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Call for Papers: International Conference on HPC & Simulation in Genoa

The International Conference on HPC & Simulation has issued its Call for Papers. Also known as HPBench, the event place in July 17-21 in Genoa, Italy. “Benchmarking is an essential aspect of modern computational science, and as such, it provides a means for quantifying and comparing the performance of different computer systems. With a large combination of aspects to benchmark, all the way from the capability of a single core, to cluster configuration, and to various software configurations, the benchmarking process is more of an art than science. However, the results of this process, drive modern science and are vital for the community to draw sensible conclusions on the performance of applications and systems.”

Accelerating Apache Spark with RDMA

Yuval Degani from Mellanox presented this talk at the OpenFabrics Workshop. “In this talk, we present a Java-based, RDMA network layer for Apache Spark. The implementation optimized both the RPC and the Shuffle mechanisms for RDMA. Initial benchmarking shows up to 25% improvement for Spark Applications.”

Quantum Startup Rigetti Computing Raises $64 Million in Funding

Today Rigetti Computing, a leading quantum computing start-up, announced it has raised $64 million in Series A and B funding. “Quantum computing will enable people to tackle a whole new set of problems that were previously unsolvable,” said Chad Rigetti, founder and chief executive officer of Rigetti Computing. “This is the next generation of advanced computing technology. The potential to make a positive impact on humanity is enormous.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at Europe’s Push for Leadership in Global HPC

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at some the top High Performance Computing stories from this week. First up, we look at Europe’s effort to lead HPC in the next decade. After that, we look at why small companies like Scalable Informatics have such a hard time surviving in the HPC marketplace.

New ARM Architecture Targets AI

ARM has taken a step into the artificial intelligence market with the announcement of a new micro-architecture – DynamIQ – specifically designed for artificial intelligence (AI). “DynamIQ technology is a monumental shift in multi-core microarchitecture for the industry and the foundation for future ARM Cortex-A processors. The flexibility and versatility of DynamIQ will redefine the multi-core experience across a greater range of devices from edge to cloud across a secure, common platform.”

Intel Aligns its AI Efforts into a Single Organization

“Intel sees the huge potential in AI and are moving mountains to take full advantage of it,” said Patrick Moorhead from Moor Insights & Strategy. “They have acquired Altera, Nervana Systems and other IP, need to connect to their home-grown IP and now it’s time to accelerate the delivery of it. That’s where today’s organization comes in play, a centralized organization, reporting directly to CEO Brian Krzanich, to make that happen. This is classic organizational strategy, accelerating delivery by organizing a cross-product group directly reporting to the CEO.”

Andrew Ng Leaving Baidu for Next Chapter in AI

“As the founding lead of the Google Brain project, and more recently through my role at Baidu, I have played a role in the transformation of two leading technology companies into “AI companies.” But AI’s potential is far bigger than its impact on technology companies. I will continue my work to shepherd in this important societal change. In addition to transforming large companies to use AI, there are also rich opportunities for entrepreneurship as well as further AI research.”

Scalable Informatics Closes Down their Shop

We are sad to report that HPC vendor Scalable Informatics has gone out of business. Headed up by CEO Joe Landman, Scalable Informatics spent the last 12 years building ‘Simply Faster” software-defined storage and compute solutions to the financial, research, scientific, and big data analysis markets. “There are days when this reporter wishes he wasn’t in the news business. Today is one of those days.”

Overview of the HGX-1 AI Accelerator Chassis

“The Project Olympus hyperscale GPU accelerator chassis for AI, also referred to as HGX-1, is designed to support eight of the latest “Pascal” generation NVIDIA GPUs and NVIDIA’s NVLink high speed multi-GPU interconnect technology, and provides high bandwidth interconnectivity for up to 32 GPUs by connecting four HGX-1 together. The HGX-1 AI accelerator provides extreme performance scalability to meet the demanding requirements of fast growing machine learning workloads, and its unique design allows it to be easily adopted into existing datacenters around the world.”

Day-Long Deep Learning Track Comes to ISC 2017

Today ISC 2017 announced a day-long Deep Learning track on June 21 as part of its technical program. The full conference takes place June 18-21 in Frankfurt, Germany. “The overwhelming success of deep learning has triggered a race to build larger artificial neural networks, using growing amounts of training data in order to allow computers to take on more complex tasks. Such work will challenge the computational feasibility of deep learning of this magnitude, requiring massive data throughput and compute power. Hence, implementing deep learning at scale has become an emerging topic for the high performance computing community.”