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GCS in Germany Allocates More Than 1 Billion Core Hours to Research Projects

GCS in Germany has approved the allocation of 1.171 billion core hours of computing time to 13 outstanding national research projects. The researchers awarded computing time allocations on the German Tier 0/1 supercomputing systems Hazel Hen at HLRS, JUWELS at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre, and SuperMUC-NG at LRZ for a period of 12 months.

David Keyes named ISC 2020 Program Chair

Today the ISC High Performance conference announced that Prof. David Keyes from KAUST will be the ISC 2020 Program Chair. “It is my honor to serve as the ISC 2020 Program Chair,” continued Keyes. “I will do my best to keep the technical program in tune with the community, increase the prestige of being selected to present, expand the range of participants, and present a conference that encourages diverse constituents to take advantage of the latest enablements and fruits of HPC.”

Video: Can FPGAs compete with GPUs?

John Romein from ASTRON gave this talk at the GPU Technology Conference. “We’ll discuss how FPGAs are changing as a result of new technology such as the Open CL high-level programming language, hard floating-point units, and tight integration with CPU cores. Traditionally energy-efficient FPGAs were considered notoriously difficult to program and unsuitable for complex HPC applications. We’ll compare the latest FPGAs to GPUs, examining the architecture, programming models, programming effort, performance, and energy efficiency by considering some real applications.”

Video: Atos Partners with Google Cloud for HPC

Today Atos announced that the Google Cloud has selected the company as an HPC services partner, expanding the global partnership with new services for enterprise customers. “Leveraging the skilled workforce, speed and scale of the CEPP from Atos, customers’ workload management will be supported by key analysis and optimization for their application performance on Google Cloud.”

Intel Xeon Scalable Processors Set Deep Learning Performance Record on ResNet-50

Today Intel announced a deep learning performance record on image classification workloads. “Today, we have achieved leadership performance of 7878 images per second on ResNet-50 with our latest generation of Intel Xeon Scalable processors, outperforming 7844 images per second on Nvidia Tesla V100, the best GPU performance as published by Nvidia on its website including T4.”

Quadric.io to Build “Supercomputer for Edge Devices”

Today chip startup Quadric.io announced plans to build the world’s first “supercomputer” specifically designed for the real-time needs of autonomous systems. “Instead of building a heterogeneous system with CPUs/GPUs/FPGAs & AI chips and dealing with that complexity of software and hardware integration, Quadric has the technology to handle most of the application in a single unified hardware architecture and software model.”

EuroHPC – The EU Strategy in High Performance Computing

Thomas Skordas from the European Commission gave this talk at EuroHPC Summit Week in Poland. “The EuroHPC Summit Week brings together relevant European supercomputing stakeholders and decision makers, allowing them to share on the one hand their needs and future expectations and on the other hand the latest technological developments, to define synergies and participate in shaping the future of European supercomputing.”

Turkey Joins European HPC Joint Undertaking

The nation of Turkey has joined the European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking. Established in November 2018, the joint initiative aims to develop a supercomputing ecosystem in Europe, building top-of-the-range machines and helping researchers, industry and small and medium-sized enterprises to acquire the skills and knowledge needed to make use of them. “The fact that Turkey has become part of the Joint Undertaking underlines the international significance of our supercomputing plans,” said Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society. “They will bring together researchers across national borders, and enable Europe to become a global leader in supercomputing.”

GCS in Germany Appoints Prof. Dr. Dieter Kranzlmüller as Chairman of the Board

Today the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing in Germany announced the appointment of Prof. Dr. Dieter Kranzlmüller as its new Chair of the Board of Directors. “As we advance towards the exascale threshold of computing and an era of unprecedented discovery and insights driven by the integration of modeling and simulation, data analytics and artificial intelligence, GCS stands ready to provide the basis and the catalyst of innovation–the hardware, software ecosystem, experience and expertise–needed to boost scientific and industrial breakthroughs.”

Design Work Completed for SKA Telescope Supercomputer

An international group of scientists led by the University of Cambridge has finished designing the ‘brain’ of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), the world’s largest radio telescope. When complete, the SKA will enable astronomers to monitor the sky in unprecedented detail and survey the entire sky much faster than any system currently in existence. “We estimate SDP’s total compute power to be around 250 PFlops – that’s 25% faster than IBM’s Summit, the current fastest supercomputer in the world.”