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OpenACC Brings Directives to Accelerated Computing at ISC 2017

In this video from ISC 2017, Sunita Chandrasekaran and Michael Wolfe describe how OpenACC makes GPU-accelerated computing more accessible to scientists and engineers. “OpenACC is a user-driven directive-based performance-portable parallel programming model designed for scientists and engineers interested in porting their codes to a wide-variety of heterogeneous HPC hardware platforms and architectures with significantly less programming effort than required with a low-level model.”

Dell Builds Bracewell Supercomputer for Bionic Vision Research at CSIRO in Australia

Today CSIRO, Australia’s top science agency, announced deployment of a new Dell EMC supercomputer, kicking off a new generation of research in artificial intelligence. “This new system will provide greater scale and processing power we need to build our computer vision systems by optimization of processing over broader scenarios, represented by much larger sets of images, to help train the software to understand and represent the world. We’ll be able to take our computer vision research to the next level, solving problems through leveraging large scale image data that most labs around the world aren’t able to.” Assoc. Professor Barnes said.

Nvidia Volta GPUs Power HPC & AI at ISC 2017

In this video from ISC 2017, Keith Morris from NVIDIA describes how the company’s next-generation Volta GPU technology will drive HPC and AI applications to new levels of performance. “GV100 not only builds upon the advances of its predecessor, the Pascal GP100 GPU, it significantly improves performance and scalability, and adds many new features that improve programmability. These advances will supercharge HPC, data center, supercomputer, and deep learning systems and applications.”

Video: OpenACC Update from ISC 2017

In this video from ISC 2017, Sunita Chandrasekaran and Michael Wolfe present an overview of OpenACC and a preview of upcoming GPU Hackathon events. “OpenACC is a user-driven directive-based performance-portable parallel programming model designed for scientists and engineers interested in porting their codes to a wide-variety of heterogeneous HPC hardware platforms and architectures with significantly less programming effort than required with a low-level model.”

Deep Learning in the Spotlight at ISC

This year the ISC conference dedicated an entire day to deep learning, Wednesday, June 21, to discuss the recent advances in artificial intelligence based on deep learning technology. However it, not just the conference where deep learning was dominating the conversation as the showfloor of the exhibition hosted many new products dedicated to optimizing HPC hardware for use in deep learning and AI workloads.

Radio Free HPC Looks at Results from the ISC 2017 Student Cluster Competition

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks back at the recent ISC 2017 conference and summarizes results from the Student Cluster Competition. “Eleven student teams were on the show floor this year, vying against each other for the top honors in the sixth annual ISC Student Cluster Competition. Tsinghua University from China emerged as the Overall Competition Winner, thus marking their third win in the contest.”

PSSC Labs Powers University of Dayton Atmospheric Optics Research

PSSC Labs recently announced the deployment of a powerful, turn-key HPC Cluster for the University of Dayton’s Intelligent Optics Laboratory. “It was important for us to select a vendor familiar with the systems requirements of this type of advanced research, that can simultaneously offer the processing power we need while staying within the budget permitted by our research grants,” said Morris Maynard, Sr. Software Engineer at UD. “PSSC offered the best combination of price, software and support available to help advance our research goals.”

NVIDIA and Baidu Partner Up to Accelerate AI

Today NVIDIA and Baidu today announced a broad partnership to bring the world’s leading artificial intelligence technology to cloud computing, self-driving vehicles and AI home assistants. “We believe AI is the most powerful technology force of our time, with the potential to revolutionize every industry. Our collaboration aligns our exceptional technical resources to create AI computing platforms for all developers – from academic research, startups creating breakthrough AI applications, and autonomous vehicles.”

Is Water-Free Cooling the Real Future of HPC?

In this video from ISC 2017, Olivier de Laet from Calyos describes the company’s innovative cooling technology for high performance computing. “The HPC industry is ever facing is facing the challenge of ever-increasing cooling requirements. While liquid cooling cooling looks to be the best solution, what if you could achieve the same efficiencies without out using water and pumps?”

SPEC/HPG hardware acceleration benchmark adds OpenMP Suite

Today SPEC’s High-Performance Group released a new version of its SPEC ACCEL software that adds a suite of OpenMP applications for measuring the performance of systems using hardware accelerator devices and supporting software. SPEC ACCEL also measures performance for computationally intensive parallel applications running under the OpenCL and OpenACC programming models.

The OpenMP application benchmarks are the first of their kind and now give our customers the opportunity to compare hardware configurations based on the most popular open-programming models,” says Guido Juckeland, SPEC/HPG vice chair. “We look forward to a wide variety of SPEC ACCEL result submissions on the SPEC website and a number of research papers comparing various optimization settings on multiple platforms.”