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Bright Computing Streamlines HPC Environment for NeSI and NIWA

Today Bright Computing announced that the company’s cluster management software enables modernized HPC infrastructure for New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI) and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Ltd (NIWA). “Armed with deep infrastructure knowledge and systems integration experience, Bright was part of a co-design partnership with Cray, NIWA and NeSI working collaborative to design and build a hybrid HPC and private cloud infrastructure based on Bright Cluster Manager and Bright OpenStack.”

Podcast: Radio Free HPC Runs Down the TOP500

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team reviews the new TOP500 list of most powerful supercomputers. “Not much changed in the TOP10 but a lot is changing further down the list. The overwhelming majority of the systems, 478 of them, are based on Intel CPUs. 13 are IBM, and there is 1 system based on Arm provided by Cavium, now part of Marvell.”

NVIDIA Brings CUDA to Arm for HPC

Today NVIDIA announced its support for Arm CPUs, providing the high performance computing industry a new path to build extremely energy-efficient, AI-enabled exascale supercomputers. “NVIDIA is making available to the Arm ecosystem its full stack of AI and HPC software — which accelerates more than 600 HPC applications and all AI frameworks — by year’s end. The stack includes all NVIDIA CUDA-X AI and HPC libraries, GPU-accelerated AI frameworks and software development tools such as PGI compilers with OpenACC support and profilers.”

For the first time, all TOP500 Systems are Petaflop Machines

The latest TOP500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers is out today, marking a major milestone in the 26-year history of the list. For the first time, all 500 systems deliver a petaflop or more on the Linpack benchmark. “Frontera at TACC is the only new supercomputer in the top 10, which attained its number five ranking by delivering 23.5 petaflops on HPL. The Dell C6420 system, powered by Intel Xeon Platinum 8280 processors.”

ISC 2019 Opens Today with Keynote and Release of TOP500 List

ISC 2019 opens today in Frankfurt. A total of over 3,500 attendees are expected at this year’s show, now in its 34th year. “Running through Thursday this week, the conference kicks off at 9:00 am on Monday, June 17 with a keynote and the announcement of the 53rd TOP500. Project co-founder Erich Strohmaier will present the highlights of the new rankings and discuss the latest trends.”

Why Hardware Acceleration Is The Next Battleground In Processor Design

In this special guest feature, Theodore Omtzigt from Stillwater Supercomputing writes that as workloads specialize due to scale, hardware accelerated solutions will continue to be cheaper than approaches that utilize general purpose components. “If you’re a CIO who manages integrations of third-party hardware and software, be aware of new hardware acceleration technologies that can reduce the cost of service delivery by orders of magnitude.”

European Leadership in HPC, Big Data, and AI in Weather and Climate Prediction

Dr. Peter Bauer from ECMWF gave this talk at the HiPEAC’s Computing Systems Week in Edinburgh. “Meeting the future requirements for forecast reliability and timeliness needs 100-1000 times bigger high-performance computing and data management resources than today – towards what’s generally called ‘exascale’. To meet these needs, the weather and climate prediction community is undergoing one of its biggest revolutions since its foundation in the early 20th century.”

Fujitsu to Showcase Fugaku Supercomputer and Human Centric AI at ISC 2019

Fujitsu will showcase their pending Fugaku Supercomputer and “the future of Artificial Intelligence” at ISC 2019 in Frankfurt next week. “Fugaku is the successor to the K supercomputer, jointly developed by RIKEN and Fujitsu. Named after Mount Fuji, Fugaku is designed to achieve top-level or peak application performance to solve a wide variety of social and scientific challenges.”

Video: Simulating Planet-Wide Bioenergy and Human Health on the Summit Supercomputer

In this video from PASC19 in Zurich, Dan Jacobson from ORNL describes how researchers are using the #1 Summit supercomputer to tackle the challenges facing an ever-growing human population. These planet-wide simulations could not even have been attempted before the advent of pre-exascale systems like Summit.”We are using CoMet to investigate the genetic architectures underlying complex traits in applications from bioenergy to human clinical genomics.”

Developing Next Generation Autonomous Vehicles using ‘AI on the Fly’

The quest to remove humans from behind the wheel with truly autonomous vehicles will drive billions of dollars in investment by car manufacturers and transportation service providers to develop and acquire the required technology. In this sponsored post from One Stop Systems, Tim Miller, Vice President of Strategic Development, explores how autonomous vehicles will change the transportation landscape, and the role AI has in this shift.