I’m attending the SC14 show in New Orleans at the moment, along with my colleagues Georgina Ellis, Andrew Dean and our Technical Director, Arif Ali. We’re almost done and have just a few days to go after an amazing week of partner meetings, new technology demonstrates and walking the very, very busy exhibition space.
A number of our key partners have launched exciting new technologies, which I’d like to share:
- DataDirect Networks [DDN] has launched its Infinite Memory Engine The IMESFA7K is software, which leverages the Intel NVMe standard for accessing SSD – so we’re talking about burst buffer cache sitting in front of GPFS and Lustre, transparent to the application and cluster. The IMESFA7K is aimed at the lower-end i.e. 60 disks, 5GB/sec performance, etc. DDN has also announced the SFA14K storage platform design for customers’ needing loads of I/O performance.
- Lenovo has demonstrated its Water Cooling Technology with a jointly developed, custom variant of the Intel Haswell Xeon E5 processor not available to other OEMs – it is a 16-core behemoth, which can run at 2.8GHz. Lenovo also demonstrated how one Petaflop of power will soon be available in just two standard racks. Both good announcements, read more here, but it would be good to see more on the HPC storage side coming from Lenovo!
- The OpenPOWER Foundation was showing off the first Power 8 server from consortium partner Tyan, which retails at $2700 and delivers 8-cores and 16GB memory. I don’t know if all the Power 8 features are enabled so I will be wandering over to Tyan to chat to them and will update after the show. IBM also demonstrated some genomics and NVIDIA GPU applications for Power 8 processors – which benefitted from a 10X improvement in performance. IBM also demonstrated a Petabyte of Flash in a rack (only you have to guess where the real SSD is).
Other notable vendor updates: Fujitsu, Dell, HP and Supermicro are also showing water-cooled internal servers – ranging from a simple rubber hose setup (Supermicro) to exquisite copper pipework (Fujitsu).
More to follow after the show!