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Radio Free Looks at the HGX-2 Reference Platform for HPC & AI

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the new NVIDIA HGX-2 Reference Platform for HPC & AI. “The HGX-2 cloud server platform supports multi-precision computing, supporting high-precision calculations using FP64 and FP32 for scientific computing and simulations, while also enabling FP16 and Int8 for AI training and inference. This unprecedented versatility meets the requirements of the growing number of applications that combine HPC with AI.”

Opin Kerfi and UberCloud team up for Engineering Software as a Service

Today Opin Kerfi in Iceland announced a partnership with The Ubercloud to enable customers to gain instant access to world-leading engineering simulation capabilities through Software as a Service. “This partnership and portfolio expansion is not only valuable to current customers but also appeals to a much wider spectrum of prospects as a subscription-based and managed approach is commonly preferred by both small and large businesses. Customers can use this extra capacity to research, design, experiment and simulate as fast as they need, when they need it.”

A New Building Block for HPC & AI: NVIDIA HGX-2 Cloud Reference Platform

Today NVIDIA introduced the NVIDIA HGX-2, a powerful cloud-server reference platform, the HGX-2 provides companies with unprecedented versatility to meet the requirements of applications that combine HPC with AI. “The HGX-2 cloud server platform supports multi-precision computing, supporting high-precision calculations using FP64 and FP32 for scientific computing and simulations, while also enabling FP16 and Int8 for AI training and inference. This unprecedented versatility meets the requirements of the growing number of applications that combine HPC with AI.”

Microsoft turns AI loose on new documents from JFK Investigation

In this video, researchers apply Microsoft Cognitive Search to find clues in newly released documents on the JFK assassination. “Late last year the US government released more than 34,000 pages related to the assassination of JFK. What if we could bring the full power of Microsoft’s AI to understand what was in those files and the vast scale of the Azure Cloud to handle the continual flow of data?”

Univa to host Breakfast Briefing on HPC in the Cloud at ISC 2018

Univa will host a Breakfast Briefing on HPC in the Cloud at ISC 2018. “You are invited to attend this briefing on HPC in the Cloud at ISC 2018. A panel of product executives from Amazon Web Services and Nvidia will join Univa to share real-world use cases and discuss best practices for accelerating HPC cloud migration. Please join us and see how to increase the efficiency of on-premise data centers, and address peak needs with hybrid cloud bursting.”

Designing Scalable HPC, Deep Learning and Cloud Middleware for Exascale Systems

DK Panda from Ohio State University gave this talk at the Swiss HPC Conference. “This talk will focus on challenges in designing HPC, Deep Learning, and HPC Cloud middleware for Exascale systems with millions of processors and accelerators. For the HPC domain, we will discuss about the challenges in designing runtime environments for MPI+X (PGAS – OpenSHMEM/UPC/CAF/UPC++, OpenMP, and CUDA) programming models. For the Deep Learning domain, we will focus on popular Deep Learning frameworks (Caffe, CNTK, and TensorFlow) to extract performance and scalability with MVAPICH2-GDR MPI library.”

Advanced Networking: The Critical Path for HPC, Cloud, Machine Learning and More

Erez Cohen from Mellanox gave this talk at the Swiss HPC Conference. “While InfiniBand, RDMA and GPU-Direct are an HPC mainstay, these advanced networking technologies are increasingly becoming a core differentiator to the data center. In fact, within just a few short years so far, where only a handful of bleeding edge industrial leaders emulated classic HPC disciplines, today almost every commercial market is usurping HPC technologies and disciplines in mass.”

Fujitsu to build 4 Petaflop Supercomputer for Hokkaido University

Today Fujitsu announced that it has received an order from the Information Initiative Center of Hokkaido University for an interdisciplinary, large-scale computing system with a theoretical peak performance of 4.0 petaflops, consisting of a supercomputer system and a cloud system. “The deployment of this system, which delivers the dramatically improved peak performance of 4 petaflops, will meet the expectations of universities and research institutions, as well as private sector researchers, throughout Japan, while promoting the further acceleration of academic research in Japan.”

HPC and Precision Medicine: A New Framework for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

Joe Lombardo from UNLV gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. “The University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health have been awarded an $11 million federal grant from the National Institutes of Health and National Institute of General Medical Sciences to advance the understanding of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. In this session, we will present how UNLV’s National Supercomputing Institute plays a critical role in this research by fusing brain imaging, neuropsychological and behavioral studies along with the diagnostic exome sequencing models to increase our knowledge of dementia-related and age-associated degenerative disorders.”

AWS Announces EC2 Bare Metal instances and C5D instances with local SSD Storage

HPC in the Cloud got a boost this week with this announcement of two updates to the Amazon EC2 instance family. EC2 Bare Metal instances provide customers’ applications with direct access to the processor and memory resources of the underlying server. C5D instances with local SSD storage are designed for applications that benefit from high-speed, ultra-low latency local storage, such as video encoding, manipulation, and other forms of media processing that often include large numbers of reads and writes to temporary storage.