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GPUs Accelerate Population Distribution Mapping Around the Globe

With the Earth’s population at 7 billion and growing, understanding population distribution is essential to meeting societal needs for infrastructure, resources and vital services. This article highlights how NVIDIA GPU-powered AI is accelerating mapping and analysis of population distribution around the globe. “If there is a disaster anywhere in the world,” said Bhaduri, “as soon as we have imaging we can create very useful information for responders, empowering recovery in a matter of hours rather than days.”

Northrop Grumman to Acquire Orbital ATK for $9.2 Billion

Today Northrop Grumman Corporation announced they have entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Orbital ATK for approximately $7.8 billion in cash, plus the assumption of $1.4 billion in net debt. “Through our combination, customers will benefit from expanded capabilities, accelerated innovation and greater competition in critical global security domains. Our complementary portfolios and technology-focused cultures will yield significant value creation through revenue synergies associated with new opportunities, cost savings, operational synergies, and enhanced growth.”

The AI Revolution: Unleashing Broad and Deep Innovation

For the AI revolution to move into the mainstream, cost and complexity must be reduced, so smaller organizations can afford to develop, train and deploy powerful deep learning applications. It’s a tough challenge. The following guest article from Intel explores how businesses can optimize AI applications and integrate them with their traditional workloads. 

20 Future HPC Leaders Receive DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

Today the Krell Institute announced that new class of 20 future HPC leaders enrolled at U.S. universities this fall with support from the Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF). “Established in 1991, the Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship provides outstanding benefits and opportunities to students pursuing doctoral degrees in fields that use high-performance computing to solve complex science and engineering problems.”

Mapping the Brain with the Theta Supercomputer

Researchers are using the Theta supercomputer at Argonne to map the intricate layout of brain neurons. “The basic goal is simple — would like to be able to image all of the neurons in the brain — but the datasets from X-rays and electron microscopes are extremely large,” said Doga Gursoy, assistant computational scientist in the X-Ray Science Division of Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source. They are at the tera- and petabyte scales. So we would like to use Theta to build the software and codebase infrastructure in order to analyze that data.”

Kubernetes Meets HPC

“While the notion of packaging a workload into a Docker container, publishing it to a registry, and submitting a YAML description of the workload is second nature to users of Kubernetes, this is foreign to most HPC users. An analyst running models in R, MATLAB or Stata simply wants to submit their simulation quickly, monitor their execution, and get a result as quickly as possible.”

New PGI 17.7 Release Supports NVIDIA Volta GPUs

Today NVIDIA released Version 17.7 of PGI 2017 Compilers and Tools, delivering improved performance and programming simplicity to HPC developers who target multicore CPUs and heterogeneous GPU-accelerated systems.

IBM Simulates Chemistry with Quantum Computing

IBM scientists have developed a new approach to simulate molecules on a quantum computer that may one day help revolutionize chemistry and materials science. “Over the next few years, we anticipate IBM Q systems’ capabilities to surpass what today’s conventional computers can do, and start becoming a tool for experts in areas such as chemistry, biology, healthcare and materials science.”

CPC Enhances Non-spill Quick Disconnects for Liquid Cooled HPC

As liquid cooling becomes more and more pervasive in HPC datacenters, the mitigation of leaks and spills is a growing concern. Enter CPC, a maker of quick disconnects (QDs) designed specifically for liquid cooling use. Today CPC announced its LQ Series of connectors with more robust non-spill connectors for high-performance computing and data center applications.

Entering the Era of Simulation Driven Design

In this special guest feature, Robert Roe from Scientific Computing World reports from the European Altair Technology Conference and finds that simulation-driven design is taking center stage for the CAE industry. “Jim Scapa from Altair noted that Scapa noted that big data and the cloud will continue to play a significant role in the development and consumption of software and that manufacturing methods and materials science would continue to drive innovations – particularly in areas such as additive manufacturing and the design of composites.”