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McNeil interviewed by Scientific American about physics of big air snowboarding

Colorado School of Mines - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 09:05

James McNeil, professor emeritus of physics at Colorado School of Mines, was recently featured in an article about the physics of big air snowboarding in Scientific American. McNeil is the co-founder of the U.S. Terrain Park Council, a nonprofit dedicated to developing safer winter terrain park jumps using engineering design principles.

From the article:

Furthermore, the precise shape of the jump affects an athlete’s momentum; for example, a jump that curves sharply upward would induce backward rotation. A snowboarder could also get an extra unexpected angle at takeoff from changeable features in the snow, such as an icy groove worn by previous riders. This could directly affect tricks and landings—the point at which most injuries occur.

“I believe you could design a jump that had safety built into it with regard to the impact,” says James McNeil, a physicist at the Colorado School of Mines who has modeled winter terrain park jumps. “It doesn’t mean you won’t get hurt, but the likelihood of injury is reduced and the severity of it, should you be injured, is reduced.”

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Jessica Smith discusses women in mining with The New York Times

Colorado School of Mines - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 08:51

Jessica Smith, associate professor of engineering, design and society and co-director of the humanitarian engineering program at Colorado School of Mines, was recently featured in a news analysis about the challenges faced by women in traditionally male blue-collar jobs in The New York Times’ Sunday Review.

From the article:

Jessica Smith, an associate professor at the Colorado School of Mines, studied the successful experience of women in a Wyoming mine in the 2000s during a time of hiring expansion, when women were not perceived as taking jobs from men.

“They redefined what it was to be a good miner away from this very hyperbolic masculine image,” she said. “A good miner was someone who cared for their co-workers. They were responsible. These were issues that women could also embody.”

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New Broadening Participation Allocations Now Available on Blue Waters Supercomputer

HPC Wire - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 08:08

Feb. 12, 2018 — The National Center for Supercomputing Applications’ (NCSA) Blue Waters project has announced a new sub-allocation category called “Broadening Participation.” This new category is open to faculty and research staff at U.S. academic institutions who have not previously been a PI on a research allocation on the Blue Waters system and who are in one or more of the following categories:

  • Institutions categorized as Minority Serving Institutions
  • Institutions within EPSCoR jurisdictions
  • PIs who are women, underrepresented minorities, veterans, or people with disabilities
  • Researchers and scholars in humanities, arts, or social sciences

Blue Waters allocations are intended for parallel computational and data analysis research problems that require the unique capabilities of the Blue Waters system, such as total memory, data size or bandwidth, or the computational and data scale of the system. Project proposals are expected to demonstrate that no other computing resource is better suited for the proposed problem.

Requests for Broadening Participation allocations may be for up to 200,000 node-hours (approximately 6.4 million core hours) for, at most, one year. Projects will be judged on the basis of their scientific merit, suitability for Blue Waters, and demonstrated need for the unique capabilities of Blue Waters. Requests must be submitted by March 15, 2018. Award notifications will be announced early April 2018. Apply here.

Additional details about Broadening Participation allocations are available at https://bluewaters.ncsa.illinois.edu/broadening-participation-allocations.

In addition to research allocations, faculty and staff from any U.S. academic/educational institution may also apply for education allocations. These allocations are intended for courses, training sessions, workshops, institutes, and other events focused on training and education related to petascale computing. Requests for education allocations are accepted on an ongoing basis. For more details visit: https://bluewaters.ncsa.illinois.edu/education-allocations.

Inquiries regarding all types of allocations may be made to help+bw@ncsa.illinois.edu.

You can learn more about the Blue Waters resources and services by viewing the recording of the Blue Waters Overview webinar.

About NCSA

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provides supercomputing and advanced digital resources for the nation’s science enterprise. At NCSA, University of Illinois faculty, staff, students, and collaborators from around the globe use advanced digital resources to address research grand challenges for the benefit of science and society. NCSA has been advancing one third of the Fortune 50® for more than 30 years by bringing industry, researchers, and students together to solve grand challenges at rapid speed and scale.

About Blue Waters

Blue Waters is one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world. Located at the University of Illinois, it can complete more than 1 quadrillion calculations per second on a sustained basis and more than 13 times that at peak speed. The peak speed is almost 3 million times faster than the average laptop. Blue Waters is supported by the National Science Foundation and the University of Illinois; NCSA manages the Blue Waters project and provides expertise to help scientists and engineers take full advantage of the system for their research.

Source: NCSA

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Mines Hyperloop team secures repeat trip to SpaceX finals

Colorado School of Mines - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 12:52

DiggerLoop is headed back to SpaceX. 

The Colorado School of Mines student team was one of just 20 worldwide chosen this month to advance to the finals of the main 2018 SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition, set to be held this summer at SpaceX headquarters in California.

It’s the second year in a row that DiggerLoop has qualified for the international collegiate competition, which pits futuristic transport pod designs against one another based on a single criterion – maximum speed on the test track.

How fast does DiggerLoop hope to go this year? A blistering 300 miles per hour, said Tyler Evans, the team’s lead project manager. 

“Hitting that button and go – seeing it move – that’s what I’m excited to see,” Evans said. 

Currently, the 20-plus electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and engineering physics undergraduate students that make up DiggerLoop are focused on refining their improved chassis design. The team should have a final pod and shell design completed by the end of February.

From there, the plan is to finish fabricating and assembling the pod by the end of the semester so they can complete full systems integrated testing over the summer – including a trip to Arizona after graduation in May to use the test track of fellow finalist AZLoop.

The team is also partnering with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to test the pod’s battery system, an area of concern for SpaceX engineers at last year’s competition.

“We’re already getting results,” said Alexandra Joseph, the team’s systems lead. “It’s not just the batteries and the power system, either. We need to get everything tested so we can get through the safety checklist at SpaceX.”

A major change from last year’s competition is that all pods are now required to be self-propelled. 

“Since we already had a self-propelled pod last year, that has definitely given us a leg up,” Evans said. 

Now, it’s up to this year’s team to build on that great groundwork and make the propulsion system even better, Joseph said. 

“All of the major components in terms of the propulsion system have remained the same – it’s just how we’re connecting everything that’s different,” Joseph said. “The overall idea – electric motor, drone batteries, drive wheel on the rail – all those things are things that the team last year was doing. We’re taking that and looking at how we can improve upon it.”

Fundraising will begin shortly to help cover the costs of fabrication and travel.

“We have four subsystem teams working together on technologies, many new to them, testing and learning to advance their knowledge as they design their pod. Team members already put in countless hours to submit a final design proposal to SpaceX in January. Now their efforts turn to fabrication and testing at a systems level,” said Teaching Professor Kristy Csavina, the team’s faculty advisor and assistant head of the Mechanical Engineering Department. “With Alexandra Joseph as systems lead and Tyler Evans as the lead project manager, along with the dedicated team members, I am confident we will be on the track this summer. We learned from our experiences last competition and are working to mitigate safety concerns through individual subsystem testing. This team is prepared to win.”

