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Dan Olds is a partner at OrionX, a strategy and research firm based in the US.

IBM man goes deep on why they're all shiny OpenCAPI people

HPC Blog IBM gave the audience a deeper dive into the OpenCAPI initiative and hardware at the recently concluded HPC Advisory Council annual meeting in Lugano, Switzerland. OpenCAPI is a new connection type that gives a high bandwidth, low latency, connection for memory, accelerators, network, storage, and other devices like ASICs. …
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Parallel programming masterclass with compsci maven online

HPC Blog Dr DK Panda is a world-recognised expert on parallel programming and networking. He's a Distinguished Scholar at The Ohio State University and his research group has developed the MVAPICH2 (high performance MPI and MIP+PGAS) libraries for InfiniBand, iWARP, and RoCE with support for GPUs, Xeon Phi, and virtualization. His …

HPC kid cluster-wrestle: Gene-sequencing app Falcon was wind beneath winner's wings

HPC Blog Tsinghua University topped their 19 competitors to take home the Overall Championship trophy at the recent ASC17 Student Cluster Competition in Wuxi, China. But this isn’t the first time the school has tasted the sweet nectar of victory while hoisting the winners’ cup. In addition to previous ASC wins, the team had a golden …

Never mind custody decisions, let's AI up our police cars

HPC blog Not long after the news that UK cops may use artificial intelligence to make decisions on custody, Nvidia was showing off AI-for-cops at its GTC event – except this time it's the vehicular sort. Of course, all of this is par for the course at the GTC event, you’ll always hear about the latest car sensor technology, self- …

Chinese supercomputer newbs smash student cluster-building record

HPC Blog Yet another record has fallen at the Asia Supercomputer Community Student Cluster Competition. This time, it’s the HPCG (High Performance Conjugate Gradients) mark. Little-known Weifang University in Shandong Province, which also set a new student LINPACK record, notched a score of 992.333 GFLOP/s, handily topping the rest of …
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Why student cluster compos? A supercomputer kids' taskmaster explains

HPC Blog As some of the blogs on the fifth annual ASC17 Asia Student Supercomputer challenge started to hit El Reg, we noticed a couple of comments that made me think that some of you out there are missing the point of these student cluster competitions. Here are a couple of them: “So the newcomers won because they had two more NVIDIA …

Final day of world's biggest student cluster-wrestling compo

HPC Blog As a HPC cluster competition starts to wind down and deadlines are close, I like to do a video check in with the teams to see how they’re doing. Usually they’re either very relaxed or very nervous. The relaxed ones either know where they stand and whether they’re in or out of the competition for first place or one of the other …

Student cluster-wrestlers face off in HPC battle: You and whose army? Um, China's

HPC Blog With 20 university teams, Asia Supercomputer Community 2017 is the largest student cluster competition in the world. So it’s only natural that this story, which will give you a chance to meet the teams via video, will be the longest student cluster competition story in history. In the videos, we’re talking to the kids on the …
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Straight outta Shandong cluster noobs set new LINPACK world record

HPC Blog Another world record has fallen. Asian Student Cluster competitors have broken the student LINPACK record with an amazing score of 31.7 TF/s. This barely tops the former record of 31.15 TF/s set at SC16 by the University of Science & Technology of China. The new record holder is Weifang University of Science & Technology, a …

The more ya node: Asia cluster romp's a picture of supercomputer trends

HPC Blog More than 230 university teams vied for only 20 slots in the 2017 Asian Student Cluster Competition (ASC) finals being held this week in Wuxi, China. At 20 teams, this is the largest cluster competition the world has ever seen. Really, it is. Each team consists of five undergrads and a coach, who is usually a faculty advisor. …

HPC kids battle each other... oh, and tussle with the world's fastest supercomputer

HPC Blog This year's edition of the Asian Student Cluster Competition (ASC) is the largest competition of its kind in the world, with 20 teams of university undergrads battling each other, themselves, and the world’s fastest supercomputer, Sunway TaihuLight, to win the Asian Cluster Crown*. But more than just bragging rights are at …
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Highly available? Of course you are. But did you download DRBD?

