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Celebrating 20 Years of the OpenMP API

“The first version of the OpenMP application programming interface (API) was published in October 1997. In the 20 years since then, the OpenMP API and the slightly older MPI have become the two stable programming models that high-performance parallel codes rely on. MPI handles the message passing aspects and allows code to scale out to significant numbers of nodes, while the OpenMP API allows programmers to write portable code to exploit the multiple cores and accelerators in modern machines.”

Video: Women and Open Source

“Women are becoming a driving force in the open source community as the industry becomes more diverse and inclusive. However, a recent study found that only 3% of contributors in open source were women. As a community of women at Red Hat, we want to not only highlight how we contribute, but also inspire others to contribute. In the spirit of diversity, this panel will include women from different departments at Red Hat—including marketing, management, sales, consulting, and engineering—sharing the unique ways we help grow the open source community.”

Universal Coding of the Reals: Alternatives to IEEE Floating Point

Peter Lindstrom from LLNL gave this talk at the Conference on Next Generation Arithmetic in Singapore. “We propose a modular framework for representing the real numbers that generalizes IEEE, POSITS, and related floating-point number systems, and which has its roots in universal codes for the positive integers such as the Elias codes. This framework unifies several known but seemingly unrelated representations within a single schema while also introducing new representations.”

HPE: Design Challenges at Scale

Jimmy Daley from HPE gave this talk at the HPC User Forum in Tucson. “High performance clusters are all about high speed interconnects. Today, these clusters are often built out of a mix of copper and active optical cables. While optical is the future, the cost of active optical cables is 4x – 6x that of copper cables. In this talk, Jimmy Daley looks at the tradeoffs system architects need to make to meet performance requirements at reasonable cost.”

Quantum Computing: Its Principles, Capabilities and Challenges

Dr. Mark Mattingley-Scott from IBM gave this talk at the Swiss HPC Conference. “Quantum Computing is here, right now – and we are at the start of a new way of computing, which will impact us the way the revolution started by Shockley, Bardeen and Brattain did in 1947. In this talk I will introduce Quantum Computing, its principles, capabilities and challenges and provide you with the insight you need to decide how you should engage with this revolutionary technology.”

Deep Learning at Scale for Cosmology Research

In this video from Google I/O 2018, Debbie Bard from NERSC describes Deep Learning at scale for cosmology research. “Debbie Bard is acting group lead for the Data Science Engagement Group at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at Berkeley National Lab. A native of the UK, her career spans research in particle physics, cosmology and computing on both sides of the Atlantic.”

PASC18 Panel to Focus on Fast and Big Data, Fast and Big Computation

Today the PASC18 conference announced that this year’s panel discussion will focus on the central theme of the conference: “Fast and Big Data, Fast and Big Computation.” Are these two worlds evolving and converging together? Or is HPC facing a game-changing moment as the appetite for computation in the scientific computing community and industry is for a different type of computation than what we’re used to?

Video: Building Computing and Data Centres for Exascale in the EU

In this video from the 2018 Swiss HPC Conference, Peter Hopton from the EuroEXA project shares the problems and the solutions that are being developed in the EuroEXA co-design project. “EuroEXA hardware designers work together with system software experts optimizing the entire stack from language runtimes to low-level kernel drivers, and application developers that bring in a rich mix of key HPC applications from across climate/weather, physical/energy and life-science/bioinformatics domains to enable efficient system co-design and maximize the impact of the project.”

Mateo Valero on how RISC-V can play a major role in New Supercomputer Architectures

In this eeNews report, Mateo Valero, Director of the Barcelona Supercomputer center, explains how the RISC-V architecture can play a main role in new supercomputer architectures. Valero was the keynote speaker at the recent RISC-V Workshop in Barcelona. “Born in academia and research, RISC-V ISA delivers a new level of free, extensible software and hardware freedom on architecture, paving the way for the next 50 years of computing design and innovation.”

Call for Papers: High Performance Machine Learning Workshop – HPML 2018

The HPML 2018 High Performance Machine Learning Workshop has issued its Call for Papers. The event takes place September 24 in Lyon, France. “This workshop is intended to bring together the Machine Learning (ML), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and High Performance Computing (HPC) communities. In recent years, much progress has been made in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in general.”