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Lustre Takes Aim at Enterprise Security Requirements

May 23, 2016 |

“Security in Lustre reflects its roots as a high performance computing (HPC) file system,” said John Hammond of Intel’s High Performance Data Division. In traditional HPC deployments, Lustre resides in a physically secure and logically isolated environment, dependent on strict network access controls, managed by large and siloed teams focused on what’s happening with the systems, and accessed by users already holding appropriate clearances to log on and use the resources.

Chameleon: Why Computer Scientists Need a Cloud of Their Own

May 5, 2016 |

Chameleon, the NSF-funded cloud testbed co-located at the University of Chicago and the Texas Advanced Computing Center, has been operating less than one year, but has already contributed to innovative research in the areas of HPC containerization, exascale operating systems and cybersecurity to name a few. To get perspective on this purpose-built testbed and the research it Read more…

Making Sense of HPC in the Age of Democratization

Mar 8, 2016 |

These are exciting times for HPC. High-performance computing and its cousin high-productivity computing are expanding such that the previous definitions of HPC as a moving performance target or as the purview of modeling and simulation are breaking down. The democratization of HPC has spurred a lot of focus on the impact that HPC-hatched technologies are Read more…

Toward a Converged Exascale-Big Data Software Stack

Jan 28, 2016 |

Within the HPC vendor and science community, the groundswell of support for HPC and big data convergence is undeniable with sentiments running the gamut from the pragmatic to the enthusiastic. For Argonne computer scientist and HPC veteran Pete Beckman, the writing is on the wall. As the leader of the Argo exascale software project and Read more…

ACTnowHPC On Demand HPC Cloud Cluster Joins UberCloud Marketplace

Jan 19, 2016 |

KANSAS CITY, Jan. 15 – The ACTnowHPC on demand cloud cluster this week joined the UberCloud online marketplace, where engineers, scientists and their service providers discover, try, and buy computing power and software in the cloud as a service. ACTnowHPC enables users to harness the power of high performance computing resources on a pay-as-you-go basis Read more…

Towards Ubiquitous HPC — Passing HPC into the hands of every engineer and scientist

Jan 7, 2016 |

Countless case studies demonstrate impressively the importance of HPC for engineering and scientific insight, product innovation, and market competitiveness. But so far HPC was mostly in the hands of a relatively small elite crowd, not easily accessible by the large majority.  In this article, however, we argue that – despite the ever increasing complexity of 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…

Mellanox, ORNL to Deliver UCX Progress Report at SC15

Nov 16, 2015 |

At ISC2015 Mellanox introduced a new open-source network communication framework – United Communication X Framework (UCX) – for high-performance and data-centric applications. At the time Gilad Shainer of Mellanox said, “By providing our advancements in shared memory, MPI and underlying network transport technologies, we can continue to advance open standards-based networking and programming models. UCX Read more…

PGI Accelerator Compilers Add OpenACC Support for x86 Multicore CPUs

Oct 29, 2015 |

NVIDIA today announced availability of its newest PGI Accelerator Fortran, C and C++ compilers (version 15.10) now with support for OpenACC directives-based parallel programming standard on x86 architecture multicore microprocessors. The new compilers allow OpenACC-enabled source code to be compiled for parallel execution on a multicore CPU or a GPU accelerator. “Our goal is to Read more…

New Storage Options Coming to Globus Users

Oct 27, 2015 |

At the SpectraSummit event in Boulder, Colorado, earlier this month, HPCwire learned of a developing partnership between storage vendor Spectra Logic and research software-as-a-service provider Globus to integrate Spectra’s BlackPearl Gateway storage into the Globus Cloud, creating an endpoint for BlackPearl that opens up new storage tiers to the Globus community. Spectra Logic’s BlackPearl Deep Storage Gateway, introduced Read more…

ESnet Releases Software for Building Interactive Network Portals

Oct 5, 2015 |

When ESnet, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Energy Sciences Network, unveiled its online interactive network portal called MyESnet in July of 2011, the reaction was strongly positive – other research and education networks liked it so much, they wanted the code to create their own portals. After four years of development and refinement, they will Read more…

Defining Scalable OS Requirements for Exascale and Beyond

Oct 5, 2015 |

Over the past couple of decades two primary trends have driven system software for supercomputers to become significantly more complex. First, hardware has become more complex. Massive inter-node parallelism (100,000+ nodes), increasingly large intra-node parallelism (100+ hardware threads), wider vector units, accelerators, coprocessors, etc., have required that system software play a larger role in delivering Read more…

Univa Launch Highlights Container Penetration of HPC

Sep 16, 2015 |

The launch today of Univa Grid Engine Container Edition is the latest evidence of growing support for Docker containers in the HPC. Last month NERSC introduced Shifter, a tool for bringing Docker containers onto Edison, NERSC’s Cray supercomputer. Container technology is hardly new, but the Docker implementation ease-of-use promises to substantially expand container technology use. Read more…

Making Sense of Cyberinfrastructure

Aug 17, 2015 |

Cyberinfrastructure. If there’s one word that’s likely to create confusion both within the scientific research community and among the public at large, this may be it. Yet the concept of cyberinfrastructure is at the very core of the nation’s top scientific research priorities, and the National Science Foundation is firmly committed to continuing to make cyberinfrastructure resources available to researchers across the nation.

XSEDE Panel Highlights Diversity of NSF Computing Resources

Jul 31, 2015 |

A plenary panel at the XSEDE15 conference, which took place this week in St. Louis, Mo., highlighted the broad spectrum of computing resources provided by the National Science Foundation, including several new and testbed projects and an effort to help more people use cyberinfrastructure to advance their research. “I don’t think there has been a Read more…

IDC: The Changing Face of HPC

Jul 16, 2015 |

At IDC’s annual ISC breakfast there was a good deal more than market update numbers although there were plenty of those: “We try to track every server sold, every quarter, worldwide,” said Earl Joseph, IDC program vice president and executive director HPC User Forum. Perhaps more revealing and as important this year was IDC’s unveiling Read more…

Mellanox, IBM, ORNL Spearhead UCX Framework Initiative

Jul 13, 2015 |

Interconnect technology specialist Mellanox announced at ISC today a collaboration to develop a new open-source network communication framework – United Communication X Framework (UCX) – for high- performance and data-centric applications. The effort is intended to provide platform abstractions supporting various communication technologies for “high performance compute, and data platforms” and will help pave the Read more…

Is IBM Getting Openness Right? Yes, Says GM Doug Balog

Jun 29, 2015 |

The annual Red Hat Summit, held in Boston last week, is something of revival tent for open source where the pulpits are plentiful and so are smiling believers. Indeed it’s hard to dispute the powerful innovation springing from open source. The RH Summit, which started 11 years ago as a modest celebration of open source Read more…

Tracking the Trajectory to Exascale and Beyond

Jun 8, 2015 |

The future of high performance computing is now being defined both in how it will be achieved and in the ways in which it will impact diverse fields in science and technology, industry and commerce, and security and society. At this time there is great expectation but much uncertainty creating a climate of opportunity, challenge, Read more…

Linux Widens HPC Goalposts

May 4, 2015 |

It is well known that the term “high performance computing” (HPC) originally describes the use of parallel processing for running advanced application programs efficiently, reliably and quickly. The term applies especially to systems that function above a teraflop or 10^12 floating-point operations per second, and is also often used as a synonym for supercomputing. Technically Read more…