In mid-February, Samsung stepped into the OpenPower Consortium. Samsung joins Google, IBM, Mellanox, Nvidia, Research Institute of Jiangsu Industrial Technology, Suzhou PowerCore Technology Company, and Tyvan. Though the specifics of Samsung’s role in the alliance weren’t disclosed, their background in numerous chip architectures and hardware standards makes their presence at the table completely logical. The consortium’s aim is to boost innovation in the industry by granting developers access to a broader collection of technology for collaborative development.
Nvidia’s PGI 2014 release packs a powerful punch, bringing enhanced flexibility to directives-based parallel programming. Features and benefits of PGI 2014 include: OpenACC 2.0 optimizations and features, 80% higher multi-core x86 performance, CUDA Fortran extensions, and free PGI for OS X to boot. There’s even a 30-day free trial available for new users who register at www.pgroup.com.
Open MPI inches closer to the MPI 3 standard with release of 1.7.4 on February 7th. The headline item here is FORTRAN support – and while that might sound like something your dad needs, the truth is the HPC community has a firm foot on the FORTRAN train as it’s one of the key languages in the big data world. MPI underlies as much as 95% of HPC code, according to Cisco’s Jeff Squyers, who told The Register that 1.7.4 brings “…the first set of MPI-FORTRAN bindings that are actually compliant with the language.”
On January 31, UberCloud’s HPC Marketplace went live, offering researchers, engineers, and other interested parties to explore and sample a new, on-demand way to access the computing expertise and resources necessary to meet their data-laden workflows. Users can simply register and request quotes from service providers, based on their requirements. Requests are matched with suitable providers seamlessly, and quotes are relayed promptly for further discussion.
Cray finished 2013 strong, and announced on February 11 they’d received over $40 million in Department of Defense HPC Modernization Program contracts. Three Cray XC30 super computer and two Sonexion storage systems will be delivered to various sites for the US Air Force and Navy.
Earlier this month, IBM revealed plans throw the power of HPC into a new humanitarian effort by pouring $100 million into Project Lucy – a new effort to bolster key areas such as healthcare, sanitation, agriculture, and education in Africa. The ten-year endeavor will be centered around the data-sifting behemoth known as Watson, aiming to give scientists and other research partners in the area access to cognitive computing.