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Supercomputer maker Cray: Jobs for HPC kids? There might be some going

There are some teens and kids in their twenties who skip out on university courses for a trip abroad with their friends, where they spend days and nights chugging down (caffeine) brew, losing sleep and wrestling with, er, clusters. But this isn't necessarily a bad thing... In fact, it could mean that they'll one day work at Cray …

My other supercomputer is a Lenovo: What IBM System x sale means for HPC

Back in May 2013, when IBM was first rumoured to be selling part of its System x division to Lenovo, I wrote a story looking at how this might impact IBM’s position in the HPC market. It’s a good time to revisit that analysis and see what the picture looks like now. As I noted in the prior story, it’s damned hard to get solid …

Where do HPC brainbox students go after ULTIMATE VICTORY?

We’ve been following these student cluster competitions for several years now (since 2010, to be more specific). While we’ve talked about how ambitious and driven these kids are, and how these competitions can open many doors for them, we’ve never asked the seniors what they’re headed towards after they graduate. We’re fixing …

HPC boffins: Our HOT MODELS will help you cope with DISASTER

What’s the most common and costly type of natural disaster? If you answered "floods and tsunamis” you’d be right on the money. Economic damages caused by large and small flooding events – either caused by storms, storm surges or earthquakes, in the case of tsunamis – are truly massive, running into the billions or tens of …

EMC snaps up ex Symantec veep to rule new HPC skunkworks

EMC has recruited an ex-Symantec exec to lord it over its Emerging Technology Products division. His product brief includes "hybrid Cloud Gateways and High Performance Computing storage" which is fine ... except EMC hasn't got any such products. Chirantan “CJ” Desai will be the president of the newly-formed Emerging Technology …
Chris Mellor, 27 Sep 2013

US cluster kids bring noisy gear, 'fun' toys to World War HPC

Eight universities have travelled to the 2013 International Supercomputing Conference in Leipzig, Germany, to participate in the 2013 ISC Student Cluster Challenge. They’ve hastily pulled together their data-nomming HPC beasts and are now busily working to to hit the jackpot on a series of HPC benchmarks and scientific …
A3CUBE's RONNIEE scheme

The SECOND COMING of Virtensys: HPC boffins turn PCIe into in-memory network

HPC boffins at startup A3CUBE have picked up where Virtensys left off and designed a way to use PCIe interfaces to provide direct shared global memory across a network with lower latency and higher scalability than Ethernet, InfiniBand and Fibre Channel. San Jose-based A3CUBE was founded by in 2012 by Emilio Billi, its chief …
Chris Mellor, 25 Feb 2014

Nvidia to Intel: 'Which HPC chip brain will win? Let the people decide'

Nvidia is of the opinion that in the tussle with Intel as to whether Nvidia's Tesla GPU accelerators or Chipzilla's Xeon Phi many-core CPU coprocessors will dominate the supercomputing market, the HPC community has already voted with its checkbooks. "This community continues to invest in GPU computing – GPU-based accelerated …
Rik Myslewski, 20 Nov 2013

South African kids win global cluster glory at HPC fest

Our last day's talk with Team South Africa did nothing to tip us off that they were going to be the eventual winner of the entire ISC’13 Student Cluster Challenge. But I wasn’t the only one in the dark – I don’t think they had any idea they had a chance to win it all. Team South Africa displayed their normal good-spirited, fun …

What happens when you give undergrads $2,500 to build a HPC rig out of commodity parts? This...

The team from Bentley University and Northeastern University took the first ever Commodity Track Overall Championship award at the recently concluded SC13 Student Cluster Competition. In this competition, student teams had to build a true HPC cluster (at least two nodes), while spending a maximum of $2,500. After building and …
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Microsoft morphs HPC efforts into 'Big Compute'

A few years back, Microsoft was all gung-ho to try to take on Linux in the high performance computing market, and did a pretty good job with Windows Server 2008 in drawing to performance parity on traditional HPC workloads. But now, in the wake of the massive reorganization by CEO Steve Ballmer, the HPC efforts are being rolled …

Top500: 'Sky River 2' still rules as graphics tech leaves HPC applecart largely untouched

The Top500 ranking of the world's fastest supercomputers has been released, and the list of the top five systems could very well be simply a Xerox copy of the previous list, which came out back in summer. In the June rankings, the number one spot was taken by the massively parallel Tianhe-2 (Milky Way-2) at China's National …
Rik Myslewski, 18 Nov 2013

