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Just before the kick-off of the opening gala for the SC16 international supercomputing conference, HPCwire unveiled the winners of the 2016 HPCwire Editors’ Choice Awards. Each year, this awards program recognizes the best and the brightest developments that have happened in high performance computing over the past 12 months. Selected by a panel of HPCwire editors and thought leaders in HPC, these awards are highly coveted as prestigious recognition of achievements by the HPC community.
Traditionally revealed and presented each year to kick off the Supercomputing Conference (SC16), which showcases high performance computing, networking, storage, and data analysis, the awards are an annual feature of the publication and spotlight outstanding breakthroughs and achievements in HPC.
Tom Tabor, CEO of Tabor Communications, the publisher of HPCwire, announced the list of winners in Salt Lake City, UT.
“From thought leaders to end users, the HPCwire readership reaches and engages every corner of the high performance computing community,” said Tabor. “Receiving their recognition signifies community support across the entire HPC space, as well as the breadth of industries it serves.
Dell EMC was honored to be presented with two 2016 HPCwire Editors’ Choice Awards:
Best Use of High Performance Data Analytics: The Best Use of High Performance Data Analytics award was presented to UNC-Chapel Hill Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS) and Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence (CRC), Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI), and Dell EMC. UNC-Chapel Hill IMS and CRC work with the Dell EMC-powered RENCI Hatteras Supercomputer to predict dangerous coastal storm surges, including Hurricane Matthew, a long-lived, powerful and deadly tropical cyclone which became the first Category 5 Atlantic hurricane since 2007.
Top 5 Vendors to Watch Dell EMC was recognized by the 2016 HPCwire Editors’ Choice Awards panel, along with Fujitsu, HPE, IBM and NVIDIA, as one of the Top 5 Vendors to Watch in high performance computing. As the only true end-to-end solutions provider in the HPC market, Dell EMC is committed to serving customer needs. And with the combination of Dell, EMC and VMware, we are a leader in the technology of today, with the world’s greatest franchises in servers, storage, virtualization, cloud software and PCs. Looking forward, we will occupy a very strong position in the most strategic areas of technology of tomorrow: digital transformation, software defined data center, hybrid cloud, converged infrastructure, mobile and security.
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Twice each year, the TOP500 list ranks the 500 most powerful general-purpose computer systems known. In the present list, released at the SC16 conference in Salt Lake City, UT, computers in common use for high-end applications are ranked by their performance on the LINPACK Benchmark. Sixteen of these world-class systems are powered by Dell EMC. Collectively, these customers are accomplishing amazing results, continually innovating and breaking new ground to solve the biggest, most important challenges of today and tomorrow while also making major contributions to the advancement of HPC.
Here are just a few examples:
Dell EMC has partnered with Scientific Computing, publisher of HPC Source, and NVIDIA to produce an exclusive high performance computing supplement that takes a look at some of today’s cool new HPC technologies, as well as some of the work being done to extend HPC capabilities and opportunities.
This special publication, “New Technologies in HPC,” highlights topics such as innovative technologies in HPC and the impact they are having on the industry, HPC trends to watch, and advancing science with AI. It also looks at how organizations are extending supercomputing with cloud, machine learning technologies for the modern data center, and getting starting with deep learning.
This digital supplement can be viewed on-screen or downloaded as a PDF.
Taking our dive into new HPC technologies a bit deeper — we also brought together technology experts Paul Teich, Principal Analyst at TIRIAS Research, and Will Ramey, Senior Product Manager for GPU Computing at NVIDIA, for a live, interactive discussion with contributing editor Tim Studt: “Accelerate Your Big Data Strategy with Deep Learning.”
Paul and Will share their unique perspectives on where artificial intelligence is leading the next wave of industry transformation, helping companies go from data deluge to data-hungry. They provide insights on how organizations can accelerate their big data strategies with deep learning, the fastest growing field in AI, and discuss how, by using data-driven algorithms powered by GUP accelerators, companies can get faster insights, as well as how companies can see dynamic correlations, and achieve actionable knowledge about their business.
For those who couldn't make the live broadcast, it is available for on-demand viewing.
