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Nvidia Speeds Up Deep Learning Software

DIGITS 2 Preview performance vs. previous version on
GeForce GTX TITAN X GPUs in an NVIDIA DIGITS DevBox system

Today Nvidia updated its GPU-accelerated deep learning software to accelerate deep learning training performance. With new releases of DIGITS and cuDNN, the new software provides significant performance enhancements to help data scientists create more accurate neural networks through faster model training and more sophisticated model design.

Podcast: Supercomputing Flood Maps Using the Titan Supercomputer


In this NPR podcast, Dag Lohmann describes how his startup company called KatRisk is using the Titan supercomputer at ORNL to create detailed flood maps for use by insurance companies.

New OpenPOWER Acceleration Center Opens in France

Europe’s second POWER Acceleration and Design Center is located at the IBM Client Center in Montpellier, France where developers can get hands-on, technical assistance for creating OpenPOWER-based high performance computing apps.

Today IBM announced the establishment of a new POWER Acceleration and Design Center in Montpellier, France. Launched in collaboration with Nvidia and Mellanox, the new center will advance the development of data-intensive research, industrial, and commercial applications.

AMD and Dell Power Bioinformatics at University of Warsaw


Today AMD unveiled innovation in heterogeneous HPC at the Centre of New Technologies at the University of Warsaw. In a new cluster deployment called Orion, the Next Generation Sequencing Centre in Warsaw is powering bioinformatics research with 1.5 petaFLOPS of AMD FirePro S9150 server GPU performance.

HPC News Bytes for Friday, June 26


While we’re always on the lookout for HPC news, not everything makes it to the front page. Notable items from this week include new benchmarks for 100GB Ethernet, the Open MPI roadmap, and Docker containers.

Dell Ups its HPC Game with New PowerEdge C-Series


Today Dell announced the PowerEdge C6320 server for HPC and Big Data. With twice the performance of its predecessor on the LINPACK benchmark, the PowerEdge C6320 delivers extreme performance with four compute nodes in a compact, 2U chassis.

Mellanox Announces ConnectX-4 Lx 25/50 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

ConnectX-4 Lx EN Card

Today Mellanox announced its ConnectX-4 Lx 10/25/40/50 Gigabit Ethernet adapter, delivering optimal cost-performance and scalable connectivity for Cloud, Web 2.0 and storage platforms. As the first adapter designed to serve as a direct replacement for commonly deployed 10 Gigabit Ethernet adapters, the ConnectX-4 Lx allows businesses to migrate to higher-performance technology as their bandwidth requirements increase without demanding an infrastructure overhaul or added operating expense.

SGI Ships 2.65 Petaflop ICE XA Supercomputer to ISSP in Japan


Today SGI announced its latest win at the Institute for Solid State Physics (ISSP) of the University of Tokyo. Scheduled to start operation on July 1 of this year, the 2.65 Petaflop SGI ICE XA supercomputer will be used by material science researchers across Japan.

GPU Accelerated Quantum Chemistry: A New Method


“The ability to accurately and efficiently study the absorption spectra of large chemical systems necessitates the development of new algorithms and the use of different architectures. We have developed a highly parallelizable algorithm in order to study excited state properties with ab initio electronic structure theory. This approach has recently been implemented to take advantage of graphical processing units to further improve efficiency.”

Chelsio Adds Support for GPUDirect RDMA


Today Chelsio Communications announced that its T5 iWARP RDMA over Ethernet adapters now fully support NVIDIA GPUDirect RDMA technology.