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Argonne Helps to Develop all-new Lithium-air Batteries

Scientists at Argonne are helping to develop better batteries for our electronic devices. The goal is to develop beyond-lithium-ion batteries that are even more powerful, cheaper, safer and longer lived. “The energy storage capacity was about three times that of a lithium-ion battery, and five times should be easily possible with continued research. This first demonstration of a true lithium-air battery is an important step toward what we call beyond-lithium-ion batteries.”

The U.S. Exascale Computing Project: Status and Plans

In this video from the 2018 Rice Oil & Gas Conference, Doug Kothe from ORNL provides an update on the Exascale Computing Project. “The quest to develop a capable exascale ecosystem is a monumental effort that requires the collaboration of government, academia, and industry. Achieving exascale will have profound effects on the American people and the world—improving the nation’s economic competitiveness, advancing scientific discovery, and strengthening our national security.”

Lenovo Updates LiCO Tools to Accelerate AI Deployment

Over at the Lenovo Blog, Dr. Bhushan Desam writes that the company just updated its LiCO tools to accelerate AI deployment and development for Enterprise and HPC implementations. “LiCO simplifies resource management and makes launching AI training jobs in clusters easy. LiCO currently supports multiple AI frameworks, including TensorFlow, Caffe, Intel Caffe, and MXNet. Additionally, multiple versions of those AI frameworks can easily be maintained and managed using Singularity containers. This consequently provides agility for IT managers to support development efforts for multiple users and applications simultaneously.”

New Arm-based Workstation Opens the Doors for HPC Developers

Today GIGABYTE Technology announced the availability of ThunderXStation: the industry’s first 64-bit Armv8 workstation platform based on Cavium’s flagship ThunderX2 processor. “ThunderXStation is an ideal platform for Arm software developers across networking, embedded, mobile, and IoT verticals. We are delighted to be working closely with GIGABYTE on this, and we look forward to supporting them on a number of innovative new platforms.”

Penguin Computing to share AI Best Practices at GPU Technology Conference

Today Penguin Computing announced that Director of Advanced Solutions, Kevin Tubbs, Ph.D., will be speaking at NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC) on best practices in artificial intelligence. “On the second day of the conference, Tubbs will lead the “Best Practices in Designing and Deploying End-to-End HPC and AI Solutions” session. The focus of the session will be challenges faced by organizations looking to build AI systems and the design principles and technologies that have proven successful in Penguin Computing AI deployments for customers in the Top 500.”

HPE Launches Vertical AI Solutions

Today Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced new offerings to help customers ramp up, optimize and scale artificial intelligence usage across business functions to drive outcomes such as better demand forecasting, improved operational efficiency and increased sales. “HPE is best positioned to help customers make AI work for their enterprise, regardless of where they are in their AI adoption. While others provide AI components, we provide complete AI solutions from strategic advisory to purpose-built technology, operational support and a strong AI partner ecosystem to tailor the right AI solution for each organization.”

Video: IBM Quantum Computing will be “Mainstream in Five Years”

Talia Gershon from the Thomas J. Watson Research Center gave this talk at the 2018 IBM Think conference. “There is a whole class of problems that are too difficult for even the largest and most powerful computers that exist today to solve. These exponential challenges include everything from simulating the complex interactions of atoms and molecules to optimizing supply chains. But quantum computers could enable us to solve these problems, unleashing untold opportunities for business.”

Video: IBM Sets Record TensorFlow Performance with new Snap ML Software

In this video, researchers from IBM Research in Zurich describe how the new IBM Snap Machine Learning (Snap ML) software was able to achieve record performance running TesorFlow. “This training time is 46x faster than the best result that has been previously reported, which used TensorFlow on Google Cloud Platform to train the same model in 70 minutes.”

Video: High Power Algorithms, High Performance Computing

Ahmed Hashmi from BP gave this talk at the Rice Oil & Gas conference. “The Oil and Gas High Performances Computing Conference, hosted annually at Rice University, is the premier meeting place for networking and discussion focused on computing and information technology challenges and needs in the oil and gas industry. High-end computing and information technology continues to stand out across the industry as a critical business enabler and differentiator with a relatively well understood return on investment. However, challenges such as constantly changing technology landscape, increasing focus on software and software innovation, and escalating concerns around workforce development still remain.”

Univa partners with UberCloud

Today Univa announced a new global partnership and reseller agreement with UberCloud. Under terms of the agreement, UberCloud, a leading HPC cloud provider, will resell Univa Grid Engine and related Univa products to UberCloud’s growing community of HPC customers. “By deploying packaged HPC applications in containers, and managing them with Univa Grid Engine, users become productive immediately. They can focus on their work rather than spending time troubleshooting complicated HPC software stacks.”