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Podcast: From Here to Ai with Jack Wells from Oak Ridge

In this Conversations with Dez podcast, Dez Blanchfield sits down with Jack Wells from ORNL to talk about about his personal & professional life journey, his role at Oak Ridge National Lab, how Artificial Intelligence is being deployed & leveraged in HPC, and the role IBM’s POWER9 solution is playing in supporting Oak Ridge and its mission. Jack Wells is the Director of Science for the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility.

SC18 Preview: Steve Furber on Brain-Inspired Massively-Parallel Computing

SC18 continues its series of Invited Talk previews with this quick look at “Brain-Inspired Massively-Parallel Computing” by Stephen Furber. “The SpiNNaker (Spiking Neural Network Architecture) platform is an example of a highly flexible digital neuromorphic platform, based upon a massively-parallel configuration of small processors with a bespoke interconnect fabric designed to support the very high connectivity of biological neural nets in real-time models. Although designed primarily to support brain science, it can also be used to explore more applications-oriented research.”

Linda Gesenhues and Markus Höhnerbach to receive George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships

Today ACM announced that Linda Gesenhues of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and Markus Höhnerbach of RWTH Aachen University are the recipients of the 2018 ACM-IEEE CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships. “The ACM-IEEE CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowship is endowed in memory of George Michael, one of the founding fathers of the SC Conference series. The fellowship honors exceptional PhD students throughout the world whose research focus is on high performance computing applications, networking, storage or large-scale data analytics using the most powerful computers that are currently available.”

Video: Massive Galaxies and Black Holes at the Cosmic Dawn

Tiziana DiMatteo from Carnegie Melon University gave this talk at the 2018 Blue Waters Symposium. “The first billion years is a pivotal time for cosmic structure formation. The galaxies and black holes that form then shape and influence all future generations of stars and black holes. Understanding and detecting the the first galaxies and black holes is therefore one of the main observational and theoretical challenges in galaxy formation.”

Why the Choice of DRAM in the Data Center is so Critical

By working with a manufacturer of DRAM products that deliver a diversity of components, data center operators can be assured that they will not have a patchwork of suppliers to work with. This guest post from Kingston Technology explores different storage structures and why DRAM performance is so crucial to data center success. 

Call for Participation: OSC Statewide User Group Conference in October

The Ohio Supercomputer Center Statewide Users Group (SUG) has issued its Call for Participation. Featuring a talk on OSC’s pending Pitzer cluster, the event takes place Oct. 4 in Columbus, Ohio. The purposes of the SUG conference are to foster connections, update OSC’s user base on OSC’s direction, highlight new scientific developments produced using OSC resources, and obtain constructive feedback as to the future of OSC and our role in supporting science across Ohio. “We will have a flash talk and poster session to highlight the research and emerging ideas from OSC clients. Talks and posters will be selected from abstracts submitted via the registration form. We encourage posters by students just starting their work, to show creative ideas on how high-performance computing will enhance their research.”

OFA Expands Mission to Boost Development of Advanced Network and Fabric Technologies

Today the OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) unveiled an expanded mission to accelerate the development and adoption of advanced fabric technologies. This is a significant expansion of its original mission from 2004, which was to facilitate the rapid adoption of an emerging network technology, known as the InfiniBand Architecture. The new mission expands its scope to include software for the entirety of the advanced networks landscape, including the InfiniBand Architecture. ”
The 15th Annual OFA Workshop, is returning to Austin, Texas – March 19-21, 2019 at the University of Texas at Austin.”

Podcast: Bringing Complex Data To Life with Intel Select Solutions

In this Chip Chat podcast, Jim Jeffers from Intel describes his team’s three important open source libraries for data center rendering that deliver rasterization and ray tracing with high performance on Intel Xeon processors. Jim discusses the new Intel Select Solutions for Professional Visualization that package up key software capabilities with the power of high performance computing to provide stunning visualizations.

Extreme Computing for Extreme Adaptive Optics: The Key to Finding Life Outside our Solar System

Hatem Ltaief from KAUST gave this talk at PASC18. “The real-time correction of telescopic images in the search for exoplanets is highly sensitive to atmospheric aberrations. The pseudo-inverse algorithm is an efficient mathematical method to filter out these turbulences. We introduce a new partial singular value decomposition (SVD) algorithm based on QR-based Diagonally Weighted Halley (QDWH) iteration for the pseudo-inverse method of adaptive optics. The pseudo-inverse simulation code will be deployed on-sky for the Subaru telescope during observation nights scheduled early 2018.”

Intel to Host IXPUG eXtreme Performance User Group Sept. 25-28 in Oregon

Intel will host the Intel eXtreme Performance User Group (IXPUG) event Sept. 25-28 in Hillsboro, Oregon. “This IXPUG conference is focused on all aspects of employing and adopting many-core processing technologies and techniques for optimal application execution, including topics that cover system hardware beyond the processor (memory, interconnect, etc.), software tools, programming models, new workloads (visualization, data analytics, machine learning, etc.) and more. The conference will provide an interactive experience focused on key topics associated with high-performance computing, artificial intelligence, data analytics, cloud computing, and more.”