Category: Servers

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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.

Filmed in 4K60 at Supercomputing 2017 in Denver using Panasonic GH5 ($1999 at Amazon.com) on firmware 2.1 (aperture priority, AF continuous tracking) with Leica 12mm f1.4 ($1297 at Amazon.com) with Sennheiser MKE440 stereo shotgun microphone ($325 at Amazon.com), get $25 off renting cameras and lenses with my referral link at https://share.lensrentals.com/x/wWbHqV

Keynote: Aaron Welch of Packet.net at Linaro Connect San Francisco 2017

Posted by Charbax – November 30, 2017

Keynote: Imagine The Internet in Ten Years – Aaron Welch (Packet)

Think back to the summer of 2007. AWS was a few months old, the first iPhone had just been released, and Uber was still two years away from its founding.

Now look the other way: ten years into the future. A future standing on the shoulders of today’s nearly 20 million software developers (which may double in the next five years), a mature ecosystem of venture funded firms around the world, and dozens of major companies dumping massive resources into everything from new data centers, cloud services, VR, 5G, robotics, autonomy, space travel, and a huge variety of software of all stripes and flavors.

Aaron Welch, co-founder and SVP of Product at Packet (the leading bare metal cloud for developers), outlines Packet’s vision for the infrastructure of tomorrow, and why hardware is the next innovation layer.

Aaron Welch, SVP of Product, Packet Hosting Inc

Posted by Charbax – November 30, 2017

Interview with Aaron Welch, SVP of Product at http://Packet.net about what he said in his keynote, about the ARM Servers which they are providing as bare metal hosting at http://Packet.net and what he thinks the internet will be like in the next ten years, probably powered by ARM Servers which they will provide.

@vielmetti talks ARM Servers at Packet.net and @worksonarm

Posted by Charbax – November 30, 2017

Interview with Ed Vielmetti, Special Projects Director at http://Packet.net talking about their available and upcoming ARMv8 servers in the data center and the ARM Server ecosystem that is being advanced at a rapid pace. Ed Vielmetti is posting News and software updates at https://twitter.com/vielmetti and https://twitter.com/worksonarm

Dell EMC Supercomputing, Machine and Deep Learning for Enterprise

Posted by Charbax – November 28, 2017

Dell EMC shows some of their latest machine and deep learning products for the Enterprise market, enabling enterprises to address opportunities in areas such as fraud detection, image processing, financial investment analysis, personalized medicine and more. The new Dell EMC PowerEdge C4140 Machine Learning and Deep Learning Ready Bundle accelerator-based platform for demanding cognitive workloads, powered by latest generation NVIDIA V100 GPU accelerators with PCIe and NVLink high-speed interconnect technology, two Intel Xeon Scalable Processors, to bring high performance computing (HPC) and data analytics capabilities to mainstream enterprises worldwide.

Dell EMC's Supercomputers power some of the fastest supercomputers in the world such as the one built for The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin, the “Stampede2” supercomputer with Intel Xeon Phi 7250 processors across 4,200 nodes connected with Intel Omni-Path Fabric, developed in collaboration with Dell EMC, Intel and Seagate and ranks No. 12 on the TOP500 list of the most powerful computer systems worldwide. Simon Fraser University’s “Cedar” supercomputer was built for big data, including artificial intelligence, with 146 Dell EMC PowerEdge C4130 servers with NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPUs. Canada’s most powerful academic supercomputer ranks No. 94 on the TOP500 and No. 13 on the Green500, helping researchers chart new territory across several areas such as to study the continually changing DNA code in bacteria.

Filmed in 4K60 at Supercomputing 2017 in Denver using Panasonic GH5 ($1999 at Amazon.com) on firmware 2.1 (aperture priority, AF continuous tracking) with Leica 12mm f1.4 ($1297 at Amazon.com) with Sennheiser MKE440 stereo shotgun microphone ($325 at Amazon.com), get $25 off renting cameras and lenses with my referral link at https://share.lensrentals.com/x/wWbHqV