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MEW 23 – OCF’s visit to UK’s premier HPC workshop

23rd Machine Evaluation Workshop

OCF’s Andy Dean introduced the University of Edinburgh’s Dr Orlando Richards who talked about the University’s HPC journey and discussed lessons learned and its future plans with GPFS

Last week OCF attended the 23rd Daresbury Machine Evaluation Workshop (MEW) held at the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool. There were a record number of registrations for this year’s event, set in a chandeliered room full of exhibiting companies showcasing their latest HPC products and technology. MEW certainly achieved its main aim which was to encourage contact between the research communities and major vendors in HPC.

There were a couple of breakout sessions over the two days, the first on HPC in Industry and Data Intensive Computing run by Panasas and the second was a GPFS User Group held by OCF on the Wednesday.

The GPFS User Group attracted a good level of interest from existing and new members. For the main presentation, Jim Roche from IBM gave an interesting overview of GPFS announcements made at SC’12 and discussed new features of GPFS Native RAID.

As part of a series of presentations at MEW, OCF’s Andy Dean introduced the University of Edinburgh’s Dr Orlando Richards who talked about the University’s HPC journey and discussed lessons learned and its future plans with GPFS.

Over the two days, I met up with some other companies at the HPC workshop who were showcasing some innovative solutions in HPC. Mellanox was showcasing its recently announced next generation InfiniBand adapter, Connect-IB which can send 135 million messages per second between HPC servers, over four times more than the former generation. NVIDIA was highlighting its GPU accelerators K10 and K20 Tesla Kepler series. gnodal was discussing MPI benchmarks on 10Gbps Ethernet and the need for high performance Ethernet to cope with the rising volume of data.

Boston was promoting an on-site test facility (available through OCF and supported by Boston) which is a free service for academia and researchers wanting try out new hardware in their own environment before purchasing any new hardware or technology.

Generally, it was a well-run workshop with some interesting vendors and presentations. If you attended the workshop and want to share any interesting stories, news or developments, leave a comment below.

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