French high performance computing vendor Bull announced its HPC cloud service, eXtreme Factory at SC10, emphasizing its value for simulation-driven customers. This week we checked in on progress with the company’s head of HPC, Pascal Barbolosi, to see how the platform has weathered its first six months.
The Weekly Top Five features the five biggest HPC stories of the week, condensed for your reading pleasure. This week, we cover the computing power on display at SC10’s Student Cluster Competition; the University of Portsmouth’s new supercomputer; IBM Watson’s SUSE Linux platform; multicore advances at North Carolina State; and Intel’s new approach to university funding.
At this year’s annual Supercomputing Conference held in New Orleans, Platform Computing conducted a survey of 100 IT professionals in academia, government and industry about their experimentation with cloud computing models. Randy Clark from Platform provides some insights into the findings, which do show overall satisfaction with clouds for HPC among those who have some experiences.
Argonne Lab announces debut of Exascale Technology and Computing Institute; and NCSA selects IBM’s GPFS file system for facility-wide deployment. We recap those stories and more in our weekly wrapup.
Yes, there is life beyond Xeons, Opterons and GPGPUs.
At the SC10 event in New Orleans we were able to capture quite a bit of video, some of which never made it live on the site during the course of the busy week. We wanted to share a few highlights with you–and thank those of you who stopped by the HPCwire/HPCin the Cloud booth to say hello.
The latest Green500 list announced this week at SC10 is once again shining the spotlight on the energy efficiency of the world’s top supercomputers. But the path to more efficient high performance computing goes beyond this simple benchmark-based approach. Ralf Gruber and Vincent Keller, both from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), describe a holistic approach to more energy-efficient HPC operations in their book, HPC@GreenIT. HPCwire contributor Steve Conway interviewed the Swiss duo about their ideas, including a new benchmark.
If there was a dominating theme at the Supercomputing Conference this year, it had to be GPU computing.
During this year’s SC event in New Orleans, we caught up with co-founder and CEO of Platform Computing, Songnian Zhou to take a big picture look at key movements in computing–and where grid and clouds fit within the “Renaissance” Zhou feels is taking place.
To say the market share for HPC interconnects is imbalanced is a rather dramatic understatement since the vast majority of business is driven by Mellanox. However, there are a few emerging competitors who might be playing a more prominent role in HPC–and by proxy, cloud computing.