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Bright Computing adds more than 100 new customers In 2019

Commercial enterprises, research universities and government agencies are turning to Bright Cluster Manager to reduce complexity and increase flexibility of their high-performance clusters. Along these lines, the company just announced the addition of more than 100 organizations to its client list in 2019, including AMD, Caterpillar, GlaxoSmithKline, Saab, Northrop Grumman, Trek Bicycles, Samsung, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin and BAE, as well as 19 government agencies and 28 leading universities.

NOAA to triple weather and climate supercomputing capacity

The United States is reclaiming a global top spot in high performance computing to support weather and climate forecasts. NOAA, part of the Department of Commerce, today announced a significant upgrade to compute capacity, storage space, and interconnect speed of its Weather and Climate Operational Supercomputing System. This upgrade keeps the agency’s supercomputing capacity on par with other leading weather forecast centers around the world.

Inspur Re-Elected as Member of SPEC OSSC and Chair of SPEC Machine Learning

The Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC) has finalized the election of new Open System Steering Committee (OSSC) executive members, which include Inspur, Intel, AMD, IBM, Oracle and three other companies. “It is worth noting that Inspur, a re-elected OSSC member, was also re-elected as the chair of the SPEC Machine Learning (SPEC ML) working group. The development plan of ML test benchmark proposed by Inspur has been approved by members which aims to provide users with standard on evaluating machine learning computing performance.”

oneAPI: Single Programming Model to Deliver Cross-Architecture Performance

Bill Savage from Intel gave this talk at the Intel HPC Developer Conference. “Learn about oneAPI, the new Intel-led industry initiative to deliver a high-performance unified programming model specification spanning CPU, GPU, FPGA, and other specialized architectures. It includes the Data Parallel C++ cross-architecture language, a set of libraries, and a low-level hardware interface. Intel oneAPI Beta products are also available for developers who want to try out the programming model and influence its evolution.”

Swiss Conference & HPCXXL User Group Events Return to Lugano

The Swiss National Supercomputing Centre will host the 11th annual Swiss Conference and bi-annual HPCXXL Winter Meeting April 6-9 in Lugano, Switzerland. “Explore the domains and disciplines driving change and progress at an unprecedented pace and join us at the Swiss HPC Conference. Gather with fellow colleagues, a recognizable lineup of industry giants, startups, technology innovators and renowned subject matter experts to share insights on the tools, techniques and technologies that are bringing private and public research communities and interests together and inspiring entirely new possibilities.”

HLRS Inaugurates Hawk Supercomputer from HPE

HLRS officially dedicated their new Hawk supercomputer computer this week at a ceremony in Stuttgart, Germany. With a peak performance of approximately 26 Petaflops, Hawk is an HPE Apollo 9000 System and is among the fastest supercomputers worldwide and the fastest general purpose system for scientific and industrial computing in Europe. “Computers like Hawk are tools for advanced research in the sciences and in industry,” said Parliamentary State Secretary Dr. Michael Meister. “They enable excellent science and innovation, and solidify Germany’s international position as a top location for supercomputing.”

Podcast: Preparing for HPC & AI Convergence in the Enterprise

In this interview, Dr. Meyer discusses AMAX’s focus on appliances for storage, cloud, and hyper-scale integration. Dr. Meyer goes into more depth about why training in AI is now moving to deploying models at the edge, and why 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors can be a good fit for such tasks given their advancements in machine learning and security technologies.

Super cooling unit saves water at Sandia HPC data center

A new high efficiency cooling unit installed on the roof of Sandia National Laboratories’ supercomputer center saved 554,000 gallons of water during its first six months of operation last year, says David J. Martinez, engineering project lead for Sandia’s Infrastructure Computing Services. “The dramatic decrease in water use, important for a water-starved state, could be the model for cities and other large users employing a significant amount of water to cool thirsty supercomputer clusters springing up like mushrooms around the country, says Martinez.

HPC User Forum to Explore AI-HPDA Use In Banking and Investment Firms

Today Hyperion Research announced high-profile speakers from major banking and investment firms will highlight the agenda at the next HPC User Forum. Thomas Thurston, CTO of WR Hambrecht Ventures, and Brad Spiers, executive director at JP Morgan Chase will deliver keynote talks at the event, which takes place March 30-April 1 in Princeton, New Jersey. “The HPC User Forum meeting will also feature talks by U.S. and international experts on exascale computing and architectures, massive-scale analytics, AI for cyber operations, cancer research, fusion energy, seismology, HPC for small businesses, cloud computing, and quantum computing, along with technical updates from HPC vendors.”

LBNL Breaks New Ground in Data Center Optimization

Berkeley Lab has been at the forefront of efforts to design, build, and optimize energy-efficient hyperscale data centers. “In the march to exascale computing, there are real questions about the hard limits you run up against in terms of energy consumption and cooling loads,” Elliott said. “NERSC is very interested in optimizing its facilities to be leaders in energy-efficient HPC.”