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Podcast: Supercomputing Cancer Research and the Human Brain

In this WUOT podcast, Jack Wells from ORNL describes how the Titan supercomputer helps advance science. “The world’s third-most powerful supercomputer is located in Oak Ridge, and though it bears the imposing name TITAN, its goals and capabilities are more quotidian than dystopian. After that, WUOT’s Megan Jamerson tells us about a project at ORNL that uses TITAN to help humans digest vast sums of information from medical reports. If successful, the project could create new understandings about the demographics of cancer.”

Achieving High-Performance Math Processing with Intel MKL 2017

“Many of the libraries developed in the 70s and 80s for core linear algebra and scientific math computation, such as BLAS, LAPACK, FFT, are still in use today with C, C++, Fortran, and even Python programs. With MKL, Intel has engineered a ready-to-use, royalty-free library that implements these numerical algorithms optimized specifically to take advantage of the latest features of Intel chip architectures. Even the best compiler can’t compete with the level of performance possible from a hand-optimized library. Any application that already relies on the BLAS or LAPACK functionality will achieve better performance on Intel and compatible architectures just by downloading and re-linking with Intel MKL.”

Video: A Look at the Lincoln Laboratory Supercomputing Center

“Guided by the principles of interactive supercomputing, Lincoln Laboratory was responsible for a lot of the early work on machine learning and neural networks. We now have a world-class group investigating speech and video processing as well as machine language topics including theoretical foundations, algorithms and applications. In the process, we are changing the way we go about computing. Over the years we have tended to assign a specific systems to service a discrete market, audience or project. But today those once highly specialized systems are becoming increasingly heterogeneous. Users are interacting with computational resources that exhibit a high degree of autonomy. The system, not the user, decides on the computer hardware and software that will be used for the job.”

Video: How Persistent Memory Will Bring an Entirely New Structure to Large Data Computing

“As data proliferation continues to explode, computing architectures are struggling to get the right data to the processor efficiently, both in terms of time and power. But what if the best solution to the problem is not faster data movement, but new architectures that can essentially move the processing instructions into the data? Persistent memory arrays present just such an opportunity. Like any significant change, however, there are challenges and obstacles that must be overcome. Industry veteran Steve Pawlowski will outline a vision for the future of computing and why persistent memory systems have the potential to be more revolutionary than perhaps anyone imagines.”

Atos Delivers Bull sequana Supercomputer to Hartree Centre

Today Atos announced the first installation of its Bull sequana X1000 new-generation supercomputer system in the UK at the Hartree Centre. Founded by the UK government, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Hartree Centre is a high performance computing and data analytics research facility. Described as “the world’s most efficient supercomputer,” Bull sequana is an exascale-class computer capable of processing a billion billion operations per second while consuming 10 times less energy than current systems.

Video: AI – The Next HPC Workload

“From new cloud offerings on AWS and Azure, to Summit and Sierra, the 150+ PF supercomputers being built by the US in 2017, new AI workloads are driving the rapid growth of GPU accelerated HPC systems. For years, HPC simulations have generated ever increasing amounts of big data, a trend further accelerated by GPU computing. With GPU Deep Learning and other AI approaches, a larger amount of big data than ever can now be used to advance scientific discovery.”

Video: Tracing Ocean Salinity for Global Climate Models

In this visualization, ocean temperatures and salinity are tracked over the course of a year. Based on data from global climate models, these visualizations aid our understanding of the physical processes that create the Earth’s climate, and inform predictions about future changes in climate. “The water’s saltiness, or salinity, plays a significant role in this ocean heat engine, Harrison said. Salt makes the water denser, helping it to sink. As the atmosphere warms due to global climate change, melting ice sheets have the potential to release tremendous amounts of fresh water into the oceans.”

Podcast: How Deep Learning Will Reshape Our Cities

In this AI Podcast, Lynn Richards, president and CEO of the Congress for New Urbanism and Charles Marohn, president and co-founder of Strong Towns, describe how AI will reshape our cities. “AI will do much more than automate driving. It promises to help create more liveable cities. And help put expensive infrastructure where we need it most.”

Upgraded Bridges Supercomputer Now in Production

“Bridges’ new nodes add large-memory and GPU resources that enable researchers who have never used high-performance computing to easily scale their applications to tackle much larger analyses,” says Nick Nystrom, principal investigator in the Bridges project and Senior Director of Research at PSC. “Our goal with Bridges is to transform researchers’ thinking from ‘What can I do within my local computing environment?’ to ‘What problems do I really want to solve?’”

IBM Rolls Out All-flash Storage for Cognitive Workloads

“The DS8880 All-Flash family is targeted at users that have experienced poor storage performance due to latency, low server utilization, high energy consumption, low system availability and high operating costs. These same users have been listening, learning and understand the data value proposition of being a cognitive business,” said Ed Walsh, general manager, IBM Storage and Software Defined Infrastructure. “In the coming year we expect an awakening by companies to the opportunity that cognitive applications, and hybrid cloud enablement, bring them in a data driven marketplace.”