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Filippo Mantovani on What’s Next for Mont-Blanc and ARM

Jul 6, 2015 |

Firing up the Mont-Blanc prototype in mid-June at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) was a significant milestone in the European effort to base HPC systems on energy efficient architecture. Mont-Blanc program coordinator Filippo Mantovani was quoted in the release announcing the prototype saying, “Now the challenge starts because with this platform we can foresee how Read more…

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IBM, NVIDIA and Mellanox Launch Design Center for HPC

Jul 2, 2015 |

Today’s launch by IBM, NVIDIA, and Mellanox of a new POWER Acceleration and Design Center in Montpellier, France, ratchets up their campaign to attract a wider developer community to the OpenPOWER platform and their efforts to build momentum for the march into the Intel-dominated HPC landscape. The Montpellier-based center is the second of its kind, Read more…

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Dell Aims PowerEdge C-Series Platform for HPC and Beyond

Jun 30, 2015 |

Dell has positioned its latest PowerEdge C-series platform to meet the needs of both traditional HPC and the hyperscale market. The recently hatched PowerEdge C6320 is outfitted with the latest generation Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors, providing up to 18 cores per socket (144 cores per 2U chassis), up to 512GB of DDR4 memory and Read more…

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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…

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Japan Preps for HPC-Big Data Convergence

Jun 18, 2015 |

The task of drawing discrete boundaries around the tech spheres known as HPC and big data is getting more complicated with each passing year. Many are anticipating convergence between these camps. One prominent HPCer waving the convergence flag is Satoshi Matsuoka, a professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology’s Global Scientific Information and Computing Center. In his Read more…

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Short Takes

Senate and House America COMPETES Bills Face Off

Jun 23, 2015 |

Few dispute the importance of research and advanced computing technology to American competitiveness, but there is disagreement about the role of the government in funding such efforts. Currently two bills are making their way through the legislative process as potential successors to the America COMPETES Acts of 2007 and 2010 (which were passed by President Read more…

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Texas Supercomputers Contribute to Cancer Hotspot Discovery

Jun 22, 2015 |

Powerful supercomputers around the country continue to push advances in critical areas, such as cancer research. One of the latest such success stories comes out of The University of Texas at Austin, where Texas Advanced Computing Center machines revealed a connection between cross-shaped (cruciform) DNA segments and human cancers. By shedding light on the pathways involved in Read more…

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Weekly Twitter Roundup

Jun 18, 2015 |

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.   #ISC16 is already taking Read more…

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Unlocking the Mysteries of Space

Jun 16, 2015 |

Some of the most powerful supercomputers in the world are helping NASA scientists reveal the mysteries of the universe. The intensive discovery process would not be possible without the modeling and simulation capabilities of high-performance computers, like Pleiades, which is located at the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) facility at Ames Research Center, and Titan, the fastest Read more…

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Sizing Up Earth’s Biosphere Supercomputer

Jun 12, 2015 |

If you’ve ever wondered how much DNA data there is on earth, you’re not alone. But a trio of UK researchers did more than wonder. They set to calculating the total information content in the biosphere and published their results and methodology in a recent issue of PLOS Biology. In this first ever accounting of Read more…

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Off the Wire

Bright Cluster Manager Now Integrated With Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre

Jul 14, 2015 |

FRANKFURT, Germany, July 14 — Bright Computing, the leading provider of hardware-agnostic cluster and cloud management software, today announced that the latest version of its Bright Cluster Manager software is now integrated with the Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre (IEEL) software. Systems administrators can easily deploy, use and maintain Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre using Bright. Because Intel Enterprise Edition for Read more…

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KAUST’s New Shaheen XC40 Ranks Seventh in World’s Top Ten Supercomputers

Jul 13, 2015 |

THUWAL, Saudi Arabia, July 13 — Shaheen XC40, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology’s (KAUST’s) new Cray system, is the seventh fastest supercomputer in the world according to the TOP500 list announced today at the International Supercomputing Conference in Frankfurt, Germany. “Shaheen XC40 reaffirms KAUST’s commitment to enabling our researchers and partners with high performance computing resources,” said KAUST President Jean-Lou Chameau. “It Read more…

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Allinea Announces ARM 64-Bit Development Tool Suite

Jul 13, 2015 |

WARWICK, England, July 13 — Allinea Software signalled a major new addition to the ecosystem for 64-bit ARM processor servers by announcing the arrival of the Allinea Forge development tool suite for the platform.  The tool suite, renowned for its ability to master multi-process and multi-threaded Linux applications, includes the powerful performance profiler Allinea MAP and debugger Allinea DDT. Read more…

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Bull Selects Mellanox EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand Technology for Blade System

Jul 13, 2015 |

FRANKFURT, Germany, July 13 — Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced that Bull, the Atos brand dedicated to its technology products and software, utilizes Mellanox’s EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand for its bullx B700 Direct Liquid Cooling (DLC) blade system. “Organizations require more and more Read more…

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BSC Researchers Successfully Test Server Platform Based on Cavium ThunderX Chip

Jul 13, 2015 |

FRANKFURT, Germany, July 13 — Researchers of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) involved in the Mont-Blanc project, have successfully tested one innovative server platform, based on the 64bit Cavium ThunderX ARMv8 chip and integrated by E4 Computer Engineering. The aim of the test was to prove the portability of the Mont-Blanc system software stack on new high- Read more…

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