This year, ClusterVision designed and integrated a state of the art HPC cluster at the University of Hull. This cluster, nicknamed Viper, uses elements of the Intel Scalable System Framework, namely the latest Intel Broadwell processors (Xeon E5 2680v4) and one of the world's first applications of the Intel Omni-Path Architecture. Jane Glasser wrote an
HPC clusters managed by Trinity on optimised UberCloud containers provide compromiseless HPC in the Cloud
“High-Performance Computing in the Cloud? That does not really work for real number crunching.” That was the general opinion for a long time in the HPC community. Then Docker came along. Its containers solved some of the problems – especially replacing heavy Virtual Machines with light weight containers, but it still had a strong feeling of “work in progress”. During the Computing Insight UK 2015, Wolfgang Gentzsch – from UberCloud – and Hans Then – from ClusterVision, jointly presented a complete HPC Cloud stack based on Docker. UberCloud provides HPC -optimised application containers based on Docker. ClusterVision’s Trinity platform allows operating an HPC cluster from a regular Cloud dashboard. Together, they showed that Trinity is capable of managing UberCloud’s highly optimised application containers. Today you can operate a cluster as a cloud without giving up on performance. Hans Then and Wolfgang Gentzsch explained to us how they converged over 2015 with the initial concepts and how they demonstrated that building an HPC environment in this manner actually works.
University of Nottingham Research Centres invest in central HPC service provided by ClusterVision in preference to rolling their own
Have you ever seen the Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises”? The Wayne Manor was actually a castle in Nottingham in the U.K. Apart from movies there is a lot of history attached to this respectable old town. Some of the newest scientific discoveries come out of Nottingham. The city houses the University of Nottingham. There is, for instance, the Sir Peter Mansfield Magnetic Resonance Centre, named after the Nobel Prize winner who pioneered MRI research. Modern research cannot do without a lot of computing. That is why the university researchers are supported by a High Performance Computing (HPC) centre. The centre operates a large ClusterVision cluster that is used by 400 of the university’s researchers. Manager of HPC services in Nottingham is Colin Bannister. We asked him about the services his centre delivers.
ClusterVision supercomputer helps the Swedish National Supercomputing Centre in Linköping provide accurate weather prediction to both Sweden and Norway
Almost a year has passed since the Swedish National Supercomputing Centre in Linköping (NSC) took delivery of a ClusterVision supercomputer to run weather forecasts and research code for the Swedish met office SMHI. Time to return to Linköping and interview Technical Director Niclas Andersson about his experience with the machine.