Brain Research: A Pathfinder for Future HPC

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Dirk Pleiter from the Jülich Supercomputing Centre

In this video from the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference, Dirk Pleiter from the Jülich Supercomputing Centre presents: Brain Research: A Pathfinder for Future HPC.

“A key driver for pushing high-performance computing is the enablement of new research. One of the biggest and most exiting scientific challenge requiring high-performance computing is to decode the human brain. Many of the research topics in this field require scalable compute resources or the use of advance data analytics methods (including deep learning) for processing extreme scale data volumes. GPUs are a key enabling technology and we will thus focus on the opportunities for using these for computing, data analytics and visualization. GPU-accelerated servers based on POWER processors are here of particular interest due to the tight integration of CPU and GPU using NVLink and the enhanced data transport capabilities.”

Dirk Pleiter is research group leader at Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) and professor of theoretical physics at the University of Regensburg since 2011. At JSC he is leading the work on application oriented technology development. Dirk Pleiter received his PhD in physics from the Free University of Berlin in 2000. He then joined the John-von-Neumann Institute for Computing as a PostDoc and later became research staff member at the particle accelerator laboratory Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY).

At JSC Dirk Pleiter is head of the Exacale Innovation Lab, a joint exascale lab with IBM, and the NVIDIA Application Lab at Juelich. He is also involved in the following projects: BGAS, Human Brain Project, ILDG, PRACE-3IP, QPACE II, SKA Science Data Processor.

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