How HPE HPC hybrid IT and Intel® OPA Enable High-Performance Cloud Computing

By Bill Seidle

February 20, 2019

Virtual fabric stitches high-performance computing (HPC) cloud platforms together, providing a cloud experience to IT administrators and end-users with HPC clusters.

HPC clusters, by definition, host demanding simulation and analytics workloads, such as computational fluid dynamics, seismic processing, genome sequencing, fraud detection, and more. CIOs are now expecting HPC to be as easy to use as any information system’s component. That’s a good reason why the HPC community is under pressure to provide a cloud experience to IT administrators and end-users with HPC clusters. HPC clusters should be consistent when deployed on-premises, off-premises and when hosted in a public cloud. HPE provides the right mix of HPC capabilities and solutions that allow you to use the same tools and environment to manage your workloads in the same way irrespective of where it actually runs.

Typically, HPC clusters often utilize high-speed fabrics to interconnect compute nodes. HPE along with service provider partners such as Advania Data Centers provide dedicated HPC cloud infrastructure with Intel Omni-Path Architecture (OPA) 100 Gbps fabric.

Challenges faced by existing HPC clusters

The reality is, for most organizations, HPC capacity requirements are not constant and on occasion more HPC capacity is required than is available from an installed cluster. One way to solve this problem is to upgrade and expand the installed cluster, another way, providing more flexibility is to adopt a Hybrid HPC strategy. This hybrid IT strategy allows bursting to a HPC cloud when required, providing optimal use of current assets while increasing operational agility in adding extra needed capacity.

Did you know?

  • HPE and Intel® offer the cloud experience recast as an HPC cluster for balanced performance, lower latency, greater capacity, and improved efficiency
  • HPE Hybrid HPC delivers the flexibility to burst to a HPC cloud when required, providing optimal use of current assets while increasing operational agility
  • HPE and Intel’s critical platform innovations in memory, storage, and acceleration technologies cater to the complex spectrum of diverse HPC workload requirements

Reinventing HPC with the notion of multi-tenancy

Intel® Omni-Path Architecture (OPA) has the capability to generate so-called virtual fabrics (i.e. vFabrics). This provides traffic isolation, an important security feature to support multi-tenancy in a traditional HPC environment transforming an HPC cluster into a cloud.

The user has the same experience of a standard HPC cluster as they do consuming public cloud resources. Creating a cluster, growing or shrinking your partition based on application needs—it’s like the cloud experience recast as an HPC cluster.

Here’s how it works

Dynamic Fabric Configuration is a feature designed for fabric cluster environments, where it is desirable to change virtual fabrics whilst in progress, such as multi-tenant hybrid IT environments. Intel OPA virtual fabrics can be modified and applied to the fabric without stopping and restarting the Subnet Manager. These changes are also non-disruptive to the cluster. To find out more about dynamic vFabrics, read Section 6.0 Virtual Fabrics of this Intel user guide.

The HPE HPC Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) leverages innovative foundational technologies from Intel. Built for the continuing convergence of HPC and AI, and supported by a broad software ecosystem, the Intel-based HPC platforms offered by HPE provide balanced HPC system performance, lower latency, greater capacity, and improved efficiency.Intel Inside.pngIntel’s innovative HPC foundation, based on the Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, includes critical platform innovations in memory, storage, and acceleration technologies to address the complex spectrum of diverse HPC workload requirements. Given the criticality of HPC fabric in scale-out deployments, Intel Omni-Path Architecture provides low-latency interconnect for scalable performance of multi-node environments.

The HPC IaaS environment provides customized tenant clusters tailored to client and application requirements. Service providers can use any HPE server in their environment supported by HPE Insight CMU, Docker Enterprise Edition (Docker EE), and OpenStack.

The HPE HPC IaaS platform is essentially an API engine where the IaaS software can be used directly through the HPE API or integrated with a Cloud Management Platform.

IaaS 1.0 allows tenant provisioning and management using the following steps:

  • Tenant creation and termination
  • Storage volume creation and mounting
  • Compute node addition and removal

Using the tenant you created, you can run your native application workflows interactively or as individual jobs or batches of jobs.

Dynamic Fabric Configuration is the foundation of the HPC IaaS platform developed by HPE, as shown here.

HPC IaaS Tenant Creation.jpg

Playing with multi-tenancy and HPC

HPE also has Centers of Excellence (COE) dedicated to HPC cloud to support your company as you start your journey. Within the COEs, HPE offers trials and support for proof of concepts with its ecosystem of partners. HPE also develops in the COEs further advanced mechanisms for multitenancy management and IaaS.

