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Archives for July 2017

WINS Program Sponsors Six Women to Help Build SCinet at SC17

SC17 has chosen six women from IT departments around the United States to participate in the Women in IT Networking at SC (WINS) program, helping to build and operate SCinet, the very high capacity SC conference network. “Now in its third year, WINS is a collaboration between UCAR, ESnet, and KINBER. Although small numbers of women have been members of SCinet since its earliest days, WINS was launched to increase the diversity of the SCinet volunteer staff and provide professional development opportunities to highly qualified women in the field of networking and computing.”

Podcast: Introducing Intel Xeon Scalable Processors and Intel Select Solutions

In this Chip Chat podcast, Lisa Spelman, Manager of Intel Xeon Products and Data Center Marketing, discusses the launch of two pivotal advances for the data center. “Intel Select Solutions are workload-optimized data center solutions that simplify and accelerate the process of selecting and deploying the hardware and software needed for today’s broad, complex array of workloads and applications.”

AMD Showcases 1 Petaflop “Project 47” Rack at SIGGRAPH

“Project 47 boasts 1 PetaFLOPS of compute power at full 32-bit precision delivering a stunning 30 GigaFLOPS/W, demonstrating dramatic compute efficiency. It boasts more cores, threads, compute units, IO lanes and memory channels in use at one time than in any other similarly configured system ever before. The incredible performance-per-dollar and performance-per-watt of Project 47 makes supercomputing a more affordable reality than ever before, whether for machine learning, virtualization or rendering.”

Video: Building a GPU-enabled OpenStack Cloud for HPC

Blair Bethwaite and Lance Wilson from Monash University gave this talk at OpenStack Australia. “M3 is the latest generation system of the MASSIVE project, an HPC facility specializing in characterization science (imaging and visualization). Using OpenStack as the compute provisioning layer, M3 is a hybrid HPC/cloud system, custom-integrated by Monash’s Research Cloud team. Built to support Monash University’s high-throughput instrument processing requirements, M3 is half-half GPU-accelerated and CPU-only. We’ll discuss the design and tech used to build this innovative platform as well as detailing approaches and challenges to building GPU-enabled and HPC clouds.”

One Stop Systems Named One of San Diego’s Fastest Growing Companies

Not all HPC vendors are experiencing a slump. In fact, One Stop Systems was recently named one of San Diego’s 100 fastest growing privately-held companies by the San Diego Business Journal. “One Stop Systems continues to provide leading edge technology products to the high performance computing (HPC) market, propelling its growth,” says Steve Cooper, CEO of OSS. “Along with quality systems and responsive sales, OSS has consistently placed among the nations’ leading growth companies. In the past few years, OSS has introduced several new products that bring unparalleled performance and density to the market. We’ve also expanded into the cloud computing business by allowing customers to lease time on our HPC appliances.”

Video: Scalable Deep Learning with Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit (CNTK)

“Microsoft AI researchers are striving to create intelligent machines that complement human reasoning and enrich human experiences and capabilities. At the core, is the ability to harness the explosion of digital data and computational power with advanced algorithms that extend the ability for machines to learn, reason, sense and understand—enabling collaborative and natural interactions between machines and humans.”

Job of the Week: Research Scientist at LLNL

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is seeking a Research Scientist in our Job of the Week. “For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place. We have an opening for a research scientist with expertise in numerical or computational physics, astrophysics, or astronomy. The research will span topics in astronomical survey analysis, cosmology, optics modeling, and national security applications. This position is in the Physics Division/Applied Physics Section in the Optical Sciences group.”

DDN Announces Trade-Up Program for Seagate Customers

DataDirect Networks has announced a trade-up program designed to offer Seagate customers a smooth transition to industry-leading DDN solutions. “It is a sad day when an industry built on long-term commitments is left in disarray, but DDN is stepping up to manage a smooth transition into the safe, stable, high-performance and industry-winning storage solutions to which every HPC customer is entitled,” said Alex Bouzari, DDN co-founder and CEO.

18 Petaflop Stampede2 Supercomputer Dedicated at TACC

Stampede2 is the newest strategic supercomputing resource for the nation’s research and education community, enabling scientists and engineers across the U.S., from multiple disciplines, to answer questions at the forefront of science and engineering. “Building on the success of the initial Stampede system, the Stampede team has partnered with other institutions as well as industry to bring the latest in forward-looking computing technologies combined with deep computational and data science expertise to take on some of the most challenging science and engineering frontiers,” said Irene Qualters, director of NSF’s Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure.

Video: Technical Challenges in Complex Bioinformatics Environments

In this video from the 2017 DDN User Group meeting at ISC, Dean Flanders, Head of Informatics/CIO at Friedrich Miescher Institute presents: Technical Challenges in Complex Bioinformatics Environments. “Dean Flanders has been Head of Informatics at the Friedrich Miescher Institute since 2000. He has been involved in many activities to enable researchers by improving IT at the national and international levels.”