International Supercomputing Conference 2014

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Attendees will be able to connect with 300 expert speakers who can share their perspectives on the latest developments in high-performance computing. Featured this year, are topics such as the future direction of HPC technologies, life science applications, big data, quantum computing, and the real-world value of HPC.

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Advania provides data centres and HPC cloud hosting, the company offers low Cost and ultra energy efficient data centres in Iceland (PUE as low as 1.05), utilising 100 per cent renewable/zero carbon power. Power price in Iceland is typically 50 per cent cheaper than the UK and most Western European countries today, with potential to fix energy prices for up to 15 years.                                                                                                                                                  

Advania offers the best value and lowest cost Tier 1 and Tier 3 data centres and HPC cloud hosting environments, with the resilience of multiple, high bandwidth, high reliability connectivity to the rest of the world.

Advania is Iceland‘s largest IT company and number one data centre provider, and also the ninth largest IT company in Scandinavia, with 1100 people working from 20 offices in four countries, serving 10,000 customers worldwide.

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Allinea Software

Allinea Software, the HPC software tools company, will be revealing new capabilities in its unified scalable development tools, Allinea DDT and Allinea MAP for debugging and profiling, that are set to provide developers with even greater results from their software on systems today and in the future.

The company will also be showing the Allinea Performance Reports analytics software which provides critical application analysis for system owners, administrators and users, and will be demonstrating how HPC centres are able to easily discover missing performance in the applications that are running on their systems.


Visit Altair in booth 362 to see the latest demos for the PBS Works suite -- including Compute Manager, PBS Professional and PBS Analytics -- talk with Altair experts about your workload management needs, get the latest product news and case studies, and more.

Don’t miss our presentation ‘Catalyse product innovation with HPC clouds’ on Tuesday, 24 June  at 5:40pm at the Exhibitor Forum 02.

Stop by Intel’s booth 540 to see a live demo of Altair’s RADIOSS on Xeon: the demo 'Evolving the performance of RADIOSS on Xeon architecture: Groundbreaking results from Woodcrest to Ivy Bridge E7v2' will run live throughout exhibit hours.

Also at Intel’s booth Altair will be presenting; ‘A new approach to compute-intensive engineering: HPC appliance computing’; ‘Evolving the performance of CAE solvers on Xeon architecture: Groundbreaking results from Woodcrest to Ivy Bridge E7v2’; ‘Dell, Intel and Altair benchmark an optimised solution for electronics impact simulation’

Altair will also be featured with video demos in the following partner booths: AMD (booth 250), Bull (booth 340), Dell (booth 240), Eurotech (booth 511), Fujitsu (booth 530), HP (booth 350).

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Bull will show its range of extreme computing solutions designed to meet the extreme requirements of HPC users: from direct liquid cooled servers to expert advice on optimisation for many-core environments, including Bull’s extreme factory HPC cloud solutions, as well as the Mobull flexible data centre in a container.

The guest star will be the Bullx DLC B700 range, chosen by Météo France and DKRZ, among others. It features a direct liquid cooling technology that makes it possible to use warm water for cooling, thus boosting energy performance by around 40 per cent compared to traditional data centers, despite being just as easy to maintain as standard, air-cooled servers.  The Bullx DLC B700 range is based on industry-standard components, which are all cooled through direct contact with a cold plate. The Bullx DLC B700 features the latest processor technologies, including also Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors and Nvidia Tesla GPUs.

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The use of engineering analysis on massively parallel cloud architectures, both public and private, presents a number of challenges both technologically and financially. Joel Davison, STAR-CCM+ Product Manager, will present CD-adapco's approach to answering these challenges and enabling the usage of STAR-CCM+ on such systems. From a technological standpoint, the presentation will cover how STAR-CCM+ parallel testing is carried out to ensure maximum performance across a range of core counts and how the client-server architecture enables post-processing on remote computing facilities to be achieved. To answer the financial challenges of running on cloud systems, the power licensing scheme will be discussed and how it removes the financial restrictions associated with increasing core count and licence access.