CONTACT
Emilie Rusch, Public Information Specialist, Communications and Marketing | 303-273-3361 | erusch@mines.edu
Mark Ramirez, Managing Editor, Communications and Marketing | 303-273-3088 | ramirez@mines.edu

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Nominations Open for PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC 2018

HPC Wire - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 11:26

Feb. 9, 2018 — PRACE initiated the “PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC” at PRACEdays16, having Dr. Zoe Cournia, a Computational Chemist, Investigator – Assistant Professor at the Biomedical Research Foundation, Academy of Athens (BRFAA), Greece as the first successful winner (http://www.praceri.eu/2016praceadalovelaceaward/). Dr. Frauke Gräter of the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies and University of Heidelberg was awarded the second annual PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC at PRACEdays17 (http://www.prace-ri.eu/pd17-hpcwire-interview-prace-ada-lovelace-award-winner-dr-frauke-grater/)

PRACE is happy to receive your nomination for the Award. The nomination process is fully open via this Call for Nominations published on the PRACE website and via different social media channels. Nominations should be sent to submissions-pracedays[at]prace-ri.eu by Thursday 1 March 2018.

The winner of the Award will be invited to participate in the concluding Panel Session at PRACEdays18, and will receive a cash prize of € 1 000 as well as a certificate and an engraved crystal trophy.

Nomination

A nomination should include the following:

  • Name, address, phone number, and email address of nominator (person making the nomination). The nomination should be submitted by a recognised member of the HPC community.
  • Name, address, and email address of the nominee (person being nominated).
  • The nomination statement addressing why the candidate should receive this award, should include a description of the first two criteria in detail within half page each (max 300 words each).
  • Copy of the candidate’s CV, certificates, listing publications (with indication of the h-index), honours, etc. should be provided.

Selection Criteria

  • Outstanding impact on HPC research, computational science or service provision at a global level.
  • Role model for women beginning careers in HPC.
  • The winner of this award must be a young female scientist (PhD +10 years max, excluding parental leave) who is currently working in Europe or has been working in Europe during the past three years.

Selection Committee

The Selection Committee is composed of:

  1. Claudia Filippi, Member of the PRACE Scientific Steering Committee (SSC), University of Twente, Faculty of Science and Technology, Netherlands
  2. Erik Lindahl, Chair of the PRACE Scientific Steering Committee (SSC)
  3. Lee Margetts, Chair of the PRACE Scientific Steering Committee (SSC)
  4. Laura Grigori, Member of the PRACE Scientific Steering Committee (SSC), INRIA/University Pierre and Marie Curie, France), member of the Selection Committee since 2017
  5. Suzanne Talon, Women in HPC member, CEO of Calcul Québec, Canada, member of the Selection Committee since 2017.

The committee will (partially) change every 2 years.

Source: PRACE

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NVIDIA Announces Financial Results for Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2018

HPC Wire - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 10:53

Feb. 9, 2018 — NVIDIA has reported record revenue for the fourth quarter ended January 28, 2018, of $2.91 billion, up 34 percent from $2.17 billion a year earlier, and up 10 percent from $2.64 billion in the previous quarter.

GAAP earnings per diluted share for the quarter were a record $1.78, up 80 percent from $0.99 a year ago and up 34 percent from $1.33 in the previous quarter. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share were $1.72, also a record, up 52 percent from $1.13 a year earlier and up 29 percent from $1.33 in the previous quarter.

For fiscal 2018, revenue was a record $9.71 billion, up 41 percent from $6.91 billion a year earlier. GAAP earnings per diluted share were a record $4.82, up 88 percent from $2.57 a year earlier. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share were $4.92, also a record, up 61 percent from $3.06 a year earlier.

“We achieved another record quarter, capping an excellent year,” said Jensen Huang, founder and chief executive officer of NVIDIA. “In a powerful sign of our progress, attendees at NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conferences reached 22,000, up tenfold in five years, as software developers working in AI, self-driving cars, and a broad range of other fields continued to discover the acceleration and money-saving benefits of our GPU computing platform.

“Industries around the world are racing to incorporate AI. Virtually every internet and cloud service provider has embraced our Volta GPUs. Hundreds of transportation companies are using our NVIDIA DRIVE platform. From manufacturing and healthcare to smart cities, innovators are using our platform to invent the future,” he said.

Capital Return

During fiscal 2018, NVIDIA returned $1.25 billion to shareholders through a combination of $909 million in share repurchases and $341 million in quarterly cash dividends.

For fiscal 2019, NVIDIA intends to return $1.25 billion to shareholders through ongoing quarterly cash dividends and share repurchases.

NVIDIA will pay its next quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per share on March 16, 2018, to all shareholders of record on February 23, 2018.

Q4 Fiscal 2018 Summary

GAAP ($ in millions except earnings per share) Q4 FY18 Q3 FY18 Q4 FY17 Q/Q Y/Y Revenue $2,911 $2,636 $2,173 Up 10% Up 34% Gross margin 61.9% 59.5% 60.0% Up 240 bps Up 190 bps Operating expenses $728 $674 $570 Up 8% Up 28% Operating income $1,073 $895 $733 Up 20% Up 46% Net income $1,118 $838 $655 Up 33% Up 71% Diluted earnings per share $1.78 $1.33 $0.99 Up 34% Up 80%

 

Non-GAAP ($ in millions except earnings per share) Q4 FY18 Q3 FY18 Q4 FY17 Q/Q Y/Y Revenue $2,911 $2,636 $2,173 Up 10% Up 34% Gross margin 62.1% 59.7% 60.2% Up 240 bps Up 190 bps Operating expenses $607 $570 $498 Up 6% Up 22% Operating income $1,202 $1,005 $809 Up 20% Up 49% Net income $1,081 $833 $704 Up 30% Up 54% Diluted earnings per share $1.72 $1.33 $1.13 Up 29% Up 52%

Fiscal 2018 Summary

GAAP ($ in millions except earnings per share) FY18 FY17 Y/Y Revenue $9,714 $6,910 Up 41% Gross margin 59.9% 58.8% Up 110 bps Operating expenses $2,612 $2,129 Up 23% Operating income $3,210 $1,934 Up 66% Net income $3,047 $1,666 Up 83% Diluted earnings per share $4.82 $2.57 Up 88%

 

Non-GAAP ($ in millions except earnings per share) FY18 FY17 Y/Y Revenue $9,714 $6,910 Up 41% Gross margin 60.2% 59.2% Up 100 bps Operating expenses $2,227 $1,867 Up 19% Operating income $3,617 $2,221 Up 63% Net income $3,085 $1,851 Up 67% Diluted earnings per share $4.92 $3.06 Up 61%

NVIDIA’s outlook for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 is as follows:

  • Revenue is expected to be $2.90 billion, plus or minus two percent.
  • GAAP and non-GAAP gross margins are expected to be 62.7 percent and 63.0 percent, respectively, plus or minus 50 basis points.
  • GAAP and non-GAAP operating expenses are expected to be approximately $770 million and $645 million, respectively.
  • GAAP and non-GAAP other income and expense are both expected to be nominal.
  • GAAP and non-GAAP tax rates are both expected to be 12 percent, plus or minus one percent, excluding any discrete items. GAAP discrete items include excess tax benefits or deficiencies related to stock-based compensation, which the company expects to generate variability on a quarter by quarter basis.

Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2018 Highlights

During the fourth quarter, NVIDIA achieved progress in these areas:

Datacenter

Gaming

  • Announced gaming laptops using the Max-Q design, which are 3x faster and 3x thinner than previous-generation gaming laptops.
  • Introduced BFGDs, big format gaming displays, providing ultra-low latency PC gaming and integrated streaming on a high-end 65-inch display using NVIDIA G-SYNC technology with NVIDIA SHIELD.
  • Enhanced GeForce Experience with new tools, including NVIDIA Freestyle for customizing gameplay and an updated interface for the NVIDIA Ansel photo mode, as well as new titles includingPlayerUnknown’s Battleground and Fortnite that support NVIDIA ShadowPlay Highlights for capturing gaming achievements.
  • Increased its GeForce GPU share among gamers on the Steam online gaming platform to 86 percent.
  • Introduced two new collector’s edition Star Wars-themed NVIDIA TITAN Xp GPUs, tied to the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Automotive

  • Announced and demonstrated NVIDIA DRIVE Xavier, the world’s first autonomous machine processor, with customer availability in the first quarter.
  • Announced NVIDIA DRIVE, the world’s first functionally safe AI self-driving platform, plus a suite of tools to test and validate neural networks by simulating all kind of driving conditions.
  • Unveiled partnerships with Uber and Aurora to develop self-driving cars using the open NVIDIA DRIVE AI self-driving platform.
  • Partnered with ZF and Baidu to create the first production AI autonomous vehicle platform for the China market, with Chery as the first customer.
  • Partnered with Volkswagen to integrate AI into future VW vehicles using the NVIDIA DRIVE IX intelligent experience platform and create AI cockpits with enhanced convenience and safety features.
  • Announced NVIDIA is powering the Mercedes-Benz MBUX in-car AI smart cockpit system, going into production next month with the new A-Class.
  • Announced NVIDIA is partnering with Continental to build AI self-driving vehicle systems, from enhanced Level 2 to Level 5, for production in 2021.

CFO Commentary

Commentary on the quarter by Colette Kress, NVIDIA’s executive vice president and chief financial officer, is available at http://investor.nvidia.com/.

Conference Call and Webcast Information 

NVIDIA will conduct a conference call with analysts and investors to discuss its fourth quarter and fiscal 2018 financial results and current financial prospects today at 2 p.m. Pacific time (5 p.m. Eastern time). To listen to the conference call, dial (877) 223-3864 in the United States or (574) 990-1377 internationally, and provide the following conference ID: 6265639. A live webcast (listen-only mode) of the conference call will be accessible at NVIDIA’s investor relations website, http://investor.nvidia.com/, and at www.streetevents.com. The webcast will be recorded and available for replay until NVIDIA’s conference call to discuss its financial results for its first quarter of fiscal 2019.

About NVIDIA

NVIDIA’s (NASDAQ:NVDA) invention of the GPU in 1999 sparked the growth of the PC gaming market, redefined modern computer graphics and revolutionized parallel computing. More recently, GPU deep learning ignited modern AI — the next era of computing — with the GPU acting as the brain of computers, robots and self-driving cars that can perceive and understand the world. More information at http://nvidianews.nvidia.com/.

Source: NVIDIA

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Cyprus Signs European Declaration on High-Performance Computing

HPC Wire - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 08:51

Feb. 9, 2018 — Cyprus became earlier this week the 15th country to participate by signing the European declaration on high-performance computing (HPC). Supercomputers are at the core of major innovations in many areas such as personalised medicine, energy saving or smart urban planning. They also hold great potential for job creation and competitiveness of the European economy. With this signature, Cyprus announced its intention to join the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking, once it will be adopted by the Council of the European Union. This Joint Undertaking is a legal and funding instrument aiming at pooling the European and national resources to build and deploy across Europe supercomputers that would rank among the world’s top three by 2022-2023. The EuroHPC declaration was originally launched in March 2017 during the Digital Day and signed by France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. Since then another eight countries have joined: in addition to Cyprus also BelgiumSloveniaBulgariaSwitzerlandGreeceCroatiaand the Czech Republic. Other Member States and countries associated with the Horizon 2020 framework programme are encouraged to participate in the initiative. Read more about European supercomputing initiative here and in our recent press releaseQ&A and factsheet.

Source: European Commission

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CSRA Secures Google Cloud Procurement Win

HPC Wire - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 12:57

FALLS CHURCH, Va., Feb. 8, 2018 — CSRA Inc. (NYSE:CSRA) will now provide Google cloud computing services to the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USU). By securing this award, CSRA has expanded its cloud service offerings, which will now include Google Cloud in addition to Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure.

USU awarded CSRA LLC, a subsidiary of CSRA Inc. with a blanket purchase agreement (BPA) to provide Google Cloud and AWS cloud computing services. The one-year, potential $8.5 million BPA includes four one-year options.

“CSRA is proud to expand our offerings and provide G Suite and Google Cloud Platform services for our government customers,” said Executive Vice President Paul Nedzbala, head of CSRA’s Health and Civil Group. “With this new BPA, CSRA will support the USU with access to Google Cloud’s HIPAA-compliant G Suite and new machine-learning capabilities, bolstering their healthcare research and practices.”

“CSRA leads the industry by providing next-generation cloud services to federal health agencies,” said CSRA President and CEO Larry Prior. “By ‘Thinking Next. Now.’ with Google Cloud, we are providing customers with the ability to store, process, and explore large, complex datasets. This will empower our customers through the latest technology and enhance their ability to succeed.”

USU is a federal university under the direction of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. Its mission is to educate, train, and prepare health professionals, scientists, and leaders for service in the uniformed services. Their work supports the Military Health System and U.S. Public Health Service, as well as the National Security and National Defense Strategies of the United States.

Under this BPA, CSRA will support USU’s requirement for G Suite, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and AWS. CSRA will assist in improving the flow of university business, education, and research, by broadening the use of USU’s cloud services. It will do so by leveraging the next-generation applications available in the Google Cloud Platform ecosystem. These applications will help deliver new, more scalable solutions across the university community.

By employing the scalable application solutions offered by Google Cloud, USU can improve both national and global service delivery to USU’s core constituents, research partners, and affiliated students.

About CSRA Inc.

CSRA (NYSE: CSRA) solves our nation’s hardest mission problems as a bridge from mission and enterprise IT to Next Gen, from government to technology partners, and from agency to agency.  CSRA is tomorrow’s thinking, today. For our customers, our partners, and ultimately, all the people our mission touches, CSRA is realizing the promise of technology to change the world through next-generation thinking and meaningful results. CSRA is driving towards achieving sustainable, industry-leading organic growth across federal and state/local markets through customer intimacy, rapid innovation and outcome-based experience. CSRA has over 18,000 employees and is headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia. To learn more about CSRA, visit www.csra.com. Think Next. Now.

Source: CSRA Inc.

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Singularity HPC Container Start-Up – Sylabs – Emerges from Stealth

HPC Wire - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 11:51

The driving force behind Singularity, the popular HPC container technology, is bringing the open source platform to the enterprise with the launch of a new venture, Sylabs Inc., which emerged this week from stealth mode.

Sylabs CEO Gregory Kurtzer, who founded the Singularity project along with other open source efforts, said his startup would bring the horsepower of Singularity containers to a broader set of users. Kurtzer said the launch of Sylabs coincides with greater enterprise reliance on high-end computing. “There’s a shift happening,” he said.

As the enterprise container ecosystem continues to expand, most of that infrastructure is designed to deliver micro-services. The startup’s goal is to deliver “enterprise performance computing,” or EPC, moving beyond services to handle more demanding artificial intelligence, machine and deep learning as well as advanced analytics workloads.

“The need to properly containerize and support those workflows has grown substantially,” Kurtzer said.

Given the rise of application container technology, the rapid adoption of Singularity by scientific users and the transition to data-driven workloads, the “next logical step is how to enable enterprises doing HPC-like jobs,” Kurtzer added in an interview.

Along with sheer processing power, the startup hopes to differentiate itself from the vibrant container ecosystem by offering native support for GPUs, thereby allowing users to go beyond micro-services deployments to create what Kurtzer called “build once, run anywhere” applications. Those applications could then move among HPC, enterprise and cloud resources, he explained.

The startup also notes that Singularity natively supports InfinBand and Intel’s Xeon Phi “manycore” processors. These and other high performance components are required to accelerate data-driven computing workloads, Kurtzer noted.

Sylabs’ EPC also would offer compatibility with Docker Hub, the container leader’s image repository.

Container security was an early issue for pioneers like Docker. Many of those container isolation challenges have been resolved as more cloud-native applications emerge. Among the security advantages of Singularity, Kurtzer noted, is the ability to run containers in a “trusted environment” without the permissions required by most micro-services approaches.

Singularity containers also use a single file format that encapsulates the runtime environment. The advantages of that approach include compliance with security controls and the ability to validate a trusted environment by cryptographically signing a runtime image.

Along with more performance, enterprises “want things that are simple and easy to use,” Kurtzer said.

Meanwhile, Microsoft is among the first public cloud vendors to announce support for Singularity via Azure Batch, its job scheduling service that manages a pool of virtual machines, then runs scheduled HPC batch jobs on those nodes.

Singularity’s ability to run on VMs and bare metal is another way Sylabs hopes to differentiate its EPC approach from micro-services. Meanwhile, Kurtzer said the startup is working to support popular container orchestration platforms like Kubernetes and Mesos. It is also working with standards groups such as the Open Container Initiative.

Founded in 2015, Singularity is now in its 13th release (version 2.4.2). Kurtzer said Singularity is daily running more than 1 million containers via the Open Science Grid, the consortium that provides distributed computing resources for scientific research.

Sylab officially emerges from stealth mode on Thursday (Feb. 8). Based in Albany, Calif., just north of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where Kurtzer worked for nearly 20 years, the startup so far has a dozen employees. It is currently working with unidentified companies in beta testing.

A commercial version of Singularity is in development and will be offered via a subscription license, Kurtzer said.

Sylabs is being privately funded by another startup in stealth mode, Rstor Inc. According to Rstor’s LinkedIn page, the network storage startup based in Saratoga, Calif., was formed in 2016.

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Chip Market Soared on Memory Demand

HPC Wire - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 10:12

Global spending on semiconductors jumped a hefty 17 percent in 2017, driven by demand and corresponding price hikes for memory in datacenters and early industrial deployments of the Internet of Things.

While memory prices and demand are expected to stabilize this year, a new round of AI and IoT deployments could fuel continuing growth in chip consumption, market watchers predict.

Industry analyst IHS Markit reported this week that global chip spending reached $292 billion in 2017, a five-year high driven by price spikes for DRAM and NAND flash memory. The chip sector was contracting just two years ago but reach $250 billion in 2016.

Last year’s memory shortages were driven largely by growing demand by datacenter operators as they rolled out all-flash storage options used to speed access to big data. Meanwhile, analysts predicted last summer that server memory supplies would remain tight through the end of 2017.

IHS said it expects memory prices to stabilize, with chip spending returning to single-digit growth this year. Nevertheless, other analysts are forecasting a wave of new memory technology deployments over the next five years. Last month, for exampled Gartner Inc. (NYSE: IT) cited continuing shortages of flash memory.

Gartner also reported that memory chips accounted for more than two thirds of all semiconductor revenue growth last year, making it the largest chip category. “If market equilibrium between supply and demand is reestablished for those memory components this year, prices will likely normalize,” IHS predicted.

Another reason why memory prices are expected to stabilize is the ramping of Chinese memory production over the next year, Gartner said last month.

On the demand side, Apple and Samsung remain the largest consumers of semiconductors, while server makers Lenovo (third) and Dell Technologies (fifth) were among the top five largest buyers of memory and other devices last year.

Wireless technology still accounts for more than one-third of global chip consumption. Manufacturers of servers and other “computer platforms” drove about 17 percent of annual sales last year. IHS also noted that the industrial and automotive sectors also fueled last year’s robust chip growth as early IoT deployments ramp up.

Server maker Lenovo accounted to an estimated $15 billion in chip spending last year as it targets the Asian server market. IHS reported that the Asian Pacific region is the largest consumer of semiconductors, followed by the Americas and Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Dell’s chip purchases totaled about $9 billion last year. Hewlett Packard Enterprise accounted for about $6.9 billion in chip consumption, an annual increase of 28 percent. (See chart.)

As the traditional memory chip market stabilizes, other market watchers are forecasting continuing growth in the so-called “next-generation memory market.” The main drivers are big data demand for in-memory processing, increasing requirements for enterprise storage of big data and the need for more bandwidth and scalable memory technologies for AI and IoT applications, according to Dublin-based analyst Markets and Research.

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Aldec Launches New FPGA-Based Networking Solution

HPC Wire - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 08:42

HENDERSON, Nev., Feb. 8, 2018 — Aldec, Inc., a pioneer in mixed-HDL language simulation and hardware-assisted verification for ASIC and FPGA designs, has paired two of its embedded development products to create a solution for network and IT engineers in need of high traffic, reprogrammable data routers and switches.

The solution comprises an Aldec TySOM-2A-7Z030 embedded development board (which features a Xilinx Zynq 7000 SoC FPGA) and an Aldec FMC-NET daughter card.

“Because of the huge amount of data that people now generate, combined with the wealth of communication protocols – such as Wi-Fi, Ethernet, USB, SFP and QSFP – there is a growing need for high-performance, hardware re-programmable routers,” says Louie De Luna, Aldec’s Director of Marketing. “However, you need to have an ideal marriage between decision-making, i.e. traditional processing power, and FPGA-based hardware acceleration, which is why the Xilinx Zynq 7000 with its embedded ARM core is the perfect choice.”

Together, the TySOM board and FMC-NET daughter card provide two Wi-Fi/Bluetooth channels, six Ethernet connectors, one QSFP+ connector, four SATA connectors, and four USB connectors. Here, the QSFP+ connectors can be used for high speed data transactions (such as transferring data between a server and a network using optical fiber), the SATA connectors can be used for adding traditional hard drives and/or SSDs to the network, the USB ports can be used to connect external devices such as Hard Drives and printers to the network, and Ethernet interfaces can be used to connect security/internet camera, PCs or laptops

The TySOM-2A is a compact prototyping board containing mid-range Zynq-7000 module (Z-7030). It is designed to assure flexibility in selecting peripherals due to leveraging the larger chip package (FFG676) with 250 I/O and 4 GTX transceivers and providing one FMC-HPC connector that enables use of expansion daughter cards; such as the FMC-NET.

