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IBM Unveils AI OpenScale to Accelerate Ai Adoption

Today IBM introduced AI OpenScale, a new technology platform that addresses key challenges of Artificial Intelligence adoption, such as concerns over how AI applications make decisions, the global shortage of AI skills, and the complexities of working with disparate AI tools from multiple vendors.

To accelerate AI adoption, businesses need one place to run all their AI,” said David Kenny, SVP of IBM Cognitive Solutions. “We are committed to enabling our clients to use the AI of their choice, regardless of vendor – and use IBM AI OpenScale to make it transparent and easy to manage. Only through enabling businesses to trust and scale their AI will we enable the AI economy.”

Cray Powers Haas Formula 1 Team

For the third year in a row, the American Haas F1 Team will use the computational capacity of a Cray Cray CS500 cluster supercomputer powered by AMD EPYC 7000 processors to handle its large CFD simulations for the 2019 season. “The double precision computing power of our new system will help solve our most demanding CFD and data challenges.”

Great Lakes Supercomputer from Dell EMC Coming to University of Michigan

Today the University of Michigan announced their new $4.8 million Great Lakes computing cluster. A Dell EMC system, the new supercomputer will serve researchers across campus. “Great Lakes will also be the first cluster in the world to use the Mellanox HDR 200 gigabit per second InfiniBand networking solution, enabling faster data transfer speeds and increased application performance.”

Video: MIT Makes Billion-Dollar Bet on Ai and Machine Learning

Today MIT announced a new $1 billion commitment to address the global opportunities and challenges presented by the prevalence of computing and the rise of artificial intelligence. The initiative marks the single largest investment in computing and AI by an American academic institution, and will help position the United States to lead the world in preparing for the rapid evolution of computing and AI. ” As we look to the future, we must utilize these important technologies to shape our world for the better and harness their power as a force for social good.”

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Advanced Parallel HPC for AI Applications

Elsevier publishers have launched their Call for Papers on their Special Issue on Advances on Parallel and High Performance Computing for AI Applications. “Clusters of computers and accelerators (e.g. GPUs) are routinely used to train and run models, both in research and production. On the other hand, ML and AI have also become a “killer application” for HPC and, consequently, have driven much of research in this area. For example, tailored computer architecture has been devised and new parallel programming frameworks developed to accelerate AI/ML models. The objective of this special issue is to bring together the HPC and AI/ML communities to present their applications and solutions to performance issues, and also to present how AI/ML can be used to solve HPC problems.”

Video: Graphical User Interfaces for HPC

Mark Dawson gave this talk at the Supercomputing Wales Swansea Symposium 2018. “Supercomputing Wales is funded to provide university research teams access to powerful computing facilities to undertake high-profile science and innovation projects within the consortium universities. Software Engineers across Wales to develop algorithms and customized software that harnesses the power of the facilities. The aim of the investment is to capture more external research funding, increase scientific partnerships, create highly-skilled research jobs and support collaborations with industrial and other partners. This will provide a step change in supercomputing-enabled scientific research in Wales.”

ESCAPE-2 Project to develop algorithms for weather and climate prediction at exascale

Today ECMWF launched the ESCAPE-2 project on energy-efficient scalable algorithms for weather and climate prediction at exascale. “It brings together 12 partners, including national meteorological and hydrological services, HPC centers, hardware vendors and universities. The ESCAPE project aims to prepare NWP and climate models for new computing architectures towards exascale computing, with a focus on energy efficiency.”

Intel Powers New AI Research Center at Technion in Israel

Today the Technion technological institute in Israel announced that Intel is collaborating with the institute on its new artificial intelligence (AI) research center. “AI is not a one-size-fits-all approach, and Intel has been working closely with a range of industry leaders to deploy AI capabilities and create new experiences. Our collaboration with Technion not only reinforces Intel Israel’s AI operations, but we are also seeing advancements to the field of AI from the joint research that is under way and in the pipeline.”

DownUnder GeoSolutions Moves to Skybox Datacenters for Oil & Gas Exploration

Today Australia-based DownUnder GeoSolutions (DUG) announced a move to Skybox Datacenters in Houston for its global expansion of a revolutionary oil and gas exploration technology. “This was an exhaustive world-wide search for a data center location,” said Dr. Matthew Lamont, co-founder of DUG. “Houston was a natural choice given the low cost of power and the fact that Skybox had the available infrastructure ready to go. This facility will allow us to install the fastest supercomputer in the world at this time to meet the ever-increasing demand for energy. We are excited to expand our presence in Houston and expect to be operational by February 2019.”

Job of the Week: HPC System Administrators at D.E. Shaw Research

D.E. Shaw Research has multiple positions open for HPC System Administrators in our Job of the Week. “Ideal candidates should have strong fundamental knowledge of Linux concepts such as file systems, networking, and processes in addition to practical experience administering Linux systems. Relevant areas of expertise might include large-installation systems administration experience and strong programming and scripting ability, but specific knowledge of and level of experience in any of these areas is less critical than exceptional intellectual ability.”