Students schlep from afar to join the quest for international HPC glory

Three teams of students will be jetting in from overseas to enter this year's Student Cluster Competition, due to kick off on November 18 at the annual SC13 Supercomputing Conference.</p? The teams will be competing in the Big Iron division where undergraduate students design, build, and tune their very own HPC clusters. They’ll …

Dell to sell Brit firm's 'fastest in the world' HPC arrays

Dell is going to resell Xyratex ClusterStor high-performance computing arrays, which should be good news for the UK data-storage firm after its recent Q4 tumble on the back of crummy enterprise demand and tumbling disk drive sales. ClusterStor is Xyratex's supercomputing and high-performance computing (HPC) storage array, billed …
Chris Mellor, 14 Nov 2012
What the Tianhe-2 super should look like in its final home

HPC server sales spike: Buyers get chops around juicy cheap flops

The plain vanilla server racket may have struggled in the first quarter, but sales of machinery aimed at high performance computing workloads -both traditional simulation workloads and new-fangled "Big Data" jobs - bucked the downward trends in the first quarter, according to the latest research from IDC. And, not even remotely …

American kids leave HPC smackdown hungry for Phi

Colorado and Purdue, the two American teams at the ISC’13 Student Cluster Challenge, had more in common than geography and a fondness for lots of ice in their drinks. (Or at least some ice, damn it. What’s wrong with Europe, anyway? Why can’t we have ice if we want it?) For one thing, each team has more cluster competition …

South African cluster kids represent ENTIRE continent at HPC battle

The 2013 International Supercomputing Conference (ISC’13) Student Cluster Challenge (SCC) in Leipzig will be a truly global competition, with universities from Europe, China and the United States vying for HPC bragging rights and, yes, glory too. Student teams will race their home-built clusters to see who can achieve the …
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HPC and its growing reach

El Reg's Tim Phillips talks High Performance Computing with Gordon Graylish who is the VP and GM for enterprise solutions sales. They run through the definitions of HPC, where HPC is being used as a default, and also the potential for HPC in broader markets – particularly with HPC becoming much more accessible and affordable. …
Phil Mitchell, 03 Oct 2011

Free HPC cluster to good home

Interested in getting your hands on some serious system hardware for free? Well, with a few provisos, you could get your hands on a nearly new HPC cluster. First off, you'll need to be in the research game - in a US- or Canada-based academic or government lab, or some other non-profit research institution. (We’re talking about …
Stacking up chips to make tiny Daleks for the data center

Power-mad HPC fans told: No exascale for you - for at least 8 years

I recently stumbled upon a transcript from a very recent interview with HPC luminaries Jack Dongarra (University of Tennessee, Oak Ridge, Top500 list) and Horst Simon (deputy director at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.) The topic? Nothing less than the future of supercomputers. These are pretty good guys to ask, since they’re …
A3CUBE&#39;s RONNIEE scheme

A3CUBE HPC boffins: They've uncloaked. Now what?

A3CUBE, which came out of stealth on Monday, is the latest firm to gamble on in-memory networking, in its case using PCIe to create a very fast network with nanosecond latency between nodes. Last week I had the chance to briefly speak with both the CEO Antonella Rubicco and CTO Emilio Billi, who ran me through the concepts. …
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SGI backs away from public clouds, chases HPC and big data

Supercomputer and high-density server maker Silicon Graphics is still not back on track to profitability, but CEO Jorge Titinger says he knows what to do: Back away from the knife fight of providing infrastructure to public cloud providers and focus on commercial HPC systems, related big data systems, and the storage that sits …

Industry upstart: You know what high-end HPC needs? More DAY-GLO

One of the best things about industry events like the GPU Technology Conference (GTC 2013) is walking around the trade show floor. It gives me a chance to talk to smaller, niche companies who don’t get the media coverage given to the titans of the high-performance computing industry. (Or to Titan the supercomputer, for that …
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Day of the Trifid: VPAC fires up new HPC cluster

The Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing (VPAC), a consortium of Australian universities, has flipped the switch on 45.9 Teraflops of a new $1.22 million HP-based cluster to cope with rising workloads from partners La Trobe University and RMIT, and its other customers. The Reg understands the 180-node, 2,880 core machine …
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Intel widens Xeon Phi HPC coprocessor lineup

The pitch that Intel's salespeople have to make to push Xeon Phi x86-based coprocessors just got a little easier and more interesting. And in the same week that a hybrid Xeon-Xeon Phi machine - China's Tianhe-2 - took the title as the fastest supercomputer in the world. And that is going to make life a little bit harder for …
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Big bad boxes drive explosive growth for HPC in Q3

The server market as a whole is having its issues, with both virtualization and the jittery global economy holding down physical box counts – and therefore revenues – more than they might otherwise be. But the supercomputer market is chugging right along. Networks keep getting faster, virtualization has yet to touch its boxes, …

Sequoia: Can anyone learn to wield this mighty HPC weapon?

