PowerEdge and VMware: HCI Innovation for the New Data Center

first_imgThe data center is evolving at a rapid pace. As architectures adapt and grow in complexity to take advantage of new applications and technologies, new challenges always creep in.“How do I adapt to unknown demands?”“How do I manage all of this complexity?”“Will my storage performance keep up?”A natural progression towards a more server-centric architecture, along with the increasing adoption of Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) is addressing these core challenges. To further drive this adoption, Dell EMC has designed HCI-focused tools that integrate into your existing data center and keep it moving forward.Our HCI architectures easily scale with the addition of nodes, while compute and storage virtualization offers more resiliency in case of a failure. For management simplicity, the OpenManage vCenter plug-in integrates server management into your vCenter console.The rise of flash significantly changes storage performance. I/O challenges are no longer solved with an increase in the number of spindles. Now you solve it with flash. For example, a traditional HDD provides 400 4K IOPS, a PCIe NVMe SSD provides 750,000 4K IOPS.With the launch of the new generation of PowerEdge servers and vSAN Ready Nodes, Dell EMC and VMware combine to create a scalable infrastructure that delivers intelligent automation and a secure foundation with no compromises.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zT7WUztWPEc&feature=youtu.beWith VMware vSAN you get the industry-leading software powering HCI solutions and with Dell EMC PowerEdge you get the world’s best-selling server. This combination of VMware vSAN with PowerEdge, provides up to 12X more IOPS in a vSAN cluster and 98% less latency, as well as a fully integrated management solution with vSAN Ready Nodes.vSAN Ready Nodes from Dell EMC are pre-configured and easily orderable through templates optimized by profiles and use cases. A new factory installation process utilizes the Boot Optimized Storage System (BOSS) cards, installing the hypervisor on a robust bootable device without having to sacrifice drives from your vSAN storage capacity.The Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes are pre-configured and validated building blocks that offer the most flexibility while reducing deployment risks, improving storage efficiency, and allowing you to scale at the speed your business desires.By choosing a Dell EMC PowerEdge vSAN Ready Node with OEM licensing, and our latest vSAN Pro Deployment services, you get a single point of contact for sales and support for the entire solution.For more information on Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes, visit: dell.com/en-us/work/shop/povw/virtual-san-ready-nodeslast_img read more

Our Great Opportunity to Transform Lives

first_imgHow do we make the world a better place?Just the enormity of that statement may deter any one person from acting because the task, on the surface, seems so daunting. We’re battling poverty, hunger, environmental issues and the list goes on. But as with any huge project, it is important to start small. To take a step back and understand the root of what you’re trying to accomplish, how you are going to tackle it, and what tools and resources you’re going to use to get there.Working together to achieve a better futureThe UN has identified their Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), their blueprint for achieving a better future for us all.In total, we are looking at 17 goals that if achieved, will help address the global challenges we face as a society. From inequality, to environmental degradation to peace and justice. But how are we going to accomplish all of this? Because it’s not enough to state our goals, we need to make progress in achieving them. With something so grand in scale as changing the world, the initial reaction for most is to throw some money at the problem. But money is not always the answer. In fact, research has found that as we make more money and as areas around the world get richer, though social progress improves, it only does so up to a certain point. After that, each dollar is buying less and less social progress. We know all too well that wealth, unfortunately, does not equally distribute in developing areas. Income inequality has the potential to increase – often creating more harm than good.In short, economic prosperity does not equal Social Progress. But why is this happening? And what can we do to help? Dell Technologies see a correlation between technology access and the achievement of social development goals. In fact, it’s believed that for 65% of the SDGs, there is a positive correlation with digital access at the entry level of analysis across the world. The strongest link is found between Social SDGs that improve quality of life and Economic SDGs that foster equitable growth. We believe that if a community is given access to technology, can include technology as a resource within their community, and can then innovate using that technology, they have a higher likelihood of achieving true social progress.Powering India’s rural healthcare revolution with Digital LifeCare solutions.Consider access to healthcare. People of all age groups, regions, and countries are affected by noncommunicable diseases. Each year, 15 million people die from an NCD between the ages of 30 and 69 years. Over 85% of these often-preventable deaths occur in low-and middle-income countries. The key to battling NCDs? Detection, screening, and access to treatment.In India alone, nearly two thirds of their 1.3B citizens live in rural areas. What if we could deliver preventative healthcare screenings to over 800 million people – diagnosing completely treatable conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes. We could then provide the right treatment that prevents those conditions from causing larger health problems.That’s what we’ve done with our Digital LifeCare solutions. Together, with India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and our customer Tata Trusts, we’ve developed a cloud-based mobile app that harnesses the full power of the Dell Technologies portfolio to deliver a game-changing solution. With our Digital LifeCare solutions, we are serving an initial target population of nearly 37 million people over the age of 30.Finding new hope for rare childhood diseases with TGenIf we can provide communities with the access to technology and in turn create technology as a resource – we are then in the perfect position to create an engine of innovation for the benefit of the broader society. Take for example, our work with pediatric cancer. TGen is a leader in sequencing the human genome and developing personalized treatments for patients.Dr. Jeffrey Trent, who pioneered the 1st Human Genome sequencing Project, approached Dell about an idea to combine the work he was doing with our technology and apply it to a very rare form of pediatric cancer.  From the start, we both saw where the future of healthcare was going and the role that technology and Big Data would play. Since those initial conversations, we’ve created a solution that dramatically reduces the time it takes to perform genome sequencing analysis, from weeks to hours, and it has been a game-changer for the children and families. Now, doctors can quickly identify treatments specifically designed for each child. And we’re seeing that precision medicine is 2X to 3X more effective than alternative methods. And we know that ~70% of relapsed and refractory pediatric cancer patients see clinical benefit from genomics-guided therapy.This is an immeasurable benefit to patients and their families who previously had to suffer the emotional turmoil of no diagnosis, or what can be the harsh side effects of ineffective drugs when there is a misdiagnosis. Our work with TGen is now expanding to other pediatric cancers and rare childhood diseases. And we are proud to share that more than 275 children with cancer, their families, and their communities have been touched by our work in four precision medicine clinical trialslast_img read more

