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Star Tribune Reflects on the Life of Seymour Cray

Seymour Cray showed off the Cray-1 supercomputer built in 1976 by Cray Research in Chippewa Falls, Wis. Cray revolutionized computing, ramping up productivity and speed with each new design.

Over at the Star Tribune, Curt Brown has posted a brief history on the life of Seymour Cray, the Father of the Supercomputing Industry. “It seems impossible to exaggerate the effect he had on the industry,” said Joel Birnbaum, a Hewlett-Packard executive. “Many of the things that high performance computers now do routinely were at the furthest edge of credibility when Seymour envisioned them. He ranks up there with Edison and Bell.”

Video: Unleashing Powerful Monte Carlo Parallel Methods

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In this video from the Go Parallel Blog, Jeff Cogswell looks at an example of the Monte Carlo methods used in scientific and engineering applications for modeling sophisticated systems. Although these methods can be complex, some easy examples like this demonstrate their power.

Rachel Maddow on Why the Europeans Have Better Forecasts

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By October 2015, the capacity of each of NOAA’s two operational supercomputers will jump to 2.5 petaflops, for a total of 5 petaflops – a nearly tenfold increase from the current capacity. “NOAA is America’s environmental intelligence agency; we provide the information, data, and services communities need to become resilient to significant and severe weather, water, and climate events,” said Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D., NOAA’s Administrator.

Video: Memristor Research at HP Labs

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In this video, HP Labs Research Scientist John Paul Strachan discusses how memristors work and then goes on to show them in action.

Video: GPU-Accelerated Analysis of Large Biomolecular Complexes

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“This presentation will highlight the use of GPU ray tracing for visualizing the process of photosynthesis, and GPU accelerated analysis of results of hybrid structure determination methods that combine data from cryo-electron microscopy and X-ray crystallography atom molecular dynamics with all- simulations.”

Converged Solutions for HPC and Big Data using Clusters and Clouds

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In this video from SC14, Ian Lumb from Bright Computing presents: Converged solutions for HPC and Big Data Analytics using Clusters and Clouds.

Video: See How HPC Transforms in the SC15 Preview

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“HPC is transforming our everyday lives, as well as our not-so-ordinary ones. From nanomaterials to jet aircrafts, from medical treatments to disaster preparedness, and even the way we wash our clothes; the HPC community has transformed the world in multifaceted ways. For its 27th anniversary, the annual SC Conference will return to Austin, TX, a city that continues to develop new ways of engaging our senses and incubating technology of all types, including supercomputing.”

Video: High Performance Quantum Computing

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In this video, Matthias Troyer speaks at Google on the topic of “High Performance Quantum Computing.” The presentation took place on December 2, 2014.

Video: The History of HPC at the DOE – A LANL Perspective

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“The DOE OCIO Technology Summit began with a high-level overview of how HPC came into existence followed by presentations of how HPC is being used in the community, and the challenges facing the technology’s use.”

Video: Deep Learning on GPU Clusters

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“Deep neural networks have recently emerged as an important tool for difficult AI problems, and have found success in many fields ranging from computer vision to speech recognition. Training deep neural networks is computationally intensive, and so practical application of these networks requires careful attention to parallelism. GPUs have been instrumental in the success of deep neural networks, because they significantly reduce the cost of network training, which then has allowed many researchers to train better networks. In this talk, I will discuss how we were able to duplicate results from a 1000 node cluster using only 3 nodes, each with 4 GPUs.”