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ISC 2017 Adds STEM Student Day

Today ISC 2017 announced the inclusion of the STEM Student Day & Gala at this year’s conference. Taking place June 21 in Frankfurt, the new program aims to connect the next generation of regional and international STEM practitioners with the high performance computing industry and its key players. “There is currently a shortage of a skilled STEM workforce in Europe and it is projected that the gap between available jobs and suitable candidates will grow very wide beyond 2020 if nothing is done about it,” said Martin Meuer, the general co-chair of ISC High Performance. “This gave us the idea to organize the STEM Day, as many organizations that exhibit at ISC could profit from meeting the future workforce directly.”

Andrew Ng Leaving Baidu for Next Chapter in AI

“As the founding lead of the Google Brain project, and more recently through my role at Baidu, I have played a role in the transformation of two leading technology companies into “AI companies.” But AI’s potential is far bigger than its impact on technology companies. I will continue my work to shepherd in this important societal change. In addition to transforming large companies to use AI, there are also rich opportunities for entrepreneurship as well as further AI research.”

1.5 Petaflop Supercomputer coming to IIT-Kharagpur in India

Today the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur announced that it will be the first academic institution to open a supercomputing facility under India’s National Supercomputing Mission (NSM). This will provide large computational support to users to carry out both research and teaching activities that involve state-of-the-art HPC and usher in a new age in research and innovation in the country, an IIT-Kharagpur spokesperson said. “The Petaflop new system with both CPU and CPU-GPU based servers along with the already existing HPC equipment will provide about 1.5 Peta-Flop capacity support to several areas where the researchers of IIT-KGP are actively involved,” said IIT-KGP Director Prof P P Chakrabarti.

Scalable Informatics Closes Down their Shop

We are sad to report that HPC vendor Scalable Informatics has gone out of business. Headed up by CEO Joe Landman, Scalable Informatics spent the last 12 years building ‘Simply Faster” software-defined storage and compute solutions to the financial, research, scientific, and big data analysis markets. “There are days when this reporter wishes he wasn’t in the news business. Today is one of those days.”

Supermicro Rolls Out Intel Optane SSD Platforms

Today SuperMicro rolled out a wide range of NVMe Flash server and storage systems with support for the new Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X based on 3D XPoint technology. “Being First-To-Market with the latest in computing technology continues to be our corporate strength, the addition of Intel Optane memory technology gives our top tier customers a new memory deployment strategy that provides better write performance and latency than existing NVMe NAND SSD solutions,” said Charles Liang, President and CEO of Supermicro. “In addition this new memory is slated to consume 30 percent lower max-power than SSD NAND memory, supporting our customer’s green computing priorities.”

SuperMUC Helps Discover New Species Critical to Rainforest Ecosystems

Researchers using the SuperMUC cluster in Germany have discovered a set of unknown species in rainforest soils. As described in a new paper published in Nature Ecology and Evolution, their study on microbial diversity in tropical rainforests required over one million CPU hours to complete. “Without the outstanding high performance computing infrastructure in Germany and especially at LRZ, this study would not have been feasible. The availability of SuperMUC constitutes an essential national advantage in the international scientific competition,” states Alexandros Stamatakis.

Allinea Software Powers Heart Simulation Framework

The Allinea Forge parallel code development suite is helping to speed up exciting computational cardiology research at the Medical University of Graz. “Utilizing the power of the VSC-3 supercomputer at the University of Vienna, Postdoctoral researcher Dr. Aurel Neic and his team are developing a simulation framework for the human heart called the Cardiac Arrythmia Research Package (CARP). It replicates the electric, mechanic and haemodynamic (the forces associated with the flow of blood) phenomena in the heart in a coupled manner and is bringing exciting new possibilities to medical science.”

Intel’s Diane Bryant on How AI Will Change Lives

“Artificial Intelligence will deliver the next wave of societal transformation on parallel with the industrial, technical and internet revolutions that preceded it. As our AI-fueled future evolves, we have a tremendous opportunity to address opportunities from scare resource utilization and scientific exploration to inclusion and human rights expansion. Intel Executive VP Diane Bryant will share Intel’s vision for unleashing AI as well as a perspective on how to accelerate the delivery of #AIforgood.”

PRACE 2 Adds Piz Daint Supercomputer

Earlier this month, the European PRACE initiative went into Phase 2, with Switzerland becoming a new Hosting Member. As a Hosting Member, Switzerland is now making its Piz Daint supercomputer at CSCS available for cutting-edge PRACE research. The other Hosting Members are Spain, Italy, Germany and France.

Apply Now for the PEARC17 Student Program

PEARC17 provides students with a range of opportunities in the Technical Program and in targeted student activities. For all student attendees, PEARC17 will include a one-day intensive collaborative modeling and analysis challenge; a session on careers in modeling and large data analytics; a mentorship program; and opportunities for students to volunteer to assist with conference activities. Participation from traditionally under-represented communities including women, minorities, and people with disabilities, is strongly encouraged.