Supercharging Performance using NVIDIA Virtual Compute Server on Dell EMC Servers

first_imgA new Reference Architecture for NVIDIA Virtual Compute Server (vCS) on Dell EMC infrastructure provides a solution to enable server GPU virtualization.  A recent study that analyzed GPU utilization metrics across different customer sites running AI workloads revealed that GPU resources were underutilized in most cases. Here we present the study’s two key findings, along with recommendations for solving them.Nearly a third of the users are averaging less than 15% utilization. Average GPU memory usage is quite similar. Given that the users are experienced deep learning practitioners, this is very surprising. GPUs are getting faster and faster, but it doesn’t matter if the applications don’t completely use them.Recommendation: Improve utilization by sharing the GPU across multiple users by using virtualization. Those who use optimal batch size, learning rates and hyper-parameters to fully utilize the GPU memory and compute core capabilities can be allocated a dedicated virtualized GPU instance or multiple GPUs inside a single virtual machine (VM).There’s another, probably larger, waste of resources — GPUs that sit unused. It’s hard to queue up work efficiently for GPUs. In a typical workflow, a data scientist will set up many experiments, wait for them to finish, and then spend quite a lot of time digesting the results while the GPUs sit idle.Recommendation: GPU pooling and disaggregation can solve this problem by providing the ability to dynamically re-assign and spin up resources, allowing idle resources to be used by other data scientist applications. Using VMware® vSphere® vMotion™ to dynamically transfer GPU-accelerated VMs and workloads will reduce GPU resources.New NVIDIA A100 offers GPU partitioningNVIDIA® recently announced hardware partitioning with the NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPU as a complementary solution to virtualization. The A100 in multi-instance GPU (MIG) mode can run any mix of up to seven AI or HPC workloads of different sizes simultaneously. GPU partitioning is especially useful for AI inferencing jobs as well as early-stage AI development work that typically do not  consume all the performance that a modern GPU delivers. With GPU virtualization software, a virtual machine (VM) can be run on each of these MIG instances so organizations can take advantage of management, monitoring, and operational benefits of hypervisor-based server virtualization.For many years, data centers have used server CPU virtualization to increase IT agility and improve the utilization of their compute hardware. Today, this focus on virtualization is expanding to encompass the GPUs that accelerate many compute-intensive workloads, such as AI training and inferencing as well as data analytics. With virtualization, data centers can make GPUs available to more users, while increasing the overall utilization of these valuable assets.Virtualizing GPUs inside Dell EMC serversAt Dell Technologies, we’ve worked closely with our technology partners to make GPU virtualization available in our line of GPU-accelerated Dell EMC PowerEdge servers. We took a big step in this direction in August 2019 when we rolled out support for NVIDIA Virtual Compute Server software to enable hypervisor-based virtualization on GPU-accelerated servers equipped with NVIDIA Mellanox® ConnectX-5 or newer network interface cards (NICs). NVIDIA Virtual Compute Server allows data centers to accelerate server virtualization with the latest GPUs so that the most compute-intensive workloads can run in virtual machines.Today, we’re taking another big step forward with a new Dell EMC reference architecture for NVIDIA Virtual Compute Server. With this solution, your IT administrators can allocate partitions of GPU resources within VMware vSphere, as well as support the live migration of virtual machines running NVIDIA CUDA™ workloads.There are many valuable benefits in the move to GPU virtualization with Virtual Compute Server with Dell EMC PowerEdge servers. For example, virtualization helps your IT administrators:Democratize GPU access by providing partitions of GPUs on demandScale GPU resource assignments up and down, as needed andSupport live migration of GPU memoryIf your IT organization is considering GPU virtualization in your data center, the Dell EMC reference architecture for NVIDIA Virtual Compute Server is a great place to get started. It walks you through the use cases for Virtual Compute Server and your options for NVIDIA GPUs in Dell EMC PowerEdge servers.Putting Virtual Compute Server to the TestDell Technologies engineers investigated how GPU virtualization with Virtual Compute Server impacts overall performance. These tests initially compared an NVIDIA GPU running on bare-metal Linux to a virtualized GPU. After establishing that baseline of performance, the team conducted additional testing with multiple virtual GPUs and virtual GPU partitions.Test results show that in most cases, users can expect a small difference in performance, in the range of two to five percent, compared to bare metal when using virtual GPU profiles for machine learning and deep learning workloads. And in an interesting twist, there are scenarios where the performance difference is favorable. For example, when VMs running a mix of workloads, you might see faster time to result using multiple fractional GPUs in parallel than you would using a full GPU and scheduling the tasks to run serially. This can occur when workloads across virtual machines aren’t executed at the same time, or aren’t always GPU-bound. Choosing the appropriate GPU scheduling policy can impact performance, and the team compared performance of different scheduling policies.For full details on the performance tests conducted in the Dell EMC Server CTO lab, along with detailed configuration information, see Virtualizing GPUs in VMware vSphere using NVIDIA Virtual Compute Server on Dell EMC infrastructure. Visit here to learn more about Dell EMC PowerEdge server accelerators.last_img read more

