In this podcast, Radio Free HPC looks at a Startup called Storj, which will pay you to use your excess data capacity as cloud-based storage based on Blockchain technology. “Our mission is to rethink cloud storage, to provide the security, privacy, and transparency it’s missing. That’s why we are building an open-source cloud platform, that aim to fundamentally change the way people and devices own data.”
“With a team of four and less than $2 million, REX has taken a design concept to reality in under a year with a 16 core processor manufactured on a modern TSMC 28nm process node. With this test silicon, REX is breaking the traditional semiconductor industry idea that it takes large teams along with tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars to deliver a groundbreaking processor. This talk will feature an overview of the Neo ISA, microarchitecture review of the first test silicon, along with a live hardware/software demonstration.”
Today the Google Cloud Platform announced that it is the first cloud provider to offer the next generation Intel Xeon processor, codenamed Skylake. “Skylake includes Intel Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX-512), which make it ideal for scientific modeling, genomic research, 3D rendering, data analytics and engineering simulations. When compared to previous generations, Skylake’s AVX-512 doubles the floating-point performance for the heaviest calculations. In our own internal tests, it improved application performance by up to 30%.”
“Computational science has come a long way with machine learning (ML) and deep learning (DL) in just the last year. Leading centers of high-performance computing are making great strides in developing and running ML/DL workloads on their systems. Users and algorithm scientists are continuing to optimize their codes and techniques that run their algorithms, while system architects work out the challenges they still face on various system architectures. At SC16, I had the honor of hosting three of HPC’s thought leaders in a panel to get their ideas about the state of Artificial Intelligence (AI), today’s challenges with the technology, and where it’s going.”
Nvidia is seeking a GPU Performance Analysis Architect in our Job of the Week. “The NVIDIA GPU Compute Architecture group is seeking world-class architects to analyze processor and system architecture performance of full applications in machine learning, automotive, and high-performance computing. This position offers the opportunity to have a real impact on the hardware and software that underlies the most exciting trends in modern computing.”
Today ISC 2017 announced that data scientist, Prof. Dr. Jennifer Tour Chayes from Microsoft Research will give the opening keynote at the conference. “I’ll discuss in some detail two particular applications: the very efficient machine learning algorithms for doing collaborative filtering on massive sparse networks of users and products, like the Netflix network; and the inference algorithms on cancer genomic data to suggest possible drug targets for certain kinds of cancer,” explains Chayes.
Today liquid-cooling technology provider Asetek announced that the company has signed a development agreement with a “major player” in the data center space. “This development agreement is the direct result of several years of collaboration and I am very pleased that we have come this far with our partner. I expect this is the major breakthrough we have been waiting for,” said André Sloth Eriksen, CEO and founder of Asetek.
Hagen Toennies from Gaikai Inc. presented these Best Practices at the 2017 HPC Advisory Council Stanford Conference. “In this talk we will present how we enable distributed, Unix style programming using Docker and Apache Kafka. We will show how we can take the famous Unix Pipe Pattern and apply it to a Distributed Computing System.”
Today DDN announced that it was once again ranked as the top storage provider among HPC sites surveyed by Intersect360 Research. “High-performance sites are incredibly challenging IT environments with massive data requirements across very diverse application and user types,” said Laura Shepard, senior director of product marketing, DDN. “Because we are a leader in this space, we have the expertise to provide the optimal solutions for traditional and commercial high-performance customers to ensure they are maximizing their compute investment with the right storage infrastructure.”
Today One Stop Systems introduced an all-flash array Data Storage Unit. The Data Storage Unit is available in both a rugged version and a commercial version. The rugged version as deployed in a military aircraft is an all-flash array capable of supplying 200TB of usable PCIe NVMe flash and a DOD approved flash file system that has been a part of numerous government programs. “One Stop Systems’ expertise in PCIe expansion has helped evolve our flash products from purely expansion systems to powerful all-flash arrays,” said Steve Cooper, OSS CEO. “All-flash arrays have increasingly replaced traditional spinning disks in environments ranging from mobile devices to data centers and defense vehicles. Both the commercial and the rugged versions provide a new level of performance for applications such as real-time HPC analytics, big data and high speed data recording.”