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Video: What is Wrong with Convolutional Neural Nets?

Geoffrey Hinton from the University of Toronto gave this talk at the Vector Institute. “What is Wrong with ‘standard’ Convolutional Neural Nets? They have too few levels of structure: Neurons, Layers, and Whole Nets. We need to group neurons in each layer in ‘capsules’ that do a lot of internal computation and then output a compact result.”

Dell EMC Supercomputer to Power OzGRav Studies of Black Holes

Today Dell EMC announced it will build a supercomputer to power Swinburne University of Technology’s groundbreaking research into astrophysics and gravitational waves. “We will be looking for gravitational waves that help us learn more about supernovas, the formation of stars, intergalactic gases and more,” said Professor Bailes. “It’s exciting to think that we as OzGRav could make the next landmark discovery in gravitational wave astrophysics – and the Dell EMC supercomputer will allow us to capture, visualise and process the data to make those discoveries.”

DeepSat: Monitoring the Earth’s Vitals with AI

In order to better keep a finger on the pulse of the Earth’s health, NASA developed DeepSat, a deep learning AI framework for satellite image classification and segmentation. DeepSat provides vital signs of changing landscapes at the highest possible resolution, enabling scientists to use the data for independent modeling efforts.

Heroes of Deep Learning: Yuanqing Lin

In this video from the Heroes of Deep Learning series, Andrew Ng interviews Head of Baidu Research, Yuanqing Lin. “Baidu Research brings together global research talent to work on AI technologies in areas such as image recognition, speech recognition, high performance computing, natural language processing and deep learning. Baidu Research comprises four labs: the Silicon Valley AI Lab, the Institute of Deep Learning, the Big Data Lab and the Augmented Reality Lab.”

Intel’s New “Ruler” SSD Form Factor – Up to 1 Petabyte in 1U

Today Intel announced its latest memory technologies to advance datacenter storage. “These new “ruler” form factor SSDs and dual port SSDs are the latest in a long line of innovations we’ve brought to market to make storing and accessing data easier and faster, while delivering more value to customers,” said Bill Leszinske, Intel vice president, Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group (NSG), and director, strategic planning, marketing and business development. “Data drives everything we do – from financial decisions to virtual reality gaming, and from autonomous driving to machine learning – and Intel storage innovations like these ensure incredibly quick, reliable access to that data.”

Video: Benchmarking AMD EPYC on Memory-Bound HPC Applications

In this video, Joshua Mora demonstrates how the new AMD EPYC processor delivers excellent performance for memory-bound HPC workloads including ANSYS and FLUENT. “EPYC strikes the perfect balance of cores/threads, memory, I/O bandwidth and security to deliver excellent performance for many High Performance Computing (HPC) workloads. AMD’s state-of-the-art GPUs combined with EPYC provide excellent solutions for your most demanding HPC applications.”

Beating Floating Point at its own game: Posit Arithmetic

“Dr. Gustafson has recently finished writing a book, The End of Error: Unum Computing, that presents a new approach to computer arithmetic: the unum. The universal number, or unum format, encompasses all IEEE floating-point formats as well as fixed-point and exact integer arithmetic. This approach obtains more accurate answers than floating-point arithmetic yet uses fewer bits in many cases, saving memory, bandwidth, energy, and power.”

Interview: Hot Interconnects Conference to Focus on Next-Generation Networks

The Hot Interconnects Conference is coming up Aug. 28-30 in Santa Clara. To learn more, we caught up with Program Chairs Ryan Grant and Jitu (Jitendra) Padhye. “Hot Interconnects brings together members of the industrial, academic and broader research community to unveil the very latest advances in network technologies as well as to discuss ideas for future generation interconnects. Unlike other conferences, Hot Interconnects is focused on only the latest most topical subjects and concentrates on technologies that will be available for deployment in the near future.”

Surprising Stories from 17 National Labs in 17 Minutes

In this video, the U.S. Department of Energy gives a quick tour of all 17 National Labs. Each one comes with a surprising story on what these labs do for us as a Nation. “And they all do really different stuff. Think of a big scientific question or challenge, and one or more of the labs is probably working on it.”

Nvidia Volta GPUs Power HPC & AI at ISC 2017

In this video from ISC 2017, Keith Morris from NVIDIA describes how the company’s next-generation Volta GPU technology will drive HPC and AI applications to new levels of performance. “GV100 not only builds upon the advances of its predecessor, the Pascal GP100 GPU, it significantly improves performance and scalability, and adds many new features that improve programmability. These advances will supercharge HPC, data center, supercomputer, and deep learning systems and applications.”