When an underdog team of undergrads from South Africa arrived in Leipzig, Germany for the 2013 Student Cluster Challenge last week, they had the odds stacked against them. But what the team lacked in experience was more than made up for with intestinal fortitude, not to mention a heavy dose of NVIDIA GPUs.
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We often hear about national labs and universities settling on a particular vendor for server and storage solutions, but details about the full evaluation process behind that selection are often sparse. The Utah Center for High Performance Computing’s storage lead explains how his team whittled down the list — and evaluated options against a tricky application.
The 21st century has seen a plethora of supercomputing centers sprouting up across the globe. While the US, Western Europe, and Japan are still the dominant HPC territories, rapidly developing countries such as China, India, Brazil, Russia and Saudi Arabia are quickly ramping up their HPC infrastructures. Of all the regions, though, Africa is still mostly an HPC desert. But in Cape Town, South Africa, the three-year-old Center for High Performance Computing (CHPC) aims to change all that.