In this video, Rich Brueckner tries to match wits with Watson at ISC’11 with a little help from IBM’s Martin Hiegl. This week, IBM announced that attendees at SC11 will have the opportunity to play a game of Jeopardy against the Watson computing system.
Watson will be featured in a kiosk located on the 6th floor of the convention and trade center, separate from the main IBM booth. The kiosk is a version of the full IBM Power Systems-based Watson system that competed on the game show. Watson represents a significant advance in a computer’s ability to understand context in human language – a technology with potential applications in such domains as medicine. As has been demonstrated in some well-publicized contests, man versus computer in a game of Jeopardy is not the mismatch one might imagine. Understanding the complexities of natural language, which comes naturally to humans, is an extraordinary challenge for computers.
So there you have it — go for the geography questions and you might be able to beat that bad boy. Read the Full Story.
In this video from ISC’11, PROSPECT panelists discuss the creation of a European Technology Platform for HPC. PLATFORM is the “Promotion of Supercomputing Partnerships for European Competitiveness and Technology.”
Moderator: Dr S. Girona, Barcelona Supercomputing Centre, Operations Director
Kostas Glinos, The European Commission
Dr. G. Tecchiolli, Eurotech, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Mr. H. Falter, ParTec Cluster Competence Centre, Chief Operating Officer
Prof. T. Lippert, Research Centre Jülich, Institute for Advanced Simulation (IAS), Managing Director, also Prospect Executive Committee member
Prof. A. Bode, Leibniz Research Centre, Managing Director, also Prospect Executive Committee member
A tip of the hat goes to Hugo Falter and Frank Severin for sending us this video.
The latest issue of The Exascale Report is out with interesting grumblings from the community about Intel’s recent announcement of exascale leadership. Personally, I came away from the press event (watch insideHPC’s exclusive video here) with a much stronger sense of clarity as to where the company wants to go by 2018, but others quoted in the article were highly critical:
Intel has yet to demonstrate a deep and credible plan to get to exascale. This [announcement] is about claiming ‘turf’ and is more of a strategic move for Intel – in an attempt to keep any of their major customers and partners from defecting to AMD or NVIDIA in search of longer-term exascale capabilities. Intel still has not been able to adequately address the interconnect issue – and that’s become a rather sensitive topic for them.”
There are also two really insightful audio interviews in this issue – one with IBM’s Don Grice (who is rumored to be the one taking over for Alan Gara as chief architect for Blue Gene), and one with Wilf Pinfold from Intel. Wilf is currently the Director of Extreme Scale Programs with Intel’s labs, but many of us know him from his role as the General Chair of SC09.
In this video, Rich Brueckner from insideHPC interviews Bill Nitzberg, CTO of PBS Works at Altair Engineering. The company recently celebrated the 20th anniversay of PBS Professional, Altair’s EAL3+ security certified, commercial-grade HPC workload management solution.
In this video, Geoffrey Noer from Panasas showcases the company’s HPC storage solutions. Recorded at the ISC’11 conference in Hamburg.
Panasas ActiveStor 12 brings appliance-like plug-and-play simplicity to large scale storage deployments. It provides industry-leading performance and unrivaled performance per gigabyte for complex business-critical applications. This fourth generation Panasas storage blade system more than doubles performance over the previous generation product, going from 600MB/s to a stunning 1.5GB/s per chassis.
After ESG installed, configured, and connected to the system, completing the entire set-up procedure in only minutes, they saw ActiveStor 12 aggregate performance to be 1.5GB/s per chassis with near-linear performance scaling.
In this video from ISC’11, Andrey Slepuhin from T-Platforms presents: “On a Way to Build 10 Petaflop System.” These fast-paced Hot Seat Sessions have been a trademark of ISC for many years, providing HPC vendors an opportunity to present their latest technologies in front of a board of inquisitors.
In this video from ISC’11, Cray’s Steve Scott presents an overview of the company’s supercomputer offerings. These fast-paced Hot Seat Sessions have been a trademark of ISC for many years, providing HPC vendors an opportunity to present their latest technologies in front of a board of inquisitors.