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Video Showcase: Lenovo Hosts AI Researchers at SC19

In this special guest feature, Dan Olds from writes that university researchers had an opportunity to showcase their work at the third annual University AI Challenge at SC19. “Winning researchers were rewarded with an all-expense paid trip to SC19 in Denver, along with the opportunity to present their research and findings at the Lenovo show floor theater. Eight researchers from universities in Europe, Asia, and North America were selected to win this award and all presented their research in the Lenovo theater during the exhibition.”

Call for Applications: ATPESC 2020 Extreme-Scale Computing Training Program

The Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing (ATPESC) has issued its Call for Applications. The event will take place from July 26–August 7 in the Chicago area. “ATPESC provides intensive, two-week training on the key skills, approaches, and tools needed to carry out scientific computing research on the world’s most powerful supercomputers.”

Top Three Predictions for HPC, AI, and the Cloud 2020

In this special guest feature, Altair CTO Sam Mahalingam predicts that HPC and AI will continue to move forward in interesting ways in 2020. “As the decade has closed, we are now at a point when HPC and cloud work together to power solutions that lead companies to innovate better products and unearth new discoveries. HPC in the cloud is an increasingly viable option for organizations of all sizes and will only become stronger as technologies continue to converge and mature.”

Podcast: Supercomputing the Human Microbiome

In this Let’s Talk Exascale podcast, Kathy Yelick and Lenny Oliker from LBNL describe how the ExaBiome project is developing computational tools to analyze microbial species—bacteria or viruses that typically live in communities of hundreds of different species. “Pushing past the traditional shared-memory-system approach, the ExaBiome team has developed efficient distributed memory implementations and analyzed some of the largest datasets in the metagenomics community.”

Call for Papers: SCALE 2020 Scalable Computing Challenge for Cash Prizes

The IEEE International Scalable Computing Challenge (SCALE 2020) has issued its Call for Papers. “Are you doing real-world problem-solving using computing that scales? Want to win $1000 or $500? Submit a whitepaper to 13th IEEE International Scalable Computing Challenge (SCALE 2020) by Feb 5, 2020. Finalists must register, present & demo at CCGrid 2020.”

Video: Reasoning About Biology With Data-Driven Approaches

Adam Riesselman from Insitro gave this talk at DOE CSGF 2019. “Biology is quickly becoming a data-driven discipline, in which thousands of biological hypotheses can be answered in a single test tube. I will first highlight the technologies that have enabled this revolution. I will then discuss these advances in the context of understanding natural genetic variation with computational models and their application in predicting the effects of mutations and designing new sets of sequences with desirable properties.”

Job of the Week: HPC User Support Technician at NREL

NREL is seeking an HPC User Support Technician in our Job of the Week. “Your job will be front-line support for the High Performance Computing user community which includes scientists, researchers, and students at many levels of education and experience.”

Jack Dongarra presents: Adaptive Linear Solvers and Eigensolvers

Jack Dongarra from UT Knoxville gave this talk at ATPESC 2019. “Success in large-scale scientific computations often depends on algorithm design. Even the fastest machine may prove to be inadequate if insufficient attention is paid to the way in which the computation is organized. We have used several problems from computational physics to illustrate the importance of good algorithms, and we offer some very general principles for designing algorithms.”

ANSYS Student Software Surpasses One Million Downloads

ANSYS is lowering the barrier of adoption for simulation software through its growing academic program. Free student software — a key component of the program — recently surpassed more than one million downloads since its launch in late 2015, empowering students to develop skillsets they need to compete in the job market, stay ahead of the latest technology trends and make an immediate impact after graduation.

Liquid Cooling Trends in HPC

In this special guest feature, Bob Fletcher from Verne Global reflects on how liquid cooling technologies on display at SC19 represent more than just a wave. “My intuition suggests that the larger established water-cooling users will mostly stick with their familiar high-pressure solution, but the newer green field deployments will be fertile ground for the new vacuum CDUs. In particular, the AI community as their compute accelerators become increasingly water-cooled, while maintaining their short 2-year product life.”