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Video: Scientific Benchmarking of Parallel Computing Systems

In this video, Torsten Hoefler from ETH Zurich presents: Scientific Benchmarking of Parallel Computing Systems. “Measuring and reporting performance of parallel computers constitutes the basis for scientific advancement of high-performance computing. Most scientific reports show performance improvements of new techniques and are thus obliged to ensure reproducibility or at least interpretability. Our investigation of a stratified sample of 120 papers across three top conferences in the field shows that the state of the practice is not sufficient.”

OCF Deploys Largest IBM POWER9 Machine Learning Cluster in the UK

With a new upgrade, the University of Birmingham is set to benefit from the largest IBM POWER9 machine learning cluster in the UK, delivering unprecedented performance for AI workloads. Working with OCF, the high-performance compute, the University will integrate a total of 11 IBM POWER9-based IBM Power Systems servers into its existing HPC infrastructure. “With our early deployment of the two IBM POWER9 servers we have seen what is possible. By scaling up, we can keep-pace with the escalating demand and offer the computational capacity and capability to attract leading researchers to the University.”

Video: How OpenACC Enables Scientists to port their codes to GPUs and Beyond

In this video SC18, Jack Wells from ORNL describes how OpenACC enables scientists to port their codes to GPUs and other HPC platforms. “OpenACC, a directive-based high-level parallel programming model, has gained rapid momentum among scientific application users – the key drivers of the specification. The user-friendly programming model has facilitated acceleration of over 130 applications including CAM, ANSYS Fluent, Gaussian, VASP, Synopsys on multiple platforms and is also seen as an entry-level programming model for the top supercomputers (Top500 list) such as Summit, Sunway Taihulight, and Piz Daint. As in previous years, this BoF invites scientists, programmers, and researchers to discuss their experiences in adopting OpenACC for scientific applications, learn about the roadmaps from implementers and the latest developments in the specification.”

Equus Rolls out G2660 2U 2xGPU Server for HPC & Ai

Today Equus Compute Solutions rolled out its new G2660 2U 2xGPU server, ideal for artificial intelligence and deep learning environments. This GPU platform offers higher performance, reduced rack space requirements, and lower power consumption compared with traditional CPU-centric server platforms. :Our customers have been asking for the flexibility to source GPUs in different ways on high performance servers,” said Lee Abrahamson, CTO of Equus Compute Solutions. “Our GPU servers, such as the G2660 server, are the ideal cost-optimized solutions for a wide range of applications and workloads. At the same time, these innovative platforms provide benefits of scale and volume, component standardization, ease of service logistics, and the means to avoid vendor lock-in.”

Video: Arm + Lustre in HPC

In this video from DDN booth at SC18, Brent Gorda from ARM presents: Arm + Lustre in HPC. At the show, DDN announced that its Whamcloud division is delivering professional support for Lustre clients on Arm architectures. With this support offering, organizations can confidently use Lustre in production environments, introduce new clients into existing Lustre infrastructures, and deploy Arm-based clusters of any size within test, development or production environments. As the use of Lustre continues to expand across HPC, artificial intelligence and data-intensive, performance-driven applications, the deployment of alternative architectures is on the rise.

HPE Powers VENTURI Formula E Team

Monaco-based VENTURI Formula E Team recently announced that HPE is now the team’s Official Technology Partner. Through the partnership, HPE is dedicating a number of world-class technical specialists to the VENTURI Formula E Team and developing a technological innovation strategy for the Monaco-based team, incorporating next-generation platforms and world-first artificial intelligence (AI) solutions set to elevate both efficiency and performance. “I’m delighted to welcome Hewlett Packard Enterprise on board. There is no doubt that this partnership will allow VENTURI Formula E Team to grow. Due to their great expertise, I’m convinced that HPE will fast-track the development of the team and enhance the corporate structure. Given that Formula E is a very dynamic and fast-paced environment, I know that HPE will enjoy this unique and hopefully rewarding journey we are embarking on together.”

Beyond Semiconductors: New Quantum Materials could Pave the Way

Researchers from Intel and UC Berkeley are looking beyond current transistor technology and preparing the way for a new type of memory and logic circuit that could someday be in every computer on the planet. In a new paper published in the journal Nature, the researchers propose a way to turn relatively new types of materials, multiferroics and topological materials, into logic and memory devices that will be 10 to 100 times more energy-efficient than foreseeable improvements to current microprocessors, which are based on CMOS (complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor).

A Look inside the new HPE Adaptive Rack Cooling System for HPC

In this video from SC18 in Dallas, Larry Keller from HPE describes the company’s innovative new Adaptive Rack Cooling System for HPC. “Efficient high-performance computing is a key to success in any business. But it can be daunting to design, deploy, and manage. Make sure that you get the best for your needs. Work with a partner with proven technology and a track record of delivering and supporting successful HPC deployments. HPE has decades of experience in HPC systems, and the proven products and expertise you need.”

Video: Oracle Steps Up with Bare Metal for HPC Cloud Infrastructure

In this video from SC18 in Dallas, Taylor Newill from Oracle describes the company’s new Bare Metal for HPC Cloud Infrastructure. “Oracle Bare Metal Cloud Services (BMCS) public cloud infrastructure. Oracle BMCS is a new generation of scalable, inexpensive and performant compute, network and storage infrastructure that combines internet cloud scale architecture with enterprise scale-up bare metal capabilities, providing the ideal platform for demanding High Performance Computing workloads.”

Tachyum Moves Forward with Prodigy Chip for Extreme Power Efficiency

Today Tachyum announced that it has achieved a significant engineering milestone in its Prodigy product development, by proving that all critical components of its Prodigy core meet or exceed its stated design goals of unprecedented compute performance, power efficiency and cost advantages. “Achieving engineering-proof of our Prodigy design is an important step to show that our chips will perform to the theoretical limits for which they were designed,” said Dr. Radoslav Danilak, Co-founder and CEO of Tachyum. “While this is not a full prototype, we have built the most difficult parts of the chip. This achievement shows that what we have developed is doable. Since we have exceeded design goal targets for the critical components, we fully expect to hit all targets for the non-critical components as well.”