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August 12, 2010
Here is a collection of highlights from this week's news stream as reported by HPCwire.
AMD Releases Stream Software Development Kit v2.2
CLC bio, PSSC Labs Deliver Turnkey Genomics Solution
Governor Patrick Announces Final Site of Holyoke High Performance Computing Center
Australian Company Enters HPC On Demand Market
University of Florida Selects ScaleMP for Biotechnology Research Center
Bright Computing, Koi Computers Sign Reseller Agreement
Mellanox InfiniBand Selected for Goethe University Supercomputer
Virident Systems Inks Reseller Agreement with Appro
NVIDIA-Led Team Receives $25M Contract from DARPA
Mellanox InfiniBand Supports NASA Center for Climate Simulation
HPC Advisory Council Announces University Award Program
Fujitsu Supercomputer Used in Cancer Research
Hawking Gets SGI Altix Supercomputer
The UK Computational Cosmology Consortium (COSMOS), which is based at the University of Cambridge, is now the proud new owner of an SGI Altix UV 1000 supercomputer. According to the release, the Altix UV system provides the kind of high performance, scalable, big-memory supercomputing needed to support the wide range of workloads undertaken by COSMOS researchers -- researchers like the incomparable Stephen Hawking.
Stephen Hawking, principal investigator at COSMOS, shared his thoughts on the announcement:
"Recent progress towards a complete understanding of the universe has been impressive, but many puzzles remain. Cosmology is now a precise science, and we need supercomputers to calculate what our theories of the early universe predict and test them against observations of the present universe."
The Altix UV takes advantage of the latest Intel Xeon processors and can scale from 32 to 2,048 cores. The system remains highly-efficient at scale and supports up to 16 terabytes of global shared memory in a single system image.
SGI is working with COSMOS to get the system up and running as quickly as possible.
Verari Takes New Shape
Since the doors shut at Verari in December, there has been a lot of speculation on what the future holds for the company and if, indeed, there would be a future. After a shakey turnaround in January when Dave Driggers bought the company he helped start, there was some more good news in June, when Verari announced an influx of cash and new leadership. Well, this week, the saga closed a chapter as Verari announced a new name, and strategy.
Henceforth, Verari will be known as Cirrascale with a focus on blade-based cloud computing and cloud storage platforms. Cirrascale? Cloud computing? Verari is not the first company to undergo a cloud-friendly rebranding.
Marc Brown, president and chief operating officer of Cirrascale, explained:
"Being able to base our cloud storage and compute products on Verari's world class BladeRack 2 Series technology and FOREST containerized datacenter infrastructure puts us at the front of the pack to serve the demanding cloud customer. These products, based on Verari's patented Vertical Cooling Technology, generated over $500 million in installed systems in the high performance computing and enterprise markets; these customer segments are the foundation of the burgeoning cloud market of today. This technology is a winning formula for the cloud customer."
Chairman and CEO Dave Driggers continued:
"Technology innovation is only half the story at Cirrascale; we must also innovate with our business model. Cloud and Web 2.0 businesses are placing new demands on their suppliers. Unlike the enterprise datacenter customer served by traditional computer companies with established product lines and large IT consulting businesses, the agile, self-sufficient cloud and Web 2.0 customers want to collaborate to define their platforms and create a purpose-built datacenter infrastructure that addresses their unique requirements."
The release includes some further information on Cirrascale's customer focus:
Cirrascale will focus on customers buying at the datacenter and rack infrastructure level, across a range of storage and computing models including low-power micro-servers, high density storage, scale-out multicore, HPC cluster and GP/GPU computing. Customers are served by the same physical rack infrastructure that accommodates the customer-defined power, density and cooling requirements.
Cirrascale was organized under the name "Verari Technologies" in January 2010, when it acquired the intellectual property and other assets of Verari Systems. Cirrascale made sure to state that it welcomes previous Verari customers.
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.
May 10, 2013 |
Program provides cash awards up to $10,000 for the best open-source end-user applications deployed on 100G network.
May 09, 2013 |
The Japanese government has revealed its plans to best its previous K Computer efforts with what they hope will be the first exascale system...
May 08, 2013 |
For engineers looking to leverage high-performance computing, the accessibility of a cloud-based approach is a powerful draw, but there are costs that may not be readily apparent.
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.