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Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit Updates for Deep Learning Advances

Today Microsoft released an updated version of Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit, a system for deep learning that is used to speed advances in areas such as speech and image recognition and search relevance on CPUs and Nvidia GPUs. “We’ve taken it from a research tool to something that works in a production setting,” said Frank Seide, a principal researcher at Microsoft Artificial Intelligence and Research and a key architect of Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit.

Fujitsu Develops New Architecture for Combinatorial Optimization

Today Fujitsu Laboratories announced a collaboration with the University of Toronto to develop a new computing architecture to tackle a range of real-world issues by solving combinatorial optimization problems that involve finding the best combination of elements out of an enormous set of element combinations. “This architecture employs conventional semiconductor technology with flexible circuit configurations to allow it to handle a broader range of problems than current quantum computing can manage. In addition, multiple computation circuits can be run in parallel to perform the optimization computations, enabling scalability in terms of problem size and processing speed.”

Seagate Launches World’s Fastest Hard Drive

“Performance demands on enterprise datacenters today are increasing as customers consider agile storage solutions to handle diverse workloads. The key to success is to apply the right technologies to the right workloads, and we are seeing increased adoption of hybrid arrays of HDDs and SSDs enhanced by software-based caching,” said Brian Payne, executive director, server solutions, Dell EMC. “By delivering higher performance and capacity, Seagate’s latest Enterprise Performance 15K HDD will be a sound investment for dynamic server-storage environments.”

Ingram Micro Artizen Soutions for HPC

In this video from the GPU Technology Conference, Rick Young from Ingram Micro describes the company’s Artizen HPC solutions. “Available now to channel partners in the U.S., the distributor’s new and exclusive line of Artizen High Performance Computing (HPC) offerings include turnkey high performance servers, ultimate workstations, and customizable supercomputing clusters, as well as computing integration and software installation services.”

Monitoring and Management Interfaces for GPU Devices in a Cluster Environment

“This presentation will provide an overview of the Nvidia Tesla Deployment Kit (TDK) from a user and a system administrator point of view. TDL contains Nvidia Management Library (NVML) and nvidia-healthmon–a tool for detecting and troubleshooting known GPU issues in a cluster environment. Usage models within a cluster environment will be presented along with a discussion on how existing resource management tools can be extended to improve allocation and accounting of GPU resources.”

Video: ClusterStor Update

“HPC storage solutions and futures continue to evolve as growth and performance requirements permeate every HPC market segment. Torben discusses these challenges and how the company’s storage solutions are addressing these shifting needs with new developments around disk drives, RAID, CIFS, security, small file handling, and other related technologies.”

Managing the GPUs of Your Cluster in a Flexible Way with rCUDA

In this talk, we introduce the rCUDA remote GPU virtualization framework, which has been shown to be the only one that supports the most recent CUDA versions, in addition to leverage the InfiniBand interconnect for the sake of performance. Furthermore, we also present the last developments within this framework, related with the use of low-power processors, enhanced job schedulers, and virtual machine environments.”

Troy Baer from NICS Wins Lifetime Achievement Adaptie Award

“Congratulations go out to Troy Baer, HPC system administrator at the National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS), University of Tennessee. Troy Baer’s contributions in scheduling and resource management using Moab have helped Kraken—NICS’ flagship computing resource and the first academic computer to break the petaflop barrier—achieve outstanding 90-95% utilization rates since 2010. Baer’s administrative capabilities enable researchers in numerous scientific arenas, from climate to materials science to astrophysics, to achieve breakthroughs not yet possible on other resources. In November 2012, Baer helped NICS’ Beacon system secure a No. 1 ranking on the Green500 list of energy-efficient supercomputers.”

DK Panda Presents: Programming Models for Exascale Systems

“This talk will focus on programming models and their designs for upcoming exascale systems with millions of processors and accelerators. Current status and future trends of MPI and PGAS (UPC and OpenSHMEM) programming models will be presented. We will discuss challenges in designing runtime environments for these programming models by taking into account support for multi-core, high-performance networks, GPGPUs, Intel MIC, scalable collectives (multi-core-aware, topology-aware, and power-aware), non-blocking collectives using Offload framework, one-sided RMA operations, schemes and architectures for fault-tolerance/fault-resilience.”

High Performance Computing at CSCS

“With around 3.2 billion computer operations (3.2 gigaflops) per watt, the combination of GPUs CPUs makes “Piz Daint” one of the world’s most energy-­efficient supercomputers in the petaflop performance class.”