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Video: Europe’s Fastest Supercomputer and the World Around It

Michael Resch from HLRS gave this rousing talk at the HPC User Forum. “HLRS supports national and European researchers from science and industry by providing high-performance computing platforms and technologies, services and support. Supercomputer Hazel Hen, a Cray XC40-system, is at the heart of the HPC system infrastructure of the HLRS. With a peak performance of 7.42 Petaflops (quadrillion floating point operations per second), Hazel Hen is one of the most powerful HPC systems in the world (position 8 of TOP500, 11/2015) and is the fastest supercomputer in the European Union. The HLRS supercomputer, which was taken into operation in October 2015, is based on the Intel Haswell Processor and the Cray Aries network and is designed for sustained application performance and high scalability.”

Slidecast: Advantages of Offloading Architectures for HPC

In this slidecast, Gilad Shainer from Mellanox describes the advantages of InfiniBand and the company’s off-loading network architecture for HPC. “The path to Exascale computing is clearly paved with Co-Design architecture. By using a Co-Design approach, the network infrastructure becomes more intelligent, which reduces the overhead on the CPU and streamlines the process of passing data throughout the network. A smart network is the only way that HPC data centers can deal with the massive demands to scale, to deliver constant performance improvements, and to handle exponential data growth.”

ORiGAMI – Oak Ridge Graph Analytics for Medical Innovation

Rangan Sukumar from ORNL presented this talk at the HPC User Forum in Tucson. “ORiGAMI is a tool for discovering and evaluating potentially interesting associations and creating novel hypothesis in medicine. ORiGAMI will help you “connect the dots” across 70 million knowledge nuggets published in 23 million papers in the medical literature. The tool works on a ‘Knowledge Graph’ derived from SEMANTIC MEDLINE published by the National Library of Medicine integrated with scalable software that enables term-based, path-based, meta-pattern and analogy-based reasoning principles.”

Jetstream – Adding Cloud-based Computing to the National Cyberinfrastructure

Matt Vaughan from TACC presented this talk at the HPC User Forum. “Jetstream is the first user-friendly, scalable cloud environment for XSEDE. The system enables researchers working at the “long tail of science” and the creation of truly customized virtual machines and computing architectures. It has a web-based user interface integrated with XSEDE via Globus Auth. The architecture is derived from the team’s collective experience with CyVerse Atmosphere, Chameleon and Quarry. The system also fosters reproducible, sharable computing with geographically isolated clouds located at Indiana University and TACC.”

Video: How to Build a Neural Net in 4 Minutes

In this video, Siraj Rival from Twilio presents a quick tutorial on How to Build a Neural Net in 4 Minutes. Siraj describes himself as the Bill Nye of Computer Science.

Using High Performance Interconnects in Dynamic Environments

“Over the last years the OFA community has shown the potential of using high performance networks (InfiniBand) to boost the performance of virtualized cloud environments, however, the network reconfiguration challenges still continue to exist. In this session we present the work we have been doing on InfiniBand subnet management and routing, in the context of dynamic cloud environments. This work includes, but not limited to, techniques in order to provide better management scalability when virtual machines are live migrating, tenant network isolation in multi-tenant environments, and fast performance-driven network reconfiguration.”

Video: Exploiting HPC Technologies to Accelerate Big Data Processing

“This talk will present RDMA-based designs using OpenFabrics Verbs and heterogeneous storage architectures to accelerate multiple components of Hadoop (HDFS, MapReduce, RPC, and HBase), Spark and Memcached. An overview of the associated RDMAenabled software libraries being designed and publicly distributed as a part of the HiBD project.”

How Verne Global is Moving HPC Workloads to Iceland

“At Verne Global we combine low power costs, free cooling for 365 days of the year and optimized infrastructure to reduce the total costs of ownership for your data center. Our customers have achieved savings of more than 80% on power alone. The only place in the world where your data center can operate with 100% sustainable green power is at Verne Global’s Icelandic campus. Powered by geothermal and hydro-electric sources, your IT power costs will be stable and predictable for up to 20 years.”

Video: The Internet of Machines

In this video, Steve Hebert from Nimbix presents: The Internet of Machines. “The good folks at Nimbix have also posted full a set video presentations from their recent Developer Summit. The event brought together the best and brightest minds building the next generation of cloud computing applications. The invigorating discussions span topics from rendering and simulation to big data and machine learning, and everything in between.”

NSCI Update from the HPC User Forum

In this video from the HPC User Forum in Tucson, Saul Gonzalez Martirena from NSF provides an update on the NSCI initiative. “As a coordinated research, development, and deployment strategy, NSCI will draw on the strengths of departments and agencies to move the Federal government into a position that sharpens, develops, and streamlines a wide range of new 21st century applications. It is designed to advance core technologies to solve difficult computational problems and foster increased use of the new capabilities in the public and private sectors.”