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ORNL Testing Compact “Emu Chick” Memory Server for Big Data

Today Emu Technology announced that it has delivered an Emu Chick Memory Server to Oak Ridge National Laboratory. “ORNL intends to study the system for streaming graph analysis applications, sparse multilinear computations, and other memory-intensive problems, as we continue to test the potential of emerging computing technologies to further our mission within the DOE,” said Jeffrey S. Vetter, Director of the Future Technologies Group at ORNL’s Computer Science and Mathematics Division.

Video: HPC Opportunities in Deep Learning

“This talk will provide empirical evidence from our Deep Speech work that application level performance (e.g. recognition accuracy) scales with data and compute, transforming some hard AI problems into problems of computational scale. It will describe the performance characteristics of Baidu’s deep learning workloads in detail, focusing on the recurrent neural networks used in Deep Speech as a case study. It will cover challenges to further improving performance, describe techniques that have allowed us to sustain 250 TFLOP/s when training a single model on a cluster of 128 GPUs, and discuss straightforward improvements that are likely to deliver even better performance.”

Driving Collaborative Research Partnerships at IBM

Martina Naughton presented this talk at the HPC Advisory Council Spain Conference. “IBM has a strong tradition of research collaboration with academia. We go beyond the boundaries of our IBM labs to work with colleagues in universities around the world to address global grand challenge problems. We also foster collaborative research related to transformation and innovation of businesses and governments, relationships through fellowships, grants, and funding for programs of shared interest.”

Call for Participation: ISC 2017 in Frankfurt

“ISC High Performance 2017 is now open to a number of submission opportunities. Whether your interest lies in research posters, project posters, birds-of-a-feather (BoF) sessions or the PhD forum, ISC is welcoming proposals from all members of the high performance computing community. ISC High Performance is looking forward to continuing its tradition as the largest HPC conference and exhibition in Europe. It will be attended by over 3,000 academicians, industry leaders and end users from around the world. The ISC exhibition annually attracts around 150 organizations, including supercomputing, storage and network vendors, as well as universities, research centers, laboratories and international projects.”

Seagate HPC User Forum Coming to SC16

The 3rd Annual Seagate HPC User Forum is coming to SC16 on Nov. 14. “We’re venturing well beyond legacy boundaries. Are you confused about the real future of HPC storage? Is it all flash like the hype suggests? Are reliable spinning disks still going to be relevant? Is there a better answer? Join us Monday, November 14 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Seagate’s 3rd annual HPC User Forum to get your questions answered and learn about the newest HPC direction and innovations firsthand from four industry leaders.”

Apply Now for ISC 2017 Student Cluster Competition

Attention students: there is still time to enter your team into the ISC-HPCAC Student Cluster Competition. As part of the ISC 2017 conference, the Student Cluster Competition will take place June 18-22 in Frankfurt, Germany. The ISC-HPCAC Student Cluster Competition is an opportunity to showcase student expertise in a friendly yet spirited competition. The competition […]

Dell EMC Isilon Goes All-Flash for Unstructured Data

Today Dell EMC announced a new member of the Dell EMC Isilon product family. Designed around an all-flash, the Isilon scale-out family of NAS storage is designed to help IT organizations modernize their infrastructure and deliver on the capabilities of a digital business.

SGI Powers New SPICE System for Weather Forecasting at UK Met Office

“With the new SPICE system from SGI, we have seen a step-change in performance for our researchers and scientists doing post-processing of weather and climate data,” said Richard Bevan, Head of Operational Technology at the Met Office. “Tasks that used to take 1-2 days to complete are now done in a fraction of that time, allowing scientists to perform multiple runs in one day.”

UK Met Office Research Simulations Predict European Winter One Year Ahead

In a paper published today in Nature Geoscience, scientists at the Met Office have demonstrated significant advances in predicting up to one year ahead the phases of the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO), which drives European and North American winter variability. The NAO – a large-scale gradient in air pressure measured between low pressure around Iceland and high pressure around the Azores – is the primary driver of winter climate variability for Europe.

CSCS in Switzerland to Celebrate 25 Years of Supercomputing

Over at CSCS, Simone Ulmer writes that the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre is turning twenty-five. First opened in 1991, CSCS supports users from Swiss and international institutions in their top-flight research and runs computers as a service facility for research associations and MeteoSwiss.