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Intel Joins iRODS Consortium to Better Integrate Lustre

Today the integrated Rule-Oriented Data System (iRODS) Consortium announced that Intel Corporation has joined their membership-based foundation. “As a consortium member, Intel plans to improve integration between iRODS, the free open source software for data virtualization, data discovery, workflow automation, and secure collaboration, and Lustre, an open source parallel distributed file system used for computing on large-scale high performance computing clusters. Membership in the consortium is a first step in offering an integrated tiered solution to Lustre end-users that allows them to easily move data sets from HPC systems into less costly long-term storage systems, where the data can be managed, shared and kept secure using iRODS.”

How GPU Hackathons Bring HPC to More Users

“GPUs potentially offer exceptionally high memory bandwidth and performance for a wide range of applications. The challenge in utilizing such accelerators has been the difficulty in programming them. Enter GPU Hackathons; Our mentors come from national laboratories, universities and vendors, and besides having extensive experience in programming GPUs, many of them develop the GPU-capable compilers and help define standards such as OpenACC and OpenMP.”

Will ECMWF Move Supercomputing to Italy?

Weather and climate simulation services could soon be run in Europe rather than the UK as it was announced that the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) is proposing to move its supercomputing capabilities to a new data centre located in Italy.

Registration Opens for ISC 2017 in Frankfurt

Registration is now open for ISC 2017 with discounted Early Bird rates. As the largest high performance computing forum in Europe, ISC 2017 takes place June 18-22 in Frankfurt, Germany. “First held in 1986, ISC High Performance is the world’s oldest and Europe’s most important conference and networking event for the HPC community. It offers a strong five-day technical program focusing on HPC technological development and its application in scientific fields, as well as its adoption in commercial environments.”

SDSC Seismic Simulation Software Exceeds 10 Petaflops on Cori Supercomputer

Researchers at SDSC have developed a new seismic software package with Intel Corporation that has enabled the fastest seismic simulation to-date. SDSC’s ground-breaking performance of 10.4 Petaflops on earthquake simulations used 612,000 Intel Xeon Phi processor cores of the new Cori Phase II supercomputer at NERSC.

Horst Simon to Present “Supercomputers and Superintelligence” at PASC17 in Lugano

Today PASC17 announced that Horst Simon will present a public lecture entitled “Supercomputers and Superintelligence” at the conference. PASC17 takes place June 26-28 in Lugano Switzerland. “In recent years the idea of emerging superintelligence has been discussed widely by popular media, and many experts voiced grave warnings about its possible consequences. This talk will use an analysis of progress in supercomputer performance to examine the gap between current technology and reaching the capabilities of the human brain. In spite of good progress in high performance computing and techniques such as machine learning, this gap is still very large. The presentation will then explore two related topics through a discussion of recent examples: what can we learn from the brain and apply to HPC, e.g., through recent efforts in neuromorphic computing? And how much progress have we made in modeling brain function? The talk will be concluded with a perspective on the true dangers of superintelligence, and on our ability to ever build self-aware or sentient computers.”

Exascale Computing Project Selects Co-Design Center for Graph Analytics

The Exascale Computing Project (ECP) has selected its fifth Co-Design Center to focus on Graph Analytics — combinatorial (graph) kernels that play a crucial enabling role in many data analytic computing application areas as well as several ECP applications. Initially, the work will be a partnership among PNNL, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, and Purdue University.

Call for Technical Papers: SC17 in Denver

SC17 has issues its Call for Technical Papers. The event takes place Nov 12-17 in Denver. “The Technical Papers Program at SC is the leading venue for presenting the highest-quality original research, from the foundations of HPC to its emerging frontiers. The Conference Committee solicits submissions of excellent scientific merit that introduce new ideas to the field and stimulate future trends on topics such as applications, systems, parallel algorithms, data analytics and performance modeling. SC also welcomes submissions that make significant contributions to the “state-of-the-practice” by providing compelling insights on best practices for provisioning, using and enhancing high-performance computing systems, services, and facilities.”

Bringing HPC Algorithms to Big Data Platforms

Nikolay Malitsky from Brookhaven National Laboratory presented this talk at the Spark Summit East conference. “This talk will present a MPI-based extension of the Spark platform developed in the context of light source facilities. The background and rationale of this extension are described in the paper “Bringing the HPC reconstruction algorithms to Big Data platforms.” which highlighted a gap between two modern driving forces of the scientific discovery process: HPC and Big Data technologies. As a result, it proposed to extend the Spark platform with inter-worker communication for supporting scientific-oriented parallel applications.”

OFA Workshop Posts Session Abstracts for Austin Meeting in March

Today the OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) published the session abstracts for its 13th Annual OFA Workshop. Sponsored by Intel, the workshop takes place March 27-31 in Austin, Texas. “The workshop will include more than 50 sessions covering a variety of critical networking topics delivered by industry experts from around the world. Additionally, the OFA has announced that Al Geist of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) will deliver a workshop keynote address on the impact of the Exascale Computing Project. The workshop program is designed to educate attendees and encourage lively exchanges among OFA members, developers, and users who share a vested interest in high performance networks.”