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HPC Processor Competition Heats Up

In this special guest feature, Robert Roe from Scientific Computing World explores efforts to diversify the HPC processor market. “With the arrival of Arm and now the reintroduction of AMD to HPC, there are signs of new life in an HPC processor market that has been dominated by Intel Xeon processors for a number of years.”

Take our AI & HPC Survey to Win an Amazon Echo Show Device

AI and Machine Learning have been called the Next Big Thing in High Performance Computing, but what kinds of results are your peers already getting right now? There is one way to find out–by taking our HPC & AI Survey. “We invite you to take our insideHPC Survey on the intersection HPC & AI. In return, we’ll send you a free report with the results and enter your name in a drawing to win one of two Echo Show devices with Alexa technology. The Echo Show is a voice-activated smart screen device that Amazon unveiled back in 2017.”

State-Of-The-Art Machine Learning Algorithms and Near-Term Technology Trends

Rob Farber from TechEnablement gave this talk at the HPC Knowledge Portal 2017 meeting. “This talk will merge two state-of-the-art briefings: Massive scale and state-of-the art algorithm mappings for both machine learning and unstructured data analytics including how they are affected by current and forthcoming hardware and the technology trends at Intel, NVIDIA, IBM, ARM, and OpenPower that will affect algorithm developments.”

Optalysys Optical Processing Achieves 90 percent energy savings for DNA Sequence Alignment

The GENESYS project applied Optalysys’s unique optical processing technology to perform large-scale DNA sequence alignment. “The collaboration with EI has been a great success,” said Dr. Nick New, founder and CEO of Optalysys. “We have demonstrated the technology at several international conferences including Advances in Genome Biology and Technology, Plant and Animal Genome Conference and Genome 10K/Genome Science, to an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response. We are looking forward to continuing our strong relationship with EI through the beta program and beyond.”

A Closer Look at Meltdown and Spectre

In this video, Mark Handley will explain what modern CPUs actually do to go fast, discuss how this leads to the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, and summarize the mitigations that are being put in place. “Operating systems and hypervisors need significant changes to how memory management is performed, CPU firmware needs updating, compilers are being modified to avoid risky instruction sequences, and browsers are being patched to prevent scripts having access to accurate time.”

Supercomputing the Origin of Mass

In this video, Professor Derek Leinweber from the University of Adelaide presents his research in Lattice Quantum Field Theory; revealing the origin of mass in the universe. “While the fundamental interactions are well understood, elucidating the complex phenomena emerging from this quantum field theory is fascinating and often surprising. My explorations of QCD-vacuum structure featured in Professor Wilczek’s 2004 Physics Nobel Prize Lecture. Our approach to discovering the properties of this key component of the Standard Model of the Universe favors fundamental first-principles numerical simulations of QCD on supercomputers. This field of study is commonly referred to as Lattice QCD.”

Supercomputing Frontiers Europe Announces Keynote Speakers

The Supercomputing Frontiers conference has announced it Full Agenda and Keynote Speakers. The event takes place March 12-15 in Warsaw, Poland. “Supercomputing Frontiers is an annual international conference that provides a platform for thought leaders from both academia and industry to interact and discuss visionary ideas, important visionary trends and substantial innovations in supercomputing.”

Reconstructing Nuclear Physics Experiments with Supercomputers

For the first time, scientists have used HPC to reconstruct the data collected by a nuclear physics experiment—an advance that could dramatically reduce the time it takes to make detailed data available for scientific discoveries. “By running multiple computing jobs simultaneously on the allotted supercomputing cores, the team transformed 4.73 petabytes of raw data into 2.45 petabytes of “physics-ready” data in a fraction of the time it would have taken using in-house high-throughput computing resources, even with a two-way transcontinental data journey.”

Call for Papers: MEMSYS 2018

The MEMSYS 2018 International Symposium on Memory Systems has issued its Call for Papers. The conference takes place Oct. 1-4 in Washington, D.C.. “The memory system has become extremely important. Memory is slow, and this is the primary reason that computers don’t run significantly faster than they do. In large-scale computer installations such as the building-sized systems powering Google.com, Amazon.com, and the financial sector, memory is often the largest dollar cost as well as the largest consumer of energy. Consequently, improvements in the memory system can have significant impact on the real world, improving power and energy, performance, and/or dollar cost.”

Addressing Fault Tolerance and Data Compression at Exascale

In this Let’s Talk Exascale podcast, Franck Cappello from Argonne National Laboratory describes the VeloC project. “The VeloC project endeavors to provide ECP applications an optimal fault-tolerance environment, while the aim of the EZ project is to provide data reduction. Interviewee: Franck Cappello, Argonne National Laboratory.”