Dell China has been honored with an “Innovation Award of Artificial Intelligence in Technology & Practice” in recognition of Dell’s collaboration with the Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CASIA) in establishing the Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Computing Joint-Lab. The advanced computing platform was jointly unveiled by Dell China and CASIA in November 2015, and the AI award was presented by the Technical Committee of High Performance Computing (TCHPC), China Computer Federation (CCF), at the China HPC 2016 conference in Xi’an City, Shanxi Province China, on October 27, 2016. About a half dozen additional awards were presented at HPC China, an annual national conference on high performance computing organized by TCHPC. However, Dell China was the only vendor to receive an award in the emerging field of artificial intelligence in HPC.
The Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Computing Joint-Lab’s focus is on research and applications of new computing architectures in brain information processing and artificial intelligence, including cognitive function simulation, deep learning, brain computer simulation, and related new computing systems. The lab also supports innovation and development of brain science and intellect technology research, promoting Chinese innovation and breakthroughs at the forefront of science, and working to produce and industrialize these core technologies in accordance with market and industry development needs.
CASIA, a leading AI research organization in China, has huge requirements for computing and storage, and the new advanced computing platform — designed and set up by engineers and professors from Dell and CASIA — is just the tip of the iceberg with respect to CASIA’s research requirements. It features leading Dell HPC systems components designed by the Dell USA team, including servers, storage, networking and software, as well as leading global HPC partner products, including Intel CPU, NVIDIA GPU, Mellanox IB Network and Bright Computing software. The Dell China Services team implemented installation and deployment of the system, which was completed in February 2016.
The November 3, 2015, unveiling ceremony for the Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Computing Joint-Lab was held in Beijing. Marius Haas, Chief Commercial Officer and President, Enterprise Solutions of Dell; Dr. Chenhong Huang, President of Dell Greater China; and Xu Bo, Director of CASIA attended the ceremony and addressed the audience.
“As a provider of end-to-end solutions and services, Dell has been focusing on and promoting the development of frontier science and technologies, and applying the latest technologies to its solutions and services to help customers achieve business transformation and meet their ever-changing demands,” Haas said at the unveiling. “We’re glad to cooperate with CASIA in artificial intelligence, which once again shows Dell’s commitment to China’s market and will drive innovation in China’s scientific research.”
“Dell is well-positioned to provide innovative end-to-end solutions. Under the new 4.0 strategy of ‘In China, For China’, we will strengthen the cooperation with Chinese research institutes and advance the development of frontier technologies,” Huang explained. “Dell’s cooperation with CASIA represents a combination of computing and scientific research resources, which demonstrates a major trend in artificial intelligence and industrial development.”
China is a role model for emerging market development and practice sharing for other emerging countries. Partnering with CASIA and other strategic partners is Dell’s way of embracing the “Internet+” national strategy, promoting Chinese innovation and breakthroughs at the forefront of science.
“China’s strategy in innovation-driven development raises the bar for scientific research institutes. The fast development of information technologies in recent years also brings unprecedented challenges to CASIA,” added Bo. “CASIA always has intelligence technologies in mind as their main focus of strategic development. The cooperation with Dell China on the lab will further the computing advantages of the Institute of Automation, strengthen the integration between scientific research and industries, and advance artificial intelligence innovation.”
Dell China is looking forward to continued cooperation with CASIA in driving artificial intelligence across many more fields, such as meteorology, biology and medical research, transportation, and manufacturing.
This blog post is originally written by Smitha Honnayakanaha from Windows Engineering Team
Customers who purchase the Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 2008 R2 SP1, 2012 and 2012 R2 operating systems have the right to downgrade their operating system and run an older version of Microsoft Windows Server. If you select this option, you will receive a set of OEM DVDs that will enable you to install and run prior versions of your primary operating system on this server.
Server 2012 R2 factory-installed Standard and Datacenter operating systems (OS) also contain .iso files of eligible downgrade versions. The downgrade ISO images are copied into the Microsoft OS factory installed servers at “c:/Dell_Oem/Downgrade_ISO” folder and provides a tool which will help customers to decide on whether to keep those ISO images or delete it. This is supported with Standard and Datacenter editions of WS2012R2 only. The .iso file is not included with Windows Server 2016 as part of factory install. However, the downgrade image is included in media for customer to purchase.
For more information regarding downgrade rights and Dell iso image downgrade, refer link below:
WS2016 Downgrade Media Offering:
WS2016 Downgrade Offering from DELL
Windows Server 2016, DataCTR Ed, Factory Install
Windows Server 2016, Standard Ed, Factory Install
Windows Server 2016, Essentials Ed, Factory Install
Media Options for downgrade
Windows Server 2012R2, Datacenter Edition
Windows Server 2012R2, Standard Edition
Downgrade Media not available
Windows Server 2012 Standard Edition
Windows Server 2012, Datacenter Edition
WS2016 vs WS2012 R2 Factory Install options:
This is an optional hotfix and can be installed on the following vWorkspace roles -
This release provides support for the following :
New features in vWorkspace Monitoring and Diagnostics 5.7.5 :
This hotfix is available for download at:
This blog is originally written by Vijay Kumar TS from Dell Hypervisor Engineering
VMware vSphere 6.5 is the major release after the introduction of the point release vSphere 6.0 U2. The importance of vSphere 6.5 is the number of bug fixes contained in the software as well as a number of functionality updates. This version of ESXi is supported on Dell PowerEdge 13th and 12th generation platforms. Dell customized version of ESXi 6.5 is posted at Dell support page.
The following are the documents published as part of Dell version of VMware ESXi 6.5 release.
You may refer to the following blogs for more information:-
This blog was written by Murugan Sekar & Revathi from Dell Hypervisor Engineering Team.
ESXi6.5 is a next major OS release from VMware which has been certified on Dell PowerEdge servers. Following are the highlights on Dell PowerEdge servers with respect to ESXi6.5,
List of Dell PowerEdge servers certified for UEFI secure boot feature as of today:
Note: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 is not supported by VMware as of today.
UEFI secure boot is a feature described by the UEFI specification (2.3.1c) which is available from the UEFI Forum Site. Secure Boot uses a database of digital signatures to validate the integrity of firmware, the operating system, or UEFI drivers. These digital signatures must be generated using a special signing certificate from a specific Certificate Authority. When an executable like a boot loader or Option ROM is discovered, the UEFI checks if: – The executable is signed with an authorized key, or – The key, signature, or hash of the executable is stored in the authorized signature database. If the firmware doesn’t match a digital signature, the computer won’t boot until signed firmware is restored.
From ESXi 6.5, VMWare introduced support for UEFI secureboot. Dell's 13th generation of PowerEdge servers supports UEFI secureboot.
Refer to the white paper located at Dell tech center which provides some useful information for users who plan to use UEFI secureboot on Dell PowerEdge servers with VMware ESXi installed. It talks about a high level flow of UEFI secureboot in VMware ESXi followed by the settings required in the system firmware to enable it. This paper covers some of the utilities in ESXi to check status of secureboot and the acceptance levels in ESXi. This also talks about some of the troubleshooting options which can be useful when users come across some of the known error codes.
TThis blog post is written by Narendra_K@Dell.com from Linux Engineering Team
TPM 2.0 requires User Space Support as well as Kernel Support.
User Space Support can be implemented by following utilities:
RHEL 7.3 has Kernel Support for TPM 2.0. The User Space tools TPM2.0-tools and TPM2.0-TSS library are not present in RHEL 7.3. They are expected to be available in a future update of RHEL 7.
If you wonder, how to check weather your system has TPM 2.0 device or not? Then below commands will help you in doing so.
Identifying if the system has TPM 2.0 device:
Following steps will help in identify if a system has TPM 2.0 device plugged in.
1. dmesg will show following messages
# dmesg | grep -i tpm
[ 0.000000] ACPI: SSDT 000000007bab3000 003A7 (v02 DELL Tpm2Tabl 00001000 INTL 20121114)
[ 0.000000] ACPI: TPM2 000000007b954000 00038 (v04 DELL EDK2 00000002 01000013)
[ 19.405889] tpm_tis MSFT0101:00: 2.0 TPM (device-id 0xFE, rev-id 2)
2. lsmod would show that tpm_crb driver is loaded
# lsmod |grep -i tpm_crb
tpm_crb 13058 0