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June 2013




June 2013




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MVAPICH users: Come to the MUG meeting August 26-27 at Ohio State


Advanced Clustering will be the primary sponsor of the first-ever MVAPICH User Group (MUG) meeting on August 26-27, 2013, on the Ohio State campus in Columbus, OH. This meeting will provide an open forum for all attendees (users, system administrators, researchers, engineers and students) to discuss and share their knowledge regarding MVAPICH2 and MVAPICH2-X, on large-scale systems and for a diverse set of applications.


The event includes a set of talks from experts in the field, presentations from the MVAPICH2 team on tuning and optimization strategies for various components, troubleshooting guidelines, contributed presentations, an open mic session, and an interactive/hands-on session with the MVAPICH2 developers in a one-to-one manner to discuss issues and problems.


For additional details and a link to the official MUG page, please visit www.advancedclustering.com/news/act-osu.html.


If you're planning to attend, we'd love to know! Just drop us a line at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , and we'll see you there.

Intel announces new models of Xeon Phi coprocessor


On Monday, Intel released new versions of its Xeon Phi coprocessor, including the 3120A, 3120P and 7120P versions.


Of particular interest is the 3120A, which is the first active (fan-cooled) version of the Xeon Phi. Since specific airflow routing isn't required for this card (as it was for the passively cooled 5110P), it can be installed in form factors that previously couldn't support the Phi, such as workstations and large rack-mounted servers. We are excited to begin offering machines built around this card.alt


The 3120P is identical to the 3120A but does not include a fan. What differentiates both of these cards from the older 5110P is that they have less memory, fewer cores and a lower price point. The new 7120P is also passively cooled, but this top-of-the-line card offers more cores and memory with an integrated thermal solution (heat spreader).


Here's a quick look at the Phis available on the market now:


--5110P: This previously released 16-channel card includes 60x 1.053GHz cores and 8GB RAM.


--3120A and 3120P: These best-value 12-channel cards are an excellent introduction to the Phi family with 57x 1.1GHz cores and 6GB RAM.


--7120P: This premium offering, intended for large deployments, offers 16 channels, 61x 1.25GHz cores, 16GB RAM and an integrated thermal solution.


If you're interested in these new coprocessors, please contact us at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  so that we can discuss which card is right for you. More information about the Phi models and the Advanced Clustering systems that include them can be found at www.advancedclustering.com/products/xeon-phi.html.

Talk to us one-on-one at SC13

We're aware that Supercomputing 2013 in Denver is still a few months away, but we're already making plans and want you to be a part of them! 
Do you have questions about new technologies? Are you interested in discussing upgrade options for your cluster? We'd love to talk to you about these and other topics of your choosing in the free one-on-one appointments that we'll be conducting in our booth during the conference.
Make an appointment now to reserve a time dedicated to your questions, issues and concerns. We're expecting to fill our schedule quickly, so the sooner, the better. Please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , and we'll get you on our list.

Great Plains Network Annual Meeting: Discussion and dinner in Kansas City


Last month, we were excited to once again welcome our Midwestern customers to the Great Plains Network Annual Meeting in Kansas City, MO. The conference was well-attended, and we were thrilled to see the level of interest and dialog among the region's HPC leaders.


A few of the attendees representing their various universities were Dan Andresen from Kansas State, Dana Brunson from Oklahoma State, Jeff Pummill from the University of Arkansas and Gordon Springer from the University of Missouri - Columbia.


One of the highlights of the conference for us was hosting our Birds-of-a-Feather dinner and discussion at Jack Stack Barbecue on Kansas City's famous Country Club Plaza. We had some great conversations and appreciated the opportunity to listen to everyone's ideas and viewpoints.


Were you in attendance? If so, we'd love to hear your reviews. Check in with us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Information about the Great Plains Network can be found here: