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SC19 Session Preview: Whither Advanced Scientific Computing After Exascale Is Achieved?

“The goal of this BoF is to discuss the landscape for advanced scientific computing after the United States achieves the exascale milestone. What are possible future breakthroughs? What are promising computing and mathematics research directions? How do we organize people and resources to move forward? How do we sustain and broaden the impact of exascale technology? These questions will be introduced by members of a task force that is studying beyond the Exascale Computing Project.”

Designing Scalable HPC, Deep Learning, Big Data, and Cloud Middleware for Exascale Systems

DK Panda from Ohio State University gave this talk at the UK HPC Conference. “This talk will focus on challenges in designing HPC, Deep Learning, Big Data and HPC Cloud middleware for Exascale systems with millions of processors and accelerators. For the HPC domain, we will discuss about the challenges in designing runtime environments for MPI+X (PGAS – OpenSHMEM/UPC/CAF/UPC++, OpenMP, and CUDA) programming models by taking into account support for multi-core systems (Xeon, ARM and OpenPower), high-performance networks, and GPGPUs (including GPUDirect RDMA).”

Cloud Automation: Five Ways to Contain HPC Cloud Spending

This timely article from our friends over at Univa examines how the cloud is attractive for organizations that need fast access to specialized resources, and that want to avoid the cost and complexity of on-premise infrastructure. The article then offer five important ways that Cloud Automation can reduce cost.

Agenda Posted for Intel HPC Developer Conference at SC19

Intel has posted the preliminary agenda for the Intel HPC Developer Conference. The event takes place Nov. 17-18 in conjunction with SC19 in Denver. “The keynote for this year’s event will be given by Raja Koduri, SVP, Chief Architect and GM of Architecture, Graphics, and Software. Raja will share Intel’s vision, strategy, and upcoming technology roadmap across hardware and software to further accelerate the convergence of HPC and AI and push the boundaries of HPC as we know it today.”

Powering Datacenters with Earth’s Molten Core: A Practical Guide

Dan Olds from OrionX.net gave this talk at the UK HPC Conference. “Novel Therm’s enhanced Stirling Engine can turn warm water geothermal into megawatts of electricity. This 100% green solution provides a very low PUE (1.03-1.05) and significantly lower costs than alternative co-location, IaaS solutions. This session will look at the technical side of warm-water geothermal energy and how this innovative company will be using it to power data centers.”

Ingram Micro Artizen Soutions for HPC

In this video from the GPU Technology Conference, Rick Young from Ingram Micro describes the company’s Artizen HPC solutions. “Available now to channel partners in the U.S., the distributor’s new and exclusive line of Artizen High Performance Computing (HPC) offerings include turnkey high performance servers, ultimate workstations, and customizable supercomputing clusters, as well as computing integration and software installation services.”

Managing the GPUs of Your Cluster in a Flexible Way with rCUDA

In this talk, we introduce the rCUDA remote GPU virtualization framework, which has been shown to be the only one that supports the most recent CUDA versions, in addition to leverage the InfiniBand interconnect for the sake of performance. Furthermore, we also present the last developments within this framework, related with the use of low-power processors, enhanced job schedulers, and virtual machine environments.”

Troy Baer from NICS Wins Lifetime Achievement Adaptie Award

“Congratulations go out to Troy Baer, HPC system administrator at the National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS), University of Tennessee. Troy Baer’s contributions in scheduling and resource management using Moab have helped Kraken—NICS’ flagship computing resource and the first academic computer to break the petaflop barrier—achieve outstanding 90-95% utilization rates since 2010. Baer’s administrative capabilities enable researchers in numerous scientific arenas, from climate to materials science to astrophysics, to achieve breakthroughs not yet possible on other resources. In November 2012, Baer helped NICS’ Beacon system secure a No. 1 ranking on the Green500 list of energy-efficient supercomputers.”

DK Panda Presents: Programming Models for Exascale Systems

“This talk will focus on programming models and their designs for upcoming exascale systems with millions of processors and accelerators. Current status and future trends of MPI and PGAS (UPC and OpenSHMEM) programming models will be presented. We will discuss challenges in designing runtime environments for these programming models by taking into account support for multi-core, high-performance networks, GPGPUs, Intel MIC, scalable collectives (multi-core-aware, topology-aware, and power-aware), non-blocking collectives using Offload framework, one-sided RMA operations, schemes and architectures for fault-tolerance/fault-resilience.”

High Performance Computing at CSCS

“With around 3.2 billion computer operations (3.2 gigaflops) per watt, the combination of GPUs CPUs makes “Piz Daint” one of the world’s most energy-­efficient supercomputers in the petaflop performance class.”