GPUs Increasingly Rule the Supercomputer World
- At the International Supercomputing Conference now underway in Frankfurt, the company was quick to point out that a large number of systems on the Top500 list employ its Volta Tensor Core GPUs, including Summit, currently the world's fastest supercomputer, and Sierra, the third-fastest, both of which are located in the US.
- When put to use in HPC, these shader cores can be used to process multiple streams of data at the same time, enabling supercomputers to handle huge workloads at speeds that would be difficult if not impossible using even the most powerful CPUs. An early demonstration of this was seen in 2012 when an Oak Ridge National Laboratory CPU supercomputer, Jaguar, was upgraded by the Department of Energy to become Titan, a hybrid HPC cluster that include both GPUs and CPUs. As a result, the system went from 1.76 petaflops to a theoretical peak of 27 petaflops.
Citigroup, Barclays Near End of Blockchain Test Managed by IBM
- Matthew Leising (Bloomberg) -- Barclays Plc and Citigroup Inc. are poised to complete a test of how blockchain technology can streamline their operations as part of a group organized by IBM and one of the world’s largest financial infrastructure providers.
- The project, known as LedgerConnect, aims to allow banks and financial firms to share techniques for know-your-customer checks, collateral management and sanctions screening.
- The allure of the LedgerConnect project is that it lets banks cut their technology and operations spending by allowing them to share services on a network, Ram Komarraju, head of innovation and solution delivery at CLS, said in an interview.
- CLS’s background in connecting banks and traders in the global foreign exchange market makes it a natural fit to running a blockchain network, said Alan Marquard, chief strategy and development officer at CLS.
Google is Building a Second Intercontinental Cable of Its Own
- The Dunant system, named after Red Cross founder and the first Nobel Peace Prize winner Henri Dunant, will connect a cable landing station in Virginia Beach – close to where Google is building a huge amount of cloud data center capacity – to a landing station somewhere along France’s west coast, relatively close to its data centers in Belgium.
- In recent years, however, global bandwidth demand on the networks operated by the likes of Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Amazon has grown so much that the companies have found it makes financial sense in some cases to either join cable consortia together with telcos or finance their own systems.
- Scheduled to light up sometime next year, it will connect Chile, where the company has a large concentration of its Latin American data center capacity, and Los Angeles, where a new three-data center Google Cloud availability region came online just this week.
Cisco Gives Bullish Outlook Helped by New Products, Software
- Sales in the fiscal first quarter will grow 5 percent to 7 percent from the same period a year earlier, the San Jose, California-based company said Wednesday in a statement.
- Adjusted profit in the quarter ending in October will be 70 to 72 cents a share, the company said.
- Cisco reported revenue from all regions and all of its major product areas grew in the fiscal fourth quarter from a year earlier.
- Cisco reported progress in reducing its dependence on hardware, with deferred revenue from software and subscriptions increasing 23 percent to $6.1 billion in the quarter.
- In the three months ended July 28, Cisco reported adjusted profit of 70 cents a share, on revenue of $12.84 billion.
- That compares with average analyst estimates of 69 cents a share and sales of $12.8 billion.
E-computing: The Next Steps
- Now, a similar overlay we refer to as “the cloud” is revolutionizing the way information technology—both the technology itself and the people and organizations that apply it—is delivering innovation to businesses scrambling to survive and thrive in the chaotic, fast-moving business world enabled by the Web. Like e-Commerce, cloud computing is driven by business needs and enabled by advancing technology and shifting attitudes.
- But just as OpenStack enables automated deployment and management of virtual resources in IaaS environments, container orchestration frameworks like Kubernetes and Docker Swarm provide tools to achieve the resiliency and on-demand scalability the cloud promises by enabling automated deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications.
- But cloud computing is providing a new set of technologies and processes to let application developers achieve those in a way that enables the agility businesses demand.
