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Atos announces winners of 2019 Joseph Fourier Award

Today Atos announced the winners of the 2019 Joseph Fourier Award. The award aims to accelerate research and innovation by rewarding projects in the fields of numerical simulation and Artificial Intelligence (AI). “It’s really exciting to see such high-quality projects in the fields of HPC and AI and I’d like to congratulate all the scientists and researchers for their hard work and innovative ideas,” said Sophie Proust, Group CTO at Atos. “At Atos we’re proud to be supporting innovations that will lead to tangible industrial applications.”

Podcast: Why is HPE buying Cray?

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team tackles the HPE-Cray acquisition as it reviews the companies’ recent moves, strengths, and market conditions. Hint: part of it has to do with the emergence of AI as a must-do enterprise app and the increasing commonality between supercomputers and enterprise servers.

NEC Steps up with SX-Aurora Vector Engine for HPC

In this video from ISC 2019, Shintaro Momose, Ph. D. from NEC describes the company’s SX-Aurora Vector Engine. “These days, vector functions are added to scalar supercomputers to improve performance in most cases. That means that improving vector performance is the most important way to achieve high effective performance, even with scalar processors. In that respect, it could be said that vector processors are ahead of the trend.”

ISC 2019 Recap from Glenn Lockwood

In this special guest feature, Glenn Lockwood from NERSC shares his impressions of ISC 2019 from an I/O perspective. “I was fortunate enough to attend the ISC HPC conference this year, and it was a delightful experience from which I learned quite a lot. For the benefit of anyone interested in what they have missed, I took the opportunity on the eleven-hour flight from Frankfurt to compile my notes and thoughts over the week.”

Realize the Massive Potential of Your AI Infrastructure with Bright Computing and NVIDIA

“As organizations continue to leverage GPUs for HPC applications and also host AI workloads on existing HPC clusters, a growing trend is to add DGX servers to these clusters alongside traditional CPU-based Linux servers. Because Bright Cluster Manager is platform independent, combining DGX servers with servers from another vendor is easy and seamless, resulting in a single unified cluster that Bright can centrally manage and monitor.”

Combining Big Data and HPC in a GRIDScalar Environment at BASF

Dr. Stephan Schenk from BASF gave this talk at the DDN User Group. “The talk will give an overview of recent activities in Digitalization of BASF’s Research & Development. It will focus in particular on how Big Data and HPC workflows can be combined and complement each other. Technical aspects as well as applications are discussed.”

Baidu Collaborates on Intel Nervana Neural Network Processor for Training

Intel is collaborating with Baidu on development of the new Intel Nervana Neural Network Processor for training (NNP-T). The two companies will team up on hardware and software design for the new custom accelerator for “training deep learning models at lightning speed.” “Intel and Baidu are focusing their decade-long collaboration on building radical new hardware, co-designed with enabling software, that will evolve with this new reality – something we call ‘AI 2.0.” said Naveen Rao, Intel corporate vice president and general manager of the AI Products Group.

FPGAs and the Road to Reprogrammable HPC

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Robert Roe writes that FPGAs provide an early insight into possibile architectural specialization options for HPC and machine learning. “Architectural specialization is one option to continue to improve performance beyond the limits imposed by the slow down in Moore’s Law. Using application-specific hardware to accelerate an application or part of one, allows the use of hardware that can be much more efficient, both in terms of power usage and performance.”

Rigetti Computing Named Technology Pioneer by World Economic Forum

Today Rigetti Computing announced that the company has been named as one of the World Economic Forum’s “Technology Pioneers”. Rigetti Computing was founded in 2013 by Chad Rigetti, and has made its quantum computers available over the cloud since 2017. “Rigetti and its fellow pioneers are leaders in using novel technologies to transform their industries. We see great potential for these next generation companies to shape solutions to global challenges and improve society for years to come.”

Summit Supercomputer Triples Performance Record on new HPL-AI Benchmark

“Using HPL-AI, a new approach to benchmarking AI supercomputers, ORNL’s Summit system has achieved unprecedented performance levels of 445 petaflops or nearly half an exaflops. That compares with the system’s official performance of 148 petaflops announced in the new TOP500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers.”