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Intel Skylake Comes to Google Cloud Platform

Today the Google Cloud Platform announced that it is the first cloud provider to offer the next generation Intel Xeon processor, codenamed Skylake. “Skylake includes Intel Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX-512), which make it ideal for scientific modeling, genomic research, 3D rendering, data analytics and engineering simulations. When compared to previous generations, Skylake’s AVX-512 doubles the floating-point performance for the heaviest calculations. In our own internal tests, it improved application performance by up to 30%.”

Beyond the Moore’s Law Cliff: The Next 1000X

In this video from the 2017 HPC Advisory Council Stanford Conference, Subhasish Mitra from Stanford presents: Beyond the Moore’s Law Cliff: The Next 1000X. Professor Subhasish Mitra directs the Robust Systems Group in the Department of Electrical Engineering and the Department of Computer Science of Stanford University, where he is the Chambers Faculty Scholar of Engineering. Prior to joining Stanford, he was a Principal Engineer at Intel Corporation. He received Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Job of the Week: GPU Performance Analysis Architect at Nvidia

Nvidia is seeking a GPU Performance Analysis Architect in our Job of the Week. “The NVIDIA GPU Compute Architecture group is seeking world-class architects to analyze processor and system architecture performance of full applications in machine learning, automotive, and high-performance computing. This position offers the opportunity to have a real impact on the hardware and software that underlies the most exciting trends in modern computing.”

Applications Now Open for Student Volunteers at SC17 Conference

Applications are now being accepted for the Student Volunteers program at the SC17 conference to be held Nov. 12-17 in Denver. Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply. “Being a Student Volunteer can be transformative, from helping to find internships to deciding to pursue graduate school. Read about how Ather Sharif’s Student Volunteer experience inspired him to enroll in a Ph.D. program.”

Video: Multi-Physics Methods, Modeling, Simulation & Analysis

“Through multiscale simulation of the circulatory system, it is now possible to model this surgery and optimize it using the state of the art optimization techniques. In-silico analysis has allowed us to test new surgical design without posing any risk to patient’s life. I will show the outcome of this study, which is a novel surgical option that may revolutionize current clinical practice.”

Jennifer Chayes from Microsoft Research to Keynote ISC 2017

Today ISC 2017 announced that data scientist, Prof. Dr. Jennifer Tour Chayes from Microsoft Research will give the opening keynote at the conference. “I’ll discuss in some detail two particular applications: the very efficient machine learning algorithms for doing collaborative filtering on massive sparse networks of users and products, like the Netflix network; and the inference algorithms on cancer genomic data to suggest possible drug targets for certain kinds of cancer,” explains Chayes.

Emerson Roxar Applies ebb3 Remote Visualization for Oil & Gas

Today UK-based ebb3 announced that Emerson Automation Solutions is deploying high-performance software for the oil and gas industry virtually using ebb3’s remote visualization technology. “The Roxar reservoir management software has to handle very large models, and many models simultaneously for uncertainty analysis,” Robert Frost, Product Development Manager at Emerson. “The more refined these are, the more graphical processing is required. This is one of the most challenging areas of virtualization, and virtual desktops with the power to support such high-powered graphics are almost unheard of. Along with the platform and partnership services that ebb3 provides, the power they’ve harnessed for virtual access to 3D visualization software is impressive. Being able to keep data in the data centre for fast access without compromising visualization and usability is a huge step forward.”

Video: Containerizing Distributed Pipes

Hagen Toennies from Gaikai Inc. presented these Best Practices at the 2017 HPC Advisory Council Stanford Conference. “In this talk we will present how we enable distributed, Unix style programming using Docker and Apache Kafka. We will show how we can take the famous Unix Pipe Pattern and apply it to a Distributed Computing System.”

TACC’s Dan Stanzione on the Challenges Driving HPC

In this video from KAUST, Dan Stanzione, executive director of the Texas Advanced Computing Center, shares his insight on the future of high performance computing and the challenges faced by institutions as the demand for HPC, cloud and big data analysis grows. “Dr. Stanzione is the Executive Director of the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin. A nationally recognized leader in high performance computing, Stanzione has served as deputy director since June 2009 and assumed the Executive Director post on July 1, 2014.”

DDN Ranked #1 in HPC Storage Market

Today DDN announced that it was once again ranked as the top storage provider among HPC sites surveyed by Intersect360 Research. “High-performance sites are incredibly challenging IT environments with massive data requirements across very diverse application and user types,” said Laura Shepard, senior director of product marketing, DDN. “Because we are a leader in this space, we have the expertise to provide the optimal solutions for traditional and commercial high-performance customers to ensure they are maximizing their compute investment with the right storage infrastructure.”