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CloudFlow – Computational Cloud Services and Worlflows for Agile Engineering - will enable the remote use of computational services distributed on the cloud, seamlessly integrating these within established engineering design workflows and standards.

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CoolIT’s RACK DCLC product range features scalable liquid cooling solutions that meet even the most aggressive density, efficiency and performance requirements. Integrating the rack-based direct contact liquid cooling technology into your data center will reduce overall energy consumption, increase CPU/GPU density, and provide higher performance per core. Visit us at Booth #411 to discover how to get 45kW+ per rack with warm water cooling.

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Data Direct Networks

DataDirect Networks (DDN) is a provider of massively scalable storage, and powers over two-thirds of the systems in the Top100.

DDN will discuss storage challenges around ingesting, processing, storing and distributing big data and also invites delegates to learn more about the company’s innovations in driving the highest levels of performance for storage environments, scalability to meet today’s (and tomorrow’s) demanding requirements and process more within tighter budgets.

DDN will hold its User Group meeting on the benefits of cache-centric storage technologies in tackling large-scale storage and I/O challenges on Tuesday 24 June at 7.30am in the Multi-Purpose Area 2 Floor 1.

The company will also be showcasing its latest technologies including a live preview of its HPC Burst Buffer and DDN’s Exascale Architecture – Infinite Memory EngineTM (IME).

DDN is a silver sponsor, speaker (during Vendor Showdown and Exhibitor Forum) and exhibitor at booth #510 at ISC’14.

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DKRZ is a national service centre for climate researchers who depend on HPC resources. At ISC'14, DKRZ will give a preview of its upcoming high performance computer HLRE-3 (Hochleistungsrechnersystem für die Erdsystemforschung 3).

On 6 May 2014, DKRZ and Bull signed a contract for the delivery of a petaflop-scale supercomputer in 2015/2016, an agreement was also reached to provide HPC support for climate research. The contract covers the delivery of all the key computing and storage components.Furthermore, DKRZ would also like to inform attendees about its data services including data documentation, quality assurance, long term archiving and international network data access.

DKRZ computers are regularly used for the extensive simulations whose results contribute to the IPCC reports. DKRZ’s climate globe – a virtual planet with a 360-degree view – is used to present visualisations of the latest of these climate simulations.

The research group ‘Scientific Computing’ at DKRZ participates in the student cluster competition.

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Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre

The EPCC researches and develops novel computing solutions; writes software; manages computing and data systems and provides HPC and data-related training; it also hosts ARCHER, the UK’s national HPC service.

At this year’s ISC, the EPCC will focus on a few specific project areas, including Fortissimo, which looks to give European manufacturing (particularly SMEs) greater efficiency and competitive advantage through the use of simulation services running on cloud infrastructure making use of HPC systems.

The Adept project, which addresses the challenge of the energy-efficient use of parallel technologies by building on the expertise of HPC software developers to exploit parallelism for performance, and on the knowledge of embedded systems engineers to manage energy usage. There will also be material from the Software Sustainability Institute and Journal of Open Research Software, as well as representation by the Women in HPC network. The EPCC will be exhibiting in booth 920.


Fabriscale is a start-up that specialises in fabric management software with an emphasis on smart algorithms that simplify network configuration, management and routing. At ISC’14, it will announce its first product, the Fabriscale Fabric Manager. In the first release of the Fabriscale Fabric Manager for InfiniBand, the centre of attention is fast fault-tolerance. When the network fails, the consequences can be dramatic, but with Fabriscale users are protected against the negative consequences of any switch or link failure independent of network topology. Any incidents are handled automatically, transparently, and quickly by the Fabriscale routing engine.

Come visit at ISC’14 in booth number 751 for a live demonstration of InfiniBand fabric management with fast fault-tolerance.

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During the show GiDEL will be presenting new architecture based on FPGAs to enable dramatically reduced power consumption while increasing computing performance.