Genetic genealogy helps ID victim of Green River Killer

first_imgSEATTLE (AP) — Authorities in Washington state say genetic genealogy has helped identify the youngest known victim of one of the nation’s most prolific serial killers. The remains of 14-year-old Wendy Stephens were found nearly 37 years ago near a baseball field. Gary Ridgway, the Green River Killer, has pleaded guilty to murdering 49 women and girls in the 1980s. Four of them were unidentified, including Stephens. Researchers at the DNA Doe Project helped with the identification. The project uses publicly available DNA databases to locate relatives of unknown crime victims. The King County Sheriff’s Office in Seattle said Monday that Stephens had run away from her home in Denver in 1983.last_img

WHO team in Wuhan visits disease control centers

first_imgWUHAN, China (AP) — A World Health Organization team investigating the origins of the coronavirus pandemic has visited two disease control centers in the province where the outbreak emerged. The WHO investigators arrived in Wuhan, the Hubei provincial capital, last month to look for clues. They have visited hospitals and a seafood market where early cases were detected. The team on Monday visited the Hubei Provincial Center for Disease Control and its Wuhan city office, amid tight Chinese controls on access to information about the virus. China has sought to avoid blame for alleged missteps in its early response to the outbreak, while promoting alternative theories that the virus originated elsewhere.last_img

Long-detained immigrant families could soon face deportation

first_imgHOUSTON (AP) — Lawyers working with immigrant families detained by the U.S. government for more than a year say they’re worried the families could be deported as soon as this week. Six parents and six children could be placed on deportation flights as early as Wednesday, even though they continue to fight to win asylum, the lawyers said. The families say they were unfairly denied protections under several policies enacted by former President Donald Trump’s administration that courts later prohibited.last_img

Portugal vaccine rollout gets new chief after unsteady start

first_imgLISBON, Portugal (AP) — The new head of Portugal’s COVID-19 vaccination task force is due to start work Thursday. He takes charge a day after his predecessor resigned amid scandals over vaccine queue-jumping and frustration over a sluggish rollout similar to that seen in other European Union countries. At the current rate of vaccination, Portugal will reach its target of 70% of vaccinated adults only in 2023. Its goal was to reach that milestone in late summer this year. Portuguese officials note that they have received fewer vaccines than promised from manufacturers and say EU authorization of more vaccines will help accelerate the program.last_img