the original PathScale name.
"Our main goal for this acquisition was to provide clear direction for those Cray customers who want to continue using the PathScale Compiler Suite on Cray supercomputers," said Peter Ungaro, Cray president and CEO. "We believe turning the PathScale compiler's future development and customer support over to a new and similar PathScale organization accomplishes our goal, as it provides a path forward for PathScale compiler users and helps ensure that the software will have a robust, open source HPC community around it. We also expect our own world-class compiler to benefit from some of the PathScale technology. This is another indicative example of our strategy to acquire the key technology components necessary to building a productive, high performance user environment on our supercomputers."
"I cannot express enough gratitude to Cray in helping rebuild PathScale and giving us this opportunity for the future," said Christopher Bergström, PathScale's new CTO. "Our vision ahead is bright and optimistic with a focus to continue our position as one of the highest performing HPC compilers in the industry. As a new member of the PathScale team I intend to lead the way in building a strong open source community for PathScale. We believe our solid commitment to open source will enable the community to thrive by facilitating collaboration, sharing of knowledge, innovation and research."
For those unfamiliar with PathScale, it started life as the Silicon Graphics MIPSPro compiler. When Silicon Graphics decided to divest itself of the compiler business, it sent the MIPSPro compiler to the open source. It then took on the new name of Open64. PathScale adapted much of the lower end semantics from Open64 [with its obvious secret sauce on top]. For more info, read the full release.
Dell and Brocade team up on application to unified computing club
It started with Cisco adding servers to its datacenter communications products on a project codenamed California and marketed as the Unified Computing System. Then in late July IBM announced that it was teaming up with Juniper to do the same thing, and HP already has its own line of switches and servers. This week Stacey Higginbotham at GigaOm is reporting that Dell and Brocade are teaming up, along with enterprise cloud software maker Scalent, to get in on the unified computing market.
According to the article Dell will put its name on Brocade's switches.
Dell's partnerships means that HP, which is combining its own servers with its Pro Curve networking gear, IBM, which has signed the partnership with Juniper and Brocade, and Cisco are all offering some type of networking and server product to manage some of the chaos caused by the ability to run multiple applications on one server. After Cisco launched its servers, a Dell executive told Om that its ability to offer its customers gear from multiple vendors, rather than a box from a single vendor would be its answer to the Cisco threat, and it's still pitching openness with this announcement. Only now the focus is on openness as a result of adhering to industry standards rather than grouping its servers with switches from any vendor.
I agree with Stacey's assessment that the partnership route here seems a little weak. Furthermore, it's not really clear yet that this strategy even makes sense for customers. It might have been smarter for Dell to wait and see if the market really responds to this offering and, if it does, to swoop in as a second mover fixing all the errors the first movers made and take over the market.
For those of you who might have been considering clusters from these vendors, does the unified story matter to you?
May 23, 2013 |
The study of climate change is one of those scientific problems where it is almost essential to model the entire Earth to attain accurate results and make worthwhile predictions. In an attempt to make climate science more accessible to smaller research facilities, NASA introduced what they call ‘Climate in a Box,’ a system they note acts as a desktop supercomputer.
May 22, 2013 |
At some point in the not-too-distant future, building powerful, miniature computing systems will be considered a hobby for high schoolers, just as robotics or even Lego-building are today. That could be made possible through recent advancements made with the Raspberry Pi computers.
May 16, 2013 |
When it comes to cloud, long distances mean unacceptably high latencies. Researchers from the University of Bonn in Germany examined those latency issues of doing CFD modeling in the cloud by utilizing a common CFD and its utilization in HPC instance types including both CPU and GPU cores of Amazon EC2.
May 15, 2013 |
Supercomputers at the Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) have worked on important computational problems such as collapse of the atomic state, the optimization of chemical catalysts, and now modeling popping bubbles.
05/10/2013 | Cleversafe, Cray, DDN, NetApp, & Panasas | From Wall Street to Hollywood, drug discovery to homeland security, companies and organizations of all sizes and stripes are coming face to face with the challenges – and opportunities – afforded by Big Data. Before anyone can utilize these extraordinary data repositories, however, they must first harness and manage their data stores, and do so utilizing technologies that underscore affordability, security, and scalability.
04/15/2013 | Bull | “50% of HPC users say their largest jobs scale to 120 cores or less.” How about yours? Are your codes ready to take advantage of today’s and tomorrow’s ultra-parallel HPC systems? Download this White Paper by Analysts Intersect360 Research to see what Bull and Intel’s Center for Excellence in Parallel Programming can do for your codes.
In this demonstration of SGI DMF ZeroWatt disk solution, Dr. Eng Lim Goh, SGI CTO, discusses a function of SGI DMF software to reduce costs and power consumption in an exascale (Big Data) storage datacenter.
The Cray CS300-AC cluster supercomputer offers energy efficient, air-cooled design based on modular, industry-standard platforms featuring the latest processor and network technologies and a wide range of datacenter cooling requirements.