September is flying by and this past week has been a busy one in the supercomputing sector with big news on a few fronts.
Intel announces new supercomputing processor architecture
Intel’s Ivy Bridge processor solutions have long been popular for computing enthusiasts that require ultra-fast and efficient processors in their computer. Intel has now moved that exciting functionality to the supercomputing sector by introducing the Xeon Processor E5-2600 v2 family. The new product line could end up having an impact across the server, storage and high-performance computing segments, a recent HPCWire report explained.
Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of the data center and connected systems group at Intel, told the news source that introducing the Ivy Bridge architecture in the Xeon chipset could have a major impact on how many types of organizations take advantage of technology.
“More than ever, organizations are looking to information technology to transform their businesses,” Bryant told HPCWire. “Offering new cloud-based services requires an infrastructure that is versatile enough to support the diverse workloads and is flexible enough to respond to changes in resource demand across servers, storage and network.”
The report explained that the Ivy Bridge-based CPU architecture could end up having a completely transformative impact on technological systems, particularly in the network and storage segments.
Cray Adds new Intel CPUs to its Supercomputers
Cray recently announced that it will equip its XC30 supercomputer with Intel processors based on the Ivy Bridge architecture, Ars Technica reported. Intel’s Xeon E5-2300 v2 processors have been designed to take advantage of the Ivy Bridge configuration, allowing supercomputer manufacturers to add more cores to system and maximize the performance of the CPUs.
According to the news source, the upgrade, which will be applied to both air- and liquid-cooled versions of the XC30 system, will provide a significant performance and efficiency boost to the HPC platform. Furthermore, Cray will also be applying the move to Ivy Bridge-based CPUs to the CS300 cluster supercomputers.
Piz Daint bringing GPUs into established supercomputing lab
The Piz Daint supercomputer at the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre will be equipped with GPUs, providing the HPC lab with a new device that uses graphics-focused processing solutions to meet performance demands, according to a recent report from Phys.org.
Thomas Schulthess, director of CSCS, told the news source that many industries could benefit substantially from this new architecture, which is becoming more important as rising compute demands push efficiency boundaries.
“Given the ever growing demands of computer models, we can only contain energy consumption in supercomputing with a radical change in computer architecture,” Schulthess told Phs.org.
Cray supercomputer deployed in Japan
Japan’s Railway Technical Research Institute recently deployed a supercomputing system that features a combination of an Cray XC30 system, a cluster supercomputer and a high-capacity storage system designed to work in concert with one another. The layered architecture of the solution is expected to have a major impact on how the organization is able to complete its critical research efforts, Scientific Computing World reported.
Hideyuki Takai, executive director of RTRI, told the news source that the institute is focused on performing vital research that improves railway technologies and functionality. This research can prove incredibly intensive from a data perspective, making it difficult to find the right solution. The organization completed a thorough review of next-generation supercomputing options and chose the Cray system because it offered a combination of efficiency, performance and flexibility that could not be matched elsewhere.