First read about the HPC Cloud in this technical white paper: A Platform for Delivering Superior HPC Cloud Services. Next, explore how HPC cloud can transform your on-premises, off-premises, and hybrid HPC experience today by reading this technical white paper on hybrid HPC cloud.

For more information, get in touch with your local HPE representative today.

Server Experts
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Return to Solution Channel Homepage

HPE Resources

Follow @HPE_HPC

HPE on Facebook

Subscribe to HPCwire's Weekly Update!

Be the most informed person in the room! Stay ahead of the tech trends with industy updates delivered to you every week!

HPE to Acquire Cray for $1.3B

May 17, 2019

Venerable supercomputer pioneer Cray Inc. will be acquired by Hewlett Packard Enterprise for $1.3 billion under a definitive agreement announced this morning. The news follows HPE’s acquisition nearly three years ago o Read more…

By Doug Black & Tiffany Trader

China Establishes Seventh National Supercomputing Center

May 16, 2019

Chinese media is reporting that China will construct a new National Supercomputer Center in Zhengzhou, in central China's Henan Province. The new Zhengzhou facility will house a 100-petaflops supercomputer and will be ta Read more…

By Staff report

Interview with 2019 Person to Watch Ken King

May 16, 2019

Today, as the final installment of our HPCwire People to Watch focus series, we present our interview with Ken King, general manager of OpenPOWER for the IBM Systems Group. Ken is responsible for building and managing t Read more…

By HPCwire Editorial Team

HPE Extreme Performance Solutions

HPE and Intel® Omni-Path Architecture: How to Power a Cloud

Learn how HPE and Intel® Omni-Path Architecture provide critical infrastructure for leading Nordic HPC provider’s HPCFLOW cloud service.

For decades, HPE has been at the forefront of high-performance computing, and we’ve powered some of the fastest and most robust supercomputers in the world. Read more…

IBM Accelerated Insights

Autonomous Vehicles: New challenges for the CAE Data Center

Managing infrastructure complexity in the age of AI

When most of us hear the term autonomous vehicles, we conjure up images of driverless Waymos or robotic transport trucks driving long-haul highway routes. Read more…

What’s New in HPC Research: Image Classification, Crowd Computing, Genome Informatics & More

May 15, 2019

In this bimonthly feature, HPCwire highlights newly published research in the high-performance computing community and related domains. From parallel programming to exascale to quantum computing, the details are here. Read more…

By Oliver Peckham

HPE to Acquire Cray for $1.3B

May 17, 2019

Venerable supercomputer pioneer Cray Inc. will be acquired by Hewlett Packard Enterprise for $1.3 billion under a definitive agreement announced this morning. T Read more…

By Doug Black & Tiffany Trader

Deep Learning Competitors Stalk Nvidia

May 14, 2019

There is no shortage of processing architectures emerging to accelerate deep learning workloads, with two more options emerging this week to challenge GPU leader Nvidia. First, Intel researchers claimed a new deep learning record for image classification on the ResNet-50 convolutional neural network. Separately, Israeli AI chip startup Hailo.ai... Read more…

By George Leopold

CCC Offers Draft 20-Year AI Roadmap; Seeks Comments

May 14, 2019

Artificial Intelligence in all its guises has captured much of the conversation in HPC and general computing today. The White House, DARPA, IARPA, and Departmen Read more…

By John Russell

Cascade Lake Shows Up to 84 Percent Gen-on-Gen Advantage on STAC Benchmarking

May 13, 2019

The Securities Technology Analysis Center (STAC) issued a report Friday comparing the performance of Intel's Cascade Lake processors with previous-gen Skylake u Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

Nvidia Claims 6000x Speed-Up for Stock Trading Backtest Benchmark

May 13, 2019

A stock trading backtesting algorithm used by hedge funds to simulate trading variants has received a massive, GPU-based performance boost, according to Nvidia, Read more…

By Doug Black

ASC19: NTHU Returns to Glory

May 11, 2019

As many of you Student Cluster Competition fanatics know by now, Taiwan’s National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) won the gold medal at the recently concluded AS Read more…

By Dan Olds

Intel 7nm GPU on Roadmap for 2021, OneAPI Coming This Year

May 8, 2019

At Intel's investor meeting today in Santa Clara, Calif., the company filled in details of its roadmap and product launch plans and sought to allay concerns about delays of its 10nm chips. In laying out its 10nm and 7nm timelines, Intel revealed that its first 7nm product would be... Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

Ten Great Reasons to Build the 1.5 Exaflops Frontier

May 7, 2019

It’s perhaps obvious that the fundamental reason for building expensive exascale computers is to drive science and industry forward, realizing the resulting b Read more…

