Advancing Science and Society at the Texas Advanced Computing Center

first_imgOur customers use Dell technologies to accomplish amazing results and enable human potential.This is especially true for our high-performance computing (HPC) customers, who are continually breaking new ground and solving the biggest, most important challenges of today and tomorrow.On June 2, we had the pleasure of helping one of our customers and partners, the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Texas at Austin (UT), celebrate three significant milestones – a $30 million award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the 15th anniversary of TACC, and the dedication of a new building for advanced computing at their JJ Pickle Research Campus.With the award from NSF, TACC will deploy a new large scale supercomputing system, Stampede 2, as a strategic national resource to provide high-performance computing capabilities for thousands of researchers across the U.S. This Dell HPC System, based on Dell PowerEdge servers, equipped with Intel Xeon Phi processors, pushes the envelope of computational capabilities, enabling breakthroughs never before imagined. It is currently the largest cluster accessible as part of Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE).The NSF award will enable the new Stampede 2 system to deliver peak performance of up to 18 Petaflops, twice the performance of the current system. This funding will take Stampede 2 to the next level by deploying, in phases, a variety of new and future technologies, including new Dell PowerEdge servers supporting the upcoming Intel® Xeon Phi™ Processors, codenamed “Knights Landing,” and future-generation Intel® Xeon® processors. TACC has already implemented “Knights Landing” processors in its Stampede 1.5 system to drive unprecedented performance results.This NSF renewal builds on technology and expertise from the original Stampede system, first funded in 2011. Since its inception, Stampede has ranked in the top 10 most powerful supercomputers in the world, and it is currently ranked No. 10 according to the November 2015 Top500 rankings.Stampede 2 will do more than just meet growing demand from those who run data-intensive research. Imagine the discoveries that will be made as a result of this award and the new system. Now more than ever is an exciting time to be in HPC. If you want to learn more about Stampede, I encourage you to take this virtual tour:As highlighted earlier, this exciting news was unveiled during an event recognizing TACC’s 15th anniversary and dedicating a new building in Austin, Texas. The new building will accommodate TACC’s growth with more than 60 new offices, a large auditorium, a training space, a production room and the 1,500-foot visualization lab. I was honored to represent Dell and be part of the dedication ceremony that included Bill McRaven, Chancellor of The University of Texas System; Irene Qualters, NSF Division Director for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure; Charlie Wuischpard, Vice President and General Manager, HPC Platform Group, Intel; and TACC Executive Director Dan Stanzione, who is also the lead of the Stampede project.TACC is not only a Dell customer, but also a great partner, so their accomplishments are even more meaningful. We have worked together closely for many years through our joint HPC Center of Excellence, and TACC has played a key role in how we have evolved our own HPC efforts and innovations. By working with TACC on emerging technologies, we have been able to learn and improve upon our core portfolio of HPC solutions. This partnership has been key in helping Dell to democratize HPC and extend its capabilities and opportunities to mainstream organizations world wide.It’s always rewarding to celebrate success – especially when it’s great news for our partners and customers like TACC. But there remains more work to do, and we keep pushing forward. You can bet we will do just that, continuing to innovate and advance HPC innovations for today and tomorrow.last_img read more

