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Modernizing HPC Cluster Monitoring

Sep 18, 2014 |

If you thought cluster management tools were too plentiful to count, they have nothing on system monitoring. From open source to commercial packages, the list goes on. The problem, however, is that there are too few tools that bring together a unified view of what’s happening on large clusters in a comprehensive way—from gathering data Read more…

Arista Poised for Ethernet Expansion

Jun 9, 2014 |

In the wake of the Arista Networks IPO news on Friday, there has been a great deal of conversation about what the future of software-defined networking will be going forward, not just for its obvious role in hyperscale datacenters, but in other IT segments as well, including HPC. To be clear, other than having a Read more…

The Top Supercomputing Led Discoveries of 2013

Jan 2, 2014 |

2013 has been an incredible year for the entire ecosystem around supercomputing; from vendors pushing new technologies to boost performance, capacity, and programmability to researchers turning over new insights with fresh techniques. While exascale has taken more of a backseat than we might have predicted at the year’s end of 2010, there are plenty of Read more…

China Means Business with Supercomputing Push

Jun 20, 2013 |

China is making significant strides towards its goals to use supercomputing as the next big platform to spur economic growth. The country now makes up 13% of the Top 500 (with 51% from the United States). We talk with Inspur’s Chief Scientist of HPC Applications about how the system will be used to forward the goals of the national…

Intel Carves Mainstream Highway for Lustre

Jun 12, 2013 |

Today Intel announced some new pitches to push Lustre in front of enterprise eyeballs with usability features for Lustre and a total rip and replace for the native Hadoop file system designed to appeal to the HPC-oriented Hadoop set. We talked with Brent Gorda, former CEO and founder of Whamcloud, which Intel acquired just a tick under a year ago about how….

Short Takes

HPC Greases Exploration Efforts

Oct 15, 2014 |

HPC continues to make inroads into the oil and gas industry, now one of the main commercial users of supercomputing, along with financial services. In the past year, energy giants BP, Total and Eni have rolled out mega supercomputing centers and smaller players are eager to follow suit. According to the industry-focused publication PennEnergy, it is no Read more…

Seismic Explorers Set Exascale Course

Sep 23, 2014 |

In a recent blog post, Cray Senior Practice Leader Geert Wenes argues that “a perfect storm in seismic processing requirements” is ensuring that the oil and gas industry will be an early adopter of exascale computing technologies. The industrial sector is not far behind the DOE when it comes to interest in exascale, contends Wenes, especially the integrated oil Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Sep 11, 2014 |

Here at HPCwire, we want to help keep the HPC community as up-to-date as possible on some of the most captivating news items that were tweeted throughout the week. The tweets that caught our eye this past week are listed below. Check back in next Thursday for an entirely updated list. Click here to view the top tweets Read more…

Linear Solver Library Grows Up

May 16, 2014 |

NVIDIA’s AmgX is a linear solver library for large-scale industrial applications that entered beta production in January. Since then the software has matured, and Joe Eaton, lead for the AmgX product team at NVIDIA, wrote all about it in a recent blog. Eaton explains that V1.0 comes with classical AMG multi-GPU support and greatly improved Read more…

Centaurus Energy Donates IBM Supercomputer to NSU

Mar 5, 2014 |

Centaurus Energy has donated an IBM supercomputer nicknamed “Megalodon” to Nova Southeastern University. Megalodon is an IBM P6 supercomputing cluster composed of 32 nodes that each have 16 POWER CPU’s with 256 GB of RAM. Each CPU contains two processor units and has about 790 million transistors as well. Megalodon is also water-cooled and uses Read more…

Off the Wire

Altair to Showcase Oil and Gas Simulation Technology in Houston

Sep 18, 2014 |

TROY, Mich., Sept. 18 — Altair will host a technical seminar on simulation and high-performance computing (HPC) solutions for the oil and gas industry next Wednesday, September 24 in Houston.  Scheduled customer presentations from Chevron, Wood Group Kenny, ConocoPhillips, Baker Hughes, and Sundrop Fuels will provide an overview of computer-aided engineering (CAE) methods and best practices for mechanical earth modeling, subsea Read more…

Registration Now Open for University of Houston Oil & Gas Workshop

Sep 9, 2014 |

Sept. 9 — High-level, directive-based programming models have been rapidly gaining traction as a portable, productive means to develop application code for multicore platforms and accelerators. Due to their usability and portability, programming APIs such as OpenMP and OpenACC, are increasingly being adopted as an alternative to lower-level APIs such as CUDA and OpenCL. This Read more…

Total Utilizing Pangea Supercomputer from SGI and SUSE

Sep 3, 2014 |

NUREMBERG, Germany, Sept. 3 – As new oil and gas reserves become more elusive, companies like Total rely increasingly on high performance computing (HPC) to find opportunities in an ocean of seismic data. With SUSE Linux Enterprise Server as the operating system for its new SGI supercomputer, Total now has an optimal combination of performance, price and efficiency. The solution – Read more…

University of Houston Oil and Gas Workshop Issues Call for Participation

Aug 22, 2014 |

Aug. 22 — The University of Houston (Dr. Barbara Chapman) in collaboration with the other members of OpenACC, will be hosting an Oil and Gas (O&G) Workshop. We would like to reach out to O&G domain scientists/researchers who are keen to hear about alternative high-level programming models used to port seismic codes to use accelerators. High-level Read more…

DDN Reports Results for First Half of 2014

Aug 19, 2014 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 19 — DataDirect Networks (DDN) today announced impressive revenue traction for the first six months of 2014, demonstrating a strong trajectory of profitable growth for the company heading into the second half of the year. The company added more than 20 net new petabyte-class customers including one of world’s largest banks, a leader Read more…