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Download the New European HPC Handbook

ETP4HPC has published their annual European HPC Handbook. “This publication describes the HPC Technology, Co-design and Applications Projects within the European HPC ecosystem, including EPI. The Handbook will be distributed at a SC18 Birds-of-a-Feather Session in Dallas (Nov. 14 at 5.15pm). Please attend to get your printed copy.”

Exascale Computing Project to go Front and Center at SC18

Over at the Exascale Computing Project, Scott Gibson has compiled an impressive list of sessions and meetups involving the ECP and all the goings on you can expect at SC18 in Dallas. “The Exascale Computing Project is accelerating delivery of a capable exascale computing ecosystem for breakthroughs in scientific discovery, energy assurance, economic competitiveness, and national security.”

Supercomputing Turbine Energy with the ExaWind Project

ECP’s ExaWind project aims to advance the fundamental comprehension of whole wind plant performance by examining wake formation, the impacts of complex terrain, and the effects of turbine-turbine wake interactions. When validated by targeted experiments, the predictive physics-based high-fidelity computational models at the center of the ExaWind project, and the new knowledge derived from their solutions, provide an effective path to optimizing wind plants.

European Commission Lays out $1 Billion Roadmap for HPC Expansion

On September 28, 2018, the Council of Ministers officially backed the European Commission’s plans to invest jointly with the Member States in building a world-class European supercomputing infrastructure. “We need supercomputers to process it, develop artificial intelligence and find solutions to complex questions in areas like health and security. Today, most of our researchers and companies need to go outside of Europe to find the first-class computers they need. The EU cannot afford to lag behind. With EuroHPC, we will be able to benefit from innovation at home.”

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.”

Video: Reflecting on the Goal and Baseline of Exascale Computing

Thomas Schulthess from CSCS gave this talk at the Blue Waters Summit. “Application performance is given much emphasis in discussions of exascale computing. A 50-fold increase in sustained performance over today’s applications running on multi-petaflops supercomputing platforms should be the expected target for exascale systems deployed early next decade. We will reflect on what this means in practice and how much these exascale systems will advance the state of the art.”

Hyperion Research Breakfast Briefing Coming to Dallas for SC18

Hyperion Research will host their annual Breakfast Briefing at SC18 in Dallas. The event takes place at the Adolphus Hotel at 7:15 am – 9:00 am on Tuesday, Nov. 13. Breakfast will be served at 6:45 am. “We will be presenting an update on HPC market results, key technology issues & trends, results of new research studies in AI & Big data, new ROI results, and the mapping of HPC centers across the US.”

ALCF – The March toward Exascale

David E. Martin gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. “In 2021, the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) will deploy Aurora, a new Intel-Cray system. Aurora, will be capable of over 1 exaflops. It is expected to have over 50,000 nodes and over 5 petabytes of total memory, including high bandwidth memory. The Aurora architecture will enable scientific discoveries using simulation, data and learning.”

European Commission to Boost Investments in Ai

Earlier this week, the European Commission outlined a three-pronged approach to increase public and private investment in AI, prepare for socio-economic changes, and ensure an appropriate ethical and legal framework. “Ai presents new challenges that Europe should meet together in order for AI to succeed and work for everyone. We need to invest at least €20 billion by the end of 2020. The Commission is playing its part: today, we are giving a boost to researchers so that they can develop the next generation of AI technologies and applications, and to companies, so that they can embrace and incorporate them.”

Video: Rick Stevens from Argonne on the CANDLE Project for Exascale

In this video, Mike Bernhardt from ECP discusses the CANDLE project for Exascale with Rick Stevens from Argonne. “CANDLE is endeavoring to build the software environment for solving very large-scale distributed learning problems on the DOE Leadership Computing platforms.”