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Radio Free HPC wraps up the SC17 Student Cluster Competition

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team goes over the results of the SC17 Student Cluster Competition. This year, Nanyang Technological University from Singapore took the Top Prize. “In this competition, student teams design and build small clusters, with hardware and software vendor partners, learn designated scientific applications, apply optimization techniques for their chosen architectures, and compete in a non-stop, 48-hour challenge, at the SC conference.”

NVIDIA and Nuance to Advance AI for Radiology

Today Nuance Communications announced that they are working together to bring the power of machine learning to radiologists and data scientists working across the entire healthcare system. “We stand on the edge of a new age in radiology, where artificial intelligence and machine learning will become a necessity in every radiologist’s essential toolkit,” said Dr. Luciano Prevedello, Division Chief of Medical Imaging Informatics at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. “It is critical for the state of AI adoption and its potential to improve patient outcomes and operations that AI-based tools are more than just available – they must be valuable, validated and valued by the institution of radiology.”

AMD steps up with EPYC Processors for HPC at SC17

In this video from SC17, Josh Mora describes how the new AMD EPYC Processors deliver huge memory bandwidth and application performance for HPC. “EPYC strikes the perfect balance of cores/threads, memory, I/O bandwidth and security to deliver excellent performance for many High Performance Computing (HPC) workloads. AMD’s state-of-the-art GPUs combined with EPYC provide excellent solutions for your most demanding HPC applications.”

Video: HPE Showcases Innovation for HPC at SC17

In this video, Bill Mannel gives a booth tour that highlights some of the amazing HPC innovations on display in the HPE booth at SC17. “HPE’s first ARM-based HPC system brings more choice and flexibility to HPC customers. The Apollo 70, using Cavium’s 64-bit ARMv8-A ThunderX2 Server Processor, is purpose-built for memory intensive HPC workloads and delivers up to 33 percent more memory bandwidth than today’s industry standard servers.”

SC17 Panel: Energy Efficiency Gains From Software

In this video from SC17 in Denver, Dan Reed moderates a panel discussion on HPC Software for Energy Efficiency. “This panel will explore what HPC software capabilities were most helpful over the past years in improving HPC system energy efficiency? It will then look forward; asking in what layers of the software stack should a priority be put on introducing energy-awareness; e.g., runtime, scheduling, applications? What is needed moving forward? Who is responsible for that forward momentum?”

Asetek Rides the Wave of Liquid Cooling for HPC at SC17

In this video from SC17 in Denver, Steve Branton from Asetek describes the company’s wide array of liquid cooling solutions for HPC. At the Asetek booth, the company displayed liquid cooling from recently announced OEMs and channel partners in addition to cooling solutions for the latest Intel, Nvidia and IBM CPUs, accelerators and GPUs. “We are seeing higher wattage HPC nodes that require liquid cooling as they cannot be cooled with air. Wattage density is only going to get higher with the inclusion of machine learning and AI across the HPC spectrum.”

For HPC and Deep Learning, GPUs are here to stay

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, David Yip, HPC and Storage Business Development at OCF, provides his take on the place of GPU technology in HPC. “Using GPUs in the HPC datacenter in place of CPUs can dramatically increase the power requirements needed, but if your computational performance goes through the roof, then I’d argue it’s a trade-off worth making.”

GRC Builds GPU-Based Immersion Cluster for TACC

Green Revolution Cooling has announced plans to deliver a custom GPU-based cluster to the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC). Our goal is to make HPC more affordable. Offering lower cost, energy dense servers that take full advantage of our highly efficient CarnotJet cooling system is a huge benefit to our customers,” said Larry Stone, VP of Engineering at GRC “we are seeing a growing number of people opt for servers designed for immersion, over traditional big brand OEM hardware.”

SkyScale HPC Cloud steps up with Volta GPUs

Last week at SC17, SkyScale announced its partnership with Rescale, the foremost cloud simulation and HPC solution provider, and availability of NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPU accelerators on its GPU as a Service cloud platform. Enhancing SkyScale’s dedicated, cloud-based ultra-fast multi-GPU platforms for deep learning and HPC applications, the Tesla V100 offers the performance of 100 CPUs in a single GPU—enabling data scientists, researchers, and engineers to tackle the most difficult deep learning and HPC challenges.

Video: Nyriad Unveils GPU-accelerated Storage Device for the Square Kilometer Array

At SC17 last week, Nyriad Limited demonstrated their company’s first commercial product, Nsulate, a GPU-accelerated storage solution that enables increased storage resilience while reducing the storage power requirements by over 50 percent. “Using a GPU as a storage controller inserts an enormous amount of general purpose processing power directly into the storage pipeline, enabling modern HPC storage appliances to deliver unprecedented speed, scale, security, storage efficiency and intelligence in real-time.”