Avetec Announces DICE Awards for High Performance Computing Innovation

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DEARBORN, Mich. (April 15, 2010) – Avetec’s High Performance Computing (HPC) Research Division – the Data Intensive Computing Environment (DICE) – today awarded the 2nd annual DICE Data Intensive Impact Awards to showcase products and technologies that have enabled progress in HPC data management in locality, movement, manipulation and integrity, as well as power and cooling efficiencies.

In the Future Technology Category, DICE selected NVIDIA’s Tesla 20 series Graphics Processing Unit (GPU), which the DICE team considers to be a critical new technology for the HPC space. When compared to the latest quad-core CPU, Tesla 20-series GPU computing processors deliver equivalent performance at 1/20 the power consumption and 1/10 the cost. More importantly, Tesla GPUs enable high performance computing users to scale their computing resources to get significant boosts in performance while staying within tight power and monetary budgets. "Over the last two years, the DICE Program has intensely studied how the HPC and Information Technology (IT) communities look at power consumption in data intensive environments, and while there is a desire to be more ‘green,’ the costs had been somewhat prohibitive until now," said Al Stutz, Avetec Chief Information Officer. "The NVIDIA Tesla 20-series GPU helps to drastically improve performance without the costs – environmental, capital, storage space and personnel – typically associated with performance improvements of this magnitude."

"Only GPUs offer the accessibility, performance and scalability required to respond to the increasingly complex scientific challenges the HPC community is being asked to solve today," said Andy Keane, general manager of the Tesla business unit at NVIDIA. "Tesla GPUs are helping reduce the time it takes to do important work from a week to a day and from a day to mere minutes – this represents truly fundamental change for HPC users."

In the Product category, DICE selected Spectra Logic’s TFinity enterprise tape library.

"Our team selected the TFinity for its versatility in data intensive environments," said Al Stutz, Avetec CIO and DICE team leader. "The product helps with the demanding archiving and backup environments experienced in the enterprise IT, federal, high performance computing (HPC) and media and entertainment space."

TFinity saves customers up to 30 percent on initial capital investments and 15 to 20 percent on annual recurring operational expenses. The library offers redundancy, scaling to more than 45 petabytes in a single library and to more than 180 petabytes in a single, unified library complex.

"Spectra Logic’s new TFinity tape library addresses the demanding storage and productivity requirements of HPC and enterprise markets," said Steve Conway, IDC’s research vice president of technical computing. "It supplies multiple redundant components and unique features, while requiring only a single management interface, thus raising the bar on management simplicity within data-intensive environments."

"HPC organizations have always had more than their share of big-data challenges – from performance to high capacity to long term data access," said Brian Grainger, Spectra Logic’s vice president of worldwide sales. "Spectra Logic’s TFinity tape library was built to provide HPC environments with high speed performance, superior capacity and ready access to stored data, along with significant cost savings in both capital investments and operating expenses. Spectra Logic is honored to receive this esteemed recognition from the DICE Team."

About the Winners

NVIDIA invented the first GPU in 1999 and continues to set new standards in visual computing with interactive graphics available on devices ranging from tablets and portable media players to notebooks and workstations. NVIDIA’s expertise in programmable GPUs has led to breakthroughs in parallel processing which make supercomputing inexpensive and widely accessible. The company holds more than 1,100 U.S. patents, including ones covering designs and insights fundamental to modern computing.

Spectra Logic provides tape libraries, automated tape backup solutions, disk and deduplication backup solutions, and general data backup solutions that protect data. Their products include features such as tape libraries with integrated data encryption, media health monitoring, low power consumption, and easy upgradability and maintenance. Spectra Logic has been in business for more than 30 years and has been an ISO 9001 certified organization since 1998.

About the Award
The DICE Data Intensive Impact Awards program was designed to showcase products and technologies that have impacted HPC data management by applying the latest technologies and capabilities to enable progress in data locality, movement, manipulation and integrity. The solutions considered may be either hardware, software or a combination. The product or technology should address more than one of the DICE Challenge Focus Areas – Data Locality, Movement, Manipulation or Integrity – but will only be considered for one award. Last year’s inaugural award recipients were Blue Arc and Woven Systems.

About the Sponsor
Avetec is a not-for-profit research company focused on research through modeling, simulation and testing to advance American companies’ competiveness. Avetec has three major areas of research 1) turbo machinery, 2)Data Intensive Computing Environment (DICE) and 3) workforce development. Avetec’s HPC Research Division – the Data Intensive Computing Environment is a geographically dispersed test environment that conducts technology testing and validation for new and emerging HPC data management solutions. The DICE team works with the HPC industry, data centers (government and industry) and the research community to evaluate new and emerging products and technology that enhance research computing data and results throughput.

# Media Contacts: DICE, Melanie Wilt, 937-688-3878 or 937-604-9210, mwilt@avetec.org NVIDIA, Andrew Humber, 408-416-7943, ahumber@nvidia.com Spectra Logic – Leigh Grace, 704-231-9789, leighg@spectralogic.com, www.Twitter.com/spectralogic