Today the University of Miami (UM) announced that their new Triton supercomputer is installed and helping their researchers explore new frontiers of science. The new supercomputer will be UM's first GPU-accelerated HPC system, representing a completely new approach to computational and data science for the university's campuses. Built using IBM Power Systems AC922 servers, the new HPC system was designed to maximize data movement between the IBM POWER9 CPU and attached accelerators like GPUs. With advances in artificial intelligence and science, we wanted to advance our research with this new generation of supercomputer and enable more discoveries," said Nicholas Tsinoremas, director of the University of Miami Center for Computational Science and vice provost for data and research computing. "Advances in data science and big data drove us to this new technology." The new high-performance system uses the same AI-optimized architecture as the most powerful supercomputers in the world, the U.S. Department of Energy's Summit and Sierra supercomputers. The $3.7 million system was assembled and validated distally by IBM and the University's Center for Computational Science (CCS) personnel. CCS personnel along with UM investigators have been installing and testing software since its arrival to UM's downtown facility last month. Modern computational science requires a system that can handle the demands of Big Data, classic modeling and simulation, as well as the analytical techniques of artificial intelligence," said David Turek, Vice President of Exascale Systems for IBM Cognitive Systems.
Mellanox Technologies has announced that HDR 200G InfiniBand accelerates the next generation of supercomputers world-wide, enabling higher levels of research and scientific discovery. HDR 200G InfiniBand solutions include the ConnectX-6 adapters, Mellanox Quantum switches, LinkX cables and transceivers and software packages. With its highest data throughput, extremely low latency, and smart In-Network Computing acceleration engines, HDR InfiniBand provides world leading performance and scalability for the most demanding compute and data applications. HDR 200G InfiniBand introduces new offload and acceleration engines, for delivering leading performance and scalability for high-performance computing, artificial intelligence, cloud, storage, and other applications. InfiniBand, a standards-based interconnect technology, enjoys the continuous development of new capabilities, while maintaining backward and forward software compatibility.
The Garvan Institute of Medical Research has announced that it will be receiving a new high-performance computing (HPC) system to support genomic research and analysis. Genomics is the study of information encoded in an individual's DNA, allowing researchers to study how genes impact health and disease, and it is the institute's mission to make significant contributions to medical research that will change the directions of science and medicine and have major impacts on human health. The new supercomputing system, to be delivered by Dell EMC, will be used by Garvan's Data Intensive Computer Engineering (DICE) group. The Garvan Institute is one of Australia's largest medical research institutions, focused specifically on research into cancer, diabetes and metabolism, genomics and epigenetics, immunology and inflammation, osteoporosis and bone biology, and neuroscience. According to Dr Warren Kaplan, chief of informatics at Garvan's Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics, genomics requires significant computational power to analyse the data.
The supercomputing market is largely dominated by x86 architecture, of which Intel boasts the majority of the market share. According to manager of high performance computing (HPC) systems and cloud services at the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) Dr Muhammad Atif, when there is only one big vendor, they do their own thing, which results in certain applications or features not enabled or not present in their architecture. As a result, NCI turned to IBM to boost the research capacity of the biggest supercomputing cluster in the Southern Hemisphere, Raijin, which is currently benchmarked at clocking 1.67 petaflops, Atif told ZDNet. NCI, Australia's national research computing service, purchased four IBM Power System servers for HPC in December, in a bid to advance its research efforts through artificial intelligence (AI), deep learning, high performance data analytics, and other compute-heavy workloads. The upgrades added much-needed capacity to the Raijin system, Atif explained.
The University of Sydney (USyd) has upgraded its Artemis supercomputer with new systems expected to power research into the development of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. For a cost of AU$2.3 million, Dell EMC has provided the university with Artemis 3, replacing the previous high performance computing (HPC) cluster that was initially installed by Dell back in 2015. Artemis 2 was upgraded in 2016 -- built on Dell EMC PowerEdge without the computational power of GPUs -- which USyd director of strategic ventures Dr Jeremy Hammond said was consumed by the university and its collaborators within a few months. "It really served as the launch pad for how we tackled the expansion," Hammond told journalists during a briefing. "We've seen already some really exciting papers come out of the work to-date, we've seen work on the evolution of bees, modelling of traffic flows in cities and how to optimise urban environment, analysis of viruses ... these are the things that get our researchers up in the morning."