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Intel Launches Movidius Neural Compute Stick

Today, Intel launched the Movidius Neural Compute Stick, the world’s first USB-based deep learning inference kit and self-contained artificial intelligence accelerator that delivers dedicated deep neural network processing capabilities to a wide range of host devices at the edge. Designed for product developers, researchers and makers, the Movidius Neural Compute Stick aims to reduce barriers to developing, tuning and deploying AI applications by delivering dedicated high-performance deep-neural network processing in a small form factor.

Interview: The Computational Challenges of Fusion Energy

In this video from PASC17, Yasuhiro Idomura from the Japan Atomic Energy Agency and Laurent Villard from EPFL discuss the computational challenges of developing Fusion reactors. “Numerical plasma physics models are used to improve our understanding of transport, instability growth and other poorly understood phenomena encountered in the experimental devices edging toward viable fusion energy. Since computational expense imposes a major limitation on accurate physical modeling, computational resources must be used as efficiently as possible.”

Interview: DDN’s Jessica Popp on the Importance of Diversity in HPC

In this video, ISC Diversity Chair Kim McMahon interviews Jessica Popp from DDN about the importance of fostering diversity in High Performance Computing. “Through collaboration and networking, the Women in HPC community strives to bring together women in HPC and technical computing while encouraging women to engage in outreach activities and improve the visibility of inspirational role models.”

Agenda Posted: Hot Interconnects Conference in Santa Clara

The Hot Interconnects conference has posted their program Agenda. The event takes place Aug. 28-30 in Santa Clara, California. “Join us for our 25th year of an information-packed three-day Symposium about the latest in High Performance Interconnects. IEEE Hot Interconnects is the premier international forum for researchers and developers of state-of-the-art hardware and software architectures and implementations for interconnection networks of all scales, ranging from multi-core on-chip interconnects to those within systems, clusters, and data centers. Leaders in industry and academia attend the conference to interact with individuals at the forefront of this field.”

Supercomputing the Signature of Chaos in Ultracold Reactions

Researchers have performed the first ever quantum-mechanical simulation of the benchmark ultracold chemical reaction between potassium-rubidium (KRb) and a potassium atom, opening the door to new controlled chemistry experiments and quantum control of chemical reactions that could spark advances in quantum computing and sensing technologies. The research by a multi-institutional team simulated the ultracold chemical reaction, with results that had not been revealed in experiments. “We found that the overall reactivity is largely insensitive to the underlying chaotic dynamics of the system,” said Brian Kendrick of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Theoretical Division, “This observation has important implications for the development of controlled chemistry and for the technological applications of ultracold molecules from precision measurement to quantum computing.”

Lenovo Gains Momentum in HPC at ISC 2017

In this video from ISC 2017, Rick Koopman from Lenovo describes the company’s innovative solutions for HPC. “Lenovo recently announced the delivery of one of the most powerful systems – among the first in the world based on Intel Xeon Platinum processor family – to Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC). The BSC MareNostrum 4 supercomputer, tasked with jobs in science and engineering research, incorporates 48 racks with more than 3,400 nodes with next generation Intel Xeon processors and a central memory of 390 Terabytes. Its peak power will be over 11 Petaflops.”

Panel Discussion: Sustainable Software Development in Computational Sciences

“PASC has recently formed collaborative partnerships with a number of scientific journals. In this panel discussion, representatives from these journals are invited to express their thoughts regarding publication practices in the computational sciences, including the publication of software codes. How can we validate published results and guarantee reproducibility? Finally, we will describe our vision for the PASC papers initiative going forward.”

Agenda Posted for September HPC User Forum in Milwaukee

Hyperion Research has posted the preliminary agenda for the HPC User Forum Sept. 5-7 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. “The HPC User Forum community includes thousands of people from the steering committee, member organizations, sponsors and everyone who has attended an HPC User Forum meeting. Our mission is to promote the health of the global HPC industry and address issues of common concern to users.”

ANSYS Scales to 200K Cores on Shaheen II Supercomputer

Today ANSYS, Saudi Aramco, and KAUST announced a new supercomputing milestone by scaling ANSYS Fluent to nearly 200,000 processor cores – enabling organizations to make critical and cost-effective decisions faster and increase the overall efficiency of oil and gas production facilities. This supercomputing record represents a more than 5x increase over the record set just three years ago, when Fluent first reached the 36,000-core scaling milestone. “Today’s regulatory requirements and market expectations mean that manufacturers must develop products that are cleaner, safer, more efficient and more reliable,” said Wim Slagter, director of HPC and cloud alliances at ANSYS. “To reach such targets, designers and engineers must understand product performance with higher accuracy than ever before – especially for separation technologies, where an improved separation performance can immediately increase the efficiency and profitability of an oil field. The supercomputing collaboration between ANSYS, Saudi Aramco and KSL enabled enhanced insight in complex gas, water and crude-oil flows inside a separation vessel, which include liquid free-surface, phase mixing and droplets settling phenomena.”

BSC Comparing Algorithms that Search for Cancer Mutations

Eduard Porta-Pardo from BSC has undertaken the first ever comparative analysis of sub-gene algorithms that mine the genetic information in cancer databases. These powerful data-sifting tools are helping untangle the complexity of cancer, and find previously unidentified mutations that are important in creating cancer cells. “Finding new cancer driver genes is an important goal of cancer genome analysis,” adds Porta-Pardo. This study should help researchers understand the advantages and drawbacks of sub-gene algorithms used to find new potential drug targets for cancer treatment.