Tag: HPC

Heading into ISC16, OpenHPC Releases Latest Stack with 60-plus Packages

Jun 16, 2016 |

SC15 was sort of a muted launch party for OpenHPC – the nascent effort to develop a ‘plug-and-play’ software framework for HPC. There seemed to be widespread agreement the idea had merit, not a lot of knowledge of details, and some wariness because Intel was a founding member and vocal advocate. Next week, ISC16 will mark the next milestone for OpenHPC, which has since grown into a full-fledged Linux Foundation Collaborative Project and today released version 1.0.1 of OpenHPC (build and test tools).

How Lawrence Livermore Is Facing Exascale Power Demands

Jun 9, 2016 |

The old adage “you cannot improve what you do not measure” is fresh again in the age of ubiquitous data. When considering the challenges of exascale computing, power is right at the top of the list and the major leadership-class centers want to make sure they’re doing everything they can to manage the demands of power today – which can run as high as 10 MW at peak for the largest machines – and in the coming exascale era, when the number could be three times that high. At loads of this magnitude, the largest HPC facilities need to have all the relevant power data within arm’s reach.

Alces Tries Flight on AWS and Life as an HPC SaaS Provider

Jun 9, 2016 |

Today, the community of HPC-in-the cloud solution providers is fairly limited. Giant hyperscalers – notably Amazon (AWS), Google (GCP) and Microsoft (Azure) – remain at the core and keep expanding their HPC resources. Circling around them are HPC ‘services specialists’ plugging clients into cloud providers and striving to ease delivery of HPC-in-the cloud to make good on the promise of improved efficiencies and cost reductions. Last week a new HPC Software as a Service (SaaS) player popped up on AWS marketplace – Alces Flight, a UK-based company with roots as an HPC integrator.

Intel Xeon E7 Balloons In-memory Capacity, Targets Real-Time Analytics

Jun 8, 2016 |

Who crunches more data faster, wins. It’s this drive that cuts through and clarifies the essence of the evolutionary spirit in the computer industry, the dual desire to get to real time with bigger and bigger chunks of data. The locomotive: HPC technologies adapted to enterprise mission-critical data analytics. With its memory capacity of up Read more…

NITRD Proposed $4.5B Budget In the Spotlight

Jun 7, 2016 |

Two weeks ago Rep. Darin LaHood, (R-Illinois), sponsor of the 2017 NITRD funding bill – The Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Program – issued a formal statement championing the proposed budget. NITRD, of course, is the nation’s primary source of federally funded work on advanced information technologies (IT) in computing, networking, and software…

New HPC SaaS, Alces Flight, Offered on Amazon Web Services

Jun 2, 2016 |

Options for HPC use on Amazon Web Services continue to grow. An AWS post yesterday noted Alces Flight – an HPC cluster provisioning and Software as a Service company (SaaS) with a library of 750 scientific applications – is now available for AWS users. Jeff Barr, AWS’s Chief Evangelist, noted in his related post, “Today Read more…

HPC and Big Data Convergence Takes Life at PSC’s Bridges

Jun 1, 2016 |

Roughly three months into early operations, the Bridges computing resources being deployed at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center is bearing fruit. Designed to accommodate traditional HPC and big data analytics, Bridges had supported 245 projects as of May 26. This ramping up of the NSF-funded ($9.6 M) Bridges project is an important step in delivering practical Read more…

Cavium Unveils ThunderX2 Plans, Reports ARM Traction is Growing

May 31, 2016 |

Cavium yesterday rolled out plans for ThunderX2, the next generation of its ThunderX line of ARM system-on-a-chip (SOC) processors. Given all of the recent noise around Intel’s Broadwell and Knights Landing chips, the announcement is a reminder that the ARM camp continues to make what it believes is steady progress into the x86-dominated landscape. Cavium made Read more…

National Academy Offers Guidance to NSF on Advanced Computing Priorities

May 4, 2016 |

Yet another major policy report on national high performance computing – Future Directions for NSF Advanced Computing Infrastructure to Support U.S. Science and Engineering in 2017-2020 – was released today. This one is from National Academies for Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and commissioned by National Science Foundation (NSF). To a significant extent it echoes themes Read more…

ITIF Report Aims to Sway Congress, Promote National HPC Agenda

Apr 28, 2016 |

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a Washington D.C. think tank with close ties to the Office of Science and Technology Policy and government broadly, today released an expansive report – The Vital Importance of High- Performance Computing to U.S. Competitiveness – and also held a panel to discuss the report’s recommendation. Noteworthy, many of the panelists are familiar names in the HPC community.