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ECP Launches ExaLearn Co-Design Center

The DOE’s Exascale Computing Project has initiated a new Co-Design Center called ExaLearn. Led by Principal Investigator Francis J. Alexander from Brookhaven National Laboratory, ExaLearn is a co-design center for Exascale Machine Learning (ML) Technologies. “Our multi-laboratory team is very excited to have the opportunity to tackle some of the most important challenges in machine learning at the exascale,” Alexander said. “There is, of course, already a considerable investment by the private sector in machine learning. However, there is still much more to be done in order to enable advances in very important scientific and national security work we do at the Department of Energy. I am very happy to lead this effort on behalf of our collaborative team.”

Intel and Micron to Disband 3D XPoint Memory Partnership

Micron and Intel have announced that their partnership to develop 3D XPoint memory will be disbanded over the next 12 months. “The partnership will be disbanded once the second generation of the technology has been completed next year. Technology development beyond the second generation of 3D XPoint technology will be pursued independently by the two companies.”

Xilinx Acquires DeePhi Tech, a Machine Learning Startup based in China

Today FPGA maker Xilinx announced that it has acquired DeePhi Technology, a Beijing-based privately held start-up with industry-leading capabilities in machine learning, specializing in deep compression, pruning, and system-level optimization for neural networks. “Xilinx will continue to invest in DeePhi Tech to advance our shared goal of deploying accelerated machine learning applications in the cloud as well as at the edge.”

Penguin Computing to Deploy Supercomputer at ICHEC in Ireland

Today Penguin Computing (a subsidiary of SMART Global Holdings) announced that it will deliver the new national supercomputer to the Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC) at the National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway. “With 11 supercomputers in the Top500 list and a bare-metal HPC Cloud service since 2009, we knew we could rely on Penguin Computing’s HPC expertise to address our needs in an innovative way.”

Spectra Logic Enhances Tape Library Offerings

Today Spectra Logic announced a set of updates to its enterprise tape libraries. The enhancements benefit customers in government, scientific research, high performance computing, media and entertainment, and public cloud environments who must preserve massive amounts of data long term. “In today’s world, organizations that extract more value from their data gain a competitive edge,” said Nathan Thompson, CEO of Spectra Logic. “Advancements in tape library functionality benefit organizations with large-scale computing platforms, enabling them to use, retain and, in some cases, retrieve enormous amounts of data quickly, securely and affordably for the long term.”

Davidovits and Middleton Share 2018 Howes Scholar in Computational Science Award

A theoretical plasma physicist and a computational biologist are co-winners of the 2018 Frederick A. Howes Scholar in Computational Science Award. “The honorees are Seth Davidovits, now a Department of Energy (DOE) Fusion Energy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, and Sarah Middleton, now with pharmaceutical maker GlaxoSmithKline.”

Podcast: Deep Learning for Scientific Data Analysis

In this NERSC News Podcast, Debbie Bard from NERSC describes how Deep Learning can help scientists accelerate their research. “Deep learning is enjoying unprecedented success in a variety of commercial applications, but it is also beginning to find its footing in science. Just a decade ago, few practitioners could have predicted that deep learning-powered systems would surpass human-level performance in computer vision and speech recognition tasks.”

Legendary Magnum InfiniBand Switch comes to Computer History Museum

The Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley recently added a piece of TACC’s history into their permanent historical collection — sealing its place as a milestone in computing.

We’re always searching around the world for new, interesting, and important computing objects,” said Dag Spicer, senior curator at the Computer History Museum. “TACC’s Sun Microsystems 2007 Magnum switch was a critical part of high-performance computing at that time in history. The TACC switch was the largest of its class and is an example of InfiniBand technology, which has long been a key enabling technology for high performance computing.”

Moab Cloud for the HPC Suite Adds New Capabilities

Today Adaptive Computing Enterprises announced that it has changed the name of its flagship software product “Moab” to “Moab Cloud for the HPC Suite.” The new name more accurately reflects the product’s additional cloud-bursting capabilities. “Moab Cloud for the HPC Suite adds a new level of benefits for HPC ecosystems by combining the time-tested elements of Moab with advanced cloud-bursting capabilities. The new solution can “burst” additional workloads to an external cloud on-demand. It is easy to use, manage, and configure and integrates with on-premise resources. It offers full stack provisioning, is automated, and is very cost-effective for customers.”

D-Wave Demonstrates Large-Scale Programmable Quantum Simulation

Today D-Wave Systems announced the publication of a significant scientific result in the peer-reviewed journal Science. The article, titled “Phase transitions in a programmable spin glass simulator,” details how a D-Wave 2000Q quantum computer was used to predict phase transitions within a particular quantum mechanical system known as the transverse field Ising model. “This work represents an important milestone for quantum computing, because it is the first time physics of this kind has been simulated in a scalable architecture at such a large scale,” said Vern Brownell, CEO of D-Wave.