By John Russell

Cray, AMD to Extend DOE’s Exascale Frontier

May 7, 2019

Cray and AMD are coming back to Oak Ridge National Laboratory to partner on the world’s largest and most expensive supercomputer. The Department of Energy’s Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

Graphene Surprises Again, This Time for Quantum Computing

May 8, 2019

Graphene is fascinating stuff with promise for use in a seeming endless number of applications. This month researchers from the University of Vienna and Institu Read more…

By John Russell

Why Nvidia Bought Mellanox: ‘Future Datacenters Will Be…Like High Performance Computers’

March 14, 2019

“Future datacenters of all kinds will be built like high performance computers,” said Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang during a phone briefing on Monday after Nvidia revealed scooping up the high performance networking company Mellanox for $6.9 billion. Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

ClusterVision in Bankruptcy, Fate Uncertain

February 13, 2019

ClusterVision, European HPC specialists that have built and installed over 20 Top500-ranked systems in their nearly 17-year history, appear to be in the midst o Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

It’s Official: Aurora on Track to Be First US Exascale Computer in 2021

March 18, 2019

The U.S. Department of Energy along with Intel and Cray confirmed today that an Intel/Cray supercomputer, "Aurora," capable of sustained performance of one exaf Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

Intel Reportedly in $6B Bid for Mellanox

January 30, 2019

The latest rumors and reports around an acquisition of Mellanox focus on Intel, which has reportedly offered a $6 billion bid for the high performance interconn Read more…

By Doug Black

Looking for Light Reading? NSF-backed ‘Comic Books’ Tackle Quantum Computing

January 28, 2019

Still baffled by quantum computing? How about turning to comic books (graphic novels for the well-read among you) for some clarity and a little humor on QC. The Read more…

By John Russell

The Case Against ‘The Case Against Quantum Computing’

January 9, 2019

It’s not easy to be a physicist. Richard Feynman (basically the Jimi Hendrix of physicists) once said: “The first principle is that you must not fool yourse Read more…

By Ben Criger

Leading Solution Providers

SC 18 Virtual Booth Video Tour

Advania @ SC18 AMD @ SC18
ASRock Rack @ SC18
DDN Storage @ SC18
HPE @ SC18
IBM @ SC18
Lenovo @ SC18 Mellanox Technologies @ SC18
NVIDIA @ SC18
One Stop Systems @ SC18
Oracle @ SC18 Panasas @ SC18
Supermicro @ SC18 SUSE @ SC18 TYAN @ SC18
Verne Global @ SC18

Deep500: ETH Researchers Introduce New Deep Learning Benchmark for HPC

February 5, 2019

ETH researchers have developed a new deep learning benchmarking environment – Deep500 – they say is “the first distributed and reproducible benchmarking s Read more…

By John Russell

Deep Learning Competitors Stalk Nvidia

May 14, 2019

There is no shortage of processing architectures emerging to accelerate deep learning workloads, with two more options emerging this week to challenge GPU leader Nvidia. First, Intel researchers claimed a new deep learning record for image classification on the ResNet-50 convolutional neural network. Separately, Israeli AI chip startup Hailo.ai... Read more…

By George Leopold

IBM Bets $2B Seeking 1000X AI Hardware Performance Boost

February 7, 2019

For now, AI systems are mostly machine learning-based and “narrow” – powerful as they are by today's standards, they're limited to performing a few, narro Read more…

By Doug Black

Arm Unveils Neoverse N1 Platform with up to 128-Cores

February 20, 2019

Following on its Neoverse roadmap announcement last October, Arm today revealed its next-gen Neoverse microarchitecture with compute and throughput-optimized si Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

Intel Launches Cascade Lake Xeons with Up to 56 Cores

April 2, 2019

At Intel's Data-Centric Innovation Day in San Francisco (April 2), the company unveiled its second-generation Xeon Scalable (Cascade Lake) family and debuted it Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

France to Deploy AI-Focused Supercomputer: Jean Zay

January 22, 2019

HPE announced today that it won the contract to build a supercomputer that will drive France’s AI and HPC efforts. The computer will be part of GENCI, the Fre Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

In Wake of Nvidia-Mellanox: Xilinx to Acquire Solarflare

April 25, 2019

With echoes of Nvidia’s recent acquisition of Mellanox, FPGA maker Xilinx has announced a definitive agreement to acquire Solarflare Communications, provider Read more…

By Doug Black

Nvidia Claims 6000x Speed-Up for Stock Trading Backtest Benchmark

May 13, 2019

A stock trading backtesting algorithm used by hedge funds to simulate trading variants has received a massive, GPU-based performance boost, according to Nvidia, Read more…

By Doug Black

  • arrow
  • Click Here for More Headlines
  • arrow
Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!
Share This