Attention IT Pros: Don’t Pull Your Hair Out, OpenManage Mobile Is Here

first_imgAt Dell EMC, we create systems management tools so that you can manage all of your PowerEdge servers in a way that works for you. One of our free tools is called OpenManage Mobile (OMM for short). It’s an app on your smartphone or tablet used to deploy, manage, and monitor PowerEdge servers whether you’re managing at-the-server with iDRAC, using RACADM scripts, or from the OpenManage Essentials console. The app is available as a free download in the Apple App Store, Google Play Store or MyApp/Tencent (China) app stores. When you work in an environment that’s always-on and a minor issue can take on epic proportions, grievances are bound to arise, even if you love your job. What, Bob forgot his password for the thousandth time? Jill needs the new servers deployed by the end of the day? It can make you want to pull your hair out. Or scream. Or cry. Or both!The good news is that OpenManage Mobile can help alleviate your systems management headaches and it might even keep the hair on your head for a few more years.“I’m chained to my desk or the data center, not enough work-life balance.” Companies are increasingly embracing a “work from anywhere” philosophy. A 2016 Gallup report found that 43% of Americans work remotely at least some of the time. Unfortunately, the always-on nature of an IT professional’s job means that you probably feel like you can’t fulfill your duties unless you’re physically in the office. OMM upends this notion. You don’t even need your laptop.OpenManage Mobile works on mobile devices to access key features of the OpenManage Essentials (OME) console from anywhere. Through OMM, you can receive customized alert notifications on your mobile device automatically as they arrive on the OME console. The newest version of OMM even enables alerts on a wearable Apple Watch or Android Wear device. For IT Pros managing via the OME console*, essential systems management tasks are achievable whether you’re working from home or want to stay connected during non-business hours.“I spend too much time putting out fires, when I’d rather be working on strategic projects.”  The CIO at my previous employer was completely sold on the principles touted in Gary Keller’s book, “The ONE Thing.” The book encourages readers to block time every day to focus on becoming an expert practitioner at one thing, leading to loads of professional success. The concept probably seems laughable to IT pros who barely have time to manage the queue of tickets piling up in their inbox. Forget spending time on skill mastery or strategic IT initiatives. OMM may not solve all of your time-management challenges, but it can make some of them better.Principled Technologies found that using OMM with Quick Sync 2 to perform a basic server setup, view the health of a server, and view server inventory is more efficient than using an LCD screen or crash cart to complete the same tasks. For example, viewing server logs to identify a problem was 28% faster when completed with OMM and Quick Sync 2 instead of using a crash cart. Faster issue identification leads to faster issue resolution, and frees up time for IT pros to work on other projects. OpenManage Mobile timesaving statistics are viewable in Principled Technology’s infographic.“I’m expected to do more, but with the same budget.”  Traditionally, organizations’ lines of business have viewed the IT function as a cost center. One consequence of this mindset is the continuous pressure placed on IT to maximize capabilities at the lowest possible cost. And the pressure isn’t going away anytime soon. Gartner predicts that global spending on data center systems will grow a mere 0.3% in 2017. Luckily using OpenManage Mobile doesn’t require an additional investment.Using OpenManage Mobile to access the OME console or iDRAC remotely is completely free. For IT pros who want to access iDRAC at the server with OMM you’ll need Quick Sync 2. Quick Sync 2 is available on most 14th generation PowerEdge servers at a small fraction of the total server price. The speed, simplicity, and mobility of OpenManage Mobile is within reach even for organizations with a limited IT budget.  “I don’t have time to learn yet another tool.” We’ve all been there; just when you’ve mastered one tool it’s time to learn a new one. It feels like being forced to learn a new language for every new person you meet. No one has time for that. That’s why Dell EMC product engineers have conveniently made OMM compatible with well-known PowerEdge management tools and provided a Demo Mode for easy learning.If you’re an OpenManage Essentials user, install OMM for mobile access to your normal console. For those used to managing from the LCD screen, OMM consolidates multiple LCD screens. This way you’re able to view LCD info from the highest or lowest server on the rack without straining or crouching, and in the language you’re used to. OMM extends and simplifies time-tested PowerEdge management tools to flatten the learning curve for new users. Plus you can test it out in Demo Mode first to learn the app without altering your actual system. Wireless security shouldn’t be an issue for IT pros who want to modernize their data centers using mobile devices. That’s why OpenManage Mobile is equipped with three layers of security: at-the-server, remote connection, and on-device. These security controls ensure worry-free mobile server management. Check out the full technical report on OMM’s security and Dell EMC’s recommended best practices for using the app.Don’t allow the headaches of systems management to distract you from truly excelling at your job. OpenManage Mobile is here to help. Are these frequent complaints relevant for you? If not, please leave a note in the comments section and make sure to tell us what we missed.*Select mobile tools are also available for IT pros managing via iDRAC/Quick Sync 2 and with RACADM commands. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:50Loaded: 19.53%0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Get Hands-On with Our Latest Open Solutions at OCP Summit

