Mellanox to Develop New Open-Source Network Communication Framework
Jul 23 15
Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. has announced a collaboration with the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, or ORNL, IBM, the University of Tennessee, NVIDIA, and high-performance computing, or HPC, industry leaders, laboratories and academia to develop a new open-source network communication framework for high-performance and data-centric applications. Traditionally there have been three popular mainstream communication frameworks to support various interconnect technologies and programming languages: MXM, developed by Mellanox Technologies; PAMI, developed by IBM; and UCCS, developed by ORNL, the University of Houston, and the University of Tennessee. UCX will unify the strengths and capabilities of each of these communication libraries and optimize them into one unified communication framework that delivers essential building blocks for the development of a high-performance communication ecosystem.
IBM, NVIDIA and US Department of Energy Unveil New Supercomputer
Jul 20 15
IBM, along with NVIDIA and two US Department of Energy National Laboratories have unveiled a pair of Centers of Excellence for supercomputing - one at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the other at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The collaborations are in support of IBM's supercomputing contract with the US Department of Energy. They will enable advanced, large-scale scientific and engineering applications both for supporting DOE missions, and for the Summit and Sierra supercomputer systems to be delivered respectively to Oak Ridge and Lawrence Livermore in 2017 and to be operational in 2018. As the new supercomputers are being readied for installation, the Centers of Excellence will prepare the way for their optimum use in scientific research in such critical areas as energy, climate research, cosmology, biophysics, astrophysics and medicine, as well as in national nuclear security and other national security interests. In an era of increasing global competition in high performance computing, the Centers are designed to enable the US Department of Energy's National Laboratories to sustain innovation leadership in science and technology while also driving down energy consumption and costs of computing. At each of the Centers, teams of technologists will gain crucial application perspective that will complement the hardware and software development of Summit and Sierra and will enable application readiness at the time of installation. Early application code innovation, executed in tandem with the system development, allows important two-way feedback between the system developers and the application writers. This will ensure that the ongoing system design will correctly and effectively support necessary user applications. Incorporating IBM's advanced POWER processors with next-generation NVIDIA Tesla GPU accelerators and the NVIDIA NVLink high-speed processor interconnect, Summit and Sierra will use a highly efficient, high-performance data-centric computing approach that minimizes data in motion, thereby helping to optimize problem solving and time to solution while also greatly reducing overall energy consumption. In addition to their data-centric design, the systems follow an OpenPOWER design concept that uses IBM's open POWER architecture, as well as OpenPOWER Foundation member technology, including NVIDIA GPU and NVLink technologies, and Mellanox's EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand system interconnect. Applications developed at the Centers of Excellence will take full advantage of current and future innovations introduced by the growing OpenPOWER community of developers led in part by over 145 OpenPOWER Foundation members worldwide. Code innovations realized at the Centers will also benefit general purpose OpenPOWER-based commercial systems to be introduced by IBM and others. The two Centers of Excellence collaborations are uniquely set up to support each of the Oak Ridge and Lawrence Livermore labs' specific missions. With each, key computational scientists from IBM and NVIDIA work closely with the applications scientists from the labs to develop tools and technologies that will optimize codes and achieve the best performance on Summit, Sierra and other general use systems that follow the OpenPOWER design concept. Work is already underway to update and develop applications that have the potential to shape scientific discovery for years to come. Center of Excellence scientists will support development of at least 13 applications for Oak Ridge's Summit supercomputer. These applications were recently selected through the Center for Accelerated Application Readiness (CAAR) program. Summit and its applications will support the Office of Science in its science and energy mission, advancing knowledge in critical areas of government, academia and industry. The modeling and simulation applications span the sciences, from cosmology to biophysics to astrophysics. One of Oak Ridge's applications will focus on advancing Earth system models for climate research while another will map the Earth's interior using big data for seismology research. At Lawrence Livermore's Center of Excellence, IBM and NVIDIA experts will provide expert knowledge and understanding of the accelerated architecture to help national security applications evolve rapidly to support the safety, reliability and security of the nuclear stockpile. These experts will also support efforts in a broad range of computational science areas of importance to national security, for instance bio-security, energy security and global warming. The Centers of Excellence are leveraging current IBM Power Systems and OpenPOWER-based technologies for the required programming efforts, with the first prototype of the advanced supercomputers expected to be available to system developers and application writers in late 2015. The Centers of Excellence will continue to deploy updated prototype systems in order to ensure the ongoing system design will correctly and effectively support the optimized applications.
IBM Establishes POWER Acceleration and Design Center in Montpellier, France
Jul 2 15
IBM announced the establishment of a POWER Acceleration and Design Center in Montpellier, France to advance the development of data-intensive research, industrial, and commercial applications. The new Center provides commercial and open-source software developers with technical assistance to enable them to develop high performance computing (HPC) applications. Technical experts from IBM, NVIDIA and Mellanox will help developers take advantage of OpenPOWER systems leveraging IBM's open and licensable POWER architecture with the NVIDIA Tesla Accelerated Computing Platform and Mellanox InfiniBand networking solutions. In addition to expanding the software and solution ecosystem around OpenPOWER, this new collaboration between the three companies will create opportunities for software designers to acquire advanced HPC skills and drive the development of new technologies to bring value to customers globally. The Center will be led by a team of experts from NVIDIA and Mellanox along with leading scientists from IBM Client Center Montpellier (France) and IBM Research Zurich (Switzerland).