Cray and Penguin Computing Deliver NVIDIA-powered HPC
August 16th, 2012 By: John Rath
In new from the high performance computing (HPC) sector, Cray’s Cascade supercomputer adds NVIDIA Tesla GPU’s, and Penguin Computing is partnering with Numira Biosciences partner to deliver HPC on demand featuring NVIDIA technology.
NVIDIA Kepler added to Cray Cascade
Cray announced that its next-generation supercomputer code-named “Cascade” will be available with NVIDIA Tesla GPUs based on the NVIDIA Kepler GPU computing architecture. “This is an exciting announcement for us, and for our customers, as it proves that we remain committed to our vision of integrating a range of advanced processing technologies into a single, scalable architecture,” said Peg Williams, Cray’s senior vice president of high performance computing systems. “Adaptive Supercomputing is about building a robust hardware and software environment that ultimately supports giving our customers choices. Adding the NVIDIA Tesla Kepler-based GPUs, which are designed for computationally intensive HPC environments, into future versions of our Cascade system will give our customers the flexibility to choose from a variety of powerful accelerator options.”
Expected to be available in 2013, the Cascade supercomputer combines Intel Xeon CPU’s, Cray’s next-generation Aries system interconnect,and new Tesla Kepler-based GPUs. The Cascade supercomputer is in part made possible by Cray’s participation in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) High Productivity Computing Systems program.
Cray has made several customer announcements for use of the Cascade supercomputer, including a $40 million deal in June with the Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), and a $12 million deal in July for the the Finnish IT Center for Science Ltd.
Penguin’s HPC as a Service
Penguin Computing and Numira Biosciences, a 3D imaging solutions provider, announced a formal partnership to bring graphics-intense data on-demand to Life Sciences customers. The platform will combine Penguin’s HPC as a Service offering, POD, Numira’s AltaPortal product and Nvidia’s GPU technology to deliver advanced pre-clinical imaging services to researchers at pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies around the globe. The combined platform will enable researchers to interactively navigate rich 3D data from microCT scans with overlaid analytics customized to the task at hand. The data will be delivered as a media stream to the client’s web browser, eliminating the need to transfer large and potentially proprietary datasets over networks, and allowing them to be secured in a central location.
“Penguin has enjoyed steady growth in the genomics sector with its POD offering. Adding Numira’s medical imaging software and services to our POD partner portfolio will enhance our breadth in the bioinformatics market and further establish POD as a destination for that set of users” said Matt Jacobs, SVP of Corporate Development for Penguin Computing.
Just wonder how long it will be to become mainstream.