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➤ smarter planet as the world becomes as HPC end users (across industry, defence
more instrumented, interconnected and and academia), as HPC service providers,
intelligent. IBM is a leading provider of and as HPC software developers. The NAG
high performance computing systems for a Library for SMP and multicore is the largest
smarter planet. Its employees and partners commercial numerical algorithm library
around the world are dedicated to achieving developed to harness the huge performance
this vision by helping businesses address gains from the shared memory parallelism
the demands of intense computation, of Symmetric Multi-Processors (SMP)
visualisation and data manipulation. and multicore processors. At Mark 22,
These flexible infrastructures are based the NAG Library for SMP and multi-core
on its portfolio of information technology contains more than 1,600 algorithms, or
solutions, which is the broadest in the routines, with 173 specifically tuned to
industry, and its consulting expertise run significantly faster on multi-socket
that enables the company to bring and multicore systems. Another 336
together business and IT processes to help Mellanox Technologies (www. routines benefit from increased speed by
companies innovate. At the IBM booth at will be demonstrating its enhancements. The flexible routines have
SC09 attendees will receive information end-to-end 40Gb/s InfiniBand product proven capabilities for delivering levels
about current and future HPC solutions portfolio: ConnectX-2 adapters, IS5000 of performance and scalability superior
built on leading server, storage, software family of 36 to 648-port switches, and to other comparable products currently
and networking technologies. IBM will BridgeX gateways. During the show, available.
showcase solutions based upon IBM Power Mellanox will be hosting presentations
processor servers including IBM Blue Gene, every half-hour from leading server Nasa’s research exhibit (www.hec.nasa.
innovative industry-standard solutions like and storage OEMs, ISVs, end users and gov) features scientific and engineering
the System x iDataplex and blade servers, academia, who will provide insight to the results generated using the space agency’s
HPC File System Management solutions, benefits and performance improvements high-performance computing resources.
and HPC software stacks. In addition, when using low-latency 40Gb/s InfiniBand HPC users working in the agency’s key
IBM will run a briefing programme to interconnect technology from Mellanox. mission areas will demonstrate recent
update customers on current and future Mellanox will also host a series of large results, including: simulations to help
IBM technologies and IBM experts will demonstrations. The Direct Transport explore the last, high-redshift frontier
deliver presentations at various event Compositor offers real-time rendering of of the universe, where formation of the
forums on compelling issues facing the HPC automotive CAD models. Organisations first stars and galaxies occurred; study of
community. connected to this demo will receive a the evolution of ozone from 1950 out to
real-time and high resolution view of 2010, to help understand how ozone and
At SC08, KAUST ( was the demonstration held in the Mellanox climate are evolving, and the impacts of
promoting the dream of what KAUST booth: navigating live, and in 3D.
would be – the preeminent centre of The Remote Desktop over InfiniBand
scientific research and education in the demonstration will provide a unique
Middle East. At SC09, KAUST will show capability of sharing desktops among
the world its first steps towards making the multiple users, in real time, while there
dream a reality, after it started operations will also be a demo of Collectives offload, a
on 5 September 2009 as planned. KAUST feature that can lead to higher performance
has invested in world-leading academics, and jitter-free applications.
researchers, and equipment to support its
mission. For example, KAUST has installed NAG ( will demonstrate
state-of-the-art visualisation systems in proven experience in developing and
the Cornea Advanced Computation & supporting production class HPC
Visualisation Facility. The Visualisation applications, both at the supercomputer
Lab hosts a Mechdyne-built Cave, creating scale and at the mass market scale of
a high resolution and bright virtual technical computing at the event. As
environment, an advanced audio studio, well as nearly 40 years of experience in
and a multi-purpose room with an ultra robust software engineering for numerical
high resolution digital cinema projection computing, NAG has one of the largest annual variations on detection of trends;
system, enabling stereoscopic viewing collections of HPC expertise of any computational analyses for design of the
for an audience of 75. As a taster of its organisation. NAG’s strength is the breadth Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle; and very
facilities, KAUST will demonstrate the 3D and depth of computational expertise large eddy simulations of combustor flows
visualisation capabilities of the NexCAVE. available, with staff possessing experience to enable low nitrogen oxide emissions
SCIENTIFIC COMPUTING WORLD october/november 2009
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