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Registration Opens for Stanford HPC Conference Virtual Event

Registration is now open for the Stanford HPC Conference. The two day ‘condensed’ agenda combines thought leadership and practical insights on HPC, AI, Data Science and much more. The virtual event takes place April 21-22. “The Stanford High Performance Computing Center in collaboration with the HPC-AI Advisory Council invite you to join the annual Stanford Conference as an entirely virtual experience.”

Intersect360 Research Lowers 2020 HPC Market Forecast for COVID-19

Intersect360 Research has released a new report guiding its clients that the market for HPC products and services will fall significantly short of its previous 2020 forecast, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The newly-revised forecast predicts the overall worldwide HPC market will be flat to down 12% in 2020. “Intersect360 Research had previously forecast the HPC market would grow 7.0% in 2020, year-over-year from 2019. This projected shortfall essentially wipes out that growth. This would end a streak of ten straight growth years for the HPC market.”

Ayar Labs, DARPA and Intel Replace Electronic I/O with Efficient Optical Signaling

Researchers from Intel and Ayar Labs working on PIPES have successfully replaced the traditional electrical input/output (I/O) of a state-of-the-art field programmable gate array (FPGA) with efficient optical signaling interfaces. The demonstration leverages an optical interface developed by Ayar Labs called TeraPHY, an optical I/O chiplet that replaces electrical serializer/deserializer (SERDES) chiplets. “FPGAs with photonic interfaces will have broad impact, improving high-performance computing, artificial intelligence, large-scale emulation, and DoD-specific capabilities such as advanced radars.”

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.”

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.”

Job of the Week: HPC Systems Engineer at William & Mary

William & Mary in Virginia seeks an HPC Systems Engineer in our Job of the Week. “The HPC Systems Engineer provides day-to-day operations, maintenance and hardware engineering support for computer systems managed by the Research Computing (RC) within the Office of Information Technology. These systems include Linux-based HPC clusters; departmental servers and workstations under the control of RC; These systems and the applications that run on them are characterized by leading-edge computing, networking, and software technologies, complex and demanding computational requirements, and large data-sets.”

GigaIO Brings FabreX to vScaler Cloud Platform

Today GigaIO announced availability of FabreX for vScaler’s management interface. As the industry’s first in-memory network, FabreX will bolster vScaler’s cloud appliances for artificial intelligence (AI), deep learning, biotechnology and big data analytics. “GigaIO entered a strategic partnership with vScaler in November 2019 to bring their excellent user interface and ease of use into the FabreX environment,” says Alan Benjamin, CEO of GigaIO. “FabreX’s integration with vScaler delivers an elegant and straight forward way for customers to improve resource utilization and create highly-composable, unified infrastructures. I am thrilled this optimization has finally come to fruition and is available to the general public.”

12.8 Tbps Mellanox Spectrum-3 Ethernet Switches Optimized for Cloud, Storage, and AI

Today Mellanox announced it has commenced shipments of SN4000 Ethernet switches. The SN4000 family is powered by Mellanox Spectrum-3 – the world’s best performing, most scalable, and most flexible 12.8 Tbps Ethernet switch ASIC, which is optimized for Cloud, Ethernet Storage Fabric, and AI interconnect applications. SN4000 platforms come in flexible form-factors supporting a combination of up to 32 ports of 400GbE, 64 ports of 200GbE and 128 ports of 100/50/25/10GbE. The SN4000 platforms complement the 200/400GbE SN3000 leaf switches to form an efficient and high bandwidth leaf/spine network.

Moving Massive Amounts of Data across Any Distance Efficiently

Chin Fang from Zettar gave this talk at the Rice Oil & Gas Conference. “The objective of this talk is to present two on-going projects aiming at improving and ensuring highly efficient bulk transferring or streaming of massive amounts of data over digital connections across any distance. It examines the current state of the art, a few very common misconceptions, the differences among the three major type of data movement solutions, a current initiative attempting to improve the data movement efficiency from the ground up, and another multi-stage project that shows how to conduct long distance large scale data movement at speed and scale internationally.”

Podcast: Intel Select Solutions for HPC

In this podcast, Brock Taylor from Intel outlines the current portfolio of Intel Select Solutions for HPC: Simulation & Modeling, Simulation & Visualization, Genomic Analytics and HPC & AI Converged Clusters. “These solutions offer quick-to-deploy infrastructure optimized for analytics clusters and HPC applications. Pre-validation reduces complexity and helps make HPC more accessible and easier to maintain.”