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OpenFabrics Alliance to Expand Hands-On Tutorial Offerings at Its 2020 Workshop

In this special guest feature, Paul Grun from the OpenFabrics Alliance provides a preview of the upcoming OFA Workshop. “We are especially excited about how this year’s program is coming together. At the OFA Workshop 2019, we introduced a hands-on tutorial allowing participants to install an RDMA-enabled cluster directly on their laptop. In response to the overwhelmingly positive feedback, we are thrilled to be building on last year’s success by expanding the tutorials being offered this year.”

UMass Dartmouth Speeds Research with Hybrid Supercomputer from Microway

UMass Dartmouth’s powerful new cluster from Microway affords the university five times the compute performance its researchers enjoyed previously, with over 85% more total memory and over four times the aggregate memory bandwidth. “The UMass Dartmouth cluster reflects a hybrid design to appeal to a wide array of the campus’ workloads. “Over 50 nodes include Intel Xeon Scalable Processors, DDR4 memory, SSDs and Mellanox ConnectX-5 EDR 100Gb InfiniBand. A subset of systems also feature NVIDIA V100 GPU accelerators. Equally important are a second subset of POWER9 with 2nd Generation NVLink- based- IBM Power Systems AC922 Compute nodes.”

Podcast: Spell startup looks to bring AI to the people

In this AI Podcast, Serkan Piantino from Spell describes how his company is making machine learning easier. “We want to empower and transform the global workforce by making deep learning and artificial intelligence accessible to everyone. We believe that as organizations and individuals can harness the power of machine learning, our world will change quickly. Our mission is to make sure the technology driving this change is not mysterious and locked away but open and available for everyone.”

DOE Announces $625 Million for New Quantum Centers

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced plans to spend up $625 million over the next five years to establish two to five multidisciplinary Quantum Information Science (QIS) Research Centers in support of the National Quantum Initiative. “America continues to lead the world in QIS and emerging technologies because of our incredible innovation ecosystem. The National Quantum Initiative launched by the President, including these new research centers, leverages the combined strengths of academia, industry, and DOE laboratories to drive QIS breakthroughs,” said Chief Technology Officer of the United States Michael Kratsios.

RJM International deploys HPC cluster for reducing power plant emissions

RJM International, a provider of emissions reduction and combustion improvement solutions, has deployed its first HPC cluster. The move supports the growth of the company’s business in the EU and the UK, particularly in the biomass and Energy from Waste segments of the market. The new HPC environment is designed, integrated and supported by HPC, storage and data analytics integrator, OCF.

OpenStack Adds Native Upstream Support for HDR InfiniBand

Today Mellanox announced that OpenStack software now includes native and upstream support for virtualization over HDR 200 gigabit InfiniBand network, enabling customers to build high-performance OpenStack-based cloud services over the most enhanced interconnect infrastructure, taking advantage of InfiniBand’s extremely low latency, high data-throughput, In-Network Computing and more.

Zenuity and HPE to develop next generation autonomous cars

HPE has been selected by Zenuity, a leading developer of software for self-driving and assisted driving cars, to provide the crucial AI and HPC infrastructure it needs in order to develop next generation autonomous driving (AD) systems. “HPE will provide Zenuity with core data processing services that will allow Zenuity to gather, store, organize and analyze the data it generates globally from its network of test vehicles and software development centers. The end-to-end IT infrastructure will be delivered as-a-Service through HPE GreenLake.”

Podcast: Sciencetown Investigates Extreme Computing at SC19

In this Sciencetown podcast, we follow experts from around the world to the epicenter of supercomputing – the annual, North American supercomputing conference or SC19. We ask them to weigh in on how the future of computers, artificial intelligence, machine learning and more are coming together to shape the way we explore and understand our world.

200G HDR InfiniBand to Accelerate Weather Forecasting at ECMWF

Today Mellanox announced that 200 Gigabit HDR InfiniBand has been selected by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) to accelerate their new world-leading supercomputer, based on Atos’ latest BullSequana XH2000 technology. By leveraging HDR InfiniBand’s fast data throughout, extremely low latency, and smart In-Network Computing engines, ECMWF will enhance, speed up, and increase the accuracy of weather forecasting and predictions.

Exxact Teams with Panasas for Turnkey HPC Storage Clusters

Today Exxact Corporation announced the company is joining the Panasas Accelerate Channel Partner Program. Exxact will become a key distributor and integrator for the Panasas ActiveStor Ultra product line, providing installation, configuration and support services globally. The move broadens Exxact HPC solutions that can be customized to industry requirements and scaled to multiple sized organizations. “By partnering with Panasas, an industry leader in HPC storage, we are able to offer our customers a top tier, fully integrated and turnkey HPC storage solution, and ActiveStor Ultra with PanFS is a perfect fit for this,” said Jason Chen, Vice President at Exxact Corporation. “ActiveStor Ultra’s focus on HPC performance, while also offering reliability and simplicity in a single package gives our customers an HPC storage solution that’s easy to deploy and manage.”