Here at ISC 2012 in Hamburg, I sat in on a podcast with Rich Brueckner of insideHPC and Dr Jack Dongarra, co-founder of the Top500 list. We talked about the 20-year evolution of the list and, of course, Sequoia, the BlueGene/Q system that topped the June 2012 rankings. Dr Dongarra spoke about Sequoia’s very impressive number of …

Reg HPC man relives 0-day rootkit GROUNDHOG DAY

This is a difficult article to write, and I’ve put it off for way too long. But it’s time to bite the bullet and make an embarrassing admission to the Register audience. I’ve been hacked and hacked hard. Admitting this publicly to Reg readers is like chumming shark-infested waters with my own blood. Or like telling people that I …

EMC: I Have A Dream - of ABBA in every HPC setup

EMC has had a dream, a flash appliance called ABBA that helps mega-node HPC set-ups run faster and smoother. ABBA is an acronym for the Active Burst Buffer Appliance. It's designed by Los Alamos National Labs (LANL) and EMC to help in massive tightly-coupled high-performance computing (HPC) where nodes need to interact and not …
Chris Mellor, 21 Sep 2012

NetApp feeds HPC monster: How much cache? That would be telling

NetApp has boosted its high performance computing style storage arrays, the "not-ONTAP" E-Series arrays, by adding a solid state drive cache, better data protection and new network connectivity options. But the storage vendor is keeping quiet on flash cache capacity. NetApp's HPC style arrays ingest and disgorging data faster …
Chris Mellor, 09 Nov 2012
There are four sizes of Active Infrastructure stacks

Dell rejigs Active System stacks, wraps up HPC cluster for life sciences

Dell is finally getting around to updating its vStart virtual machine stacks, converting them to Active Infrastructure converged systems while at the same time cooking up a new stack aimed specifically at high performance computing customers. They go by many names, but rack-level preconfigured systems with servers, storage, and …
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HPC cloud belches from top UK universities

At last, one can rent tens of thousands of cores-worth of HPC teraFLOPS on demand from an HPC cloud. It's called CORE and is based on high-performance computing (HPC) labs at Cambridge University and Imperial College and the STFC DiRAC national HPC service. Users can get access to over 300 teraFLOPS of sustained, double- …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jun 2012
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IBM considers System X surgery: Will it ruin its sexy HPC figure?

The increasing amount of speculation over IBM's potential unloading of all or part of its System x (x86-based servers) business onto Lenovo has high performance computing (HPC) players wondering about the implications for the sector. What would be the eventual impact on IBM, and the HPC market in general, if Big Blue were to …

Student HPC whizzkids in unusual competition start

The ISC Student Cluster Challenge kicked off last night in a unique manner. Rather than a simple shouted “Go!” or a loud tone sent over a bullhorn, the organisers confronted the university teams with a physical challenge, along the lines of the old Le Mans auto races. Each team had to run across the show floor to gather up six …

NUDT on HPC battle: Total cluster supremacy - Who needs it?

Video Team NUDT (China’s own National University of Defense Technology) was all smiles when I stopped by their booth on the final day of the SC12 Student Cluster Competition (SCC). And what’s not to smile about? They had just won the LINPACK award with their record-breaking 3 Teraflop/s score and were considered a serious …

Comp sci boffins Venus: HPC newbies post respectable score

Video We spent a few minutes on the last day of the SC12 Student Cluster Competition (SCC) talking to Team Venus from the University of the Pacific. This is not only their first year in the cluster competition, but also the first time any of the students have done anything at all HPC-related. Under the mentorship of Oak Ridge …
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IBM forges NextScale servers for HPC and hyperscale cheapskates

Concurrent with Intel's launch of the "Ivy Bridge-EP" Xeon E5-2600 v2 processors in San Francisco today, Big Blue trotted out its most vanity-free machines to date, the NextScale line. The new systems are designed specifically to compete with low-cost, stripped down alternatives from Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Silicon Graphics, and …

