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Fortune 500 Firms Join IBM Q Network for Quantum Computing Research

Today IBM announced the first clients to tap into its IBM Q early-access commercial quantum computing systems to explore practical applications important to business and science. In all, twelve initial organizations joined to foster a growing quantum computing ecosystem based on IBM’s open source quantum software and developer tools.

Rescale Brings HPC Workloads to the Cloud at SC17

In this video from SC17, Gabriel Broner from Rescale describes how the company brings HPC Workloads to the Cloud. “Rescale offers HPC in the cloud for engineers and scientists, delivering computational performance on-demand. Using the latest hardware architecture at cloud providers and supercomputing centers, Rescale enables users to extend their on-premise system with optimized HPC in the cloud.”

Slidecast: HPC and the Cloud – Announcing the Ellexus Container Checker

In this slidecast, Dr. Rosemary Francis describes the new Ellexus Container Checker, a pioneering cloud-based tool that provides visibility into the inner workings of Docker containers. “Container Checker will help people using cloud platforms to quickly detect problems within their containers before they are let loose on the cloud to potentially waste time and compute spend. Estimates suggest that up to 45% of cloud spend is wasted due in part to unknown application activity and unsuitable storage decisions, which is what we want to help businesses tackle.”

Lenovo to Build 26.7 Petaflop SuperMUC-NG Cluster for LRZ in Germany

“Upon its completion in late 2018, the new Lenovo supercomputer (called SuperMUC-NG) will support LRZ in its groundbreaking research across a variety of complex scientific disciplines, such as astrophysics, fluid dynamics and life sciences, by offering highly available, secure and energy-efficient high-performance computing services that leverage industry-leading technology optimized to address the a broad range of scientific computing applications. The LRZ installation will also feature the 20-millionth server shipped by Lenovo, a significant milestone in the company’s data center history.”

Dr. Eng Lim Goh on HPE’s Spaceborne Supercomputer

In this video from SC17 in Denver, Dr. Eng Lim Goh describes the spaceborne supercomputer that HPE built for NASA. “The research objectives of the Spaceborne Computer include a year-long experiment of operating high performance commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) computer systems on the ISS with its changing radiation climate. During high radiation events, the electrical power consumption and, therefore, the operating speeds of the computer systems are lowered in an attempt to determine if such systems can still operate correctly.”

A Closer Look at the D.A.V.I.D.E. Supercomputer at CINECA in Italy

In this video, researchers from CINECA in Italy describe how their new D.A.V.I.D.E. supercomputer powers science and engineering. “Developed by E4 Engineering, D.A.V.I.D.E. (Development for an Added Value Infrastructure Designed in Europe) is an Energy Aware Petaflops Class High Performance Cluster based on Power Architecture and coupled with NVIDIA Tesla Pascal GPUs with NVLink.”

Experiences in providing secure multi-tenant Lustre access to OpenStack

In this video from the DDN User Group at SC17, Dr. Peter Clapham from Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute presents: Experiences in providing secure multi-tenant Lustre access to OpenStack. “If you need 10,000 cores to perform an extra layer of analysis in an hour, you have to scale a significant cluster to get answers quickly. You need a real solution that can address everything from very small to extremely large data sets.”

Quantum Launches Scale-out NAS for High-Value and Data-Intensive Workloads

There is a gap in the market between NAS systems designed for enterprise data management and HPC solutions designed for data-intensive workloads,” said Molly Presley, vice president, Global Marketing, Quantum. “Xcellis Scale-out NAS fills this gap with the features needed by enterprises and the performance required by HPC in a single solution. Xcellis uniquely delivers capacity with the economics of tape and cloud and integrated AI for advanced data insights and can even support traditional block storage demands within the same platform.”

Baidu Deploys AMD EPYC Single Socket Platforms for ‘ABC’ Datacenters

“Baidu’s mission is to make a complex world simpler through technology, and we are constantly looking to discover and apply the latest cutting-edge technologies, innovations, and solutions to business. AMD EPYC processors provide Baidu with a new level of energy efficient and powerful computing capability.”

AI Systems Designed to Learn in a Limited Information Environment

In a special report, Intel offers details on use cases that explore AI systems and those designed to learn in a limited information environment. “AI systems that can compete against and beat humans in limited information games have great potential, because so many activities between humans happen in the context of limited information such as financial trading and negotiations and even the much simpler task of buying a home.”