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Quantum Computing at NIST

Carl Williams from NIST gave this talk at the HPC User Forum in Tucson. “Quantum information science research at NIST explores ways to employ phenomena exclusive to the quantum world to measure, encode and process information for useful purposes, from powerful data encryption to computers that could solve problems intractable with classical computers.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at the New Coral-2 RFP for Exascale Computers

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the new Department of Energy’s RFP for Exascale Computers. “As far as predictions go, Dan thinks one machine will go to IBM and the other will go to Intel. Rich thinks HPE will win one of the bids with an ARM-based system designed around The Machine memory-centric architecture. They have a wager, so listen in to find out where the smart money is.”

Containers Using Singularity on HPC

Abhinav Thota, from Indiana University gave this talk at the 2018 Swiss HPC Conference. “Container use is becoming more widespread in the HPC field. There are various reasons for this, including the broadening of the user base and applications of HPC. One of the popular container tools on HPC is Singularity, an open source project coming out of the Berkeley Lab. In this talk, we will introduce Singularity, discuss how users of Indiana University are using it and share our experience supporting it. This talk will include a brief demonstration as well.”

Job of the Week: HPC System Administrator at D.E. Shaw Research

D.E. Shaw Research is seeking an HPC System Administrator in our Job of the Week. “Our research effort is aimed at achieving major scientific advances in the field of biochemistry and fundamentally transforming the process of drug discovery.”

Fujitsu Upgrades RAIDEN at RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project

Fujitsu reports that the company has significantly boosted the performance of the RAIDEN supercompuer. RAIDEN is a computer system for artificial intelligence research originally deployed in 2017 at the RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project (AIP Center). “The upgraded RAIDEN has increased its performance by a considerable margin, moving from an initial total theoretical computational performance of 4 AI Petaflops to 54 AI Petaflops, placing it in the top tier of Japan’s systems. In having built this system, Fujitsu demonstrates its commitment to support cutting-edge AI research in Japan.”

Why UIUC Built HPC Application Containers for NVIDIA GPU Cloud

In this video from the GPU Technology Conference, John Stone from the University of Illinois describes how container technology in the NVIDIA GPU Cloud help the University distribute accelerated applications for science and engineering. “Containers are a way of packaging up an application and all of its dependencies in such a way that you can install them collectively on a cloud instance or a workstation or a compute node. And it doesn’t require the typical amount of system administration skills and involvement to put one of these containers on a machine.”

Video: HPC Use for Earthquake Research

Christine Goulet from the Southern California Earthquake Center gave this talk at the HPC User Forum in Tucson. “SCEC coordinates fundamental research on earthquake processes using Southern California as its principal natural laboratory. The SCEC community advances earthquake system science through synthesizing knowledge of earthquake phenomena through physics-based modeling, including system-level hazard modeling and communicating our understanding of seismic hazards to reduce earthquake risk and promote community resilience.”

Charliecloud: Unprivileged Containers for User-Defined Software Stacks

“What if I told you there was a way to allow your customers and colleagues to run their HPC jobs inside the Docker containers they’re already creating? or an easily learned, easily employed method for consistently reproducing a particular application environment across numerous Linux distributions and platforms? There is. In this talk/tutorial session, we’ll explore the problem domain and all the previous solutions, and then we’ll discuss and demo Charliecloud, a simple, streamlined container runtime that fills the gap between Docker and HPC — without requiring HPC Admins to lift a finger!”

Introducing the SPEC High Performance Group and HPC Benchmark Suites

Robert Henschel from Indiana University gave this talk at the Swiss HPC Conference. “In this talk, I will present an overview of the High Performance Group as well as SPEC’s benchmarking philosophy in general. Most everyone knows SPEC for the SPEC CPU benchmarks that are heavily used when comparing processor performance, but the High Performance Group specifically focusses on whole system benchmarking utilizing the parallelization paradigms common in HPC, like MPI, OpenMP and OpenACC.”

Ceph on the Brain: Storage and Data-Movement Supporting the Human Brain Project

Adrian Tate from Cray and Stig Telfer from StackHPC gave this talk at the 2018 Swiss HPC Conference. “This talk will describe how Cray, StackHPC and the HBP co-designed a next-generation storage system based on Ceph, exploiting complex memory hierarchies and enabling next-generation mixed workload execution. We will describe the challenges, show performance data and detail the ways that a similar storage setup may be used in HPC systems of the future.”