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Fujitsu to Showcase Post-K Supercomputer CPU Prototype at ISC 2018

Today Fujitsu unveiled details about their ARM-powered Post K exascale supercomputer, which is planned for deployment at RIKEN in Japan sometime in 2021. Fujitsu has now completed the prototype CPU chip for the machine, which may be the fastest ever commencing functionality field trials. “The Post K processor will likely become the most powerful general-purpose CPU ever for HPC and AI,” said Satoshi Matsuoka from RIKEN on his blog this week.

Welcome to ISC High Performance 2018

In this special guest post, Martin Meuer and Thomas Meuer welcome attendees to ISC 2018, which takes place June 24-28 in Frankfurt, Germany. “Today ISC High Performance stands proudly as a globally recognized HPC event, driven by the extensive involvement of the high performance computing community. The contribution of new topics, speakers, stringent review processes, as well as diversity efforts, makes ISC distinctive.”

New HPE Pointnext Capabilities to Accelerate Memory-Driven Computing

Today HPE announced the launch of an incubation practice with specialized skills for solving big data problems through Memory-Driven Computing. ” Our vision for Memory-Driven Computing is to enable customers to capture, keep and refine every last bit of their data, up to 10,000 times faster than yesterday’s solutions,” said Beena Ammanath, global vice president, Artificial Intelligence, Data and Innovation, HPE. “The introduction of HPE Pointnext capabilities for Memory-Driven Computing will accelerate our ability to bring Memory-Driven Computing technologies to our customers and help them solve some of their most complex problems and more quickly than ever before.”

Technology Predictions for ISC 2018

In this special guest post, Dr. Rosemary Francis looks forward to the ISC 2018 conference, which starts next week in Frankfurt, Germany. “We recently saw the launch of Summit, the first 200 petaflop system – who will unveil the next giant machine? The race for exascale will certainly to continue to be a topic at ISC and we will be asking the vendors how their plans are progressing.”

Optimized HPC-AI cloud with OpenStack acceleration service and composable hardware

Shuquan Huang from 99Cloud gave this talk at the OpenStack Summit in Vancouver. “In this session, we will introduce OpenStack Acceleration Service – Cyborg, which provides a management framework for accelerator devices (e.g. FPGA, GPU, NVMe SSD). We will also discuss Rack Scale Design (RSD) technology and explain how physical hardware resources can be dynamically aggregated to meet the AI/HPC requirements.”

NVIDIA Releases Code for Accelerated Machine Learning

Today NVIDIA made a number of announcements centered around Machine Learning software at the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Conference in Salt Lake City. “NVIDIA is kicking off the conference by demonstrating an early release of Apex, an open-source PyTorch extension that helps users maximize deep learning training performance on NVIDIA Volta GPUs. Inspired by state of the art mixed precision training in translational networks, sentiment analysis, and image classification, NVIDIA PyTorch developers have created tools bringing these methods to all levels of PyTorch users.”

FlyElephant and Squadex team up for expansion in AI and HPC services

FlyElephant has announced its partnership with Squadex, a Cloud Transformation Consultancy, to extend AI & Big Data consulting services and reinforce teams. “Our cooperation will enable FlyElephant customers to get top-notch consulting services and support in deployment and customization of our platform, HPC or Big Data cluster in an AWS Cloud, development and optimization of machine learning models.”, said Dmitry Spodarets, Founder at FlyElephant and AI/ML & HPC Lead at Squadex. “FlyElephant will augment Squadex’ capabilities in HPC and AI areas, enabling synergies to create new types of services in these areas.”

Wave Computing Acquires MIPS for AI on the Edge

AI startup Wave Computing announced this week that it has acquired MIPS. “The acquisition of MIPS allows us to combine technologies to create products that will deliver a single ‘Datacenter-to-Edge’ platform ideal for AI and deep learning. We’ve already received very strong and enthusiastic support from leading suppliers and strategic partners, as they affirm the value of data scientists being able to experiment, develop, test and deploy their neural networks on a common platform spanning to the Edge of Cloud.”

Intel to Showcase AI and HPC Demos at ISC 2018

Today Intel released a sneak peek at their plans for ISC 2018 in Frankfurt. The company will showcase how it’s helping AI developers, data scientists and HPC programmers transform industries by tapping into HPC to power the AI solutions. “ISC brings together academic and commercial disciplines to share knowledge in the field of high performance computing. Intel’s presence at the event will include keynotes, sessions, and booth demos that will be focused on the future of HPC technology, including Artificial Intelligence (AI) and visualization.”

Atos Quantum Learning Machine Comes to SURFsara in the Netherlands

Dutch researchers have a new opportunity to experiment with Quantum Computing with the new Atos Quantum Learning Machine at SURFsara. The Atos Quantum Learning Machine is a complete on-premise quantum simulation environment designed for quantum software developers to generate quantum algorithms. It is dedicated to the development of quantum software, training and experimentation. The Atos Quantum Learning Machine allows researchers, engineers and students to develop and experiment with quantum software.