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ORNL Supercomputers to Boost National Cancer Moonshot

The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory will add its computational know-how to the battle against cancer through several new projects recently announced at the White House Cancer Moonshot Summit. “ORNL brings to the table our world-class resources in high-performance computing, including the Titan supercomputer, as well as leading experts in the data sciences and neutron analysis, to the fight against cancer,” said ORNL’s Joe Lake, deputy for operations at the HDSI.”

Tony Hey Presents: The Fourth Paradigm – Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery

Tony Hey from the Science and Technology Facilities Council presented this talk at The Digital Future conference in Berlin. “Increasingly, scientific breakthroughs will be powered by advanced computing capabilities that help researchers manipulate and explore massive datasets. The speed at which any given scientific discipline advances will depend on how well its researchers collaborate with one another, and with technologists, in areas of eScience such as databases, workflow management, visualization, and cloud computing technologies.”

White House Releases Strategic Plan for NSCI Initiative

This week the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy released the Strategic Plan for the NSCI Initiative. “The NSCI strives to establish and support a collaborative ecosystem in strategic computing that will support scientific discovery and economic drivers for the 21st century, and that will not naturally evolve from current commercial activity,” writes Altaf Carim, William Polk, and Erin Szulman from the OSTP in a blog post.

Video: Andrew Lumsdaine on Computing Trends at PASC16

In this video from PASC16, Andrew Lumsdaine from Indiana University gives his perspectives on the conference. “The PASC16 Conference, co-sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS), brings together research across the areas of computational science, high-performance computing, and various domain sciences.”

Enter Your Machine Learning Code in the Cognitive Cup

“OpenPOWER is all about creating a broad ecosystem with opportunities to accelerate your workloads. For the Cognitive Cup, we provide two types of accelerators: GPUs and FPGAs. GPUs are used by the Deep Learning framework to train your neural network. When you want to use the neural network during the “classification” phase, you have a choice of Power CPUs, GPUs and FPGAs.”

Video: HPE Enhances Software Stack for High Performance Computing

In this video from ISC 2016, Dave Sundstrom from Hewlett Packard Enterprise describes the newly enhanced HPE Software Stack for High Performance Computing. “The HPE Core HPC Software Stack is a complete software set for the creation, optimization, and running of HPC applications. It includes development tools, runtime libraries, a workload scheduler, and cluster management, integrated and validated by Hewlett Packard Enterprise into a single software set. Core HPC Stack uses the included HPC Cluster Setup Tool to simplify and speed the installation of an HPC cluster built with HPE servers.”

Offloading vs Native Execution on Intel Xeon Phi Coprocessors

“Native execution is good for application that are performing operations that map to parallelism either in threads or vectors. However, running natively on the coprocessor is not ideal when the application must do a lot of I/O or runs large parts of the application in a serial mode. Offloading has its own issues. Asynchronous allocation, copies, and the deallocation of data can be performed but it complex. Another challenge with offloading is that it requires memory blocking. Overall, it is important to understand the application, the workflow within the application and how to use the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor most effectively.”

Podcast: UT Chancellor William McCraven on What Makes TACC Successful

“It’s great to have these incredible servers and incredible processors, but if you don’t have the people to run them – if you don’t have the people that are passionate about supercomputing, we would never get there from here.”Behind all of this magnificent technology are the fantastic faculty, researchers, interns, our corporate partners that are part of this, the National Science Foundation, there are people behind all of the success of the TACC. I think that’s the point we can never forget.”

Supermicro Now Shipping Intel Xeon Phi Systems with Omni-Path

“With our latest innovations incorporating Intel Xeon Phi processors in a performance and density optimized Twin architecture and 100Gbps OPA switch for high bandwidth connectivity, our customers can accelerate their applications and innovations to address the most complex real world problems.”

Video: Matching the Speed of SGI UV with Multi-rail LNet for Lustre

Olaf Weber from SGI presented this talk at LUG 2016. “In collaboration with Intel, SGI set about creating support for multiple network connections to the Lustre filesystem, with multi-rail support. With Intel Omni-Path and EDR Infiniband driving to 200Gb/s or 25GB/s per connection, this capability will make it possible to start moving data between a single SGI UV node and the Lustre file system at over 100GB/s.”