The FPGA's inherent low-power dissipation achieves unmatched power utilisation. Moreover, architecture based on massive parallel connectivity reduces power and latency while sustaining cluster scalability without degrading unit performance. Now, with the development of the OpenCL for FPGA this platform-independent language enables more programmers to utilise the power of FPGA based architecture.

GiDEL will present a talk that will be held on 24 June at 11:40am and will talk about:  Green & Scalable High Performance Computing Architecture.

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In today’s top scientific research world, the computing acceleration with GPUs and MIC cards are a must. While combining regular CPUs with several computing cards in a same enclosure designed to deliver high performance computing power, Gigabyte still delivers high density, power efficiency, and excellent cooling performance.

With its innovating solution designed for scientific analysis and simulation, computational finance, weather & climate forecasting, and oil and gas simulation.

Designed and optimised for computing accelerators such as the Intel Xeon Phi and Nvidia Tesla product lines, the GS-R22PHL offers nothing less than the support of eight double slot GPU/MIC cards when the market supports six cards at best in similar 2U enclosures

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Sheffield-based Iceotope, providers of total liquid cooling, will be in attendance at ISC’14 at booth #463. The team, represented by Peter Hopton – Iceotope CEO and inventor of the technology – will be taking a fully working system and demonstrating its pioneering approach to liquid cooling and heat recovery.

Iceotope’s liquid cooled servers have the potential to halve the energy usage of supercomputing sites and will allow HPC users much greater freedom when designing, locating and building their facilities. Iceotope’s heat harvesting technology has been designed with research facilities in mind and will provide a compelling alternative to the traditional, air cooled servers presented at the show, upon which most HPC facilities are still based.

The company recently announced its $10m Series A funding round and a new strategic partnership with Schneider Electric, so drop by the stand if you’re interested in hearing more about its global expansion plans too.


NEC has been supplying complete solutions to the HPC market for over 30 years, focusing on sustained performance and energy efficiency. The new NEC SX-ACE is the latest product of the SX vector architecture.

NEC is dedicated to continue this sole remaining purely HPC-targeted product line in the future. At the same time, NEC is growing its market-share with the x86-based scalar NEC LX series. These two product lines can be tightly integrated, building hybrid systems to tackle even the most complicated workflow with both the vector and the scalar architecture, supplemented with own storage solutions, NEC’s parallel file system ScaTeFS and highly efficient direct liquid cooling to achieve optimal results.

The level of integration of all components will be further developed to reach higher levels of performance. Beyond that NEC offers all HPC-related services with a HPC dedicated organization and highly qualified professionals to support increasing requests by our customers.

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With Numascale's products you can have a large Shared Memory System at the price of a Cluster. The NumaConnect Card that plugs into standard servers makes this possible. You get Cache Coherent Shared Memory and can run it all under a single image untouched operating system. Applications in Computing, Visualisation and Big Data and many other fields benefit from this architecture.

The new NumaQ Scalable In-Memory Analytics Appliance is launched and Numascale has new scaling data for popular HPC applications. We are eager to discuss how to run your application in shared a memory environment. Numascale also shows a new and unique way to run a large number of GPUs under the control of a single operating system.

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At ISC'14 Nvidia will be showcasing advances in applications and scientific discovery made possible with accelerated computing.  Its motto this year is 'Accelerating your breakthroughs' and Nvidia will present how we are working with our partners to advance science.

The Nvidia booth #230 will feature the latest GPU technologies in accelerated computing, including the Tesla Kepler-based GPU Accelerators, whilst Nvidia experts will be on hand to answer any questions as part of its ‘Ask the GPU expert’ offering.

Nvidia will take part in several tracks and sessions and our leading HPC centers partners will talk on OpenACC.  NVIDIA’s Tesla CTO, Steve Oberlin, will also participate in the first Vendor Showdown Session on 23 June.

The company is also showcasing the use of its GPUs in the Student Cluster Challenge, with half of the teams set to use Nvidia technology in their designs, and all participating European teams using NVIDIA GPUs.

