Pioneering and Democratizing Scalable HPC+AI at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

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Nick Nystrom is the Interim Director of PSC.

In this video from the 2019 Stanford HPC Conference, Nick Nystrom from the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center presents: Pioneering and Democratizing Scalable HPC+AI.

PSC’s Bridges supercomputer was the first system to successfully converge HPC, AI, and Big Data. Designed for the U.S. national research community and supported by NSF, Bridges now serves approximately 1800 projects and 7500 users at 380 institutions, and it is the foundation around which new HPC+AI projects have launched. Bridges emphasizes “nontraditional” uses that span the life, physical, and social sciences, computer science, engineering, business, and humanities. Scalable HPC+AI is driving many of those applications, which span diverse topics such as learning root causes of cancer, strategic reasoning, designing new materials, predicting severe storms, recognizing speech including contextual information, and detecting objects in 4k streaming video. To address the demand for scalable AI, PSC recently introduced Bridges-AI, which adds transformative new AI capability. In this presentation, we share our vision in designing HPC+AI systems at PSC and highlight some of the exciting research breakthroughs they are enabling.”

Nick Nystrom is Interim Director and Sr. Director of Research at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC). Nick is architect and PI for Bridges, PSC’s flagship system that successfully pioneered the convergence HPC, AI, and Big Data. He is also PI for the NIH Human Biomolecular Atlas Program’s HIVE Infrastructure Component and co-PI for projects that bring emerging AI technologies to research (Open Compass), apply machine learning to biomedical data for breast and lung cancer (Big Data for Better Health), and identify causal relationships in biomedical big data (the Center for Causal Discovery, an NIH Big Data to Knowledge Center of Excellence). His current research interests include hardware and software architecture, applications of machine learning to multimodal data (particularly for the life sciences) and to enhance simulation, and graph analytics.

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