first_imgHow to Find Dell at OCP SummitDell EMC will be in Booth B24 in the exposition area. Come by to learn more about open management with RedDrum and to fully experience the latest in Modular Data Center and Rack Scale technology.You can also follow us on Twitter at @DellEMCservers for news from the show. Share your experience using the #OCPSummit2018 and #PowerEdge hashtags. Dell EMC is a strong proponent of open industry standards because we believe customers win with non-proprietary solutions based on open solutions. As part of this commitment, we have participated in the Open Compute Project (OCP) since its inception. The annual OCP Summit, happening this week (March 20-21) at the San Jose Convention Center, brings together more than 3,000 key decision makers that help grow, drive and support the open hardware ecosystem in the data center and beyond. To help drive the adoption of an open ecosystem, our Extreme Scale Infrastructure group will be showcasing two demos at this week’s OCP Summit that highlight our open solutions. Join us in booth B24 in the exposition area to get hands-on with our experts.Open Source RedDrum Redfish DemoOur latest contribution to the open source community, RedDrum, is a python-based implementation of a Redfish service that includes a recipe for backend integration with OpenBMC. RedDrum allows client system management software to use standard Redfish APIs to access the capabilities provided by OpenBMC.OpenBMC is an open software framework for a Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) that connects to sensors in a system to read and control environmental conditions (i.e., temperature) and provide other system management functions (i.e., power control, monitoring and logging of CPU and memory).We will be demonstrating RedDrum working with both a live OpenBMC-based server as well as a backend simulator that is included in our contribution. The simulator will be a valuable tool for developers who need to work on software even when they have limited access to hardware.The RedDrum contribution shows our continued leadership and commitment to improve developer and interoperability tools to enable the Redfish ecosystem. Read more about RedDrum in our recent Tech Center blog.Virtual Reality: Modular Data Centers and the DSS 9000 Rack Scale InfrastructureWe will also be running a great VR demo that we just debuted at Mobile World Congress.This experience allows attendees to explore a typical modular data center installation in a virtual space, giving them a realistic sense of how an MDC can fit to their particular IT environment.The demo features a fully equipped DSS 9000 rack scale infrastructure solution, and attendees will be able to pull out and closely examine each of the DSS 9000’s three sled types.Customers at Mobile World Congress found this demo to be tremendously informative – and fun!last_img read more