Standard peripherals like DDR3 RAM, USB and HDMI used by ARM CPU Processing System are contained in that board so the Linux OS or another Real Time Operating System (RTOS) can be booted out of the box without any additional hardware components. The OS and software executed by ARM Cortex CPU have 1GB of DDR3 RAM for their disposal and can use up to 32GB of SSD storage in Micro-SD card.

Aldec’s FPGA-based Networking Solution is now available for shipping and includes the following components:

About Aldec

Aldec Inc., headquartered in Henderson, Nevada, is an industry leader in Electronic Design Verification and offers a patented technology suite including: RTL Design, RTL Simulators, SoC and ASIC Emulation/Prototyping, Design Rule Checking, CDC/RDC Verification, IP Cores, Requirements Lifecycle Management, DO-254 Functional Verification, Embedded Solution, High-Performance Computing and Military/Aerospace solutions. www.aldec.com

Source: Aldec

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Graduate student contributes to UN ECOSOC Youth Forum

Colorado School of Mines - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 15:27

A Colorado School of Mines graduate student was among the young leaders from around the world who gathered at United Nations headquarters in New York last month to discuss the role of youth in building sustainable and resilient urban and rural communities.

Sajith Wijesuriya, a fourth-year mechanical engineering PhD student, co-moderated one of the breakout sessions at the 2018 United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum, reporting back the takeaways to the main conference following the breakout discussion.

Wijesuriya, whose work at Mines focuses on thermal energy storage and peak electricity demand management strategies, is the focal point for the Science Policy Interface Platform of the U.N. Major Group for Children and Youth (MGCY). His co-moderator was Yera Ortiz de Urbina, permanent observer to the U.N. for the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
 
"It was really productive and exhilarating to sit at the same table with entities like IRENA, UN-Energy, UNIDO and UNESCO to discuss and put forward the recommendations from young practitioners around the world," Wijesuriya said. 

Wijesuriya has been working on climate change-related issues, support for resilient communities and technology facilitation for the urban/rural sector in Sri Lanka for the last decade through a couple of organizations, including SciencePolicy Circle.

The breakout session he helped lead at the youth forum, Sustainable Energy for Climate Resilient Communities, focused on U.N. Sustainable Development Goal 7 to "ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all." 

Since the forum, he has been working with entities such as Asian Institute of Technology and YOUNGO-UNFCCC to ensure youth participation at an upcoming global conference focused on SDG  7. He will also facilitate, support and present content at the U.N.'s 3rd Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Science Technology and Innovation later this year, along with University of Colorado graduate student Kimmy Pugel. 

"My contribution to these processes is driven by the need to implement the targets included in the Sustainable Development Goals and 2030 Agenda in all communities across the world," he said. "There are many communities in need of technology facilitation and other resources to increase their resilience against the issues related to climate shifts, conflicts, inequalities of resources distribution, etc." 

CONTACT
Emilie Rusch, Public Information Specialist, Communications and Marketing | 303-273-3361 | erusch@mines.edu
Mark Ramirez, Managing Editor, Communications and Marketing | 303-273-3088 | ramirez@mines.edu

 

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NSF Adds $30M to BIGDATA Program; AWS, Google, and Azure Participate

HPC Wire - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 13:18

The National Science Foundation announced today it is providing nearly $30 million in new funding for projects through NSF’s Critical Techniques, Technologies and Methodologies for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data Sciences and Engineering (BIGDATA) program. The awards are being paired with support from Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and Microsoft Azure, which have each committed up to $3 million in cloud resources for relevant BIGDATA projects over a three-year period, beginning with this year’s awards.

A key goal of this collaboration, according to NSF, is to encourage research projects to focus on large-scale experimentation and scalability studies.

“NSF’s participation with major cloud providers is an innovative approach to combining resources to better support data science research,” said Jim Kurose, assistant director of NSF for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) in today’s announcement. “This type of collaboration enables fundamental research and spurs technology development and economic growth in areas of mutual interest to the participants, driving innovation for the long-term benefit of our nation.”

NSF’s says the collaboration with the technology industry through BIGDATA is vital, especially in the area of data science. The program isn’t brand new but the latest funding is. Here’s an excerpt from today’s announcement:

“In its first year, this collaboration is driving creative and principled approaches to address data management, modeling, and analysis of big data, and applying novel techniques to solve data-intensive domain science and engineering problems. Furthermore, NSF is actively seeking to expand this collaboration through a recently released Dear Colleague Letter…”

“The awards announced today are part of a portfolio of over $100 million in big data and data science research, education, and research infrastructure across the agency in Fiscal Year 2017. The 21 new BIGDATA awards support foundational elements of data science — the theories, techniques and methodologies that use big data to solve problems — as well as the innovative applications that are enabled by these foundational advances. Of these, eight will benefit from additional cloud credits and resources made possible by the new participation by cloud providers…”

“The awards NSF is announcing today are part of a portfolio of over $100 million in big data and data science research, education, and research infrastructure across the agency in Fiscal Year 2017. The 21 new BIGDATA awards support foundational elements of data science — the theories, techniques and methodologies that use big data to solve problems — as well as the innovative applications that are enabled by these foundational advances. Of these, eight will benefit from additional cloud credits and resources made possible by the new participation by cloud providers.”

Link to full NSF announcement: https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?org=NSF&cntn_id=244450&preview=false

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SKA Assembles First Prototype 15-meter Dish in China

HPC Wire - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 10:22

Marking an impressive milestone, the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope project has assembled its first prototype dish, a state-of-the-art 15-meter instrument, in Shijiazhuang, China. SKA plans to build the largest radio telescope in the world which will be 50 times more powerful than any other radio telescope today. The largest today is ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) located in Chile and has 66 dishes.

This first prototype dish was assembled by the 54th Institute of China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC54), bringing together components from China, Germany, and Italy. The dish is one of two final prototypes that will be tested ahead of production of an early array. A second dish is also under production at CETC54 and funded by the German Max Planck Society; it will be shipped to South Africa and assembled at the South African SKA site in the next few months where it will be used to conduct real observations for the first time to test its performance and calibrate all the systems.

SKA has a huge computational component which is why its organizers were invited to deliver the opening keynote at SC17 last November.  (see HPCwire article, SC17 Keynote – HPC Powers SKA Efforts to Peer Deep into the Cosmos). For example, incoming images for a typical SKA sky map are about 10 petabytes in size and output 3D images are 5,000 pixels on each axis and 1 petabyte in size. SKA is building supercomputing centers to process and analyze the incoming signals from 200 dishes and 512 groups of antennas.

A full account of the unveiling of the prototype this week is posted on the SKA web site. “This is a major achievement by all the partners involved,” said Philip Diamond, director-general of the SKA. “After many years of intense design effort, we have an actual SKA dish, built by an international collaboration between China, Germany and Italy that is very much representative of the global nature of the SKA project.”

