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Supercomputing 2018 News Bits

Our News Bits is a roundup that typically covers news pieces that are just small in content, not in impact. This gives content room to breath even if it comes in less than what we normally cover. This year at Supercomputing 2018 (SC18) in Dallas, Texas, there were several announcements that either small or would potentially get wiped out by some of the larger announcements so we have collected them here. Announcements come from companies such as DDN, Excelero, Atos, Penguin, Panasas, Supermicro, and Lenovo, which was named the number one supercomputer systems manufacturer this year. 

QSAN XCubeNAS XN5004T NAS Review

The QSAN XCubeNAS XN5004T is a NAS designed for Workgroup and SMB use cases. Powered by a Intel Celeron 2.9GHz Dual-Core Processor, the 4-bay XN5004T is one of the two models from XN5000T NAS series. It comes equipped with up to 32GB SO-DIMM (8GB standard), an HDMI port, four 1GbE LAN (RJ45) ports, five USB 3.0 ports and a has a maximum capacity of a generous 58TB. It also features an on-board SATA SSD slot to increase overall system performance.

NVIDIA Introduces Quadro RTX 4000

NVIDIA has unveiled today at the annual Autodesk Conference in Las Vegas, its first midrange professional GPU, the Quadro RTX 4000. Powered by the NVIDIA Turing architecture and the NVIDIA RTX platform, the Quadro RTX 4000 delivers real-time ray tracing to larger group of professionals.

SonicWall Updates for Enterprises

Today SonicWall announced updates targeted at their enterprise customers. The new updates include Zero-Touch Deployment and Secure SD-WAN (software-defined WAN) designed for distributed enterprises and organizations with hybrid cloud environments. The company also announced enhancements to the Capture Security Center as well as Hyper-V, Azure and AWS support for its virtual firewall series. 

Western Digital Announces Ultrastar Memory Drive

Western Digital Corp (WDC) announced its foray into the in-memory computing market segment. It is allowing select customers to sample a new Ultrastar DC ME200 Memory Extension Drive. The Ultrastar is WD's first product designed to provide near DRAM performance from a PCIe device.

Linux Foundation Launches Ceph Foundation

Today during Ceph Day in Berlin, the Linux Foundation announced the launch of the Ceph Foundation. This new foundation will help support the Ceph open source project community. The project aims to develop a unified distributed storage system providing applications with object, block, and file system interfaces. The new Ceph Foundation is the successor framework to the Ceph Advisory Board, announced a few years back.

NetApp AFF A300 Review

In August of 2017, we posted our review of the NetApp A200 all flash array. We really enjoyed the performance and feature set; ultimately it earned one of only five Editor's Choice Awards we gave out in 2017. It was with much excitement then that we obtained the next system from NetApp for review. The A300 was launched in the fall of 2016, and firmly targets the midrange storage customer. This isn't entirely different than the A200's target; the A300 just adds more performance and scalability oomph over its smaller cousin. The A300 of course runs the latest version of ONTAP and supports SSDs up to 30TB and is just as easy as the A200 to set up.

Eaton 5P1550GR UPS Review

The Eaton 5P1550GR UPS, designed for SMBs, is a high-efficiency 1U Uninterruptable Power Supply that provides 1100W/1550VA of battery backup for up to six outlets. At 1100W, the device can easily protect networking equipment, storage devices, servers, and multiple workstations from succumbing to fatal power issues and going offline which would ultimately result in a huge financial blow to the company. Also, as with every UPS, it provides surge and spike protection.

AMD Announces 7nm Data Center GPUs

Today AMD announced what it calls the world’s first 7nm data center GPUs, the AMD Radeon Instinct MI60 and MI50 accelerators. The new Radeon Instinct accelerators are designed to deliver enough compute performance for next-generation deep learning, HPC, cloud computing and rendering applications and can be leveraged in use cases such as large-scale simulations, climate change, computational biology, disease prevention and more. AMD also updated its ROCm Open Software Platform.

AWS Introduces AMD EPYC EC2 Instances

Today Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) announced new EC2 instances that leverage AMD EPYC processors. AWS is rolling EPYC version of its M5, T3, and R5 instances. The AMD versions will be about 10% less expensive and are ideal for a variety of workloads, such as microservices, low-latency interactive applications, small and medium databases, virtual desktops, development and test environments, code repositories, and business applications.