WOA Issue 64

WOA Issue 64

Welcome to Works on Arm News for Friday, August 24, 2018. This newsletter is announced via the @worksonarm social media accounts and the #worksonarm channels, typically on Fridays. It is then published at http://worksonarm.com/blog, and distributed by electronic mail generally on Mondays.

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Your editorial team:

  • Ed Vielmetti, Packet: special projects director
  • Zoë Allen, Packet: marketing coordinator

The Arm Architecture HPC Workshop on Thursday, July 26, 2018 was held at Huawei in Santa Clara, CA
and organized by Linaro and sponsored by Arm. This week’s Issue 64 newsletter features a trip report from that workshop, augmented by news from the Hot Chips 30 conference held in Cupertino, CA on August 19-21, 2018.

Packet and Works on Arm will be well represented at Open Source Summit North America in Vancouver, BC, Canada on August 29-31, 2018. Look for our booth at the show.

SWAG!!! If you would like any Works on Arm swag – stickers etc – please contact [email protected] with the word “Swag” and we’ll take care of you. Let us know if you’re willing and able to be a distribution point for companies, licensees, conferences, workshops, meetings etc. SWAG!!!

Drone.IO offers Arm CI/CD infrastructure

Drone.io has announced official support for Arm architectures, expanding its reach for developers in the IoT and embedded device ecosystems.

Drone.io is an open source cloud native continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD) platform. It now supports Armv7-A and Armv8-A, helping developers create software experiences for the embedded, IoT, accelerator, and server ecosystem built on Arm’s architecture. You can get started by installing the Drone 0.9 technology preview.

Using Drone.io, software developers can now test and deploy seamlessly across both x86 and Arm architectures. With this announcement, Drone.io also introduced Arm support for many of the most popular plugins in its marketplace, including Slack, GitHub, and Docker.

Arm Architecture HPC Workshop, Santa Clara, CA

The Arm Architecture HPC Workshop by Linaro and HiSilicon was held on July 26, 2018 on the Huawei campus in Santa Clara, CA. The workshop looked at the Arm-powered supercomputing future and helped prepare software and hardware people for upcoming opportunities. Leading Arm vendors, end users, and open source developers from the Bay area and around the world came together to discuss software, hardware, projects, and the latest products and product plans.

The event website at https://www.linaro.org/latest/events/arm-hpc-santa-clara-2018/ contains a full agenda and some of the presentations.

Isambard: the world’s first production Arm-based supercomputer

Simon Mcintosh-Smith from the University of Bristol presented on the topic of Isambard, a production supercomputer in the UK. The Cray XC50 Scout system combines Cavium ThunderX2 Arm-based CPUs with Cray’s Aries interconnect.

Vanguard Astra: Petascale Arm Platform for U.S. DOE/ASC Supercomputing

Andrew J. Younge of Sandia National Laboratories spoke about Vanguard Astra, a large-scale experimental computing installation designed to demonstrate viability for production use for the NNSA. Astra will be based on the HPE Apollo 70, which uses Cavium ThunderX2 chips, Mellanox CX-5 NICs. The system will have 2592 nodes and will consume 1.2 MW of power, producing 2.3 PFLOPs peak compute capacity.

Post-K and Arm HPC Ecosystem: RIKEN and Fujitsu, Japan

Dr. Yutaka Ishikawa of RIKEN spoke on the Fujitsu designed Post-K computer. The system is in the design stages now, aimed to be in production in 2022, and when complete it will be the Japanese flagship national supercomputer system.

HPC network stack on Arm (Pavel Shamis, Arm)

Pavel Shamis (Pasha) of Arm spoke primarily about MPI, the message passing interface used by scientific computing codes, and two related projects MPICH and MVAPICH. MPI supports “every possible and impossible exotic network device”, and because of this complexity and a robust test suite he called upon the community to contribute to the MPI test environments.

SUSE enablement for Arm (Jay Kruemcke, SUSE)

Jay Kruemcke from SUSE spoke on the topic of SUSE and OpenSUSE for Arm, and noted that SUSE was now shipping builds for arm64 and amd64 nearly simultaneously.

Huawei’s requirements for the ARM based HPC solution readiness (Joshua Mora, Huawei)

Joshua Mora of Huawei spoke to the hardware and architecture needs that were identified as they progress from the Hisilicon Hi1616 to a future Hi1620 system. He spelled out requirements that as an organization they needed to attain in order to be competitors in the HPC space.

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