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Postdoc Symposium at Berkeley Lab Looks to Exascale for Modeling and Simulation

Twenty-two postdoctoral fellows from across the Computing Sciences Area shared the status of their current projects at the first CSA Postdoc Symposium, held January 30-31 at Berkeley Lab. Their presentations covered a broad range of research topics, including code optimization, machine/deep learning, network routing, modeling and simulation of complex scientific problems, exascale, and other next-generation computer architectures.

Exascale in Europe

Europe has developed a strategy for exascale computing, through partnerships and collaboration of European HPC vendors, academic institutions and HPC centers. It aims to deliver exascale-class systems and place the continent in the top three powers for supercomputing and science and industry using HPC. “It is a major step forward for Europe to reach the next level of computing capacity; it will help us to advance in future-oriented technologies, like the Internet of Things (Iot), AI, robotics and data analytics.”

Stanford Student Program Gives Supercomputers a Second Life

A novel program at Stanford is finding a second life for used HPC clusters, providing much-needed computational resources for research while giving undergraduate students a chance to learn valuable career skills. To learn more, we caught up with Dellarontay Readus from the Stanford High Performance Computing Center (HPCC).

Podcast: Simulating Galaxy Clusters with XSEDE Supercomputers

In this TACC podcast, researchers describe how they are using XSEDE supercomputers to run some of the highest resolution simulations ever of galaxy clusters. One really cool thing about simulations is that we know what’s going on everywhere inside the simulated box,” Butsky said. “We can make some synthetic observations and compare them to what we actually see in absorption spectra and then connect the dots and match the spectra that’s observed and try to understand what’s really going on in this simulated box.”

Job of the Week: Systems Administrator at D.E. Shaw Research

D.E. Shaw Research is seeking Systems Administrators for Servers, Clusters and Supercomputers in our Job of the Week. “Our research effort is aimed at achieving major scientific advances in the field of biochemistry and fundamentally transforming the process of drug discovery. Exceptional sysadmins sought to manage systems, storage, and network infrastructure for a New York–based interdisciplinary research group.”

Podcast: AMD to Power New ECMWF Supercomputer for Weather Forecasting

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC looks at the new ECMWF supercomputer. “This new system will give them roughly 5x more compute power than their current system. The new box is an Atos BullSequana XH2000 fueled by high-end AMD 7742 Epyc processors, which will be the most powerful weather computer in the world. During the conversation we look at the history of ECMWF vendors, discuss the implications on weather forecasts given the power of this new system and the computational difficulties inherent in weather prediction.”

Eni unveils HPC5 Supercomputer from Dell Technologies

Today Eni dedicated its new HPC5 system, the most powerful industrial supercomputer in the world. “HPC5 by Dell Technologies is made up of 1,820 Dell EMC PowerEdge C4140 servers, each with two Intel Gold 6252 24-core processors and four NVIDIA V100 GPU accelerators. The servers are connected through an InfiniBand Mellanox HDR ultra-high-performance network with a speed of 200 Gbit/s and a full non-blocking topology that ensures efficient and direct connection among every server. HPC5 also comes with a high-performance 15-petabyte storage system (200 GB/s aggregate read/write speeds).”

Arm HPC User Group to Host First Annual Meeting in Portugal

Arm’s HPC User Group (A-HUG) is transitioning to a fully-fledged community-led organization to better support the Arm ecosystem. The first annual meeting of the community-lead A-HUG will be held March 12-13 in Porto, Portugal. “The A-HUG event will include a hands-on training event and excellent talks covering the broad landscape of early systems & experience, near-term expectations for new hardware, and long term trends for architectures.”

How NVIDIA Enables Scientific Research for HPC Developers

“Researchers, scientists, and developers are advancing science by accelerating their high performance computing applications on NVIDIA GPUs using specialized libraries, directives, and language-based programming models. From computational science to AI, CUDA-X HPC, OpenACC, and CUDA are GPU-accelerating applications to deliver groundbreaking scientific discoveries. And popular languages like C, C++, Fortran, and Python are being used to develop, optimize, and deploy these applications.”

Tachyum Processor to power 2021 AI/HPC Supercomputer

Today semiconductor company Tachyum announced today that its Prodigy Processor AI/HPC Reference Design will be used in a supercomputer at an unnamed customer site in 2021. According to the company, the Prodigy processor slated for 2021 delivery “handily outperforms the fastest processors while consuming one-tenth the electrical power, and it is one-third the cost and outperforms GPUs and TPUs on neural net training and inference workloads.”