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ISC 2020 Revamps Invited Program

Today the ISC 2020 conference announced improvements to its Invited Program. The conference takes place June 21-25 in Frankfurt, Germany. “ISC High Performance 2020 will showcase the latest advancements in HPC, encompassing all the key developments happening in system design, applications, programming models, machine learning, and emerging technologies. Come join over 3,700 attendees, 400 speakers and 160 exhibitors, consisting of vendors and leading research organizations, from June 21 to 25, in Frankfurt, Germany, and find out how high performance computing is shaping tomorrow.”

Simula Research Lab to Manage Heterogeneous HPC Platform with Bright Computing

Today, Bright Computing announced that Simula Research Laboratory has chosen Bright Cluster Manager to manage its multi-architecture, multi-OS HPC environment. “After a careful evaluation, Simula chose Bright Cluster Manager to provide comprehensive management of eX³, enabling the organization to administer its HPC platform as a single entity; provisioning the hardware, operating systems, and workload managers from a unified interface. Further, the intuitive Bright management console will allow Simula to see and respond to what’s happening in their cluster anywhere, at any time.”

LANL’s EMC3 Consortium enjoys rapid growth in its first year

Just over a year after Los Alamos National Laboratory launched the Efficient Mission Centric Computing Consortium (EMC3), 15 companies, universities and federal organizations are now working together to explore new ways to make extreme-scale computers more efficient. “In the first year of EMC3 we have already seen efficiency improvements to HPC in a number of areas, including the world’s first NVMe-based hardware-accelerated compressed parallel filesystem, in-situ analysis enabled on network adapters for a real simulation code, identifying issues with file system metadata performance in the Linux Kernel, record-setting in situ simulation output indexing, demonstrating file-system metadata indexing, and more.”

IBM Announces New AI Inference POWER9 Server

Today IBM announced a new AI Inference POWER9 Server. The new IBM Power System IC922 is a purpose-built inference server designed to put your AI models to work and help you unlock business insights. “The IBM Power IC922 supports up to six NVIDIA T4 GPUs and IBM intends to support up to eight NVIDIA T4 GPUs and additional accelerator options. This allows clients to leverage the inference accelerator that best suit their needs with flexibility. Power IC922 uses optimized hardware and AI software to deliver the necessary components for AI inference whether in a central data center or in a distributed data center closer to the sources of data.”

Intel Powers HLRN-IV Supercomputer at ZIB in Germany

In this video, Prof. Ramin Yahayapour from the University of Göttingen describes how the Lise supercomputer at ZIB is powering research and discovery. With 5.355 Petaflops of performance on the Linpack benchmark, the Atos system ranks #40 on the TOP500. “By entering into the second phase of our efforts with Atos and Intel, our users will benefit right away from the more powerful system without needing to change their code. The HLRN-IV supercomputer provides true performance portability.”

Video Showcase: Lenovo Hosts AI Researchers at SC19

In this special guest feature, Dan Olds from writes that university researchers had an opportunity to showcase their work at the third annual University AI Challenge at SC19. “Winning researchers were rewarded with an all-expense paid trip to SC19 in Denver, along with the opportunity to present their research and findings at the Lenovo show floor theater. Eight researchers from universities in Europe, Asia, and North America were selected to win this award and all presented their research in the Lenovo theater during the exhibition.”

Call for Applications: ATPESC 2020 Extreme-Scale Computing Training Program

The Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing (ATPESC) has issued its Call for Applications. The event will take place from July 26–August 7 in the Chicago area. “ATPESC provides intensive, two-week training on the key skills, approaches, and tools needed to carry out scientific computing research on the world’s most powerful supercomputers.”

Top Three Predictions for HPC, AI, and the Cloud 2020

In this special guest feature, Altair CTO Sam Mahalingam predicts that HPC and AI will continue to move forward in interesting ways in 2020. “As the decade has closed, we are now at a point when HPC and cloud work together to power solutions that lead companies to innovate better products and unearth new discoveries. HPC in the cloud is an increasingly viable option for organizations of all sizes and will only become stronger as technologies continue to converge and mature.”

Podcast: Supercomputing the Human Microbiome

In this Let’s Talk Exascale podcast, Kathy Yelick and Lenny Oliker from LBNL describe how the ExaBiome project is developing computational tools to analyze microbial species—bacteria or viruses that typically live in communities of hundreds of different species. “Pushing past the traditional shared-memory-system approach, the ExaBiome team has developed efficient distributed memory implementations and analyzed some of the largest datasets in the metagenomics community.”

Call for Papers: SCALE 2020 Scalable Computing Challenge for Cash Prizes

The IEEE International Scalable Computing Challenge (SCALE 2020) has issued its Call for Papers. “Are you doing real-world problem-solving using computing that scales? Want to win $1000 or $500? Submit a whitepaper to 13th IEEE International Scalable Computing Challenge (SCALE 2020) by Feb 5, 2020. Finalists must register, present & demo at CCGrid 2020.”