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A Systems View of Machine Learning

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“Despite the growing abundance of powerful tools, building and deploying machine-learning frameworks into production continues to be major challenge, in both science and industry. I’ll present some particular pain points and cautions for practitioners as well as recent work addressing some of the nagging issues. I advocate for a systems view, which, when expanded beyond the algorithms and codes to the organizational ecosystem, places some interesting constraints on the teams tasked with development and stewardship of ML products.”

SC15 Announces Finalists for Gordon Bell Prize

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SC15 just announced the finalists for the the ACM Gordon Bell Prize in High Performance Computing. The $10,000 prize will be presented to the winner at the conference, which takes place Nov. 15-20 in Austin.

Job of the Week: HPC Systems Engineer for Oil & Gas at DDN

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DDN is seeking an HPC Systems Engineer for Oil & Gas in our Job of the Week.

Video: Computer Science – America’s Untapped Opportunity

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“Software and computers are everywhere, revolutionizing every field around us. But the majority of schools don’t teach computer science. Code.org believes every student should have the opportunity to shape the 21st-century and wants to turn this problem around. This is just the beginning of a bold vision to bring this foundational field to every K-12 public school by 2020.”

Interview: An Exhibits Preview of SC15

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With Summer winding down, SC15 is just around the corner. With a smaller exhibits space than previous years, the SC15 Exhibits Chair Trey Breckenridge was faced with a number of challenges going into this year’s Supercomputing conference. In this interview from the SC15 Blog, Breckenridge gives us a preview of what looks to be another great exhibition.

Video: Intel Announces Collaborative Cancer Cloud

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In this video from IDF 2015, Intel and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) announce the Collaborative Cancer Cloud, a precision medicine analytics platform that allows hospitals and research institutions to securely share patient genomic, imaging, and clinical data for potentially lifesaving discoveries.

Alan Alda to Keynote SC15

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In a surprise announcement, SC15 has announced that Actor Alan Alda will keynote the annual Supercomputing conference. “Alda is a seven-time Emmy winner and science enthusiast. Most widely known for his role as Captain Hawkeye Pierce on M*A*S*H, Alda has also hosted “Scientific American Frontiers” on PBS for 11 years and worked on programs such as “The Human Spark.”

D-Wave 2X Quantum Computer Goes GA with 1000+ Qubits

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Today D-Wave Systems announced the general availability of the D-Wave 2X quantum computing system. The D-Wave 2X features a 1000+ qubit quantum processor and numerous design improvements that result in larger problem sizes, faster performance and higher precision. At 1000+ qubits, the D-Wave 2X quantum processor evaluates all 21000 possible solutions simultaneously as it converges on optimal or near optimal solutions, more possibilities than there are particles in the observable universe. No conventional computer of any kind could represent this many possibilities simultaneously, further illustrating the powerful nature of quantum computation.

Video: High Performance Computing for the LHC

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In this video, Fermilab’s Dr. Don Lincoln gives us a sense of just how much data is involved and the incredible computer resources that make the LHC possible. “The LHC is the world’s highest energy particle accelerator and scientists use it to record an unprecedented amount of data. This data is recorded in electronic format and it requires an enormous computational infrastructure to convert the raw data into conclusions about the fundamental rules that govern matter.”

Video: First Look at Intel Optane Non-volatile Memory

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“At IDF, Intel introduced Intel Optane technology, which is based on the revolutionary 3D XPoint non-volatile memory media and combined with the company’s advanced system memory controller, interface hardware and software IP, to unleash vast performance potential in a range of forthcoming products. Intel Optane technology will first come to market in a new line of high-endurance, high-performance Intel SSDs beginning in 2016. The new class of memory technology will also power a new line of Intel DIMMs designed for Intel’s next-generation data center platforms.”