Contents WELCOME TO HIGH-PERFORMANCE COMPUTING 2019-20 A 4 Disaster recovery

Gemma Church investigates how HPC is helping real-time responses to global disasters

8 Sea of data

Robert Roe speaks to HPC cloud providers about the benefits of developing a cloud strategy for HPC

10 Powering research

Harry Richardson, chief scientist, SoſtIron explores the use of Ceph in some of the largest scientific applications


KATRIN cuts neutrino mass estimate

Researchers have announced research which reduces the mass estimate for the neutrino by 50 per cent

14 Exascale in Europe

Robert Roe looks at the development of exascale in Europe

18 Processing technology

Robert Roe explores the CPU options available to HPC users

22 Facilitating AI

Rob Johnson highlights the steps you should consider on the road to AI and how your existing HPC architecture can help you get there

24 News

A round-up of key news stories from throughout the year

s the HPC industry prepares for its annual trip to the US for SC19, held in Denver, we take a look at the developments in the HPC industry

over the last 12 months. On page 4 coverage begins with Gemma

Church, who explores the use of real-time data, combined with HPC to help increase the accuracy and efficiency of responses to disasters. Tis covers the VESTEC project from the EPCC which aims to harness the power of supercomputing to try to help those dealing with these disasters by facilitating near-real-time decision making. Te theme of real-world data continues

on page 8 with a case study from Magseis Fairfield and Panasas which explores the use of HPC storage technology in off-shore energy exploration. Tis kind of use case requires not only HPC performance but also rugged and reliable technology that can withstand operation at sea. On page 10 Harry Richardson from SoſtIron

highlights the use of Ceph in some of the world’s largest scientific applications. From CERN to Meerkat radio telescope CEPH is being used in applications that require data is not lost. Tere is another science-based story on page 12 as we report on the KATRIN project, which has announced research which reduces the mass estimate for the neutrino by 50 per cent. Exascale is the focus on page 14, with a look

at the development of exascale computing in Europe. Trough the development of home-grown processing technology and investment from EU member states Europe hopes to compete with the US and China in HPC. On page 18 we look at the development

of processing technologies as there has been an increase in the development of processors specifically tailored to HPC workloads. On page 22 Rob Johnson highlights how you can take existing infrastructure and adapt it to suit AI workloads.

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