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AFRL Taps IBM to Build Brain-Inspired AI Supercomputer

Today IBM announced they are collaborating with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) on a first-of-a-kind brain-inspired supercomputing system powered by a 64-chip array of the IBM TrueNorth Neurosynaptic System. The scalable platform IBM is building for AFRL will feature an end-to-end software ecosystem designed to enable deep neural-network learning and information discovery.

One Stop Systems Showcases GPU and Flash Appliances at ISC

This week in Frankfurt, One Stop Systems showcased all-new HPC Appliances at ISC 2017. “One Stop Systems offers a wide variety of GPU and Flash appliances to support a range of customer needs,” Said Steve Cooper, CEO of One Stop Systems. “As GPU and flash technology continue to improve, OSS products are immediately able to accommodate the newest and most powerful GPUs and the highest capacity flash cards. Now we’re offering customers the opportunity to lease time on our HPC appliances through SkyScale. SkyScale utilizes OSS GPU appliances to build, configure, and manage dedicated systems strategically located in maximum-security facilities, allowing customers to focus on results while minimizing capital equipment investment.”

HPC Vendors showcase plans for ARM products

Are you ready? ARM-based HPC systems will be available by the end of 2017. At ISC 2017, Penguin Computing and Bull both announced that they will deliver products tailored for the HPC industry. Both companies systems will feature Cavium’s ARMv8-based ThunderX2 platform.

NASA’s Develops SAFEGUARD Safety Net Technology for Drones

Flying drone aircraft are no longer rare sightings these day. In fact, their may be one above you somewhere taking pictures at this very moment. This begs the question: how do we keep our skies safe? “Scientists at NASA Langley Research Center have developed a breakthrough technology called Safeguard that can alleviate hazards with unmanned aircrafts (UA) flying beyond their authorized perimeters and into no-fly zones. Safeguard works by continuously detecting a UAs proximity to virtual perimeters established around no-fly-zones taking action to guarantee the perimeters are not breached.

Simply Beautiful: MareNorstum4 Supercomputer Sports 13.7 Petaflops

Over at Lenovo, Gavin O’Hara writes that the world’s most beautiful supercomputer center now sports a 13.7 Petaflop system so novel in design that it has captured the attention of the global HPC community. It landed at #13 on the TOP500 this week, and that’s just the beginning.

Inspur Unveils GX4 Ai Accelerator

Today Inspur unveiled GX4, a new flexible and high scalability AI accelerating box at ISC 2017. The GX4 is able to achieve the decoupling coprocessor resources including CPU and GPU, Xeon Phi and FPGA, expand the computing power on demand, and provide highly flexible support to various AI applications in GPU-accelerated computing. This is another innovative effort followed by the release of the ultra-high density AI supercomputer AGX-2 last month at GTC 2017 in California. “According to Jay Zhang from Inspur, the GX4 sufficiently addresses the major differences in the AI deep-learning training model, using a flexible expansion method to support different levels of AI training models, and effectively lowering energy consumption and delays. The GX4 provides a flexible and innovative AI computing solution for companies and research organizations engaged in artificial intelligence across the world.”

Cavium’s ThunderX2 Processors coming to Penguin Computing Tundra OCP Platform

Today Penguin Computing, a provider of high-performance computing, enterprise datacenter and cloud solutions, announced availability of its Tundra Extreme Scale (ES) server platforms based on Cavium second-generation ARMv8-based ThunderX2 processors. Tundra ES Valkre servers powered by ThunderX2 processors are now available for public order, and a standard 19” rack mount models will ship in 3rd Calendar Quarter 2017. “Penguin Computing is the leading developer of open, Linux-based, HPC, cloud, and enterprise data center solutions,” said Jussi Kukkonen, Vice President, Advanced Solutions, Penguin Computing. “By extending our product roadmap to Cavium’s second generation 64-bit ARMv8 CPUs in our Tundra family of Open Compute servers we again step up our leadership position. Our customers get outstanding value from the efficiency and flexibility enabled by OCP infrastructure combined with best-in-class compute performance coming from Cavium’s ThunderX2 offering.”

Univa Contributes Universal Resource Broker to Open Source Community

Today Univa announced the contribution of its Universal Resource Broker (URB) technology to the open-source community. “Open source software is critical in the modern application container ecosystem and market, where availability, flexibility and integration can be enhanced by open source software components and frameworks.“ said Jay Lyman, principal analyst for 451 Research. “Univa’s URB also supports the variety of software – including big data, continuous integration and container management and orchestration technology – that is critical to success in enterprise IT today. “

CoolIT Systems Teams with Dell EMC as Liquid Cooling Supplier to Enable Greener Datacenters

Today CoolIT Systems announced a collaboration with Dell EMC to provide a factory-installed Direct Contact Liquid Cooling solution to address power and cooling challenges for a wide range of customers, especially in verticals such as High Performance Computing and High Frequency Trading. “As data center demands continue to rise globally, Dell EMC is at the forefront of delivering highly efficient, factory-installed liquid cooled PowerEdge servers,” said Patrick McGinn, Vice President Product Marketing at CoolIT Systems. “CoolIT Systems is proud to enable greener data centers through its patented Direct Contact Liquid Cooling technology and anticipates further success from the innovative collaboration with Dell EMC.”

Intel® HPC Orchestrator and OpenHPC: Trends and Directions

Sharing a common architecture, Intel® HPC Orchestrator and OpenHPC are changing the face of HPC by providing a cohesive and comprehensive system software stack. Dr. Robert Wisniewski, Chief Software Architect Extreme Scale Computing at Intel Corporation, discusses the advantages of this approach and how to leverage it to bring together HPC and the cloud.