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SC16 Tutorial to Focus on Node-Level Performance Engineering

Sure, your code seems fast, but how do you know if you are leaving potential performance on the table? Recognized HPC experts Georg Hager and Gerhard Wellein will teach a tutorial on Node-Level Performance Engineering at SC16. The session will take place 8:30-5:00pm on Sunday, Nov. 13 in Salt Lake City.

Video: Experiences in eXtreme Scale HPC

In this video from the 2016 Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing, Mark Miller from LLNL leads a panel discussion on Experiences in eXtreme Scale in HPC with FASTMATH team members. “The FASTMath SciDAC Institute is developing and deploying scalable mathematical algorithms and software tools for reliable simulation of complex physical phenomena and collaborating with U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) domain scientists to ensure the usefulness and applicability of our work. The focus of our work is strongly driven by the requirements of DOE application scientists who work extensively with mesh-based, continuum-level models or particle-based techniques.”

Supercomputing Experts Lend Expertise to Address STEM Gender Gap

Men still outnumber women in STEM training and employment, and engineering leaders are working to bring awareness to that diversity gap and the opportunities it presents. SC16 is calling upon all organizations to look at the diversity landscape and publish that data. “Of course, we are supporting programs that empower more girls to study and pursue STEM degrees and careers. Getting more girls through the educational and training pipeline is a great first step, but it’s just the beginning.”

SC16 Plenary Session to Focus on HPC and Precision Medicine

SC16 will continue its HPC Matters Plenary session series this year with a panel discussion on HPC and Precision Medicine. The event will take place at 5:30 pm on Monday, Nov 14 just prior to the exhibits opening gala. “The success of all of these research programs hinge on harnessing the power of HPC to analyze volumes of complex genomics and other biological datasets that simply can’t be processed by humans alone. The challenge for our community will be to develop the computing tools and services needed to transform how we think about disease and bring us closer to the precision medicine future.”

Video: Analysis of SSDs on SGI UV 300

Nikos Trikoupis from the City University of New York gave this talk at the HPC User Forum in Austin. “We focus on measuring the aggregate throughput delivered by 12 Intel SSD DC P3700 for NVMe cards installed on the SGI UV 300 scale-up system in the CUNY High Performance Computing Center. We establish a performance baseline for a single SSD. The 12 SSDs are assembled into a single RAID-0 volume using Linux Software RAID and the XVM Volume Manager. The aggregate read and write throughput is measured against different configurations that include the XFS and the GPFS file systems.”

Nvidia Releases Cuda 8

Today Nvidia announced the general availability of CUDA 8 toolkit for GPU developers. “A crucial goal for CUDA 8 is to provide support for the powerful new Pascal architecture, the first incarnation of which was launched at GTC 2016: Tesla P100,” said Nvidia’s Mark Harris in a blog post. “One of NVIDIA’s goals is to support CUDA across the entire NVIDIA platform, so CUDA 8 supports all new Pascal GPUs, including Tesla P100, P40, and P4, as well as NVIDIA Titan X, and Pascal-based GeForce, Quadro, and DrivePX GPUs.”

Video: Nvidia Unveils ARM-Powered SoC with Volta GPU

Today at GTC Europe, Nvidia unveiled Xavier, an all-new SoC based on the company’s next-gen Volta GPU, which will be the processor in future self-driving cars. According to Huang, the ARM-based Xavier will feature unprecedented performance and energy efficiency, while supporting deep-learning features important to the automotive market. A single Xavier-based AI car supercomputer will be able to replace today’s fully configured DRIVE PX 2 with two Parker SoCs and two Pascal GPUs.

Video: An Optimized Entry Level Lustre Solution in a Small Form Factor

In this video from LUG 2016 in Australia, Chakravarthy Nagarajan from Intel presents: An Optimized Entry Level Lustre Solution in a Small Form Factor. “Our goal was to provide an entry level Lustre storage solution in a high density form factor, with a low cost, small footprint, all integrated with Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre* software.”

Registration Opens for HP-CAST at SC16

Registration is now open for HP-CAST at SC16. The event takes place Nov. 11-12 in Salt Lake City.

Video: How ORNL is Bridging the Gap between Computing and Facilities

“Starting in 2015, Oak Ridge National Laboratory partnered with the University of Tennessee to offer a minor-degree program in data center technology and management, one of the first offerings of its kind in the country. ORNL staff members developed the senior-level course in collaboration with UT College of Engineering professor Mark Dean after an ORNL strategic partner identified a need for employees who could bridge both the facilities and operational aspects of running a data center. In addition to developing the course curriculum, ORNL staff members are also serving as guest lecturers.”