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Video: How Intel will deliver on the Promise of AI

In this video, Naveen Rao keynotes the Intel AI DevCon event in San Francisco. “One of the important updates we’re discussing today is optimizations to Intel Xeon Scalable processors. These optimizations deliver significant performance improvements on both training and inference as compared to previous generations, which is beneficial to the many companies that want to use existing infrastructure they already own to achieve the related TCO benefits along their first steps toward AI.”

Prof. Yutong Lu from China will Chair ISC 2019

Today ISC announced that Prof. Yutong Lu from the National Supercomputing Center in Guangzhou, China will be the ISC 2019 Program Chair. This new appointment begins a new journey for ISC High Performance, which has only seen men hold this position for the last four years. “As part of the international HPC community, ISC has committed to including more countries and people in order to foster a broader array of ideas and experiences.”

HPC and Precision Medicine: A New Framework for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

Joe Lombardo from UNLV gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. “The University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health have been awarded an $11 million federal grant from the National Institutes of Health and National Institute of General Medical Sciences to advance the understanding of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. In this session, we will present how UNLV’s National Supercomputing Institute plays a critical role in this research by fusing brain imaging, neuropsychological and behavioral studies along with the diagnostic exome sequencing models to increase our knowledge of dementia-related and age-associated degenerative disorders.”

Call for Submissions: IO500 List

The Virtual Institute for IO is now accepting submissions for the upcoming IO500 list, which will be revealed at ISC 2018 in Frankfurt, Germany. “The IO500 benchmark suite is designed to be easy to run and the community has multiple active support channels to help with any questions. Please submit and we look forward to seeing many of you at ISC 2018! Please note that submissions of all size are welcome; the site has customizable sorting so it is possible to submit on a small system and still get a very good per-client score for example. Additionally, the list is about much more than just the raw rank; all submissions help the community by collecting and publishing a wider corpus of data.”

Call for Applications: NCSA GPU Hackathon in September

NCSA is now accepting team applications for the Blue Waters GPU Hackathon. This event will take place September 10-14, 2018 in Illinois. “General-purpose Graphics Processing Units (GPGPUs) potentially offer exceptionally high memory bandwidth and performance for a wide range of applications. A challenge in utilizing such accelerators has been learning how to program them. These hackathons are intended to help overcome this challenge for new GPU programmers and also to help existing GPU programmers to further optimize their applications – a great opportunity for graduate students and postdocs. Any and all GPU programming paradigms are welcome.”

Radio Free HPC Reviews the Results from the ASC 2018 Student Cluster Competition

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team reviews the results of the ASC 2018 Student Cluster Competition.

“The ASC 2018 Student Supercomputer Challenge finalist were announced on March 20, 2018. The 20 finalists will design and build supercomputers up to 3,000 Watts, solve exceptionally difficult problems in AI reading comprehension, perform RELION optimization as a core application of the Nobel winning cryo-electron microscopy, and utilize CFL3D, HPL, and HPCG.”

The Galactos Project: Using HPC To Run One of Cosmology’s Hardest Challenges

Debbie Bard from NERSC gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. “We present Galactos, a high performance implementation of a novel, O(N^2 ) algorithm that uses a load-balanced k-d tree and spherical harmonic expansions to compute the anisotropic 3PCF. Our implementation is optimized for the Intel Xeon Phi architecture, exploiting SIMD parallelism, instruction and thread concurrency, and signicant L1 and L2 cache reuse, reaching 39% of peak performance on a single node. Galactos scales to the full Cori system, achieving 9.8 PF (peak) and 5.06 PF (sustained) across 9636 nodes, making the 3PCF easily computable for all galaxies in the observable universe.”

Satoshi Matsuoka to receive High Performance Parallel Distributed Computation Achievement Award

Today ACM announced that that Dr. Satoshi Matsuoka will receive the annual HPDC Achievement Award for his pioneering research in the design, implementation, and application of high performance systems and software tools for parallel and distributed systems. “ACM HPDC is one of the top international conferences in the field of Computer Science / High Performance Calculation, and among them, I am delighted to have won the Society Career Award for the first time as a Japanese.”

ReFrame: A Regression Testing Framework Enabling Continuous Integration of Large HPC Systems

“Scientifico ReFrame is a new framework for writing regression tests for HPC systems. The goal of the framework is to abstract away the complexity of the interactions with the system, separating the logic of a regression test from the low-level details, which pertain to the system configuration and setup. This allows users to write easily portable regression tests, focusing only on the functionality. The purpose of the tutorial will be to do a live demo of ReFrame and a hands-on session demonstrating how to configure it and how to use it.”

Red Hat’s AI Strategy

“The impact of AI will be visible in the software industry much sooner than the analog world, deeply affecting open source in general, as well as Red Hat, its ecosystem, and its userbase. This shift provides a huge opportunity for Red Hat to offer unique value to our customers. In this session, we’ll provide Red Hat’s general perspective on AI and how we are helping our customers benefit from AI.”