This month, the National Science Foundation awarded $30 million to TACC to acquire and deploy Stampede 2 as a strategic national resource to provide HPC capabilities for thousands of researchers in the U.S. The new Dell HPC System is expected to deliver a peak performance of up to 18 petaflops, more than twice the system performance of the current Stampede system. Three and a half years since its installation, Stampede ranks as the 12th most powerful supercomputer in the world, according to the June 2016 TOP500 list.
Additionally, Dell continues to bring HPC capabilities to mainstream enterprises through a series of evolving solutions and services designed to deliver a range of HPC as a Service capabilities, giving HPC sites a choice of local or remote management services with deployment on-premise, off-premise or a hybrid of the two. At ISC16, Dell will highlight a proof-of-concept with Cycle Computing, demonstrating the orchestration and management of Dell clusters, in a hybrid model sharing on-premise and public cloud resources, enabling customers to most efficiently utilize their on-premise systems while seamlessly providing access to the vast resources of the public cloud.
Speeding Time-to-Insight with Dell HPC Systems Customers Globally
The Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) this month unveiled Lengau, ranked the no. 1 fastest HPC system in the African continent according to the June 2016 TOP500 list. Powered by 1,039 Dell PowerEdge servers, Dell Storage, Dell Networking and Mellanox FDR InfiniBand, the system is designed to open up new research capabilities and avenues, such as the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) radio telescope project, and stimulate private-sector projects in areas ranging from climate modelling to energy storage.
“CHPC aims to equip our local researchers with powerful tools,” said Dr. Happy Sithole, Director, Centre for High Performance Computing. “Since we started working with Dell on HPC solutions in 2007, we’ve always taken inspiration from the fastest animals in the land. Our newest system, Lengau, (Cheetah) has a processing speed capable of nearly a petaflops, or a thousand-trillion floating point operations per second.”
Gustave Roussy, a premier European Cancer Center, integrates patient care, research and teaching to establish more individualized and less invasive cancer treatments. Since deploying its Dell HPC system, the hospital is now able to analyze genes more quickly to make informed decisions around personalized medicine.
“Today, more than ever, we need state of the art technology to analyze genomes quickly to be able to determine the best treatments for a patient as soon as possible,” said Dr. Daniel Gautheret, Gustave Roussy. “It used to take us more than 30 hours to analyze a single patient sample. With our Dell HPC solution, we now can analyze 96 samples in less than a day. This is very encouraging as it enables faster time-to-treatment, and better results for our patients.”
Sensus, a utility technology provider, collects data from 17 million gas, electric and water meter sensors, and uses real-time analytics to define, validate and communicate that data in a meaningful way. The company implemented a data cluster based on Dell PowerEdge R730 and R730xd servers with Hadoop, which has enabled a 10x improvement in investigation response time.
“Before, it might have taken us a week or two to process data because we were doing it manually and pooling it from different systems,” said Mike McGann, vice president of quality at Sensus. “Now, our project managers can instantly get a customer’s full data set. Having this data at our fingertips makes us a lot quicker on response time and allows us to provide faster and more accurate results, with defined metrics, to the business, so that we make really good decisions with real data.”
Tapad, a leader in cross-device content delivery, collects, stores and analyzes global consumer data that grows by terabytes each day, and provides customized, real-time business intelligence that tracks advertising efforts across devices. To improve employee efficiency and still maintain response times within milliseconds, regardless of transactional demand or data volumes, Tapad implemented a warehouse-scale computing model that includes high performance computing from the Dell PowerEdge FX architecture.
“We have just milliseconds to respond to an auction bid or we miss the opportunity. To help marketers deliver a unified experience to consumers across all of their devices, we analyze billions of data points and then cross-reference those points to match up devices with consumers in a privacy-safe way,” said Ryan Tennant, vice president of Technical Operations at Tapad. “We’ve been able to help drive developers’ productivity, improve our testing capabilities and build better products for our customers by providing self-service, cloud-like compute and storage based on our Dell PowerEdge FX platform.”
These customers are among the many that have chosen Dell HPC Systems. Read about other successful customer deployments also detailed today here.
- Video: TACC’s Stampede System
- Video: Centre for High Performance Computing (South Africa)
- Video: Dell HPC Innovation Lab
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- Video: Dell/Cambridge HPC Solution Center
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