This week we announced the formation of the HPC Advisory Council Centers of Excellence. The HPC Advisory Council Centers of Excellence will provide local support for the HPC Advisory Council’s programs, local workshops and conferences, as well as host local computing centers that can be used to extend such activities.
“We are pleased to be named as one the inaugural HPC Advisory Council’s Centers of Excellence, covering HPC research, outreach and educational activities within Europe,” said Hussein Nasser El-Harake at the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre who serves as the Director of the HPC Advisory Council Center of Excellence in Switzerland. “As part of the HPC Advisory Council’s Center of Excellence, we look forward to advancing awareness of the beneficial capabilities of HPC to new users.”
Recently we have added new systems into out HPC center, and you see the full list at http://www.hpcadvisorycouncil.com/cluster_center.php.
The newest system is the “Vesta” system (and you can see Pak Lui, the HPC Advisory Council HPC Center Manager standing next to it in the picture below). Vesta consist of six Dell™ PowerEdge™ R815 nodes, each with four processors AMD Opteron 6172 (Magny-Cours) which mean 48 Cores per node and 288 cores for the entire system. The networking was provided by Mellanox, and we have plugged two adapters per node (Mellanox ConnectX®-2 40Gb/s InfiniBand adapters). All nodes are connected via Mellanox 36-Port 40Gb/s InfiniBand Switch. Furthermore, each node has 128 GB, 1333 MHz memory to make sure we can really get the highest performance from this system.
Microsoft has provided us with Windows HPC 2008 v3 preview, so we can check the performance gain versus v2 for example. The system is capable of dual boot – Windows and Linux, and is now available for testing. If you would like to get access, just fill the form on the URL above.
In the picture – Pak Lui standing next to Vesta
I want to thank Dell, AMD and Mellanox for providing this system to the council!
Gilad, HPC Advisory Council Chairman
Each year, scientists participating in the Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing Program (SciDAC), along with other researchers from the computational science community gather at the annual SciDAC conference to present scientific results, discuss new technologies and discover new approaches to collaboration. The SciDAC 2010 Conference is being held this week in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Thomas Zacharia, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, chairs the conference this year.
I participated in the first 2 days of SciDAC. While the weather there is not ideal to say the least… I have enjoyed the presentations and discussions. The Undersecretary Steven Koonin (undersecretary for science, department of energy) commented on DoE future goals – reducing Oil consumption in transportation by 35%, reducing greenhouse gas emissions 17% by 2020, and 83% by 2050, maintain technical base and exploit simulation capabilities.
Many of the discussions were on Exascale computing – what is needed to be done in order to get there – systems, applications etc, with the goal to have the first system by 2018. Our HPC|Scale subgroup will try to help make the right steps toward this goal with exploration and experiments. I hope to report soon on the subgroup progress.
insideHPC talked with Gilad Shainer, the Chairman of the HPC Advisory Council, about what the organziation does, how its grown, and how it is helping catalyze developments for users and HPC businesses. In addition talking about what the Council has already accomplished, Gilad also talks about the new research and focus areas that they are kicking off. The Council’s mission is to help everyone, so papers, inf0rmation, best practices, and so on are all available for download at their website.
Video is posted here: http://insidehpc.com/hpc-2010-technology-issues-opportunities/