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NVIDIA Inception Program Offers Tools for Deep Learning

Today NVIDIA unveiled a comprehensive global program to support the innovation and growth of startups that are driving new breakthroughs in artificial intelligence and data science. “The NVIDIA Inception Program provides unique tools, resources and opportunities to the waves of entrepreneurs starting new companies, so they can develop products and services with a first-mover advantage.”

Building Bridges to the Future

“The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center recently added Bridges to its lineup of world-class supercomputers. Bridges is designed for uniquely flexible, interoperating capabilities to empower research communities that previously have not used HPC and enable new data-driven insights. It also provides exceptional performance to traditional HPC users. It converges the best of High Performance Computing (HPC), High Performance Data Analytics (HPDA), machine learning, visualization, Web services, and community gateways in a single architecture.”

SGI Sets New SPEC OMP World Record with Intel Xeon E7 V4

Over at SGI, Gabriel Broner writes that the company’s big memory SGI UV 300 and SGI UV 30EX servers are now available with the Intel Xeon processor E7-8800 v4 and E7-4800 v4 product families. Using the new processors enabled SGI to again set new overall world records with results of 80.1 for SPECompG_base2012, and 84.2 for SPECompG_peak2012.

IDC to Host a Pair of Special Events at ISC 2016

IDC will hold a pair of simultaneous events on Tuesday, June 21 at 7:30am – 10:00am at ISC 2016 in Frankfurt. “IDC cordially invites you and other HPC community members to attend our annual HPC market update breakfast briefing at the ISC’16 conference in Frankfurt. This year, for the first time, we will hold two different events – the annual update on the whole HPC market, and at the request of the ISC organizers, a separate presentation focused on the HPC market for industry/commerce.”

With the Help of Dijkstra’s Law, Intel’s Mark Seager is Changing the Scientific Method

Our in-depth series on Intel architects continues with this profile of Mark Seager, a key driver in the company’s mission to achieve Exascale performance on real applications. “Creating and incentivizing an exascale program is huge. Yet more important, in Mark’s view, NCSI has inspired agencies to work together to spread the value from predictive simulation. In the widely publicized Project Moonshot sponsored by Vice President Biden, the Department of Energy is sharing codes with the National Institutes of Health to simulate the chemical expression pathway of genetic mutations in cancer cells with exascale systems.”

Video: Adoption Trends for Solid State in Big Data Sites

Bret Weber from DDN presented this talk at the 2016 MSST Conference. “SSDs and all flash arrays are being marketed as a panacea. This may be true if you’re a small to medium enterprise that simply needs more performance for email servers or wants to speed-up just a few hundred VMs. But, for Enterprise At-scale and High Performance Computing environments, identifying and removing I/O bottlenecks is much more complex than simply exchanging spinning disk drives with flash devices. Aside from performance – efficiency, scalability and integration are also critical success factors in larger and non-standard environments. In this domain, selecting a partner with the tools, technology and experience to holistically examine and optimize your entire I/O path can deliver orders of magnitude greater acceleration and competitive advantage to your organization.”

Intel Ramps up HPDA with New Xeon E7 v4 Family of Processors

Today Intel announced the new Intel Xeon processor E7-8800/4800 v4 processor family for High Performance Data Analytics. Designed with the enterprise in mind, the Intel Xeon processor E7 v4 family offers robust performance, the industry’s largest memory capacity per socket, advanced reliability and hardware enhanced security for real-time analytics so that businesses can rapidly gain actionable insights from massive and complex data sets.

Video: Will AI & Robotics Make Humans Obsolete?

“IBM has developed new scale-up and scale-out systems — with 16 million neurons — that will be presented in Dr Modha’s pioneering research talk. Watson wins at Jeopardy and enters industrial applications while AlphaGo defeats the human Go champion. No day goes by before the dooms day prediction of AI infused Robots taking over our world comes up in the news. Visions of HAL and Terminator coming alive? Will Artificial Intelligence make us obsolete?”

New TPCx-BB Benchmark Compares Big Data Analytics Systems

Today the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) today announced the immediate availability of the TPCx-BB benchmark. The benchmark is designed to measure the performance of Hadoop based systems including MapReduce, Apache Hive, and Apache Spark Machine Learning Library (MLlib).

Platform Rebrands as IBM Spectrum Computing with Focus on HPDA

Today IBM expanded its portfolio of software-defined infrastructure solutions with cognitive features to help clients improve the management of computing resources to achieve faster, results from data-driven applications and analytics. As part of the announcement, the company has rebranded its Platform computing software as IBM Spectrum Computing. “IBM Spectrum Computing software includes IBM Spectrum Conductor, IBM Spectrum LSF and IBM Spectrum Symphony. The expanded software-defined computing portfolio complements the IBM Spectrum Storage software-defined storage family.”