Notably missing from the international SKA consortium is the U.S. which had participated in earlier phases of the project.

“Our Chinese partners are extremely well resourced. They’ve demonstrated that they have the technology and capability to construct a telescope with the specifications that the SKA requires,” said Mark Harman, SKA Organization Project Manager for the Dish consortium. During the SC17 keynote, Diamond quipped, if the U.S. were to join SKA and pony up, say $2 billion, they would ‘fix’ the spelling of kilometre to kilometer.

Feature image: The fully assembled SKA dish prototype – SKA-P – at the CETC54 assembly workshop in Shijiazhuang, China. Credit: SKA Organization

Link to SKA article: https://www.skatelescope.org/news/first-ska-prototype-dish-assembled/?utm_source=Google%2B&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=SocialSignIn

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Supermicro Expands Edge Computing and Network Appliance Portfolio with New High Density SoC Solutions

HPC Wire - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 10:01

SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 7, 2018 — Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI), a global leader in enterprise computing, storage, networking solutions and green computing technology, today announced several new additions to its edge computing and network appliance portfolio based on the new Intel Xeon D-2100 SoC (System-on-a-Chip) processor.

Leveraging its deep expertise in server technology, Supermicro is bringing customers some of the first Intel Xeon D-2100 System-on-a-Chip (SoC) processor-based solutions. The company’s X11SDV series motherboards offer infrastructure optimization by combining the performance and advanced intelligence of Intel® Xeon® processors into a dense, lower-power system-on-a-chip. Supermicro is introducing a wide range of new systems to the market including compact embedded systems, rackmount embedded systems, as well as multi-node MicroCloud and SuperBlade systems.

With server-class reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS) features now available in an ultra-dense, low-power device, Supermicro X11SDV platforms deliver balanced compute and storage for intelligent edge computing and network appliances. These advanced technology building blocks offer the best workload optimized solutions and long life availability with the Intel® Xeon® D-2100 processor family, available with up to 18 processor cores, up to 512GB DDR4 four-channel memory operating at 2666MHz, up to four 10GbE LAN ports with RDMA support, and available with integrated Intel® QuickAssist Technology (Intel® QAT) crypto/encrypt/decrypt acceleration engine and internal storage expansion options including mini-PCIe, M.2 and NVMe support.

“These compact new Supermicro Embedded Building Block solutions bring advanced technologies and performance into a dense, low-power system-on-a-chip architecture, extending intelligence to the data center and network edge,” said Charles Liang, President and CEO of Supermicro. “With the vast growth of data driven workloads across embedded applications worldwide, Supermicro remains dedicated to developing powerful, agile, and scalable IoT gateway and compact server, storage and networking solutions that deliver the best end to end ecosystems for ease of deployment and open scalability.”

Supermicro’s new SYS-E300-9D is a compact box embedded system that is well-suited for the following applications:  network security appliance, SD-WAN, vCPE controller box, and NFV edge computing server. Based on Supermicro’s X11SDV-4C-TLN2F mini-ITX motherboard with four-core, 60-watt Intel Xeon D-2123IT SoC this system supports up to 512GB memory, dual 10GbE RJ45 ports, quad USB ports, and one SATA/SAS hard drive, SSD or NVMe SSD.

The new SYS-5019D-FN8TP is a compact (less than 10-inch depth) 1U rackmount embedded system that is ideal for cloud and virtualization, network appliance and embedded applications. Featuring Supermicro’s X11SDV-8C-TP8F flex-ATX motherboard supporting the eight-core, 80-watt Intel Xeon D-2146NT SoC, this power and space efficient system with built-in Intel QAT crypto and compression supports up to 512GB memory, four GbE RJ45 ports, dual 10GbE SFP+ and dual 10GbE RJ45 ports, dual USB 3.0 ports, four 2.5″ internal SATA/SAS hard drives or SSDs, and internal storage expansion options including mini-PCIe, M.2 and NVMe support.

For more details on Supermicro’s Xeon SoC processor-based solutions, please visit https://www.supermicro.com/products/nfo/Xeon-D.cfm

For more information on Supermicro’s complete line of Embedded Building Block Solutions visit www.supermicro.com/Embedded or download an Embedded Solutions Brochure.

Supermicro is introducing two new MicroCloud servers based on the new processors. Perfect for cloud computing, dynamic web serving, dedicated hosting, content delivery network, memory caching, and corporate applications, these systems support eight hot-pluggable server nodes in a 3U enclosure with a centralized IPMI server management port.  The SYS-5039MD8-H8TNR features the 8-core, 65-watt Intel Xeon D-2141i SoC, and the new SYS-5039MD18-H8TNR features the 18-core, 86-watt Intel Xeon D-2191 SoC.  Each server node for these MicroCloud systems supports up to 512GB of ECC memory, one PCI-E 3.0 x16 expansion slot, two hybrid storage drives that support U.2 NVMe/SATA3, two M.2 NVMe/SATA3 connectors, and dual GbE ports.

Supermicro’s 4U/8U SuperBlade enclosures feature blade servers that support new Intel Xeon D-2100 System-on-a-Chip (SoC) processors, including the 18-core D-2191 processor as well as the 16-core D2187NT processor with 100G Crypto/Compression. The blade servers support up to 512GB DDR4 memory, hot-plug 2.5″ U.2 NVMe/SATA drives, M.2 NVMe, and 25Gb\10Gb Ethernet and 100G Intel® Omni-Path (OPA) or 100G EDR InfiniBand. Redundant chassis management Modules (CMM) with industry standard IPMI management tools, high-performance switches, integrated power supplies and cooling fans, Battery Backup Modules (BBP) make this all-in-one blade solution ideal for datacenter and cloud applications.

For complete information on Supermicro products, visit www.supermicro.com.

About Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI)

Supermicro (NASDAQ: SMCI), a leading innovator in high-performance, high-efficiency server technology is a premier provider of advanced Server Building Block Solutions for Data Center, Cloud Computing, Enterprise IT, Hadoop/Big Data, HPC and Embedded Systems worldwide. Supermicro is committed to protecting the environment through its “We Keep IT Green®” initiative and provides customers with the most energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly solutions available on the market.

Source: Super Micro Computer

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Mines economics team takes 2nd in energy case competition

Colorado School of Mines - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 09:20

A team of Colorado School of Mines graduate students earned second place in the Columbia University Energy Symposium’s 3rd Annual Case Competition on Feb. 1.

The team of August Steinbeck, Phillip Ruban, Megan Geuss, Reuben Mashimbye and Kyle Chamberlain narrowly missed out on the top honors in the competition, which pits teams of three to six graduate students to present the most creative and innovative solutions to a main challenge facing the energy sector. 

Edging out the Mines team for first place was a team from Stanford University. Also sending teams were Duke University, University of Michigan, University of Chicago, University of Pittsburgh, Yale University, New York University, Carnegie Mellon University and Columbia. 

“The results just speak to the hard work the students put in, the education students get at Mines and the kind of student who is attracted to Mines,” said Ian Lange, director of Mines’ mineral and energy economics graduate program.

This year’s case focused on microgrids, with the teams challenged to present a business case for developing a microgrid to serve a fictional city in the Northeast – population 3,000 – that is currently underserved by the utility. 

