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Primeur weekly 2017-11-06

Quantum computing

Researchers develop data bus for quantum computer ...

Focus on Europe

Luxembourg 25th country to join PRACE ...

European Commission to invest 30 billion euro in new solutions for societal challenges and breakthrough innovation ...

Middleware

3i partners with DDN Storage to deliver demanding microscopy workflow solutions and unmatched performance ...

A third of the Internet is under attack ...

University of Nevada Las Vegas selects winning combination of Bright Cluster Manager and Advanced HPC ...

Hardware

Cray reports third quarter 2017 financial results ...

Asetek announces OEM partnership with E4 Computer Engineering and installation at CINECA in Italy ...

Asetek announces NEC Corporation as new data centre OEM partner ...

NVIDIA announces new AI partners, courses, initiatives to deliver deep learning training worldwide ...

Canadian Minister Qualtrough unveils new supercomputers to help forecast Canada's weather ...

KAUST IT receives iCMG Enterprise Architecture Award ...

Pawsey's Zeus expands to fulfil researchers' needs ...

NCI supercharges Raijin, Australia's fastest supercomputer ...

Supermicro showcases deep learning optimized systems ...

Applications

Sherlock deploys UC's first HIPAA-compliant Hadoop based data management system ...

Yu Liu appointed assistant professor of electrical & computer engineering at Clarkson University ...

Cutting datasets down to size ...

University of Delaware professor wins IEEE award ...

A bit of a 'quantum magic trick' ...

From quantum physicist to quantum CEO ...

High-performance computing methods focus of new text ...

Students explore immigration through a Big Data lens ...

Bright Computing announces reseller agreement with HPE for high performance computing and AI ...

The Cloud

IBM brings Cloud-native environment to private Clouds ...

IBM expands Watson Data Platform to help unleash AI for professionals ...

UberCloud brings parallel MPI to Univa Grid Engine's Docker support ...

Huawei acquires a seat in the Kubernetes Steering Committee ...

Red Hat improves IT flexibility and reduces complexity with Linux containers in latest version of production-ready OpenStack platform ...

NCI supercharges Raijin, Australia's fastest supercomputer


26 Oct 2017 Canberra - National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) has seamlessly integrated IBM's latest Power Systems with Raijin's existing x86 architecture, offering more choice to Australian researchers. The news means NCI for the first time will introduce an open architecture solution and IBM Power Systems for HPC technology into its data centre, providing increased flexibility, optimisation, efficiency and a bespoke solution that directly supports the needs of Australian researchers.

"To be the first ever Australian organisation to join the OpenPOWER Foundation provides recognition of NCI's standing, and represents a step toward a more heterogeneous architecture", stated Allan Williams, Associate Director, Services and Technologies, NCI.

"IBM's Power Systems scale scientific simulation and modeling to new heights in NCI's Raijin supercomputer", stated Dave Turek, Vice President of Exascale Systems at IBM. "The extraordinary bandwidth in Power Systems provides a significant performance advantage, and we look forward to scientists exploiting those capabilities now and into the future."

NCI staff have been working closely with Australia’s scientific community to qualify a range of memory-intensive applications for use under IBM's architecture. With further input from NCI's optimisation team, these applications have produced impressive performance benchmarks using Power Systems.

For example, NCI is the first institution to port Q-Chem, a quantum chemistry package, over to Power Systems. Initial benchmarks of this optimisation have outpaced the same application running under Broadwell x86 architecture, opening new and immediate possibilities for computational chemists.

Additionally, NCI's optimisation of NAMD molecular dynamics code on Power Systems saw performance gains when compared to existing Broadwell x86 architecture. Initial benchmark results of MILC in Power Systems also saw modest to significant improvements over existing x86 systems.

Based on the benchmarks from the research testbed, it is anticipated that a wide range of scientific disciplines could eventually benefit from optimised performance under POWER architecture, including but not limited to the fields of physics, biology and chemistry.

This new software exists alongside over 3,000 other applications that have already been optimised by NCI's HPC optimisation team for the existing x86 and GPU systems that power Raijin. NCI will continue a process of Power Systems qualification and optimisation for other scientific applications to meet researcher demand.

NCI is the first institution to merge both POWER and x86 architectures into the same scheduling system, offering unparalleled diversity, accessibility and freedom of choice for researchers accessing HPC through NCI. The IBM Power Systems are accessible through the existing PBSPro scheduler, and have been integrated into NCI's LDAP and accounting systems.

Furthermore, the Power Systems will benefit from Mellanox EDR and FDR interconnect at speeds of up to 100Gbps, granting access to over 40PB of fast Lustre storage that is already available across other Raijin platforms.

NCI's commitment to investing in the latest computing resources continues with the integration of IBM's Power Systems into the Raijin cluster. This integration builds on NCI's consolidated approach to advanced computing, combining high-performance CPU and GPU clusters with the fastest filesystems in the southern hemisphere - a heterogenous environment that will best serve the research community's needs.
Source: IBM

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Primeur weekly 2017-11-06

Quantum computing

Researchers develop data bus for quantum computer ...

Focus on Europe

Luxembourg 25th country to join PRACE ...

European Commission to invest 30 billion euro in new solutions for societal challenges and breakthrough innovation ...

Middleware

3i partners with DDN Storage to deliver demanding microscopy workflow solutions and unmatched performance ...

A third of the Internet is under attack ...

University of Nevada Las Vegas selects winning combination of Bright Cluster Manager and Advanced HPC ...

Hardware

Cray reports third quarter 2017 financial results ...

Asetek announces OEM partnership with E4 Computer Engineering and installation at CINECA in Italy ...

Asetek announces NEC Corporation as new data centre OEM partner ...

NVIDIA announces new AI partners, courses, initiatives to deliver deep learning training worldwide ...

Canadian Minister Qualtrough unveils new supercomputers to help forecast Canada's weather ...

KAUST IT receives iCMG Enterprise Architecture Award ...

Pawsey's Zeus expands to fulfil researchers' needs ...

NCI supercharges Raijin, Australia's fastest supercomputer ...

Supermicro showcases deep learning optimized systems ...

Applications

Sherlock deploys UC's first HIPAA-compliant Hadoop based data management system ...

Yu Liu appointed assistant professor of electrical & computer engineering at Clarkson University ...

Cutting datasets down to size ...

University of Delaware professor wins IEEE award ...

A bit of a 'quantum magic trick' ...

From quantum physicist to quantum CEO ...

High-performance computing methods focus of new text ...

Students explore immigration through a Big Data lens ...

Bright Computing announces reseller agreement with HPE for high performance computing and AI ...

The Cloud

IBM brings Cloud-native environment to private Clouds ...

IBM expands Watson Data Platform to help unleash AI for professionals ...

UberCloud brings parallel MPI to Univa Grid Engine's Docker support ...

Huawei acquires a seat in the Kubernetes Steering Committee ...

Red Hat improves IT flexibility and reduces complexity with Linux containers in latest version of production-ready OpenStack platform ...