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Nvidia Disputes Intel’s Maching Learning Performance Claims

“Few fields are moving faster right now than deep learning,” writes Buck. “Today’s neural networks are 6x deeper and more powerful than just a few years ago. There are new techniques in multi-GPU scaling that offer even faster training performance. In addition, our architecture and software have improved neural network training time by over 10x in a year by moving from Kepler to Maxwell to today’s latest Pascal-based systems, like the DGX-1 with eight Tesla P100 GPUs. So it’s understandable that newcomers to the field may not be aware of all the developments that have been taking place in both hardware and software.”

NASA Optimizes Climate Impact Research with Cycle Computing

Today Cycle Computing announced its continued involvement in optimizing research spearheaded by NASA’s Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) and the University of Minnesota. Currently, a biomass measurement effort is underway in a coast-to-coast band of Sub-Saharan Africa. An over 10 million square kilometer region of Africa’s trees, a swath of acreage bigger than the entirety […]

Podcast: Intel Steps Up to Machine Learning with Nervana Systems Acquisition

In this Intel Chip Chat Podcast, Nidhi Chappell, the Director of Machine Learning Strategy at Intel discusses the company’s planned acquisition of Nervana Systems to further drive Intel’s capabilities in the artificial intelligence (AI) field. “We will apply Nervana’s software expertise to further optimize the Intel Math Kernel Library and its integration into industry standard frameworks. Nervana’s Engine and silicon expertise will advance Intel’s AI portfolio and enhance the deep learning performance and TCO of our Intel Xeon and Intel Xeon Phi processors.”

Pete Ungaro Presents: Blue Waters & the Cray Roadmap

Peter Ungaro presented this talk at the 2016 Blue Waters Symposium. “Built by Cray, Blue Waters is one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, and is the fastest supercomputer on a university campus. Scientists and engineers across the country use the computing and data power of Blue Waters to tackle a wide range of challenging problems, from predicting the behavior of complex biological systems to simulating the evolution of the cosmos.”

Bill Gropp Named Acting Director of NCSA

“I am honored to have been asked to drive NCSA’s continuing mission as a world-class, integrative center for transdisciplinary convergent research, education, and innovation,” said Gropp. “Embracing advanced computing and domain collaborations across the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus and ensuring scientific communities have access to advanced digital resources will be at the heart of these efforts.”

Video: How the HPC Environment is Different from the Desktop (and Why)

“High performance computing has transformed how science and engineering research is conducted. Answering a question in 30 minutes that used to take 6 months can quickly change the way one asks questions. Large computing facilities provide access to some of the world’s largest computing, data, and network resources in the world. Indeed, the DOE complex has the highest concentration of supercomputing capability in the world. However, by nature of their existence, making use of the largest computers in the world can be a challenging and unique task. This talk will discuss how supercomputers are unique and explain how that impacts their use.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at HPE’s Pending Acquisition of SGI

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks HPE’s pending acquisition of SGI. “Will the acquisition be good for SGI and HP customers? Our RFHPC team is in unprecedented agreement that indeed it will. The key, however, to HPE’s success will be keeping the SGI people. Rich thinks this acquisition will potentially give HPE the engineering talent it needs to compete with Cray at the high end of the market.”

Post K Supercomputer Delayed in Japan

Nikkei in Japan writes that the Post K supercomputer is facing 1-2 year delay for deployment as part of the Flagship2020 project. Originally targeted for completion in 2020, the ARM-based Post K supercomputer has a performance target of being 100 times faster than the original K computer within a power envelope that will only be 3-4 times that of its predecessor. Nikkei cites semiconductor development issues as the reason for the project delay.

New Report Looks at European Exascale Projects

“Between 2011 and 2016, eight projects, with a total budget of more than €50 Million, were selected for this first push in the direction of the next- generation supercomputer: CRESTA, DEEP and DEEP-ER, EPiGRAM, EXA2CT, Mont- Blanc (I + II) and Numexas. The challenges they addressed in their projects were manifold: innovative approaches to algorithm and application development, system software, energy efficiency, tools and hardware design took centre stage.”

Video: The Impact of the Computing and Data Revolution on Science & Society

Ed Seidel from NCSA presented this talk at The Digital Future conference in Berlin. “The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) is a hub of transdisciplinary research and digital scholarship where University of Illinois faculty, staff, and students, and collaborators from around the globe, unite to address research grand challenges for the benefit of science and society. NCSA is also an engine of economic impact for the state and the nation, helping companies address computing and data challenges and providing hands-on training for undergraduate and graduate students and post-docs.”