Simplify Cloud DR with Dell EMC

first_imgWith the growing transition to cloud computing, many organizations are looking to leverage the value of cloud to enhance their disaster recovery (DR) plans. In the past, organizations have spent an enormous amount of money on DR sites (servers, backup and systems). And though they often felt that the ROI wasn’t great, options to reduce the cost were limited. In fact, DR testing and recoverability were often delayed and manual — a routine checklist choreographed as a pre-planned activity. Can disaster happen at an arranged time with defined events? Of course not. In fact, most organizations are not confident of recovering in a timely manner when disaster strikes anyway.For organizations exploring the cloud as a disaster recovery option, Dell EMC offers the Cloud as a deployment choice that can be fundamental to customers’ IT, Digital, Workforce, and Security Transformation journeys. Whether your data and applications reside on-premises or are moving into the public cloud, Dell EMC enables cloud protection across the entire protection portfolio while creating a new class of data protection cloud solutions and services – including backup to the cloud, backup in the cloud, long-term retention to cloud and DR to the cloud. Whether your data and applications reside on-premises or are moving to the cloud, Dell EMC’s cloud protection fits your use case.GEI Consultants Simplifies Disaster Recovery Here’s a look at GEI Consultants, Inc. (GEI), one of the nation’s leading engineering and science consulting firms, which is leveraging Dell EMC Cloud DR to back up applications running on 140 VMware virtual machines (VMs) across 33 offices to Dell EMC Data Domain backup appliances in a data center.Cloud DR and Amazon Web Service’s (AWS) eliminated the need for a second physical data center for replicating backups and has saved GEI the cost of physical data center expenses (rent, power, Internet, security, etc.). “Cloud DR is well aligned with GEI’s focus on the environment,” says Adam Schmitt, Network Operations Supervisor at GEI.“Cloud DR’s efficient orchestration of resources is magnificent,” Schmitt continues. “It automatically chooses the lowest-cost resource option for restores in Amazon EC2. Alternatively, we can select the type and networking of each instance.”Simple. Fast. Scalable.Cloud DR is also simple. GEI uses Dell EMC Data Protection Software to manage backups to the central data center and the cloud.Explains Schmitt, “With a few clicks, we can create and define our Cloud DR backup and restore jobs for our VMware environment using Data Protection Software. Failback is just as simple. We found there is minimal expertise needed to use Cloud DR.”“We have ten-terabyte servers that back up in in a few hours,” said Schmitt. “It used to take several days when we used Veeam just to seed the initial backup to the cloud. Now, we get it done in four hours or less. It’s like night and day.”Dell EMC Supports Disaster Recovery to Microsoft AzureDell EMC recently introduced support for DR to Microsoft Azure. Using the same UI and practices that Cloud DR leverages with AWS, customers can now protect, test, and failover from their on-premises VMware environment to Azure, and have an orchestrated failback into their on-premises VMware environment. Cloud DR supports orchestration of a single VM as well as multiple VMs using DR plans – similar to how it’s done for AWS.Integration with Cloud Snapshot ManagerThe latest release of Cloud DR also provides integration with Dell EMC’s Cloud Snapshot Manager (CSM) for in-cloud protection of customers’ workloads during the time they have recovered workloads within the public cloud. Customers can now specify tags in Cloud DR (including specifying them in advance within pre-created DR plans) that will be automatically set as AWS/Azure tags during a VM recovery.  CSM customers can then discover the failed over VMs and use these tags to automatically protect the workloads with an appropriate CSM tag based protection plan. Customers can also use these tags for any other scripting/automation they’d like in the cloud.Data Protection for VMware CloudWith Dell EMC for VMware Cloud™ on AWS, users are able to expand on-premises environments to the cloud. Just as VMware Cloud on AWS enables vAdmins to manage cloud resources with familiar VMware tools, Dell EMC seamlessly integrates cloud and on-premises data protection. This allows users to use the same data protection tools in the cloud that they already use on-premises, without needing to upskill.Data Protection for VMware Cloud™ on AWSThe latest enhancement to Dell EMC’s data protection for VMware Cloud adds disaster recovery to VMware Cloud on AWS. With this capability, organizations can failover on-demand to VMware Cloud on AWS in case of a disaster event – spin off and run VMs in their own VMware Cloud on AWS environment and vMotion the VMs back to on premises when the disaster event is resolved.SummaryCloud-based DR offers simplicity, faster recovery and lower costs, both in terms of infrastructure and administrative overhead. Leveraging the cloud as a deployment choice can provide a better value than traditional methods and provides a simplified, fully orchestrated DR solution for organizations of all sizes. With Dell EMC, you can transform your data center to enable greater operational efficiency, resiliency and scalability in both AWS and Azure. Whether you want to leverage cloud computing now or in the near future, only Dell EMC can help you transform your environment for the future, laying the technical foundation for the data center while modernizing your data protection for the cloud right along with it.Additional Resources:Video: Overview of Dell EMC Cloud Disaster Recovery Video: GEI Consultants Customer Success StoryWebinar: Simple and Cost-effective DR to VMware Cloud on AWSSolution brief: Cloud DR for AWS / Azure Solution BriefWhitepaper: Protecting Recovered Machines with Cloud Snapshot ManagerVideo: Extend Disaster Recovery to VMware Cloud Learn more: read more

