Category: Servers

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Singularity HPC container for Supercomputing

Posted by Charbax – April 8, 2018

Singularity enables users to have full control of their environment. Singularity containers can be used to package entire scientific workflows, software and libraries, and even data. This means that you don’t have to ask your cluster admin to install anything for you - you can put it in a Singularity container and run. Did you already invest in Docker? The Singularity software can import your Docker images without having Docker installed or being a superuser. Need to share your code? Put it in a Singularity container and your collaborator won’t have to go through the pain of installing missing dependencies. Do you need to run a different operating system entirely? You can “swap out” the operating system on your host for a different one within a Singularity container. As the user, you are in control of the extent to which your container interacts with its host. There can be seamless integration, or little to no communication at all. Read more:

Cavium ThunderX2 (HPC applications and performance)

Posted by Charbax – April 6, 2018

Surya Hotha, Director, Product Marketing at Cavium, talks Innovative Alternate Architecture for Exascale Computing at the SC17 Supercomputing ARM HPC User Group event in Denver. See my other Cavium ThunderX videos here.


Blade Shadow cloud gaming pc service launched in UK and California

Posted by Charbax – February 24, 2018

Here I film at the UK launch of the Blade Shadow cloud PC gaming service, at the Meltdown London e-sports bar, where they have setup a bunch of Shadow PCs for cloud based gaming PC streaming service
here powering their League of Legends tournament. Blade Shadow is a French startup who I also interviewed at CES here they have now launched their service to cover the UK and they have also activated their West Coast USA server to serve customers in California. For about $35 per month you get remote access to "your own" Xeon gaming desktop with an Nvidia GTX1080 GPU, 12GB RAM, 256GB SSD running Windows 10 Pro.

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.


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.


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.


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.