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Podcast: Supercomputing the Coronavirus on Frontera

Scientists are preparing a massive computer model of the coronavirus that they expect will give insight into how it infects in the body. They’ve taken the first steps, testing the first parts of the model and optimizing code on the Frontera supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center of UT Austin. The knowledge gained from the full model can help researchers design new drugs and vaccines to combat the coronavirus.

Timelapse Video: Sawtooth Supercomputer Assembly

In this video, technicians install the Sawtooth supercomputer at Idaho National Laboratory. “Named after a central Idaho mountain range, Sawtooth arrived in December and will be available to users soon. The $19.2 million system ranks #37 on the 2019 Top500 fastest supercomputers in the world. That is the highest ranking reached by an INL supercomputer. Of 102 new systems added to the list in the past six months, only three were faster than Sawtooth.”

European HPC ecosystem supports the fight against COVID-19

The European PRACE initiative has released a list of partner activities and initiatives to help combat COVID-19. While medical professionals are working around the clock to help those affected, PRACE partners, HPC centres, and research infrastructures are doing their bit by opening up their facilities for urgent/priority access to the HPC systems and other resources to support the research to combat the coronavirus.

Video: OSS Showcases AI on Fly at GTC Digital

In this video, Jaan Mannik from One Stop Systems gives a tour of the company’s virtual booth at GTC Digital. “OSS is the leader in specialized high-performance computers for vertical markets requiring the fastest processing and storage on the planet. These technology-hungry applications include AI (artificial intelligence), deep learning, seismic exploration, financial modeling, media and entertainment, security and defense. Watch the video and to learn about how to enter to win an RTX4000 GPU!”

Supermicro Accelerates AI and Deep Learning with NGC-Ready Servers

Today Supermicro announced the industry’s broadest portfolio of validated NGC-Ready systems optimized to accelerate AI and deep learning applications. Supermicro is highlighting many of these systems today at the Supermicro GPU Live Forum in conjunction with NVIDIA GTC Digital. “With support for fast networking and storage, as well as NVIDIA GPUs, our Supermicro NGC-Ready systems are the most scalable and reliable servers to support AI. Customers can run their AI infrastructure with the highest ROI.”

Call for Papers: Workshop on Resiliency in High Performance Computing

The 13th Workshop on Resiliency in High Performance Computing has issued its Call for Papers. The event takes place August 24 – 28 in Warsaw, Poland in conjunction with Euro-Par 2020. “Resilience is a critical challenge as high performance computing (HPC) systems continue to increase component counts, individual component reliability decreases (such as due to shrinking process technology and near-threshold voltage (NTV) operation), hardware complexity increases (such as due to heterogeneous computing) and software complexity increases (such as due to complex data- and workflows, real-time requirements and integration of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies with traditional applications).”

Video: The Cray Shasta Architecture for the Exascale Era

Steve Scott from HPE gave this talk at the Rice Oil & Gas Conference. “With the announcement of multiple exascale systems, we’re now entering the Exascale Era, marked by several important trends. This talk provides an overview of the Cray Shasta system architecture, which was motivated by these trends, and designed for this new heterogeneous, data-driven world.”

Czech supercomputers at IT4Innovations ready to combat coronavirus

The IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center at VSB – Technical University of Ostrava has offered its users from academic institutions priority access to its computational resources to solve problems regarding COVID-19 disease research. “Today, we have called on our users to apply for our computational resources provided that they are currently involved in research addressing the COVID-19 disease,” said Vit Vondrak, IT4Innovations Managing Director. “Projects to be supported do not necessarily need to be focused only on drug design but could include development of nanomaterials or pandemic spread modeling among others.”

AiMOS Supercomputer at Rensselaer to Battle COVID-19

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is enlisting AiMOS, one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. Rensselaer is reaching out to the research community, including government entities, universities, and industry, to offer access to AiMOS in support of research related to the new coronavirus disease. “This effort requires expertise, collaboration, and the ability to process incredible amounts of data, and Rensselaer is offering all three at this critical time. In particular, the ability to model at very large scales requires the unique capabilities of AiMOS.”

Efficient AI Computing for the Planet

In this keynote talk from the 2020 HiPEAC conference, Alesssandro Cremonesi from STMicroelectronics describes how artificial intelligence (AI) is the central nervous system of an increasingly connected world. He sets out both the benefits and potential pitfalls of AI, before arguing that AI now has to move beyond performance to efficiency in order to be sustainable. “So far, AI developments have been focused on performances regardless of the computational power needed, reaching in some applications performances better than the human ones. Now it is time to focus on efficient computation.”