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E4 Computer Engineering’s Showcases New Petascale OCP Platform

Today E4 Computer Engineering from Italy showcased a new PetaFlops-Class Open Compute Server with “remarkable energy efficiency” based on the IBM POWER architecture. “Finding new ways of making easily deployable and energy efficient HPC solutions is often a complex task, which requires a lot of planning, testing and benchmarking – said Cosimo Gianfreda CTO, Co-Founder, E4 Computer Engineering. – We are very lucky to work with great partners like Wistron, as their timing and accuracy means we have all the right conditions to have effective time-to-market. I strongly believe that the performance on the node, coupled with the power monitoring technology, will receive a wide acceptance from the HPC and Enterprise community.”

Introduction to GPUs in HPC

“This video is from the opening session of the “Introduction to Programming Pascal (P100) with CUDA 8″ workshop at CSCS in Lugano, Switzerland. The three-day course is intended to offer an introduction to Pascal computing using CUDA 8.”

Nvidia Brings AI to the Cloud with the HGX-1 Hyperscale GPU Accelerator

Today, Microsoft, NVIDIA, and Ingrasys announced a new industry standard design to accelerate Artificial Intelligence in the next generation cloud. “Powered by eight NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPUs in each chassis, HGX-1 features an innovative switching design based on NVIDIA NVLink interconnect technology and the PCIe standard, enabling a CPU to dynamically connect to any number of GPUs. This allows cloud service providers that standardize on the HGX-1 infrastructure to offer customers a range of CPU and GPU machine instance configurations.”

How GPU Hackathons Bring HPC to More Users

“GPUs potentially offer exceptionally high memory bandwidth and performance for a wide range of applications. The challenge in utilizing such accelerators has been the difficulty in programming them. Enter GPU Hackathons; Our mentors come from national laboratories, universities and vendors, and besides having extensive experience in programming GPUs, many of them develop the GPU-capable compilers and help define standards such as OpenACC and OpenMP.”

Andrew Ng on why Artificial Intelligence is the New Electricity

“Electricity transformed industries: agriculture, transportation, communication, manufacturing. I think we are now in that phase where AI technology has advanced to the point where we see a clear path for it to transform multiple industries.” Specifically, Ng sees AI being particularly influential in entertainment, retail, and logistics.

Nvidia to Power Fujitsu’s New Deep Learning System at RIKEN

Today Fujitsu announced that it has received RIKEN’s order for the “Deep learning system,” one of the largest supercomputers in Japan specializing in AI research. “NVIDIA DGX-1, the world’s first all-in-one AI supercomputer, is designed to meet the enormous computational needs of AI researchers,” said Jim McHugh, VP & GM at Nvidia. “Powered by 24 DGX-1s, the RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project’s system will be the most powerful DGX-1 customer installation in the world. Its breakthrough performance will dramatically speed up deep learning research in Japan, and become a platform for solving complex problems in healthcare, manufacturing and public safety.”

Slidecast: ARM Steps Up to Machine Learning

In this slidecast, Jem Davies (VP Engineering and ARM Fellow) gives a brief introduction to Machine Learning and explains how it is used in devices such as smartphones, autos, and drones. “I do think that machine learning altogether is probably going to be one of the biggest shifts in computing that we’ll see in quite a few years. I’m reluctant to put a number on it like — the biggest thing in 25 years or whatever,” said Jem Davies in a recent investor call. “But this is going to be big. It is going to affect all of us. It affects quite a lot of ARM, in fact.”

Podcast: How Humans Bias AI

In this AI Podcast, Kris Hammond from Narrative Science explains that while it’s easy to think of AI as cold, unbiased, and objective, it is also very good at repeating our own bias against us. “I am not saying that we should give ourselves over to algorithmic decision-making. We should always remember that just as the machine is free of the cognitive biases that often defeat us, we have information about the world that the machine does not. My argument is that, with intelligent systems, we now have the opportunity to be genuinely smarter.”

PRACE Publishes Best Practices for GPU Computing

The European PRACE initiative has published a Best Practices Guide for GPU Computing. “This Best Practice Guide describes GPUs: it includes information on how to get started with programming GPUs, which cannot be used in isolation but as “accelerators” in conjunction with CPUs, and how to get good performance. Focus is given to NVIDIA GPUs, which are most widespread today.”

Call for Papers: HPEC 2017 in Waltham

The IEEE High Performance Extreme Computing Conference (HPEC 2017) has issued its Call for Papers. The conference takes place September 12-14 in Waltham, MA. “HPEC is the largest computing conference in New England and is the premier conference in the world on the convergence of High Performance and Embedded Computing. We are passionate about performance. Our community is interested in computing hardware, software, systems and applications where performance matters. We welcome experts and people who are new to the field.”