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Video: HPC and Hyperscale Trends for 2016

Addison Snell from Intersect360 Research presented this talk at the Switzerland HPC Conference. “Based on updated research studies, Addison Snell of Intersect360 Research will present on forward-looking topics for HPC and Hyperscale markets. With an expanding look at hyper- scale, Intersect360 Research will describe the size and influence of the market, including evolving standards like Open Compute Project, OpenStack, and Beiji/Scorpio. Intersect360 Research has also investigated users’ plans for evaluating competing processing and interconnect options, including Xeon, Xeon Phi, GPU, FPGA, POWER, ARM, InfiniBand, and OmniPath.”

Penguin Computing Accelerates OpenPOWER-based Magna Servers

Today Penguin Computing announced Open Compute Project (OCP)-based systems that reinforce both its continued collaboration with NVIDIA and new options in Penguin Computing’s Magna family of OpenPOWER-based servers. “Customers benefit when we partner with exceptional organizations like NVIDIA, the OpenPOWER Foundation and Open Compute Foundation in developing our systems,” said Jussi Kukkonen, Director Product Management, Penguin Computing. “An essential part of our mission is to provide customers with form factor flexibility, choice of architecture and peak performance, which are all hallmarks of Penguin Computing.”

Call for Proposals: ALCF Data Science Program

The 2016 ALCF Data Science Program (ADSP) at Argonne has issued its Call for Proposals. The new initiative is targeted at “big data” science problems that require the scale and performance of leadership resources. “Our goal is to help explore and improve a variety of computational methods that will help enable data-driven discoveries across all scientific disciplines,” said ALCF Director of Science Katherine Riley.

Exxact to Showcase HPC Hardware at the GPU Technology Conference

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.

IBM & LLNL Collaborate on TrueNorth Neuromorphic Computing

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.

IBM Partners with University of Aberdeen to Drive Cognitive Computing

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.”

Radio Free HPC Previews the GPU Technology Conference

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.”

Tutorial on Deep Learning

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.”

Techila & Google Bringing on-demand HPC to Every Desk

“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.

Learn the Latest Cognitive and Big Data Tools at the Hartree Hack

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.