As a primary time customer to ISC 2017, I used to be impressed not by the merchandise that the largest names within the Enterprise IT Market have been showcasing, however by the completely calm and poised means they have been doing it. I used to be not met on the fairgrounds on my means in by a wall of tourists and backpackers as I used to be used to, when visiting IT-related festivals (CEBIT, Gamescon, Computex and the like), though there have been folks roaming via the stands and asking questions, appropriately, to firms’ representatives and salespeople.
But the folks strolling across the ISC 2017 present ground have been both journalists, producers or events belonging to governments of a number of countries, in addition to universities and different related establishments. It was orderly, very properly organized and most of all, quiet: no loud music taking part in, no ladies in skimpy outfits calling for folks to visit this or that stand, no tossing of toys or different gimmicky article to crowds of screaming youngsters.
All you could possibly see, have been journalists taking photos in an orderly style, managers and in addition diplomats asking not so technical questions and exchanging enterprise cards as their most valuable belongings.
As you’d count on from an expo centered on supercomputing, there have been loads of servers and server-related merchandise offered to the general public, however a few of them, resulting from their size, have been only proven as fashions, as was the case of the supercomputer put in within the Nationwide Supercomputing Heart in Wuxi, China.
The Sunway TaihuLight Supercomputer was awarded in 2016 the #1 place on the TOP500, being thus probably the most highly effective supercomputer on this planet. The attention-grabbing truth is that this monster is powered by parts absolutely designed, developed and manufactured in China, together with the CPUs that are named ShenWei 26010, with 260-core, 64-bit RISC chips that exceed three teraflops at most tilt, placing them on par with Intel’s Knight’s Touchdown Xeo Phi. TaihuLight incorporates 40,960 ShenWei 26010s, one for every node that additionally incorporates 32GB of RAM, including as much as a complete of over 10 million cores.
What we discovered attention-grabbing is to see the proliferation of liquid cooling; from Japanese exascale idea ExaScaler, which focuses on liquid immersion (related idea was additionally current on the Fujitsu sales space) to liquid cooling firms equivalent to Asetek and CoolIT. Nonetheless, maybe probably the most attention-grabbing bit was seeing industrial firms equivalent to Cooltech, Staubli, Magnetti Marrelli, Bosch and related distributors all exhibiting up both as exhibitors or guests. Liquid cooling appears to be the way forward for supercomputing, and only time will inform when will elevated density arrive within the business datacenter as properly. In spite of everything, Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft – all use liquid cooled knowledge facilities.
All in all, a great heat up for the SC 2017, which shall be held later this yr in Denver, Colorado.