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Radio Free HPC Looks at the New Volta GPUs for HPC & AI

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at Volta, Nvidia’s new GPU architecture that delivers up to 5x the performance of its predecessor. “At the GPU Technology Conference, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang introduced a lineup of new Volta-based AI supercomputers including a powerful new version of our DGX-1 deep learning appliance; announced the Isaac robot-training simulator; unveiled the NVIDIA GPU Cloud platform, giving developers access to the latest, optimized deep learning frameworks; and unveiled a partnership with Toyota to help build a new generation of autonomous vehicles.”

InfiniBand Roadmap Foretells a World Where Server Connectivity is at 1000 Gb/sec

The InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA) has updated their InfiniBand Roadmap. With HDR 200 Gb/sec technolgies shipping this year, the roadmap looks out to an XDR world where server connectivity reaches 1000 Gb/sec. “The IBTA‘s InfiniBand roadmap is continuously developed as a collaborative effort from the various IBTA working groups. Members of the IBTA working groups include leading enterprise IT vendors who are actively contributing to the advancement of InfiniBand. The roadmap details 1x, 4x, and 12x port widths with bandwidths reaching 600Gb/s data rate HDR in 2017. The roadmap is intended to keep the rate of InfiniBand performance increase in line with systems-level performance gains.”

Podcast: Marc Hamilton on how Volta GPUs will Power Next-Generation HPC and AI

In this podcast, Marc Hamilton from Nvidia describes how the new Volta GPUs will power the next generation of systems for HPC and AI. According to Nvidia, the Tesla V100 accelerator is the world’s highest performing parallel processor, designed to power the most computationally intensive HPC, AI, and graphics workloads.

Memory Driven Computing in the Spotlight at MSST Conference Next Week

The MSST Mass Storage Conference in Silicon Valley is just a few days away, and the agenda is packed with High Performance Computing topics. In one of the invited talks, Kimberly Keeton from Hewlett Packard Enterprise speak on Memory Driven Computing. We caught up Kimberly to learn more.

Nvidia Unveils GPUs with Volta Architecture

This week at the GPU Technology Conference, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang Wednesday launched Volta, a new GPU architecture that delivers 5x the performance of its predecessor. “Over the course of two hours, Huang introduced a lineup of new Volta-based AI supercomputers including a powerful new version of our DGX-1 deep learning appliance; announced the Isaac robot-training simulator; unveiled the NVIDIA GPU Cloud platform, giving developers access to the latest, optimized deep learning frameworks; and unveiled a partnership with Toyota to help build a new generation of autonomous vehicles.”

Job of the Week: Computer Scientist at Naval Air Systems Command

The Naval Air Systems Command is seeking a Computer Scientist in our Job of the Week.

Slidecast: BXI – Bull eXascale Interconnect

“The interconnect is going to be a key enabling technology for exascale systems. This is why one of the cornerstones of Bull’s exascale program is the development of our own new-generation interconnect. The Bull eXascale Interconnect or BXI introduces a paradigm shift in terms of performance, scalability, efficiency, reliability and quality of service for extreme workloads.”

Interview: Peter Braam on How Campaign Storage Bridges the Small & Big, Fast & Slow

Peter Braam is well-known in the HPC Community for his early work with Lustre and other projects like the SKA telescope Science Data Processor. As one of the featured speakers at the upcoming MSST Mass Storage Conference, Braam will describe how his Campaign Storage Startup provides tools for massive parallel data movement between the new low cost, industry standard campaign storage tiers with premium storage for performance or availability.

Agenda Posted for HP-CAST at ISC 2017

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has posted their Preliminary Agenda for HP-CAST. As HPE’s user group meeting for high performance computing, the event takes place June 16-17 in Frankfurt, just prior to ISC 2017. “The High Performance Consortium for Advanced Scientific and Technical (HP-CAST) computing users group works to increase the capabilities of Hewlett Packard Enterprise solutions for large-scale, scientific and technical computing. HP-CAST provides guidance to Hewlett Packard Enterprise on the essential development and support issues for such systems. HP-CAST meetings typically include corporate briefings and presentations by HPE executives and technical staff (under NDA), and discussions of customer issues related to high-performance technical computing.”

Trends in Systems and How to Get Efficient Performance

Martin Hilgeman from Dell gave this talk at the Switzerland HPC Conference. “With all the advances in massively parallel and multi-core computing with CPUs and accelerators it is often overlooked whether the computational work is being done in an efficient manner. This efficiency is largely being determined at the application level and therefore puts the responsibility of sustaining a certain performance trajectory into the hands of the user. This presentation shows the well-known laws of parallel performance from the perspective of a system builder.”