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Optalysys Optical Processing Achieves 90 percent energy savings for DNA Sequence Alignment

The GENESYS project applied Optalysys’s unique optical processing technology to perform large-scale DNA sequence alignment. “The collaboration with EI has been a great success,” said Dr. Nick New, founder and CEO of Optalysys. “We have demonstrated the technology at several international conferences including Advances in Genome Biology and Technology, Plant and Animal Genome Conference and Genome 10K/Genome Science, to an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response. We are looking forward to continuing our strong relationship with EI through the beta program and beyond.”

Supercomputing Frontiers Europe Announces Keynote Speakers

The Supercomputing Frontiers conference has announced it Full Agenda and Keynote Speakers. The event takes place March 12-15 in Warsaw, Poland. “Supercomputing Frontiers is an annual international conference that provides a platform for thought leaders from both academia and industry to interact and discuss visionary ideas, important visionary trends and substantial innovations in supercomputing.”

Podcast: The Age of Quantum Computing is (Almost) Here

In this WSJ Podcast, scientists from the IBM’s T J Watson Research Center describe how quantum computing will enable a new age of scientific discovery. “Quantum computers are incredibly powerful machines that take a new approach to processing information. Built on the principles of quantum mechanics, they exploit complex and fascinating laws of nature that are always there, but usually remain hidden from view. By harnessing such natural behavior, quantum computing can run new types of algorithms to process information more holistically.”

Lightmatter Startup funded to Accelerate AI with Optical Chip

Today and AI chip startup called Lightmatter announced that it has received $11 million in Series A funding to accelerate development of the industry’s first chip to leverage the unique properties of light to enable fast and efficient inference and training engines. “It is rare to see true innovation in the chip industry today, but Lightmatter has done it. The importance of this groundbreaking technology cannot be overstated,” said Stan Reiss. “The Lightmatter team has applied a major scientific discovery to dramatically increase the power of AI and its reach into our lives.”

Optalysys Appoints Scientific Advisory Board for Optical Computing

Today Optalysys announced the formation of its first Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) comprising experts in AI/machine learning, bioinformatics/genomics and optical pattern recognition. The inaugural SAB members include Professor Douglas Kell of The University of Manchester, Professor Timothy Wilkinson of University of Cambridge and ex-senior NASA scientist, Dr. Richard Juday. “Collectively, these experts have deep knowledge in areas most critical to our long-term success,” said Dr. Nick New, founder and director, Optalysys. “We’re excited to work closely with them through the process of bringing to market our unique optical approach to super-fast, low-power computing to enable more tech innovators and scientists to create a better world.”

A New Way of Supercomputing with Posit Research

In this video from Disruptive Technologies exhibit at SC17, Theodore Omtzigt describes the mission of a new Startup called Posit Research. “Posit Research is a fabless semi designing and marketing posit-based computational solutions for the artificial intelligence and high-performance computing markets. We are creating a new type of artificial intelligence supercomputer that adapts to the application. It uses a new number system called posit.”

Video: HiPEAC Conference Looks at Innovations in Computer Architecture

This video features highlights from the first day at the HiPEAC conference, which took place last week in Manchester. HiPEAC is the premier European forum for experts in computer architecture, programming models, compilers and operating systems for embedded and general-purpose systems. “HiPEAC Coordinator Koen De Bosschere tells us what’s been going on, including a great keynote talk from Maria Girone at CERN. Meanwhile, Arm’s John Goodacre tells us why Manchester is a great location for the conference and why it’s important for companies like Arm to be involved in HiPEAC.”

OpenFabrics Alliance Workshop 2018 – An Emphasis on Fabric Community Collaboration

In this special guest feature, Parks Fields and Paul Grun from the OpenFabrics Alliance write that the upcoming OFA Workshop in Boulder is an excellent opportunity to collaborate on the next generation of network fabrics. “Come join the community in Boulder this year to lend your voice to shaping the direction of fabric technology in big ways or small, or perhaps just to listen and learn about the latest trends coming down the pike, or to pick up tips and tricks to make you more effective in your daily job.”

Stanford HPC Conference Posts Preliminary Agenda

The Stanford HPC Conference has posted it Preliminary Agenda. The two-day event takes place Feb. 20-21 at Stanford University in California. “Join the Stanford High Performance Computing Center, HPC Advisory Council, its members and experts from all over the world for two days of invited and contributed talks and immersive tutorials on topics of great societal impact and responsibility! February’s open forum brings industry luminaries and leading subject matter experts together to examine emerging and major domains and share in-depth insights on AI, Data Sciences, HPC, Machine Learning and more.”

Video: D-Wave Systems Seminar on Quantum Computing from SC17

In this video from SC17 in Denver, Bo Ewald from D-Wave Systems hosts a Quantum Computing Seminar. “We will discuss quantum computing, the D-Wave 2000Q system and software, the growing software ecosystem, an overview of some user projects, and how quantum computing can be applied to problems in optimization, machine learning, cyber security, and sampling.”