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Podcast: Where Deep Learning Is Going Next

In this Nvidia podcast, Bryan Catanzaro from Baidu describes how machines with Deep Learning capabilities are now better at recognizing objects in images than humans. “AI gets better and better until it kind of disappears into the background,” says Catanzaro — NVIDIA’s head of applied deep learning research — in conversation with host Michael Copeland on this week’s edition of the new AI Podcast. “Once you stop noticing that it’s there because it works so well — that’s when it’s really landed.”

Matthias Troyer from Microsoft to Speak on Quantum Computing at PASC17

Today the PASC17 Conference announced that Matthias Troyer from Microsoft Research will give this year’s public lecture on the topic “Towards Quantum High Performance Computing.” The event will take place June 26-28 in Lugano, Switzerland.

Japan to Build 130 Petaflop ABCI Supercomputer

Today Japan announced plans to build a 130 Petaflop (half precision) supercomputer for deployment in 2017. And while such a machine would not surpass the current #1 93 Petaflop Sunway TaihuLight supercomputer in China, it would certainly propel Japan to the top of an all new category of supercomputing leadership. “ABCI is an open innovation platform with computing resources of more than hundred petaflops for world-class AI R&D. Through industry and academia collaboration, Algorithms, Big Data, and Computing Power will be leveraged in a single common public platform. ABCI will rapidly accelerate the deployment of AI into real businesses and society.”

Exascale Computing Project Gains Momentum Entering Year 2

In this video from SC16, Paul Messina and Stephen Lee describe the mission, status, and recent milestones of the Exascale Computing Project. Now entering its second year, the ECP recently announced that it has selected four co-design centers as part of a 4 year, $48 million funding award. It also announced the selection of 35 software development proposals representing 25 research and academic organizations.

Liquid Silicon Could Bridge the Gap Between Computation and Storage

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison are developing new computer chips that combine tasks usually kept separate by design. According to assistant professor Jing Li, these “liquid silicon” chips can be configured to perform complex calculations and store massive amounts of information within the same integrated unit — and communicate efficiently with other chips. “There’s a huge bottleneck when classical computers need to move data between memory and processor,” says Li. “We’re building a unified hardware that can bridge the gap between computation and storage.”

“Atos Quantum” Program Launches in Europe

Today Atos in Europe announced “Atos Quantum,” an ambitious program to develop quantum computing solutions that offer unprecedented computing power, while enhancing cyber security products to face these new technologies. “Today, taking advantage of our expertise in supercomputers and cyber security, we are fully committed to the second quantum revolution that will disrupt all of our clients’ business activities in the coming decades, from medicine to agriculture through finance and industries. It’s a real collective, human and technological adventure that opens up to us. For the one who liked the digital evolution they will love the quantum revolution.”

SC16 to Showcase Latest Advances in HPC

SC16 returns to Salt Lake City on Nov. 13-18. The Six-day supercomputing event features internationally-known expert speakers, cutting-edge workshops and sessions, a non-stop student competition, the world’s largest supercomputing exhibition,panel discussions and much more. “No other annual event showcases the revolutionary advances and possibilities of high performance computing than the annual ACM/IEEE International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Data Storage Analysis. From the impact of HPC on the future of medicine, to its transformative power in developing countries and “smart cities.” SC is the premiere venue for presenting leading-edge HPC research.”

Seeking Innovators for the StartupHPC Workshop at SC16

In this special guest feature, Cydney Ewald Stevens writes that Salt Lake City will soon host the return of the SC conference along with the third annual StartupHPC Workshop. “People come together at StartupHPC to learn from each other,” said founder Shahin Khan. “These are all leaders in their own right. From successful CxO’ and serial entrepreneurs to industry influencers these leaders come together each year to impart their wisdoms and experiences, share their own ‘journeys’ and help others prosper as a result.”

ASML taps Livermore for Extreme UV Chip Manufacturing

Tomorrow’s top supercomputers will require chips built using advanced lithography far beyond today’s capabilities. Towards this end, Lawrence Livermore National Lab today announced a collaboration with ASML, a leading builder of chip-making machinery, to advance extreme ultraviolet (EUV) light sources toward the manufacturing of next-generation semiconductors.

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.”