A total of 14 teams were invited to New York to compete in the one-day challenge, out of an original field of 34. Only five of those teams moved on to the final round, where they were given two hours to adjust their case based on new “disruptive” information. 

Judging the competition were industry experts from Booz Allen Hamilton, NRG, London Economics and Tesla. The top three teams earned a cash prize of $2,500, $1,500 and $500, respectively.

 "It was a great experience,” Chamberlain said. “It really helps you understand the different aspects of pitching a solution to a group of people."

“I learned something from everyone in the group, all of whom had their own expertise,” Geuss said. 

CONTACT
Emilie Rusch, Public Information Specialist, Communications and Marketing | 303-273-3361 | erusch@mines.edu
Mark Ramirez, Managing Editor, Communications and Marketing | 303-273-3088 | ramirez@mines.edu

 

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Nyriad Ltd Closes $8.5 Million Series A Financing Round

HPC Wire - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 09:08

CAMBRIDGE, New Zealand, Feb. 7, 2018 — Exascale computing company Nyriad Limited has announced it has completed its Series A investment round, bringing it to a total of over US$11 million raised to date. The funds will be used to support the continuing expansion of the business in Cambridge, New Zealand, including further investment in expanding its engineering resources and release of its first product to market in Q1’18.

Founded in 2014, Nyriad specialises in the use of GPUs for converging computing and IO to minimize data movement during processing of large data sets, significantly improving power consumption and accelerating performance for next-generation data centres and supercomputers. It announced its first product, NSULATE, at SC17 in Denver, Colorado.

Nyriad was pleased with the reception it received from the international and New Zealand investment communities. Five VCs participated: Data Collective VC of Palo Alto, Prelude Ventures of San Francisco, East Ventures and IDATEN Ventures of Japan, and New Zealand Venture Investment Fund (NZVIF) in New Zealand. Two New Zealand angel groups, Ice Angels and Enterprise Angels, plus several family desks participated to complete the round.

James Hardiman of Data Collective said, “It is obvious that GPUs are playing a major role in the next generation of computing. Nyriad has expanded that to include storage and is now at the forefront of both of these applications.”

Gabriel Kra from Prelude added, “Current storage architectures may be unable to scale with growing requirements for speed and real-time data security. Nyriad’s software running on GPUs can solve these problems, while dramatically reducing hardware and operating costs, including energy consumption.”

Kenta Adachi of IDATEN Ventures in Tokyo said, “We were delighted to be able to join in the capital round as we introduced HPC Systems to Nyriad who became their first distributor. I’m personally keen to help Nyriad with its business development in Japan, especially since they have made a firm commitment to do business here.”

NZVIF CEO Richard Dellabarca says the high level of investor support is not surprising given Nyriad’s excellent prospects. “This is another example of a New Zealand company developing exceptional technology for a global market and in an area exhibiting vast scale and rapid growth. Although it is a young company, Nyriad is already involved in major global projects and is gaining traction with large international customers. We are pleased that NZVIF and other investors have been able to support the company with capital investment at this stage. We look forward to supporting Nyriad’s growth journey in the coming years,” stated Dellabarca.

Nyriad received record investments from the New Zealand angel groups, Ice Angels and Enterprise Angels, for a follow-on investment. Robbie Paul, CEO of Ice Angels, said, “We continue to back Nyriad for their audacity and their vision to build a global startup from New Zealand that will stay in New Zealand. Their objective to train and cultivate hundreds of new engineers is one that we hope will benefit both Nyriad and the wider New Zealand tech community.”

Matthew Simmons, CEO of Nyriad, stated, “I am thrilled by the support we have had from both the local and international investment communities. Nyriad has a unique business proposition powered by a bold vision. This Series A capital raise gives us the resources to achieve the next stage of our commercial objectives, so I personally thank all who made this funding round a success.”

About Nyriad

Nyriad is a New Zealand-based exascale computing company specialising in advanced data storage solutions for big data and high performance computing. Born out of its consulting work on the Square Kilometre Array Project, the company rethought the relationship between storage, processing and bandwidth to achieve a breakthrough in system stability and performance capable of processing and storing over 160Tb/s of radio antennae data in real-time, within a power budget impossible with any modern IT solutions. The software will be commercially available in the first quarter of 2018. For more information about Nyriad, see https://nyriad.com.

Source: Nyriad

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Atos Announces Changes to Management Team

HPC Wire - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:49

PARIS, Feb. 7, 2018 — Atos, a global leader in digital transformation, announces that at the occasion of its yearly Group General Management Meeting held today in Paris with its top 500 worldwide top managers, Thierry Breton, Chairman and CEO, has announced the following evolutions within the Group Executive team:

  • Eric Grall, coordinating Group Operations and the Top program, and Elie Girard, Group CFO, are promoted Senior Executive Vice-President (SEVP).
  • Michel Alain Proch, SEVP, CEO North America Operations is now appointed Group Chief Digital Officer to lead the group internal digital transformation strategy. Michel-Alain Proch will continue to run IT & Security together now with Group Quality.
  • Patrick Adiba, Group Chief Commercial Officer, is now appointed SEVP, CEO North America Operations.
  • Robert Vassoyan, joining from CISCO, is now appointed, SEVP, Group Chief Commercial Officer.
  • Ursula Morgenstern, Executive Vice President (EVP) Business & Platform Solutions, is now appointed CEO Germany, replacing Winfried Holz who will retire in the fall of this year.
  • Sean Narayanan, COO Business & Platform Solution (B&PS) division, is now appointed EVP, head of B&PS.
  • Giuseppe di Franco, head of Atos in Italy, is now appointed EVP, CEO Central & Eastern Europe, replacing Hanns-Thomas Kopf who will take other responsibilities in the Group.

Biography of Robert Vassoyan

After his graduation from French business school ESSEC, and various positions in the IT industry (Compaq as marketing and sales director France, HP as head of alliance, MEA and France services sales) Robert joined Cisco in 2007 as Sales Director in charge of the French Small & Medium Businesses market and member the Executive Committee, before being promoted Managing Director for the Large Accounts a year later. He was then appointed President of Cisco France in August 2011. Robert has been elected President of AmCham (American Chamber of Commerce in France) in February 2016. He is also a board member of CESI (Center for Higher Education Industry). Robert is 50 years old, married with three children. 

About Atos

Atos is a global leader in digital transformation with approximately 100,000 employees in 72 countries and annual revenue of around €12 billion. European number one in Big Data, Cybersecurity, High Performance Computing and Digital Workplace, the Group provides Cloud services, Infrastructure & Data Management, Business & Platform solutions, as well as transactional services through Worldline, the European leader in the payment industry. With its cutting-edge technologies, digital expertise and industry knowledge, Atos supports the digital transformation of its clients across various business sectors: Defense, Financial Services, Health, Manufacturing, Media, Energy & Utilities, Public sector, Retail, Telecommunications and Transportation. The Group is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting, Atos Worldgrid, Bull, Canopy, Unify and Worldline. Atos SE (Societas Europaea) is listed on the CAC40 Paris stock index.

