In this Talking Machines podcast, Katherine Gorman hosts Ryan Adams from Harvard to preview their new podcast series on machine learning. “Machine learning is changing the questions we can ask of the world around us, here we explore how to ask the best questions and what to do with the answers.”
“The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility’s (ALCF) mission is to accelerate major scientific discoveries and engineering breakthroughs for humanity by designing and providing world-leading computing facilities in partnership with the computational science community. We help researchers solve some of the world’s largest and most complex problems with our unique combination of supercomputing resources and expertise.”
In this video, Mootaz Elnozahy from KAUST discusses the arrival of the Shaheen II supercomputer. Some 25 times more powerful than its predecessor, Shaheen II is a Cray XC40 system with DataWarp burst buffer technology, a Cray Sonexion 2000 storage system, and a Cray Tiered Adaptive Storage (TAS) system.
“Comet is really all about providing high-performance computing to a much larger research community – what we call ‘HPC for the 99 percent’ – and serving as a gateway to discovery,” said SDSC Director Michael Norman, the project’s principal investigator. “Comet has been specifically configured to meet the needs of researchers in domains that have not traditionally relied on supercomputers to solve their problems.”
“With the advent of massively parallel computing coprocessors, numerical optimization for deep-learning disciplines is now possible. Complex real-time pattern recognition, for example, that can be used for self driving cars and augmented reality can be developed and high performance achieved with the use of specialized, highly tuned libraries. By just using the Message Passing Interface (MPI) API, very high performance can be attained on hundreds to thousands of Intel Xeon Phi processors.”
Today GCS announced that Professor Dr. Dr. Thomas Lippert has been elected Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing. Professor Lippert also serves as Director of the Institute for Advanced Simulation at the Forschungszentrum Jülich and Head of the Jülich Supercomputing Centre.
“By using high performance visualization systems, researchers at the Scientific Computing and Research Institute are using deep brain stimulation to treat several disabling neurological symptoms—most commonly the debilitating motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, such as tremor, rigidity, stiffness, slowed movement, and walking problems. The procedure reduces patient treatment time from four to five hours to less than 10 minutes. The result for the patient is restored movement and a more normal life.”
From bio-engineering and climate studies to big data and high frequency trading, HPC is playing an even greater role in today’s society. Without the power of HPC, the complex analysis and data driven decisions that are made as a result would be impossible. Because these super computers and HPC clusters are so powerful, they are expensive to cool, use massive amounts of energy, and can require a great deal of space.
“We are now working with over 100 channel partners globally. You can get access to Intel Lustre from almost everyone who sells storage or compute worldwide. We’re expanding this to include software partners, cloud partners. We want to create the best product possible out of this open source technology, and make it available economically to the channel partner, and enable you to go after these hugely expanding markets of cloud and big data, while not giving up on HPC.”