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European Commission Lays out $1 Billion Roadmap for HPC Expansion

On September 28, 2018, the Council of Ministers officially backed the European Commission’s plans to invest jointly with the Member States in building a world-class European supercomputing infrastructure. “We need supercomputers to process it, develop artificial intelligence and find solutions to complex questions in areas like health and security. Today, most of our researchers and companies need to go outside of Europe to find the first-class computers they need. The EU cannot afford to lag behind. With EuroHPC, we will be able to benefit from innovation at home.”

ESCAPE-2 Project to develop algorithms for weather and climate prediction at exascale

Today ECMWF launched the ESCAPE-2 project on energy-efficient scalable algorithms for weather and climate prediction at exascale. “It brings together 12 partners, including national meteorological and hydrological services, HPC centers, hardware vendors and universities. The ESCAPE project aims to prepare NWP and climate models for new computing architectures towards exascale computing, with a focus on energy efficiency.”

Video: Reflecting on the Goal and Baseline of Exascale Computing

Thomas Schulthess from CSCS gave this talk at the Blue Waters Summit. “Application performance is given much emphasis in discussions of exascale computing. A 50-fold increase in sustained performance over today’s applications running on multi-petaflops supercomputing platforms should be the expected target for exascale systems deployed early next decade. We will reflect on what this means in practice and how much these exascale systems will advance the state of the art.”

Hyperion Research Breakfast Briefing Coming to Dallas for SC18

Hyperion Research will host their annual Breakfast Briefing at SC18 in Dallas. The event takes place at the Adolphus Hotel at 7:15 am – 9:00 am on Tuesday, Nov. 13. Breakfast will be served at 6:45 am. “We will be presenting an update on HPC market results, key technology issues & trends, results of new research studies in AI & Big data, new ROI results, and the mapping of HPC centers across the US.”

ALCF – The March toward Exascale

David E. Martin gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. “In 2021, the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) will deploy Aurora, a new Intel-Cray system. Aurora, will be capable of over 1 exaflops. It is expected to have over 50,000 nodes and over 5 petabytes of total memory, including high bandwidth memory. The Aurora architecture will enable scientific discoveries using simulation, data and learning.”

European Commission to Boost Investments in Ai

Earlier this week, the European Commission outlined a three-pronged approach to increase public and private investment in AI, prepare for socio-economic changes, and ensure an appropriate ethical and legal framework. “Ai presents new challenges that Europe should meet together in order for AI to succeed and work for everyone. We need to invest at least €20 billion by the end of 2020. The Commission is playing its part: today, we are giving a boost to researchers so that they can develop the next generation of AI technologies and applications, and to companies, so that they can embrace and incorporate them.”

Video: Rick Stevens from Argonne on the CANDLE Project for Exascale

In this video, Mike Bernhardt from ECP discusses the CANDLE project for Exascale with Rick Stevens from Argonne. “CANDLE is endeavoring to build the software environment for solving very large-scale distributed learning problems on the DOE Leadership Computing platforms.”

Towards Exascale Engine Simulations with NEK5000

In this video from the HPC User Forum in Detroit, Muhsin Ameen from Argonne National Laboratory presents: Towards Exascale Engine Simulations with NEK5000. “High-order methods have the potential to overcome the current limitations of standard CFD solvers. For this reason, we have been developing and improving the spectral element code NEK5000 for more than 30 years now.”

Video: ExaAM – Transforming Additive Manufacturing through Exascale Simulation

In this video from the HPC User Forum in Detroit, John Turner, Oak Ridge National Laboratory presents: ExaAM – Transforming Additive Manufacturing through Exascale Simulation. “The goal of ExaAM is to develop an AM simulator that will give researchers a tool to determine the best method to print parts with complex geometries and site-specific properties, complemented by real-time, in situ process visualization, analyses and optimization. Coupled with a modern computer-aided design tool, the simulator will allow the routine use of AM to build unique, qualifiable metal alloy parts across many industries relevant to DOE.”

Industry HPC Trends & Advocacy

David Kepczynski from GE gave this talk at the HPC User Forum in Detroit. “David Kepczynski from GE Global Research was recently apponted as the new chair of the ECP Industry Council, an external advisory group of executives from some of the nation’s most prominent companies with a collaborative interest in bringing the potential of exascale computing to a wide range of industry segments.”