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Contest Winner Proposes Using AI for Earth-wide Plant and Deforestation Database

Today Intel announced Rosemarie Day as the winner of the Super Explorer Mission of the Intel AI Interplanetary Challenge to use artificial intelligence for space exploration and planetary research using Intel-optimized AI technology and frameworks. As the winner, Day will expand her space knowledge with the grand prize: lunch with celebrity science personalities Bill Nye and “Star Trek: Voyager” actor and space enthusiast Robert Picardo.

Interview: Brent Gorda on his New Role as Head of ARM HPC

Former Whamcloud CEO Brent Gorda has a new role as Senior Director for the HPC business at Arm. We caught up with Brent to learn more about the company’s plans to grow their business in the Datacenter, HPC space, and on to Exascale. “Arm partners ship over 20 billion cores a year(!) and our company is well-known for being the core IP in many designs at the edge. The trend toward the datacenter with Arm is clear, it’s an opportunity for the HPC market to take advantage of the considerable boost in performance via SVE and the Arm roadmap.”

MERIL-2 Project Launches Tool for Mapping Research Infrastructure in Europe

Today the European Commission MERIL-2 project introduced a new Data Visualization tool that allows users to discover all of the European research infrastructures in the MERIL database interactively. With the new tool, users can quickly see and explore data on the European research landscape, such as RI size and location, user profiles, and research capabilities of over 1,000 research facilities across the continent.

Video: Computer Vision for Autonomous Vehicles

Xiaoming Liu from Michigan State University gave this talk at the HPC User Forum in Detroit. “At Michigan State University, researchers are involved in the work that will someday make self-driving vehicles not just a reality, but commonplace. Working as part of a project known as CANVAS – Connected and Autonomous Networked Vehicles for Active Safety – the scientists are focusing much of their energy on key areas, including recognition and tracking objects such as pedestrians or other vehicles; fusion of data captured by radars and cameras; localization, mapping and advanced artificial intelligence algorithms that allow an autonomous vehicle to maneuver in its environment; and computer software to control the vehicle.”

Rigetti Rolls Out Quantum Cloud Services

Over at the Rigetti Blog, Chad Rigetti writes that the company just rolled out Quantum Cloud Services (QCS), the “only quantum-first cloud computing platform.” With QCS, for the first time, quantum processors are tightly integrated with classical computing infrastructure to deliver the application-level performance needed to achieve quantum advantage. Users access these integrated systems through their dedicated Quantum Machine Image.

Gaining a Competitive Edge with HPC Cloud Computing at Dow

William Edsall from Dow gave this talk at the HPC User Forum in Detroit. “At Dow, Information Research provides leading edge information technology capability and information resources to meet strategic R&D initiatives.  IR delivers a combination of Information Technology, R&D experience and physical science knowledge to develop capabilities and analysis that help deliver R&D growth and innovation commitments. IR overall is focused on making Dow R&D the best at using information technology and informatics for a competitive advantage.”

Leadership Computing and NSF’s Computational Ecosystem

Irene Qualters gave this talk at the HPC User Forum in Detroit. “For over three decades, NSF has been a leader in providing the computing resources our nation’s researchers need to accelerate innovation,” said NSF Director France Córdova. “Keeping the U.S. at the forefront of advanced computing capabilities and providing researchers across the country access to those resources are key elements in maintaining our status as a global leader in research and education. This award is an investment in the entire U.S. research ecosystem that will enable leap-ahead discoveries.”

New Modular Lenovo ThinkSystem Accelerates Ai Performance

Over at the Lenovo Blog, the company has unveiled a new ThinkSystem based on a modular infrastructure targeted at Ai workloads. “By developing the ThinkSystem SR670 platform with integrated modularity, Lenovo has recognized that technologies around the CPU are evolving rapidly and driving massive performance gains for many types of workloads. System designs need to evolve to provide the capability and flexibility for customers to add more revolutionary technologies to the system faster. Customers shouldn’t be gated by a system that can’t change and grow with them as they build their intelligence platforms of the future.”

Video: EuroHPC and European HPC Strategy

Leonardo Flores from the European Commission presents: EuroHPC and European HPC Strategy. “EuroHPC is a joint collaboration between European countries and the European Union about developing and supporting exascale supercomputing by 2022/2023. The EuroHPC declaration, signed on March 23 2017 signed by 7 countries marked the beginning of EuroHPC. Meanwhile there are 21 countries that have joined EuroHPC.”

Exascale Update from Hyperion Research

Bob Sorensen from Hyperion Research gave this talk at the HPC User Forum in Detroit. “The four geographies actively developing Exascale machines are: USA, China, Europe, and Japan. While it is important to emphasize that this is not a race, the first machine to achieve Exascale in terms of sustained LINPACK should be the A21 Aurora system at Argonne in 2021. It will be followed soon after by machines from all the other active projects.”