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Fujitsu SVE update, building the Arm HPC Ecosystem

Posted by Charbax – February 10, 2018

Fujitsu is developing a very advanced ARM Supercomputer. You can also watch my interview with Fujitsu about their upcoming ARM Supercomputer here.

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Filmed at the SC17 Supercomputing ARM HPC User Group event in Denver.

Mont-Blanc ARM Supercomputer with the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (Next-gen ecosystem)

Posted by Charbax – February 5, 2018

Filippo Mantovani updates the audience of the GoingArm workshop at SC17 about the contributions of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center to the European Project Mont-Blanc.

Since 2011, Mont-Blanc pushes the adoption of Arm technology in the High Performance Computing deploying Arm-based prototypes, enhancing system software ecosystem and projecting performance of current systems for developing new, more powerful and less power hungry HPC computing platforms based on Arm SoC.

In the talk Filippo introduces the last Mont-Blanc system, called Dibona, designed and integrated by the coordinator and industrial partner of the project, Bull/ATOS. He also talks about tests performed at BSC of the Arm software tools (HPC compiler and mathematical libraries) as well as the Dynamic Load Balancing (DLB) technique and the MUltiscale Simulator Architecture (MUSA).

You can check out the Mont-Blanc and the BSC channels to know more about the research topics of this talk.

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Mellanox ConnectX-5 Interconnect showcased on Qualcomm Centriq 2400 Data Center Platform

Posted by Charbax – February 1, 2018

At SC17, Qualcomm and Mellanox jointly showcase super-fast 100 Gb/s networking card Mellanox ConnectX-5. This Arm-based solution is enabled and ready for the most demanding compute and storage workloads on the Qualcomm Centriq 2400, the world’s first 10nm server processor.

Qualcomm Centriq 2400 Arm Server presentation at the Supercomputing SC17 ARM User Group Meeting

Posted by Charbax – February 1, 2018

Qualcomm Centriq 2400 processor, based on the Qualcomm Falkor CPU, QDT’s own Armv8-based custom CPU core design, delivers leading-edge aggregate performance, the world’s first and only 10nm server processor. The Qualcomm Centriq 2400 processor delivers a phenomenal performance-per-dollar. With a list price of $1,995, the 48-core Qualcomm Centriq 2460 processor delivers 4X better performance-per-dollar versus Intel’s highest-performance Skylake processor, the Intel Xeon Platinum 8180. With a list price of $1373, the 46-core Qualcomm Centriq 2452 processor offers 3X better performance-per-dollar versus Intel Xeon Gold 6152. And, with a list price of $888, the 40-core Qualcomm Centriq 2434 processor offers 2X better performance-per-dollar versus Intel Xeon Silver 41166. Qualcomm Centriq 2400 delivers 2.5x better performance per watt than competing x86 server processor running the same SPECint_rate2006 benchmark.

Arm HPC performance results: Bristol/GW4 Isambard (Applications porting and performance)

Posted by Charbax – February 1, 2018

First public disclosure of Isambard performance results by Prof Simon McIntosh-Smith, University of Bristol, UK

Isambard is a new Tier 2 HPC service from GW4 built using:
Cray “Scout” system – XC50 series
• Aries interconnect
• 10,000+ Armv8 cores
• Cavium ThunderX2 processors
• 2x 32core @ above 2GHz per node

You can also watch my interview with Simon McIntosh-Smith about Isambard at the Cray booth at SC17 here.

Filmed at the Arm HPC User Group at SC17 in Denver.

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Red Hat Support for Arm HPC deployments

Posted by Charbax – February 1, 2018

OpenHPC and the CentOS Build System
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.4 for ARM provides feature parity at the OS Layer with x86 and enables development of new solutions in existing (Telco, FSI, HPC) and emerging (ML, IoT) segments

Filmed at the Arm HPC User Group at SC17 in Denver.

SUSE Support for Arm HPC deployments

Posted by Charbax – February 1, 2018

SUSE and the High Performance Computing Ecosystem
SUSE Linux with the HPC Module for Supported HPC packages
Partnerships with HPE, Arm, Cavium, Cray, Intel, Microsoft, Dell, Qualcomm, and others
OpenHPC Community
Half of the Top 100 systems are running SUSE Linux
At 13.8%, SUSE Linux is the leader in paid Linux on the Top 500
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server ARM Roadmap
Offering commercial Linux support for ARM AArch64 since November 2016

Filmed at the Arm HPC User Group at SC17 in Denver.

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Arm HPC Ecosystem update, Arm Supercomputing at SC17

Posted by Charbax – February 1, 2018

Chris Goodyer
Overview of Arm
• HPC engagements
Arm partner information
• Latest deployment information
Arm Software Ecosystem
• Software stack enabling
• Arm's priorities on libraries and applications,

Filmed at the Arm HPC User Group at SC17 in Denver.

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Shadow Blade cloud PC Xeon/GTX1080 for cloud gaming, cloud 4K60/8K video-editing

Posted by Charbax – January 25, 2018

French startup Blade presents their awesome Shadow cloud PC service at €30/month that streams a very powerful $2000 (equivalent) desktop PC hosted on their server powered by a high-end 8-threaded Intel Xeon server CPU with an Nvidia GTX1080 GPU, 12GB RAM, 256GB SSD (with harddrive/SSD storage expansion options available) running a full Windows 10 Pro desktop remotely in their server, using low-lag Internet technologies that they have developed, fast codecs (to have at least 15mbit/s Internet bandwidth available is recommended for a good experience), fast tricks that they have developed to make this all possible, to offer cloud gaming or high-end video-editing, 3D graphics rendering, audio processing, or anything else that might be useful to run on advanced PC hardware that you can think of, and you can then run that through client applications either running on their AMD APU based Shadow PC thin client that they offer to their subscribers (for a smooth up to 4K60 or 1080p144hz gaming experience), or you can run clients on a Chromebook, any Android phone, Android TV, Macbooks, any Windows machine, Linux, iPhone, iPad, their service runs on everything. Currently their service works well in France, initially it was just for French users who had Fiber to the home connections, but now it also runs smoothly onto any ADSL, Cable even LTE devices in France, the service is also supported in Belgium and a few other countries nearby France. Because for a good service, the user has to be within as few hops in the global backbone internet network as possible, to experience as little lag times as possible. Advanced professional gamers have tested this system and they have reported that they cannot feel any difference between the Shadow cloud gaming service and a local desktop gaming machine. The lag time are said to depend more on the speed of the PC monitor than of the internet back to their cloud server system. They are about to expand their offering to cover the whole of California as they are setting up a cloud server system right now in the Silicon Valley also. They plan to expand their services globally in the near future according to demand.

Atos Bull Sequana X1310 on Cavium ThunderX2 Dibona Supercomputer

Posted by Charbax – December 4, 2017

The Mont-Blanc European Exascale supercomputing project based on ARM power-efficient technology, using Cavium ThunderX2 ARM server processor to power its new High Performance Computing (HPC) prototype with HPC SW infrastructure for ARM with tools, code stacks and libraries and more. The ambition of the Mont-Blanc project is to define the architecture of an Exascale-class compute node based on the ARM architecture, and capable of being manufactured at industrial scale. The Mont-Blanc 3 system being built by a consortium which includes Atos, ARM, AVL (Austrian power train developer) and seven academic institutions, including the Barcelona Supercomputer Center (BSC), implements this ARM for HPC with high memory bandwidth and high core count on Cavium's custom ARMv8 core architecture with out-of-order execution that can run at 3 GHz. The ThunderX2 might be delivering twice the integer and floating point performance compared with ThunderX1 with also twice the memory bandwidth.

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