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Mellanox 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet Switches Approved for Use in DoD Networks

Dec 14, 2015 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. & YOKNEAM, Israel, Dec. 14 — Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has approved the Mellanox SwitchX series of 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet switches for use on U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) networks. Read more…

Ace Computers Caps 2015 With Two Major Custom HPC Orders

Dec 11, 2015 |

CHICAGO, Ill., Dec. 11 — Ace Computers, acknowledged as a premier build of custom HPC clusters, is capping off a banner year with two major cluster orders—for the U.S. Dept. of Defense, and a world-leading computational physics analysis company. Ace Computers Vice President Marc Fertik coordinated the DOD order for a trailblazing 400-core triple-head node cluster. Each Read more…

SC15 Video: IBM’s Dave Turek on Big Data, CORAL, and HPC’s Evolution

Dec 8, 2015 |

Accelerated computing certainly dominated the IBM message at SC15 but there were many sub-themes in Austin. Big data, the beneficial impact of software frameworks (think Apache Spark), workflow optimization, and a growing role for cloud in HPC delivery were all in the mix. HPCwire managing editor John Russell sat down with Dave Turek, IBM VP Read more…

First Indian Student Supercomputing Challenge Coming this June

Dec 7, 2015 |

During June 1-4, 2016, the first ever Indian Student Supercomputing Challenge (ISSC) will take place in Mumbai, India, in tandem with the inaugural distributed & embedded-High Performance Computing (de-HPC) symposium. ISSC is being organized by the academic partners Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay and industry partners Syncthreads Computing with the official support of the Read more…

Cray Lays Out Vision for HPC-Big Data Convergence

Dec 3, 2015 |

Messaging around HPC-big data convergence which had been ramping up all year reached new heights at SC15 — and you’d be hard-pressed to find a bigger champion of the unified platform strategy than American supercomputer-maker Cray. HPCwire met with Cray’s Barry Bolding at the show in Austin last month to discuss the company’s latest customer wins, its take on Read more…

Contrary View: CPUs Sometimes Best for Big Data Visualization

Dec 1, 2015 |

Contrary to conventional thinking, GPUs are often not the best vehicles for big data visualization. In this commentary, I discuss several key technical reasons why a CPU-based “Software Defined Visualization” approach can deliver a more flexible, performant, scalable, cost effective, and power efficient solution to big data visualization than a conventional GPU-based approach. An example Read more…

ORNL Process Could be White Lightning to Electronics Industry

Dec 1, 2015 |

A new era of electronics and even quantum devices could be ushered in with the fabrication of a virtually perfect single layer of “white graphene,” according to researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The material, technically known as hexagonal boron nitride, features better transparency than its sister, graphene, is chemically inert, Read more…

Women in HPC: Revelations and Reckoning

Nov 30, 2015 |

Most who work in the high performance computing (HPC) industry agree; people problems are far more complicated than technical challenges. Diversity, or the lack thereof, is the HPC industry’s current grand challenge, and how best to encourage the participation of women in HPC was the theme for several SC15 sessions, including birds-of-a-feather, panel discussion, vendor Read more…

Aeon Computing Stands Up 28 Petabyte Lustre Install for Los Alamos

Nov 26, 2015 |

Among the raft of announcements launched in tandem with SC last week, there was one that stood out for being one of the largest deployed Lustre installations at 28 petabytes total. San Diego-based Aeon Computing won the contract to provide two site-wide Lustre file systems to Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in support of the lab’s Read more…

SC15 Video: Thomas Sterling and William Gropp Explore NSCI Opportunity

Nov 24, 2015 |

If you were hoping for a glimpse into the National Strategic Computing Initiative implementation (NSCI) plan last week while at SC15, you were out of luck. A draft, said to be quite long, has been completed but is being closely guarded at the moment. Perhaps in February, suggested William Polk of the Office of Science Read more…

