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Alan Turing Institute Hits the Ground Running for HPC & Data Science

Professor Andrew Blake, Director, Alan Turing Institute

The Alan Turing Institute is the UK’s national institute for data science. It has marked its first few days of operations with the announcement of its new director, the confirmation of £10 million of research funding from Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a research partnership with GCHQ, collaboration with the EPSRC and Cray, and the commencement of its first research activities.

Radio Free HPC Previews Tutorials at SC15

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In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team previews three of the excellent Tutorial sessions coming up at SC15. “The SC tutorials program is one of the highlights of the SC Conference series, and it is one of the largest tutorial programs at any computing-related conference in the world. It offers attendees the chance to learn from and to interact with leading experts in the most popular areas of high performance computing (HPC), networking, and storage.”

Intel to Invest $50 Million in Quantum Computing

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Today Intel announced a 10-year collaborative relationship with the Delft University of Technology and TNO, the Dutch Organization for Applied Research, to accelerate advancements in quantum computing. To achieve this goal, Intel will invest US$50 million and will provide significant engineering resources both on-site and at Intel, as well as technical support. “Quantum computing holds the promise of solving complex problems that are practically insurmountable today, including intricate simulations such as large-scale financial analysis and more effective drug development.”

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.”

Strategies for Managing High Performance GPU Clusters

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When discussing GPU accelerators, the focus is often on the price-to-performance benefits to the end user. The true cost of managing and using GPUs goes far beyond the hardware price, however. Understanding and managing these costs helps provide more efficient and productive systems.

ISC 2016 Issues Call for Papers

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The ISC High Performance conference has issued its Call for Papers. As Europe’s most renowned forum for high performance computing, ISC 2016 will take place June 20-22, 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany.

HPC People on the Move: Back to School Edition

Dr. Lewey Anton

It’s me again–Dr. Lewey Anton. I’ve been commissioned by insideHPC to get the scoop on who’s jumping ship and moving on up in high performance computing. Familiar names in this edition include: David Barkai, Ben Bennet, Bob Buck, and Peter ffoulkes.

Cray XC Series Networking

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Creating a large server farm with fast CPUs doesn’t map well to applications that require storage connectivity, as most do, or socket to socket communication within the overall system. Thus, a flexible and high speed networking solution is critical to the overall performance of the computing system.

Call for Student Cluster Teams at ISC 2016

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Today the HPC Advisory Council announced the return of the widely successful HPCAC-ISC Student Cluster Competition in next year’s ISC program of events. In a real-time competition, 11 teams of undergraduate students from around the world will build a small cluster of their own design on the ISC 2016 exhibit floor and race to demonstrate the greatest performance across a series of benchmarks and applications.

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.”