LINBIT, creators of the Distributed Replicated Block Device (DRBD) storage system for Linux, has announced that its software has been downloaded ONE MEEEEELLION times. In this day and age, a million downloads for consumer software isn't such a huge deal. But when you're talking enterprise software, and mission-critical …

Ah, breathe that fresh alpine air. And look over there, a majestic HPC Advisory Council

HPC Blog Looking to find out about the latest cutting-edge research and the best way to utilise HPC gear? Or would you just like to hang out with your HPC homies on the Piazza della Riforma in the brisk night air? Either way, you'll want to be in Lugano, Switzerland, next week because the HPC Advisory Council is coming to town. The HPC …

Your chance to become a supercomputer superuser – for free

HPC Blog The upcoming HPC Advisory Council conference in Lugano will be much more than just a bunch of smart folks presenting PowerPoints to a crowd. It will feature a number of sessions designed to teach HPCers how to better use their gear, do better science, and generally humble all those around you with your vast knowledge and …
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So, who is the cluster bomb? Student results sliced, diced, analysed

HPC Blog It's time to close the books on another highly successful SC Student Cluster Competition. This year was special in a number of ways. First, it was the event's 10th anniversary. At 14 teams, it was also the largest SC competition ever – a far cry from the original five. SC16 was also noteworthy in terms of the performance …
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Student clusterers blow off steam with VR space shooter at SUSE booth

HPC Blog There was some time for fun at the recently concluded SC16 Student Cluster Competition. Fortunately for us, right next to where the competition was held stood the SUSE booth, which was equipped with a great VR "space pirate" shooter. This, of course, captured our students' attention – particularly one from Team Munich. He went …
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Build-a-cluster students conjugate gradients for science and glory

HPC Blog Student teams at SC16 were faced with a new(ish) benchmark during their 48-hour marathon run for the Student Cluster Competition Cup (there is no actual cup). The teams have always run the HPL (LINPACK) program, which is used to rank the TOP500 supercomputers in the world. But this year, they're also running the "book-end" HPCG …
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Half of all kids suddenly break LINPACK record in supercomputing compo

HPC Blog SMERSH! That was the sound of the Student Cluster Competition LINPACK record being shattered – in a huge way. How huge? Really huge. As in more than doubled. China's University of Science & Technology posted an amazing 31.15 Tflop/s – topping the previous record of 12.57 Tflop/s set at ISC16. In fact, more than half of the …

Meet the beautiful minds vying to be crowned the Student Cluster champs

HPC Blog So who are the kids competing in the SC16 Student Cluster Competition this year? What are their hopes, their dreams – what makes them tick? Why did they travel all the way to Salt Lake City to chase the Cluster Crown? (There is no actual crown, but there should be, right?) In these videos, we get to know the kids and get a …

Bulldozers, sportsters, bangers: Rack your brains, HPC kids

HPC Blog This is the most widely varied and exciting set of student cluster competition systems I've seen since the competition began ten years ago. We have fourteen different teams and fourteen different takes on which system configuration is best suited to take on the applications in this year's competition. We're seeing some changes …
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Boffins of the future gear up to build their own beastmode rigs

HPC Blog The tenth annual Student Cluster Competition kicked off Monday at the SC16 conference here in Salt Lake City, Utah. This is a competition for the ages, with some wildly divergent hardware configurations, more teams than ever before at a SC competition (14), plus some special features that are sure to throw the budding HPCers for …
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OpenStack brings cloud at the press of a button

HPC Blog Eddy Shvartsman, self-described head nerd of the IBM OpenStack Toolkit for OpenPOWER, outlined the newest version of the toolkit at the recent OpenPOWER European Summit in Barcelona. He characterised it as a one-button cloud configuration that includes hardware, management software stack and operations management software. …
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This week's biggest shock: The race to 200Gbps has been won

Comment As we reported today, Mellanox announced today it has broken through the 200Gb/sec barrier. We're told it will ship an end-to-end 200Gb/s interconnect solution in the first half of 2017. Mellanox will refresh its Quantum smart switches, ConnectX 6 adapters, along with the cables that connect the two together. What does this …

Terror plot spy project helps Kinetica crank up database speed

HPC blog Kinetica presented its in-memory database solution at the recent OpenPOWER European Summit in Barcelona, and served up some benchmark results. You can see the entire presentation in the video below, but here are a few highlights. First, for those of you unfamiliar with Kinetica, the company came out of a US military research …

IBM: Why our Power9 CPU is going to make data centers great again

HPC blog Rani Borkar, IBM’s vice president of OpenPOWER development, gave attendees at the OpenPOWER Foundation Summit in Barcelona at the end of October a sneak peek at the vendor's upcoming Power9 processor. I captured it on video (see below) to show you what to expect. The first Power9, due in 2017 (probably mid-year but IBM didn’t …

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