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Mellanox Receives Baidu Award for Innovation in Machine Learning

Today Mellanox announced it has received the Award for Technology Innovation from Baidu, Inc. The award recognizes Mellanox’s achievements in designing and delivering a high-performance, low latency interconnect technology solution that positively impacts Baidu’s business. Mellanox Technologies received the award at the 2016 Baidu Datacenter Partner Conference, Baidu’s annual gathering of key datacenter partners, and was the only interconnect provider in this category.

Inria Joins OpenMP ARB

“Inria teams have been developing runtime systems and compiler techniques for parallel programming over several decades.” says Olivier Aumage, researcher at Inria’s team STORM, “By joining the OpenMP ARB today, Inria looks forward to contribute this expertise in making OpenMP meet the challenges of the Exascale era”.

Superior Performance Commits Kyoto University to CPUs Over GPUs

In this special guest feature, Rob Farber writes that a study done by Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine shows that code modernization can help Intel Xeon processors outperform GPUs on machine learning code. “The Kyoto results demonstrate that modern multicore processing technology now matches or exceeds GPU machine-learning performance, but equivalently optimized software is required to perform a fair benchmark comparison. For historical reasons, many software packages like Theano lacked optimized multicore code as all the open source effort had been put into optimizing the GPU code paths.”

SIMULAB Project to Advance Aerospace Simulation

MSC Software has announced a partnership with the Campania Region Technological Aerospace District to launch the SIMULAB Project (Simulation Laboratory for the Development of Aeronautical Programs). MSC will join efforts with DAC (Campania Aerospace Cluster), Formit, Sixtema, and CIRA (an Italian aerospace research center) to accelerate the development of companies involved in the Italian Aerospace industry.

Supercomputing Better Engines at Argonne

Researchers are using Argonne supercomputers to jump-start internal-combustion engine designs in the name of conservation. “Improving engine efficiencies by even a few percentage points can take a big chunk out of our carbon footprint. We are working on a proof-of-concept to demonstrate how simulating several thousand engine configurations simultaneously can really help engineers zero in on the optimum engine designs and operating strategies to maximize efficiency while minimizing harmful emissions.”

Podcast: Intel Scalable System Framework Moves HPC Forward at the System Level

In this Intel Chip Chat podcast, Alyson Klein and Charlie Wuischpard describe Intel’s investment to break down walls to HPC adoption and move innovation forward by thinking at a system level. “Charlie discusses the announcement of the Intel Xeon Phi processor, which is a foundational element of Intel Scalable System Framework (Intel SSF), as well as Intel Omni-Path Fabric. Charlie also explains that these enhancements will make supercomputing faster, more reliable, and increase efficient power consumption; Intel has achieved this by combining the capabilities of various technologies and optimizing ways for them to work together.”

Diablo Technologies Memory1 Goes into Production

“Memory1 provides the highest-capacity system memory solution on the market, enabling massive increases in server and application capability. Diablo’s JEDEC-compliant, flash-based DIMMs, interface seamlessly with existing server architectures and require no changes to hardware, operating systems, or applications. Memory1 is ideal for environments that require large memory footprints for workloads such as big data analytics, caching, and complex web applications.”

Cray Teams With Deloitte to Combat Cybercrime

Today Deloitte Advisory and Cray introduced the first commercially available high-speed, supercomputing threat analytics service. Called Cyber Reconnaissance and Analytics, the subscription-based offering is designed to help organizations effectively discover, understand and take action to defend against cyber adversaries.

Dassault to Acquire Computer Simulation Technology (CST) in Germany

Dassault Systèmes, a provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions, has announced that it will acquire Computer Simulation Technology (CST), a specialist in electromagnetic (EM) and electronics simulation, for approximately 220 million euros. With the acquisition of CST, based near Frankfurt, Germany, Dassault Systèmes will complement its industry solution experiences for realistic multiphysics simulation on its 3DEXPERIENCE platform with full spectrum EM simulation.

Video: Mellanox Powers Open Science Grid on Comet Supercomputer

“We are pioneering the area of virtualized clusters, specifically with SR-IOV,” said Philip Papadopoulos, SDSC’s chief technical officer. “This will allow virtual sub-clusters to run applications over InfiniBand at near-native speeds – and that marks a huge step forward in HPC virtualization. In fact, a key part of this is virtualization for customized software stacks, which will lower the entry barrier for a wide range of researchers by letting them project an environment they already know onto Comet.”