HPC whizzkids battle own software on final day of student compo

It's the last day of the 2012 ISC Student Cluster Competition, and Stony Brook University (profile here) has had their work cut out for them so far... From the very beginning, they had software problems with their cluster, requiring them to concentrate on troubleshooting and repairing while their competitors were running code. …
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Why gov labs presenting HPC tech ≠ officials wolfing overpriced sushi

Our buddy Rich Brueckner over at insideHPC broke some news this week when he published a story about new conference and travel spending restrictions that might radically scale back US government agency participation in HPC industry events like the upcoming SC12 conference in Salt Lake City this November. The new strictures are …

Private billion buck HPC player? You're going to have to go public - and SOON

We heard a whisper that Big Data player DataDirect Networks (DDN) was thinking of going public, although marketing CEO and co-founder [Alex Bouzari recently batted the suggestion away, saying merely that it would "probably make sense at some point in the future". But regardless of the company's intentions, the question remains …
Chris Mellor, 15 Mar 2013

HPC Advisory Council unveils Cloud HPC initiative

Our pals at the HPC Advisory Council have been busy in the past few months and it seemed time to tap them for an update, in our September HPC Community webcast. For the uninitiated, the council consists of 150 HPC hardware vendors, ISVs and users who have banded together to provide a guiding hand. Their main goal is to ‘bridge …
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HPCaaS experiment becomes commercial service

After 18 months of experimentation, UberCloud has launched a commercial service to help academic HPC users find cloud-accessible resources for their projects: a kind of HPC-as-a-service matchmaker. The project follows two lines of thought: although there's plenty of compute cycles already sitting on the cloud courtesy of Amazon …

Xyratex bleeds money, flogs HPC and Big Data arrays to survive

DataDirect Networks and Panasas, watch out: disk enclosure and test equipment supplier Xyratex has swung into a loss due to reduced demand from NetApp for Xyratex enclosures and the contraction of the HDD industry to just three manufacturers. Xyratex is climbing out of this revenue fall by selling HPC and Big Data arrays to OEMs …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jan 2013
What the Tianhe-2 super should look like in its final home

HPC geeks ponder 100 petafloppers and quantum supercomputers

The next big barrier for supercomputing is punching through 100 petaflops peak performance, which frankly could be done in a heartbeat if someone had a few hundred millions dollars lying around. And now that Google and NASA are monkeying around with a quantum computer, thoughts are turning to how a QC might be deployed to …

HPC: Ready for the masses at last?

It's time to start thinking creatively about HPC: can it be standardised and commoditised? Can it be applied to more of your compute-intensive problems? Can virtualisation and the cloud create a flexible, scalable HPC environment that we can all use? We've got three people who will argue the answer to all three questions is a …

It's a CLUSTER-OFF: Asian students prep for tense, live HPC smackdown

The first annual Asia Student Cluster Challenge (ASCC) culminates this week with a final round of competition that brings 10 university teams to Shanghai for a live cluster-off. The teams traveling to Shanghai made it past 32 other universities vying to compete in the live finale. Teams will compete for top benchmark scores on …

SPEC puts forward benchmark for accelerated supers

SPEC – the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation – is pimping a new set of benchmarks it says will help HPC users get the most out of their hardware-accelerated systems. The “new benchmark suite that measures the performance of systems using hardware accelerator devices and supporting software”, SPEC ACCEL 1.0, comprises …

Meet the all-girl HPC cluster boffins of 'Team Venus' - on Video

It's time to meet some of the Big Iron cluster war contenders. Team Venus, the all-female Student Cluster Competition (SCC) team from the University of the Pacific, tells us how they found their way into the competition in their profile video below. They also discuss how they’re looking to encourage women to enter STEM ( …

HPC storage purchasing exposed!

In a recent HPCwire report, Nicole Hemsoth discloses the back story behind a major storage purchase by Utah’s Center for HPC (CHPC). This story isn’t noteworthy because it’s a particularly large deal or because of the use case. It’s interesting because of its insider perspective on the procurement process, starting with taking …

Young HPC warriors grab Big Irons, whack away at Cold War plutonium waste

The apps for this year’s edition of the SC12 Student Cluster Competition are the typical mix of HPC workloads, chosen to represent a range of scientific disciplines and computational challenges. In order to drink deeply from the chalice of victory student teams will need to crawl inside each of the apps, find the bottlenecks, …