Data & Deep Learning: Embracing the Art of the Possible

first_imgI’m often surprised to find companies that continue to invest in data strategies that fail to respond to their business needs.  They are taking a page from an old playbook and expect it to work in their new, rapidly evolving environments.  They’re trying to forge a new path with an old map, which won’t help them keep pace with competitors, continue to innovate or ultimately grow their businesses. Companies today need to adopt a new mentality when it comes to data analytics. They should work to imagine and embrace the art of the possible. In doing so, they should ask themselves: What can we do now that we couldn’t do before using new technologies and approaches? It could mean the difference between market leadership or future failure.As a company’s data sets continue to grow in size and vary in nature, the data management systems in place must allow the organizations the flexibility to grow and change with it.  Beyond just the data, company’s also need to be able to execute new techniques to maximize the insights contained within the data, to promote better, faster business decisions, forge new paths forward and create new revenue streams.One leading technique is Artificial Intelligence (AI) – a concept that has been around since the 1960’s, when AI pioneers began predicting that machines would discern and learn tasks without human intervention. They would quite literally be able to ‘think’ for themselves. Fast forward to 2025 there will be 163 zettabytes of data [1] with an estimated 80% that is no longer human parsable. Those predictions are not just a reality, but also a requirement.  With all of this data spanning every industry, the use cases for AI are endless. But, as you look across those use cases there are a common core of AI techniques applied behind each application.Take Deep Learning, for example – a branch inside of machine learning. Deep learning differs from traditional algorithms by using neural networks to uncover features and solve problems.  Organizations have quickly adopted Deep Learning because of the ability to get insights from images, video, audio, and free text.  The most common DL methods we come across are:Image detection, allows you to detect whether or not something is presentImage classification, allows you to classify what type of thing is presentNatural language processing, allows you ask the meaning and intent to words and textSpeech recognition, allows you transform audio across languages into a common form for NLPSegmentation, allows you to determine to what extent something is presentPrediction, allows you to ask what is the likely outcomeRecommendation, allows you to get suggested outcomesMachine generated images and video used in the entertainment industryFigure 1 below gives a snapshot summary of some of these methods and shows how they can be directly applied to a business case with measurable value. When applied individually or combined these methods provide the foundation for the ‘Art of the Possible’, making business applications that were impossible before, finally possible.Figure 1:  Mapping Data to AI Power Outcomes [2]While the concepts of AI and Deep Learning still seem untouchable to many, we at Dell EMC are constantly finding new ways to bring AI to the forefront.  We are taking our daily learning and turning it into validated infrastructure solutions that will make AI simpler, faster, and more accessible.   Our family of validated Dell EMC Isilon and NVIDIA based solutions offer flexibility and informed choice by pairing high performance, high bandwidth GPU accelerated compute with high performance, scale-out flash storage.  This puts our customers in the driver’s seat with forgettable scale-out infrastructure that makes nothing seems out of the question.As an example of the ‘Art of the Possible’, we will be hosting a VIP evening event during the upcoming O’Reilly Conference in New York on April 17. The guest of honor will be Sophia – the humanoid robot who uses a combination of the techniques detailed to interact using human gestures, expressions and language.  This will provide our customers a first-hand look at what is now possible and help them understand how these same technologies can be applied to drive innovation and growth within their own businesses.   Sophia and I will also be featured on the O’Reilly YouTube channel and Sophia will be in the Dell Technologies booth on Wednesday April 17th from 10:30-11:30 AM where we’re going to be raffling off tickets to the evening event.If you too are interested in learning more about how AI and Deep Learning can benefit your business, please get in touch with me at the show.  We look forward to helping you turn the previously unimaginable into reality.[1] Data Age 2025 –[2] Thanks to Tony Paikeday at NVIDIA for the foundation of this chartlast_img read more

AP Week in Pictures, Global

first_imgJAN. 23 – 29, 2021,This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published in the past week by The Associated Press from around the world.,The selection was curated by AP photo editor Patrick Sison in New York.,Follow AP visual journalism:,Instagram:,AP Images on Twitter:,AP Images blog: http://apimagesblog.comlast_img