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Microsoft Boosts Azure with GS-Series VMs for Compute-intensive Workloads

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Today Microsoft announced their GS-Series serious of premium VMs for Compute-intensive workloads. “Powered by the Intel Xeon E5 v3 family processors, the GS-series can have up to 64TB of storage, provide 80,000 IOPs (storage I/Os per second) and deliver 2,000 MB/s of storage throughput. The GS-series offers the highest disk throughput, by more than double, of any VM offered by another hyperscale public cloud provider.”

Video: DARPA’s SyNAPSE and the Cortical Processor

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“I will describe a decade-long, multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional effort spanning neuroscience, supercomputing and nanotechnology to build and demonstrate a brain-inspired computer and describe the architecture, programming model and applications. I also will describe future efforts in collaboration with DOE to build, literally, a “brain-in-a-box”. The work was built on simulations conducted on Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Dawn and Sequoia HPC systems in collaboration with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.”

Video: Doing Computational Chemistry with Square Pegs and Round Holes

Devin Matthews, University of Texas at Austin

“Existing computational chemistry packages are tightly integrated, with few interchangeable components, data structures and algorithms. Interoperation between packages is an issue of particular interest to the chemistry community but is only slowly gaining traction. In this talk I will show how the Aquarius quantum chemistry framework takes the philosophy that abstraction layers can be created to interface with external programs and libraries that use expert knowledge of those systems to leverage their native interfaces. This philosophy is illustrated with the example of tensor contraction, where an interface layer has been created to dynamically build on the features of various external tensor libraries.”

Time-lapse Video: Installation of Cray Supercomputer at UK Met Office

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In this video, technicians install the first phase of a new Cray XC supercomputer at the U.K. Met Office. “Consisting of three phases spanning multiple years, the $128 million contract expands Cray’s significant presence in the global weather and climate community, and is the largest supercomputer contract ever for Cray outside of the United States.

Video: Why is HPC so Important to AI?

Bryan Catanzaro, Baidu

In this video from the SF Big Analytics Meetup, Bryan Catanzaro from Baidu presents: Why is HPC so important to AI? “We built Deep Speech because we saw the opportunity to re-conceive speech recognition in light of the new capabilities afforded by Deep Learning, to take advantage of even larger datasets to solve even harder problems.”

Video: A Rare Look Inside Cray Manufacturing in Chippewa Falls

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“For more than 40 years now, we have enjoyed a proud and storied history with Chippewa Falls, and the opening of our new manufacturing facility affirms our commitment to building our supercomputers in a town that is synonymous with Cray,” said Peter Ungaro, president and CEO of Cray. “Maintaining direct control of our manufacturing process ensures our systems are built with the highest level of quality that customers expect in a Cray product. “

Video: Big Data Powers Climate Research at BSC

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In this video from the Barcelona Supercomputer Center, Big Data is presented as a key challenge for researchers studying global climate change. “Changes in the composition of the atmosphere can affect the habitability of the planet by modifying the air quality and altering long-term climate. Research in this area is devoted to the development, implementation and refinement of global and regional state-of-the-art models for short-term air quality forecasting and long-term climate predictions.”

Video: Present and Future Leadership Computers at OLCF

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In this video from the 2015 OLCF User Meeting, Buddy Bland from Oak Ridge presents: Present and Future Leadership Computers at OLCF. “As the home of Titan, the fastest supercomputer in the USA, OLCF has an exciting future ahead with the 2017 deployment of the Summit supercomputer. Summit will deliver more than five times the computational performance of Titan’s 18,688 nodes, using only approximately 3,400 nodes when it arrives in 2017.”

Video: Stunning Simulation Shows Comet in the Solar Wind

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In what has to be one of the most beautiful simulations I’ve ever seen, this video from the European Space Agency shows simulated interaction of solar winds with 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the famous comet targeted the Rosetta mission. “The simulated conditions represent those expected at 1.3 AU from the Sun, close to perihelion, where the comet is strongly active.”

NASA Charts Sea Level Rise

NASA visualization shows shifts in the Gulf Stream (in Blue). Yellow shows drops in Sea Levels while Orange shows increases.

“Sea level rise is one of the most visible signatures of our changing climate, and rising seas have profound impacts on our nation, our economy and all of humanity,” said Michael Freilich, director of NASA’s Earth Science Division. “By combining space-borne direct measurements of sea level with a host of other measurements from satellites and sensors in the oceans themselves, NASA scientists are not only tracking changes in ocean heights but are also determining the reasons for those changes.”