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OFA Expands Mission to Boost Development of Advanced Network and Fabric Technologies

Today the OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) unveiled an expanded mission to accelerate the development and adoption of advanced fabric technologies. This is a significant expansion of its original mission from 2004, which was to facilitate the rapid adoption of an emerging network technology, known as the InfiniBand Architecture. The new mission expands its scope to include software for the entirety of the advanced networks landscape, including the InfiniBand Architecture. ”
The 15th Annual OFA Workshop, is returning to Austin, Texas – March 19-21, 2019 at the University of Texas at Austin.”

Podcast: Bringing Complex Data To Life with Intel Select Solutions

In this Chip Chat podcast, Jim Jeffers from Intel describes his team’s three important open source libraries for data center rendering that deliver rasterization and ray tracing with high performance on Intel Xeon processors. Jim discusses the new Intel Select Solutions for Professional Visualization that package up key software capabilities with the power of high performance computing to provide stunning visualizations.

Extreme Computing for Extreme Adaptive Optics: The Key to Finding Life Outside our Solar System

Hatem Ltaief from KAUST gave this talk at PASC18. “The real-time correction of telescopic images in the search for exoplanets is highly sensitive to atmospheric aberrations. The pseudo-inverse algorithm is an efficient mathematical method to filter out these turbulences. We introduce a new partial singular value decomposition (SVD) algorithm based on QR-based Diagonally Weighted Halley (QDWH) iteration for the pseudo-inverse method of adaptive optics. The pseudo-inverse simulation code will be deployed on-sky for the Subaru telescope during observation nights scheduled early 2018.”

Intel to Host IXPUG eXtreme Performance User Group Sept. 25-28 in Oregon

Intel will host the Intel eXtreme Performance User Group (IXPUG) event Sept. 25-28 in Hillsboro, Oregon. “This IXPUG conference is focused on all aspects of employing and adopting many-core processing technologies and techniques for optimal application execution, including topics that cover system hardware beyond the processor (memory, interconnect, etc.), software tools, programming models, new workloads (visualization, data analytics, machine learning, etc.) and more. The conference will provide an interactive experience focused on key topics associated with high-performance computing, artificial intelligence, data analytics, cloud computing, and more.”

Video: NVIDIA Announces Turing GPUs and CUDA Toolkit 10

Today at SIGGRPAH, NVIDIA announced its newest GPUs based on the new Turing architecture. ”
This fundamentally changes how computer graphics will be done, it’s a step change in realism,” Huang told an audience of more than 1,200 graphics pros gathered at the sleek glass and steel Vancouver Convention Center, which sits across a waterway criss-crossed by cruise ships and seaplanes from the stunning North Shore mountains.

Lenovo Takes the TOP500 with Liquid Cooling at ISC 2018

In this video from ISC 2018, Rick Koopman from Lenovo describes the company’s latest HPC innovations including their new Neptune liquid cooling technology. Lenovo is the world’s largest TOP500 supercomputing provider measured by the number of systems ranked on the TOP500 list. 117 of the 500 most powerful supercomputers included in the TOP500 are Lenovo installations, meaning nearly one out of every four systems (23.4 percent) on the prestigious list is a Lenovo solution.

One Stop Systems rolls out Magma ExpressBox eGPU with Thunderbolt 3

Today One Stop Systems introduced the Magma ExpressBox 3T-V3-eGPU, a new external graphics card solution with Thunderbolt 3. The ExpressBox 3T-V3-eGPU can transform both computers and laptops with Thunderbolt 3 connections into powerful workstations. “We’re committed to providing mobile professionals with the latest technologies for performing AI, CAE and rendering applications,” said Steve Cooper, CEO of OSS. “Our new ExpressBox 3T-V3-eGPU, like all of our Magma ExpressBox expansion products, enables professionals to remain mobile without sacrificing office workstation performance, but now takes it to a whole new level with NVIDIA technology.”

Training Generative Adversarial Models over Distributed Computing Systems

Gul Rukh Khattak from CERN gave this talk at PASC18. “We use a dataset composed of the energy deposition from electron, photons, charged and neutral hadrons in a fine grained digital calorimeter. The training of these models is quite computing intensive, even with the help of GPGPU, and we propose a method to train them over multiple nodes and GPGPU using a standard message passing interface. We report on the scalings of time-to-solution.”

Fast.AI Achieves Record ImageNet performance with NVIDIA V100 Tensor Core GPUs

The NVIDIA blog points us to this story on how Fast.ai just completed a new deep learning benchmark milestone. Using NVIDIA V100 GPUs on AWS with PyTorch, the company now has the ability to train ImageNet to 93% accuracy in just 18 minutes. “DIU and fast.ai will be releasing software to allow anyone to easily train and monitor their own distributed models on AWS, using the best practices developed in this project,” said Jeremy Howard, a founding researcher at fast.ai. “We entered this competition because we wanted to show that you don’t have to have huge resources to be at the cutting edge of AI research, and we were quite successful in doing so.”

PASC18 Panel Discussion Big Data vs. Fast Computation

“The panelists will discuss the critical challenges facing key HPC application areas in the next 5-10 years, based on a mix of knowledge and speculation. They will explore whether we need to make radical changes to our practices, methods, tools, and techniques to be able to use modern resources and make faster and bigger progress on our scientific problems.”