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IEEE Approves Standards Project for Quantum Computing Definitions

“While Quantum Computing is poised for significant growth and advancement, the emergent industry is currently fragmented and lacks a common communications framework,” said Whurley (William Hurley), chair, IEEE Quantum Computing Working Group. “IEEE P7130 marks an important milestone in the development of Quantum Computing by building consensus on a nomenclature that will bring the benefits of standardization, reduce confusion, and foster a more broadly accepted understanding for all stakeholders involved in advancing technology and solutions in the space.”

Podcast: A Look at the Intel Nervana Platform for AI

In this Chip Chat podcast, Dr. Naveen Rao describes his work at the Artificial Intelligence Products Group (AIPG) at Intel. “The Intel Nervana Platform includes what you need to design, develop, and deploy state-of-the-art deep learning models. There’s no need for you to download multiple frameworks and libraries and to troubleshoot complex integration issues. Everything you need is included and “just works” to make building AI solutions as easy as possible.”

NCSA Industry Conference to Showcase Supercomputing Partnerships

Registration is now open for the 2017 NCSA Industry Conference. The event takes place Oct. 11-12 on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. “This year’s conference provides attendees with the opportunity to experience the transformative power of high performance computing and big data as we showcase how the NCSA Industry Program is giving industry and government a competitive edge. Attendees will also get an exclusive look at new resources and collaboration opportunities, the chance to network with business leaders and domain experts, meet the future generation of HPC experts at our student reception, and hear several ground-breaking success stories of how NCSA is enabling computational breakthroughs and changing the world again.

Intel FPGAs Accelerate Microsoft’s Project Brainwave

Today, Intel announced that its AI technology is being used by Microsoft to power their new accelerated deep learning platform, called Project Brainwave. “Project Brainwave achieves a major leap forward in both performance and flexibility for cloud-based serving of deep learning models. We designed the system for real-time AI, which means the system processes requests as fast as it receives them, with ultra-low latency. Real-time AI is becoming increasingly important as cloud infrastructures process live data streams, whether they be search queries, videos, sensor streams, or interactions with users.”

New Study Uncovers Best Practices for Effective Partnerships between Public HPC Centers and Industrial Users

Today NCSA and Hyperion Research released a new study that examines HPC and Industry partnerships. Aimed at identifying and understanding best practices in partnerships between public high performance computing centers and private industry, the study aims to promote the vital transfer of scientific knowledge to industry and the important transfer of industrial experience to the scientific community.

Dell EMC Joins Atos Global Reseller Alliance

Today Atos in Europe announced a new reseller agreement in which Dell EMC will resell Atos’ high-end 8 to 16 sockets x86 Bullion servers. “Over the last few years, Dell EMC and Atos have been working together to combine Bullion servers and Dell EMC unified storage solutions to provide our customers with a leading solution for deployment of mission-critical SAP HANA projects,” said Ravi Pendekanti, Senior Vice President at Dell EMC.

Gabriel Broner on Why Cloud is the Next Disruption in HPC

“Like the previous disruptions of clusters vs. monolithic systems or Linux vs. proprietary operating systems, cloud changes the status quo, takes us out of our comfort zone, and gives us a sense of lack of control. But the effect of price, the flexibility to dynamically change your system size and choose the best architecture for the job, the availability of applications, the ability to select system cost based on the needs of a particular workload, and the ability to provision and run immediately, will prove very attractive for HPC users.”

Intel Xeon Scalable Processors Speed Altair RADIOSS with Hyperworks

In this video, Piush Patel describes how Intel Xeon Scalable Processors speed up Altair RADIOSS structural simulations with Hyperworks. “RADIOSS is a leading structural analysis solver for highly non-linear problems under dynamic loadings. It is used across all industries worldwide to improve the crashworthiness, safety, and manufacturability of structural designs.”

Fayetteville State University Leverages Bright Cluster Manager for AI Research

Fayetteville State University is using Bright Cluster Manager for ground-breaking Artificial Intelligence research. Bright Cluster Manager enables the University to deploy complete clusters over bare metal and manage them effectively. Managing the hardware, operating system, HPC software, and its users is done with an elegant easy-to-use graphical user interface. With Bright Cluster Manager, IT/system administrators can quickly get clusters up and running and keep them running reliably throughout their lifecycle.

PRACE Offers Supercomputing 101 Course

PRACE is offering an online Supercomputing 101 course through the Future Learn program. This free online course will introduce you to what supercomputers are, how they are used and how we can exploit their full computational potential to make scientific breakthroughs. “Using supercomputers, we can now conduct virtual experiments that are impossible in the real world.”