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PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe, will be showcasing its globally competitive pan-European HPC Research Infrastructure that spans 25 nations and pools resources, leading-edge supercomputers as well as HPC expertise. The six PRACE systems and their operations are provided by four PRACE members: BSC representing Spain, CINECA representing Italy, GCS representing Germany and GENCI representing France.

Highlights at ISC14 will be the PRACE Open R&D access for industry and the PRACE SHAPE pilot (SME HPC Adoption Programme,) for small to medium-sized businesses, as well as the training offered by the PRACE Advanced Training Centres (PATC). Visitors will also be informed about the second edition of the PRACE Days, to be held in May 2015 in Dublin.

PRACE hosts an invited session on Wednesday 25 June 2014 from 15:15 to 16:15 to analyse HPC in Europe from the angle of technology, service, and applications.

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Q-Leap Networks

Q-Leap Networks (Booth #562) will present the newest version of Qlustar, its full-fledged HPC cluster operating system (OS). It is a Debian/Ubuntu based solution in the field providing many unique features.

Qlustar is designed to scale from small departmental clusters to multi-thousand node supercomputers. Its core is a lightweight, modular Compute/Storage/Cloud Node OS. It is a complete Linux distribution based on Debian/Ubuntu. Easy and consistent cluster setup, keeping track of hard- and software failures, cluster operation with ease, speed and control: QluMan, Qlustar's management and monitoring framework takes care of this and more.

With Qlustar, node provisioning belongs to the past: Just assign an OS image to a node and (re)boot. Fully integrated support for Lustre storage clusters, GPU computing and high-availablity configurations is available amongst others. Preview the new Qlustar OpenStack and Hadoop modules at the show. They complete Qlustar as the unique multi-purpose Cluster OS.

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Rogue Wave

Rogue Wave’s tools help with each stage of development, from prototyping through optimisation. Stop by booth 560 to see TotalView in action, and to learn how to build bulletproof software and dig deep into your code to expose defects, vulnerabilities, and run-time issues, and to learn about open source licensing liability.

TotalView is a scalable and intuitive debugger for parallel applications written in C, C++, and Fortran. TotalView simplifies and shortens the process of developing, debugging, and optimising complex applications. TotalView provides a powerful combination of capabilities for pinpointing and fixing hard-to-find bugs, such as race conditions, memory leaks, and memory overruns. Providing developers the ability to step freely, forwards and backwards, through program execution, TotalView’s unique reverse debugging capabilities drastically reduce the time invested in troubleshooting code. To help developers maximize hardware capabilities, TotalView provides support for Nvidia CUDA, OpenACC, and the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor.

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The Slurm workload manager is an open-source system designed to satisfy the needs of high performance computing. As of the November 2013 Top 500 computer list, Slurm was performing workload management on five of the ten most powerful computers in the world including the number one system, Tianhe-2 with 3,120,000 computing cores. The vision is to extend workload management functionality to address Exascale requirements and beyond in an open and collaborative fashion and to bring HPC technology to the world of Big Data.

Slurm is highly configurable, it can be installed and configured in a few minutes or with the use of optional plugins can provide the functionality needed to satisfy the needs of demanding HPC centres. Complex configurations rely upon a database for archiving accounting records, managing resource limits by user or Slurm account, and supporting sophisticated scheduling algorithms.

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Verne Global

BMW’s new i3 electric car, which was designed using BMW’s HPC clusters located at Verne Global’s data centre in Iceland, will be on display at Verne Global stand #571 at ISC’14.

The power consumption and associated high cost of power are transforming the decision making process in terms of picking the right location to process HPC data.  It does not make business sense to store and process all data in metropolitan areas which, in most instances, are subject to the highest power prices.

Based in Iceland, and headquartered in the UK, Verne Global offers a 100 per cent renewable energy powered data centre with long-term pricing predictability.  Visitors to the Verne Global stands, #571 and #760, will discover how BMW and similar companies can locate HPC applications in a location that exploits renewable sources of energy to secure long term power cost visibility.