Today Exxact Corporation, a leading provider of high performance computing solutions and professional workstation graphics, announced that the company will showcase its latest developments at the GPU Technology Conference April 4-7 in San Jose. Exxact’s exciting portfolio includes HPC solutions such as a water-cooled Deep Learning Devbox, a 10 GPU Peer-to-Peer Solution, and the Mechdyne TGX High Performance Remote Desktop tool.
Today Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) announced it has purchased a first-of-a-kind brain-inspired supercomputing platform for deep learning inference developed by IBM Research. Based on a breakthrough neurosynaptic computer chip called IBM TrueNorth, the scalable platform will process the equivalent of 16 million neurons and 4 billion synapses and consume the energy equivalent of a tablet computer – a mere 2.5 watts of power for the 16 TrueNorth chips. The brain-like, neural network design of the IBM Neuromorphic System is able to infer complex cognitive tasks such as pattern recognition and integrated sensory processing far more efficiently than conventional chips.
The University of Aberdeen has become the first Scottish university to partner with IBM to offer students and staff access to its cognitive computing technology. “Cognitive represents an entirely new model of computing that includes a range of technology innovations in analytics, natural language processing and machine learning. The collaboration between IBM and the University of Aberdeen, which builds on a long-standing relationship, aims to help nurture the next generation of innovators and is the first initiative of this type in Scotland.”
In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team previews the GPU Technology Conference coming up April 4-7 in Silicon Valley. “GTC is the largest and most important event of the year for GPU developers. Join us this year as we showcase the most vital work in the computing industry today – Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning, Virtual Reality and Self Driving Cars. GTC attracts developers, researchers, and technologists from some of the top companies, universities, research firms and government agencies from around the world.”
Zaikun Xu from the Università della Svizzera Italiana presented this talk at the Switzerland HPC Conference. “In the past decade, deep learning as a life-changing technology, has gained a huge success on various tasks, including image recognition, speech recognition, machine translation, etc. Pioneered by several research groups, Deep learning is a renaissance of neural network in the Big data era.”
“The Techila user experience available in Google Cloud Launcher revolutionizes simulation and analysis. Techila’s patented end-to-end solution integrates the scalable power of Google Cloud Platform seamlessly into popular tools and environments on the user’s own PC: MATLAB, Python, R programming language, and more. And what’s more, you don’t need to buy MATLAB licenses for the computing environment,” says Rainer Wehkamp, CEO, Techila Technologies Ltd.
The STFC Hartree Centre in the UK will host a Hackathon for coders, developers, designers, entrepreneurs and start-ups in May. The event will take place May 18-20 at the Hartree Centre in Cheshire. In partnership with IBM Watson, the Hartree Hack will put the latest cognitive technologies directly into the hands of attendees. Participants will learn from the experts about what IBM Watson APIs (application programming interfaces) can offer them and how to use them, create their first cognitive app and compete to win £25k of support from STFC to propel their idea forward to a market reality over just three days.
Even though it’s a new generation fabric, Intel OPA is still backwards compatible with the many applications in the HPC community that were written using the OpenFabrics Alliance* software stack for InfiniBand. So, existing InfiniBand users will be able to run their codes that are based on the OpenFabrics Enterprise Distribution (OFED) software on Intel OPA. Additionally, Intel has open sourced the key software elements of their fabric to allow integration of Intel OPA into the OFED stack, which several Linux* distributions include in their packages.
Today DDN introduced the “industry’s fastest and most flexible” scale-out network attached storage (NAS) solution. As the newest product in the DDN GRIDScaler product family, the GS14K, delivers the speed and scale that data intensive environments need to accelerate analytics, increase reliability and integrate into modern workflows such as Hadoop, OpenStack and scale-out NAS environments. The GS14K is offered as an All Flash Array or Hybrid Storage platform, delivering the advantages of NAS data access with the high performance benefits of parallel files systems to support today’s modern, big data demands in an economical, easy to manage appliance.
flyelephantToday the FlyElephant announced a number of upgrades that allow users to work with private repositories with an improved system security and good task functionality. “FlyElephant is a platform for scientists, providing a computing infrastructure for calculations, helping to find partners for the collaboration on projects, and managing all data from one place. FlyElephant automates routine tasks and helps to focus on core research issues.”