Today the OpenPOWER Foundation announced that their inaugural OpenPOWER Summit Europe will take place Oct. 26-28 in Barcelona, Spain. Held in conjunction with OpenStack Europe, the OpenPOWER Summit Europe, the event will feature speakers and demonstrations from the OpenPOWER ecosystem, including industry leaders and academia sharing their technical solutions and state of the art advancements.
Today the Green500 released their listing of the world’s most energy efficient supercomputers. “Japan’s research institution RIKEN once again captured the top spot with its Shoubu supercomputer. With rating of 6673.84 MFLOPS/Watt, Shoubu edged out another RIKEN system, Satsuki, the number 2 system that delivered 6195.22 MFLOPS/Watt. Both are “ZettaScaler”supercomputers, employing Intel Xeon processors and PEZY-SCnp manycore accelerators.
IBM scientists have created randomly spiking neurons using phase-change materials to store and process data. This demonstration marks a significant step forward in the development of energy-efficient, ultra-dense integrated neuromorphic technologies for applications in cognitive computing.
Today SC16 announced that Katharine Frase has been selected as the SC16 Keynote Speaker. “We are thrilled to have such an experienced pioneer and leader address pressing issues across so many industry fronts,” says John West, SC16 General Chair from the Texas Advanced Computing Center. “Her discussion will be thought-provoking to everyone in the room – from industry veterans to those new to the field.”
The inaugural Misha Mahowald Prize for Neuromorphic Engineering has been awarded to the TrueNorth project, led by Dr. Dharmendra S. Modha at IBM Research. “The Misha Mahowald Prize recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of neuromorphic engineering. Neuromorphic engineering is defined as the construction of artificial computing systems which implement key computational principles found in natural nervous systems. Understanding how to build such systems may enable a new generation of intelligent devices, able to interact in real-time in uncertain real-world conditions under severe power constraints, as biological brains do.”
“OpenPOWER is all about creating a broad ecosystem with opportunities to accelerate your workloads. For the Cognitive Cup, we provide two types of accelerators: GPUs and FPGAs. GPUs are used by the Deep Learning framework to train your neural network. When you want to use the neural network during the “classification” phase, you have a choice of Power CPUs, GPUs and FPGAs.”
The first Joint International Workshop on Parallel Data Storage and Data Intensive Scalable Computing Systems (PDSW-DISCS’16) has issued its Call for Papers. As a one day event held in conjunction with SC16, the workshop will combine two overlapping communities to to address some of the most critical challenges for scientific data storage, management, devices, and processing infrastructure. To learn more, we caught up with workshop co-chairs Dean Hildebrand (IBM) and Shane Canon (LBNL).
In this video from ISC 2016, Steve Branton from Asetek describes the company’s innovative liquid cooling solutions for HPC. “Because liquid is 4,000 times better at storing and transferring heat than air, Asetek’s solutions provide immediate and measurable benefits to large and small data centers alike. RackCDU D2C is a “free cooling” solution that captures between 60% and 80% of server heat, reducing data center cooling cost by over 50% and allowing 2.5x-5x increases in data center server density. D2C removes heat from CPUs, GPUs, memory modules within servers using water as hot as 40°C (105°F), eliminating the need for chilling to cool these components.”
Today IBM and the University of Calgary announced a five-year collaboration to accelerate and expand genomic research into common childhood conditions such as autism, congenital diseases and the many unknown causes of illness. As part of the collaboration, IBM will augment the existing research capacity at the Cumming School of Medicine’s Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute by installing a POWER8-based computing and storage infrastructure along with advanced analytics and cognitive computing software.
“IBM has developed new scale-up and scale-out systems — with 16 million neurons — that will be presented in Dr Modha’s pioneering research talk. Watson wins at Jeopardy and enters industrial applications while AlphaGo defeats the human Go champion. No day goes by before the dooms day prediction of AI infused Robots taking over our world comes up in the news. Visions of HAL and Terminator coming alive? Will Artificial Intelligence make us obsolete?”