Equinix Expands Miami Data Center That’s Key to Latin American Connectivity
- Equinix has completed the first of two construction phases on the fifth floor of NAP of the Americas, Miami’s big data center and interconnection hub that serves as the biggest gateway the world’s data traffic travels through to reach markets in Latin America and the Caribbean.
- It opens up the sought-after data center to customers who need larger, 100-cabinet or so, footprints, Chris Kimm, senior VP of operations for Equinix Americas, wrote in a blog post.
- Miami is where most Latin American networks peer with each other, and NAP of the Americas, which Equinix now calls MI1, is the biggest peering location in the city.
- It’s also where Latin American network operators get access to submarine cables that land in Miami, carrying traffic destined for Latin American markets.
Startup AirTrunk Raises $618M to Expand Australian Data Centers, Enter Asian Markets
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- Deutsche Bank AG underwrote a senior secured loan that will eventually be syndicated to a broader group of lenders, the Singapore-based startup said in a statement Monday.
- Its latest financing comes on top of a A$150 million six-year term loan from ING Groep NV and Natixis SA secured in February 2017, plus an unspecified amount of funding from Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and an arm of private equity giant TPG.
- The bulk of the money raised in loans, about A$750 million, will be spent expanding its current facilities in Sydney and Melbourne, AirTrunk founder Robin Khuda said.
- The remainder of the money raised will go toward expanding into Asia with Singapore, Tokyo and Hong Kong key priorities.
Grifols Increases IT Efficiency and Builds Global Data Center Network with Cisco ACI
- Grifols is a global healthcare company working to improve the health and well-being of people around the world.
- Additionally, the company sought better IT scalability and security, and built its first global connected data center infrastructure, with a new data center in Sant Cugat, outside of Barcelona.
- Grifols used the help of its close service provider partner Acuntia, to deploy Cisco ACI as the network foundation at this new data center, the first ACI presence across all of Spain’s data centers.
- How ACI helped conquer challenges: Cisco ACI enabled Grifols to define application and security policies upfront, with simplified administration and implementation.
- Further, ACI’s multi-site capability allowed Grifols to connect all its four data centers (two in US and two in Spain), all running the same configurations, policy and security.
- Outage in one data center enabled services to failover to the others.
Hitachi Vantara and Cisco, Deliver Unprecedented Agility and Automation for Flash-Based Storage Infrastructure
- Hitachi Vantara recently introduced several new additions to its portfolio that drive data center modernization and complement Cisco Storage Networking offerings (Press Release).
- This included new, high-performance storage systems with a 100 percent data availability guarantee, cross-platform AI-powered analytics, along with IT automation software for intelligent end-to end data center resource orchestration.
- These new offerings give customers unprecedented agility and automation to reduce costs and increase operational efficiencies toward a vision of autonomous operations in their data centers.
- Executing on this vision means that companies with data center environments of all sizes can benefit from increased application performance, superior operational efficiency and reduced risk of downtime and data loss.
- Jointly, the Cisco and Hitachi Vantara set new standards for storage networking, providing customers with choice as well as breakthrough levels of user experience and operational efficiency.
Fast & Flexible – New 4th Gen Fabric Interconnect and VIC
- This provides UCS customers with higher bandwidth and more configuration options, so they can have higher performance ports and the flexibility to support LAN and SAN connectivity for all servers within a domain.
- The 6454 enables 10/25 Gigabit Ethernet port for server connectivity that increases the throughput more than 3.4X compared to FI 6248 and reduces latency by 2X compared to the 2nd Gen Fabric Interconnect.
- The UCS Fabric Interconnect 6454 is supported by Cisco Intersight: Cisco’s systems management platform that delivers intuitive computing through cloud-powered intelligence.
- The Cisco UCS VIC 1400 series provides high network performance and low latency for the most demanding applications.
- UCS 5108 Blade Server Chassis continues the successful platform that has proven itself over four generations of Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnects and multiple generations of processors.