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Job of the Week: Lead Systems Engineer at Defense Analyses (IDA) in San Diego

The Institute of Defense Analyses (IDA) in La Jolla is seeking a Lead Systems Engineer in our Job of the Week. “We are seeking a Lead Systems Engineer, who with minimal supervision, envisions, designs, administers, and maintains multiple IT systems, servers and software. Applies advanced subject matter expertise to develop solutions to solve a full range of complex problems.”

Instant Gratification Takes Too Long and Costs Too Much for HPC. Or Does It?

In this special guest post, Peter ffoulkes writes that automation software from companies like XTREME-D are making HPC datacenters more productive every day. “One such example of these capabilities comes from startup XTREME-D, which provides a simple point-and-click user interface based on HPC workload templates and the XTREME-Stargate cluster portal, which acts as a “super head node” to provide simple access to virtual cluster resources.”

Bright Cluster Manager Prepares for Exascale at SC18


Bright’s exascale-capable version of Bright Cluster Manager is designed to support 100,000+ nodes. The company began delivering enhancements towards exascale in 2016 with features such as dedicated provisioning nodes, and a new monitoring subsystem designed for extreme scale. Current development work includes dedicated monitoring nodes, hierarchical object rendering in the Bright UI, optimized API communication patterns, and exascale simulation testing.”

Univa Offering Free Exhibit Passes for SC18

Our friends at Univa are offering free exhibit passes for SC18. “Univa will be exhibiting at SC18 in Dallas between November 12 and 15, 2018 (booth #2226). We invite you to meet our representatives at The Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center for the year’s key global conference and exhibition for high performance computing, networking and storage.”

IBM Multicloud Manager to Create Harmonized Systems

IBM’s Multicloud Manager provides an operations console for companies as they increasingly incorporate public and private cloud capabilities with existing on-premises business systems. “With its open source approach to managing data and apps across multiple clouds, the IBM Multicloud Manager will position companies to scale their many cloud investments and unleash the full business value of the cloud,” said Arvind Krishna, Senior Vice President, IBM Hybrid Cloud.”

Job of the Week: HPC System Administrator at AUS

The American University of Sharjah (AUS) is seeking an HPC System Administrator in our Job of the Week. “American University of Sharjah (AUS) invites applications for an HPC System Administrator position commencing in the Spring 2019 semester at the latest. AUS is seeking a highly motivated individual with proven experience in managing software and hardware HPC installations for research applications, with emphasis on utilizing open source tools and platform.

Video: Panel Discussion on Innovation in HPC

In this video from the HPC User Forum in Detroit, Earl Joseph from Hyperion Research moderates a panel discussion on Innovation in HPC. “Hyperion Research sponsors the annual HPC and ROI Innovation Awards to recognize noteworthy achievements made by users using High Performance Computing technologies. While there are multiple benchmarks to measure the performance of technical computers, there currently isn’t an adequate methodology to evaluate the economic and scientific value HPC systems contribute. The HPC Innovation Excellence Award Program is designed to help close that gap.”

Debugging for Success and Accelerated Platform Bring-Up

Debugging can prove a substantial challenge, even for experienced engineers. In this video, Soflen Shih, a technical consulting engineer at Intel, discusses the benefits of Intel System Studio and how its built-in functionality can make the debugging process much easier. “Intel System Studio contains libraries, performance analyzers, and compilers as well as profiling and debugging tools. The combination of these elements provides a complete developer solution to assist with platform bring-up, power optimization, thermal tuning, and system performance profiling.”

Survey Foretells Explosive Growth in Machine Learning Projects Over Next Two Years

Over at the Univa Blog, Gary Tyreman writes that the company sponsored an industry-wide survey to better understand what key challenges our HPC users are currently facing that are preventing them from moving their machine learning (ML) projects into production. “Our goal is to use this data to help guide our customers and recommend the right set of tools and migration options needed to accelerate value in machine learning.”

Use Intel Media SDK to Build Cross-Platform High-Quality Video Workflows

The latest release of Intel® Media SDK offers a single, cross-platform, GPU-enabled API for building optimized media and video applications from PC’s to workstations and into the cloud.