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Show special HPC 2012 On show in 2012


The editor’s personal pick of the year’s highlights, as unvelied at the two major trade shows – ISC’12 in Hamburg and SC12 in Salt Lake City


At ISC’12, Acer Technical Computing Solutions presented the next generation of server systems designed


for high-performance computing. Tese systems feature a balance of density, performance and breadth of integration to fit any type of deployment and research need. Tough relatively new to the market, Acer brings to bear strategic partners from every level of the industry: from compute to networks; and from management to deployment. www.acer.com


Displayed at ISC’12, the


Alcatel-Lucent 400G Photonic Service Engine (PSE) is the


first-ever commercially available electro-optics chip capable of driving traffic up to 400 gigabits per second (Gb/s). Versatile and scalable, it dramatically boosts the performance of 100G networks today – and lays the foundation for 400G transport down the road. www.alcatel-lucent.com


Altair (Booth #3015) will be running live demonstrations of its HPC portals at SC12. A leader in digital simulation, the company creates HPC simulation applications, delivers HPC management tools, and uses the applications/tools to build real products. Te hub for its HPC solutions, PBS Professional, optimises the world’s largest supercomputers. Compute Manager enables users to run, monitor and manage workloads on distributed resources remotely,


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while the Results Visualization Service offers advanced job monitoring


capability through inspecting and visualising data from the solver log files. Tis allows the visualisation of animation and plot data for running and completed jobs. www.pbsworks.com


Boston (#110), a leading manufacturer of high-


performance, low-powered server, storage and clustered solutions, will present its Viridis server at SC12. Te Viridis platform is the first server of its kind to enter general availability. Based on technology from ARM, Viridis is driven by the low-powered Calxeda EnergyCore SoCs (System on Chip) that consume as little as 5 Watts each, providing data centre performance while consuming power comparable to a mobile device. www.boston.co.uk


Convey Computer (#2001) will be introducing a new platform


at SC12 that accelerates high- performance analytics applications. Based on a new Scalable Treaded Architecture (STA), the platform directly addresses performance limitations found in today’s commodity systems. STA leverages Convey’s hybrid-core, reconfigurable compute elements, a highly-parallel memory subsystem and an industry-standard development environment to increase the performance of big


At ISC’12, Bull showed its complete range of extreme computing solutions, based on the bullx family of systems designed specifically for HPC. Te B510 blades were in the limelight as they lie at the heart of two petascale systems. At SC’12, the latest evolution of the bullx blade system, the B515 accelerator blades, will be on show. Boosting high-performance computing with either two Nvidia Tesla GPUs or two Intel Xeon Phi


data analytics applications. www.conveycomputer.com


Exhibiting at SC12, the Cornell University Center for Advanced Computing (CAC)


(#2030) is a leader in high- performance computing systems, applications, data and cloud solutions that enable research success. Te centre will highlight Red Cloud services, a new National Science Foundation award focused on managing cloud usage allocation and accounting. In addition to that, CAC will


introduce a cloud use survey that attendees are encouraged to participate in to help the NSF plan for the integration of cloud resources into national cyberinfrastructure. www.cac.cornell.edu


At ISC’12, the Fraunhofer Institute for Algorithms and Scientific Computing SCAI


focused on elasticLM and LAMA. elasticLM is a novel technology for creating and managing soſtware licenses designed for distributed computing environments like grids or clouds, as well as local infrastructure, such as workstations


co-processors, they are suited for configurations of all sizes and can be combined with standard CPU-based blades within the same chassis. www.bull.com


or HPC clusters. LAMA is a computational library for the acceleration of mathematical calculations in applications. It supports efficient usage of heterogeneous hardware architectures ranging from single multicore workstations to GPU clusters. www.scai.fraunhofer.de


Gompute showed the latest release of the Gompute soſtware stack and the Gompute on-demand service at ISC’12, offering insight into how the soſtware is enabling effective scientific and technical computing for organisations, regardless of whether resources are located inside a wan, or if users want a pure hosted environment or a hybrid model to support peak demands in projects. Te company delivers servers, storage, parallel file systems, low-latency interconnect, remote 2/3D hardware accelerated desktops, simulation data management, queue systems, pre- integrated applications coupled to license managers, and account and billing of multiple teams. www.gompute.com


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