4th HPCG List Features 240% Growth In Machine Entries

Nov 20, 2015 |

The High Performance Conjugate Gradients (HPCG) Benchmark list was announced at SC’15. This is the fourth list produced for the emerging benchmark designed to complement the traditional High Performance LINPACK (HPL) benchmark used as the official metric for ranking the TOP500 systems. The first HPCG list was announced at ISC’14 a year and a half Read more…

HP(E) Still Stands Solidly Astride the HPC Server Market

Nov 20, 2015 |

On November 1 – not quite three weeks ago – Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) emerged from the Big Split. That’s old news given the yearlong lead-up. Throughout the “separation” process, opinions varied wildly (still do) over HPE’s prospects. Clearly it’s early days, but when IDC rolled out HPC market numbers on Tuesday (see below) HP Read more…

Thursday’s SC15 Twitter Roundup

Nov 19, 2015 |

As SC15 winds down, we present our final Twitter Roundup for the event. We hope everyone enjoyed themselves in Austin and gets home safely. Be sure to check in each Thursday for our regular HPC Twitter Roundup and we look forward to seeing you next year in Salt Lake City! we're proud of our #HPCwireAward Read more…

European HPC and Big Data Initiative Announced

Nov 19, 2015 |

Nov. 19 — There is increasing global recognition of the strategic security and economic impact of HPC enabled applications. Most recently;  In the U.S., President Obama issued an executive order to establish a National Strategic Computing initiative with an initial allocation of $450 Million from the U.S. Department of Energy (29/07/2015)  China’s President Xi applauded Read more…

Sugon VP on Global Market Strategy, the VMware Venture and Robotic Immersive Cooling

Nov 18, 2015 |

One of the dominant themes of the latest TOP500 edition, released Monday in time for the opening of the SC15 show in Austin, was China’s leap in list share by number of systems; and one of the companies that has been pivotal in this push is Sugon (formerly Dawning). Sugon (the name means Super Dragon) and its Read more…

UK Atomic Weapons Establishment Successfully Installs New SGI Supercomputer

Nov 17, 2015 |

Nov. 17 — SGI (NASDAQ: SGI), a global leader in high-performance computing and big data, today announced that the UK’s Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) has completed installation of SGI’s record-breaking high performance computing (HPC) system, SGI ICE XA. The new system, comprised of two SGI ICE XA systems, integrates into AWE’s existing production HPC system Read more…

Berkeley Lab Celebrates New Home of NERSC, ESnet

Nov 13, 2015 |

On November 12, 2015, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory officially opened its state-of-the-art facility for computational science built on a hillside overlooking the UC Berkeley campus and San Francisco Bay. The modern building, named Wang Hall in honor of noted semiconductor researcher and long-time UC Berkeley professor Shyh Wang, will house Read more…

Hadoop and Spark Get RADICAL at SC15

Nov 13, 2015 |

The rapid maturation of the Apache Hadoop ecosystem has caught the eyes of HPC professionals who are eager to take advantage of emerging big data tools, such as Spark. One HPC group presenting on the topic at the SC15 show this week in Austin, Texas, is Rutgers University’s RADICAL team. The Research in Advanced Distributed Read more…

DDN Awarded Storage Contract at CEA Research Site

Nov 13, 2015 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 13 — DataDirect Networks (DDN), the world leader in high-performance, massively scalable storage, announced today the expansion of DDN’s long term relationship as a provider for CEA, the French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission. CEA, a leader in worldwide HPC innovation and leadership, has selected DDN’s SFA14KE as the core storage for this year’s comprehensive refresh Read more…

Seagate Forms New Business to Meet Growing Storage Demands of Government Agencies

Nov 13, 2015 |

CUPERTINO, Calif., Nov. 13 — Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ:STX) has announced the formation of Seagate Government Solutions, a new U.S.-based business entity dedicated to helping address the growing data-management needs of government agencies. The new Seagate entity will focus on the federal government’s big data, high performance computing (HPC), and security needs. Seagate Government Solutions will draw Read more…