Source: Atos

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Dell EMC Debuts PowerEdge Servers with AMD EPYC Chips

HPC Wire - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 15:14

AMD notched another EPYC processor win today with Dell EMC’s introduction of three PowerEdge servers (R6415, R7415, and R7425) based on the EPYC 7000-series processor. AMD’s new chip line has been steadily gaining traction among systems builders and cloud providers.

The new Dell servers are being positioned as, “highly scalable, single- and dual-socket servers designed to address high-performance workloads, including virtualized storage area networks (VSAN), hybrid-cloud applications, dense virtualization, and big data analytics.” The servers, says Dell, provide up to 20 percent lower total cost of ownership for VSAN and 25 percent more HPC performance for modern workloads.

To some extent, Dell’s adoption of AMD’s new chips came later than expected. When AMD introduced EPYC last June, Dell strongly endorsed the move: “The combination of PowerEdge and the AMD EPYC performance and security capabilities will create unique compute solutions for our customers to accelerate workloads and protect their business,” said Ashley Gorakhpurwalla, president, server solutions, Dell, in the AMD press release.

HPE, Supermicro, Penguin, Baidu, and Microsoft Azure, for example, all took the EPYC plunge earlier. EPYC, of course, competes directly with Intel for x86 sockets. AMD is betting on what it believes is a big enough price performance advantage with its new line to win back customers after its absence from the data center processor market. (see HPCwire article, AMD Showcases Growing Portfolio of EPYC and Radeon-based Systems at SC17.)

Dell EMC PowerEdge R7425

The new Dell servers are offered in both single- and dual-socket versions with design features ranging from 32 to 64 cores, up to 4TB of memory capacity, and 12 to 24x direct NVMe drives optimized for database and analytics workloads. Dell emphasizes EPYC also supports high bandwidth and GPU/FPGA capabilities for HPC applications.

Stimulating a single-socket market, largely absent in the data center today, is an important AMD goal. The company reports demand has so far been split equally between single- and two-socket designs. “We tend to see the single socket really resonating on let’s call it the more GPU-centric computing where the CPU tends to be more supervisory as opposed to a foundational computing role,” said Scott Aylor, AMD corporate VP and GM of enterprise solutions business. “The one socket has also drawn attention in big data applications where its ability to connects to massive number of drives is a distinguishing attribute, he said.

Two of the new Dell servers are single-socket designs. Here’s a configuration snapshot from Dell:

  • PowerEdge R7425 “enables fast workload performance” on more cores. It has up to 2 enterprise class EPYC processors; memory and IO flexibility with up to 32 DDR4 DIMMs and 128 lanes of PCIe; storage performance with up to 24 NVMe drives; up to 4 terabytes memory capacity for data base analytics; and increased VDI instances with up to 64 cores.
  • PowerEdge R7415 is intended to “scale workloads while managing costs,” says Dell. “The R7415 delivers software defined storage or business analytics in a single processor design.” Features include: memory and IO flexibility with up to 16 DDR4 DIMMs and 128 lanes of PCIe; storage performance with up to 24 NVMe drives; and up to 2 terabytes memory capacity for in-line memory and analytics.
  • PowerEdge R6415 “balances resources to support demanding workloads…the R6415 single processor server tightly matches workload needs without adding underutilized resources,” according to Dell. Features include: storage performance with up to 10 NVMe drives; up to 2 terabytes of memory and 128 PCIe lanes. Dell says the R6415 “simplifies and speeds deployments with VMware vSAN and ScaleIO Ready Nodes.”

“With AMD’s EPYC processor integrated into the new Dell EMC PowerEdge platforms, we can deliver the scalability and lower total cost of ownership needed to meet the demands of new emerging workloads,” said Ravi Pendekanti, SVP, product management and marketing, Server and Infrastructure Systems, Dell EMC. “Customers are constantly looking for ways to drive growth and leverage new models of computing. AMD’s single-socket platform is a great example of Dell PowerEdge servers moving the industry forward to solve real customer problems.”

The new servers are available now. As listed on Dell’s website, the R6415 starts at $2,179.00, the R7415 at $2,349.00, and the R7425 at $3,819.00.

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One Stop Systems Introduces Highest Bandwidth, 5th Generation NVMe Ion Accelerator Flash Storage Array

HPC Wire - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 14:28

SAN DIEGO, Calif., Feb. 6, 2018 — One Stop Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: OSS), a leading provider of high performance computing GPU accelerators and NVMe flash arrays for a multitude of HPC applications, has introduced a new 2U Ion Accelerator Flash Storage Array.

The new array offers flexible capacity while maintaining the high-bandwidth and low-latency pedigree of Ion Accelerator arrays deployed in hundreds of global installations. This OSS shared flash storage array boasts the latest Ion Accelerator 5.0 software, NVMe drives, networking options and dual Intel Xeon Scalable Processors to support the most demanding applications.

Multiple high-speed networking options allow this array to fit seamlessly into Fibre Channel (up to 32 Gbps), iSCSI (up to 100 Gbps) or InfiniBand (up to 100 Gbps) deployments. The capacity of the Ion Accelerator can be expanded up to 153 terabytes with 24 2.5” NVMe drives. High Availability (HA) is achieved using two arrays in a mirrored setup.

The new version 5.0 for the Ion Accelerator software from OSS provides a complete all-flash storage solution that delivers cost-effective, near-native NVMe performance for data-intensive workloads. Ion Accelerator is designed to deliver consistent ultra-low latency and high bandwidth for the most performance-hungry applications used in information and financial services, healthcare, government, manufacturing, media and entertainment, and other major industries.

Offering bandwidth from a single storage box of 25GB/sec and latency well below 100 µs, Ion software is the ideal solution for delivering on the promise of NVMe flash performance in shared storage. Ion Accelerator has built-in data integrity in the software, with support for various RAID configurations, as well as a HA option that simultaneously accelerates performance for volumes across two systems.

“This newest release provides game-changing performance, density and fault tolerance,” said OSS Vice President of Engineering, Julia Elbert. “The low overhead with Ion Accelerator software allows systems to deliver near bare-metal performance from the latest NVMe technology flash drives, along with the reliability and data integrity required in mission-critical enterprise applications. With this fifth generation of Ion Accelerator software, existing appliance customers can also upgrade from legacy drives to modern NVMe with zero down time and no data migration costs using our Easy Migrate upgrade program.”

Visitors to the WEST 2018 conference being held in San Diego, CA, February 6-8, can see the 2U Ion Accelerator Flash Storage Array and the fully rugged MIL-STD 4U Ion Accelerator Software-powered FSAn-4 at the OSS booth #1024. Both NVMe arrays are available to order today from One Stop Systems’ highly-trained sales engineers at sales@onestopsystems.com or by calling (760) 745-9883.

About One Stop Systems

One Stop Systems, Inc. (OSS) designs and manufactures high performance compute accelerators, flash storage arrays and customized servers for deep learning, AI, defense, finance and entertainment applications. OSS utilizes the power of PCI Express, the latest GPU accelerators and NVMe flash cards to build award-winning systems, including many industry firsts, for OEMs and government customers. The company’s innovative hardware and Ion Accelerator Software offers exceptional performance and unparalleled scalability. OSS products are available directly, through global distributors, or via its SkyScale cloud services. For more information, go to www.onestopsystems.com.

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