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DOE Announces $20 Million in AI Research Funding

DOE’s Office of Electricity has selected eight projects to receive nearly $7 million in total to explore the use of big data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning technologies to improve existing knowledge and discover new insights and tools for better grid operation and management. DOE’s Office of Science announced a plan to provide $13 million in total funding for new research aimed at improving A.I. as a tool of scientific investigation and prediction.

Addison Snell presents: The New HPC

Addison Snell from Intersect360 Research gave this talk at the Swiss HPC Conference. “Intersect360 Research returns with an annual deep dive into the trends, technologies and usage models that will be propelling the HPC community through 2017 and beyond. Emerging areas of focus and opportunities to expand will be explored along with insightful observations needed to support measurably positive decision making within your operations.”

Supermicro Shipping new Scale-Up In-Memory Computing Platforms with Intel Xeon Scalable processors

Today Supermicro announced that its new 4-socket servers featuring 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors and Intel Optane DC persistent memory are now shipping in volume. “Using 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors and Intel Optane DC persistent memory, these servers deliver tremendous performance boost for in-memory computing all at a dramatically lower cost compared to the previous generation architectures.”

NEC-X Opens Vector Engine Data Acceleration Center in Silicon Valley

Today NEC-X launched the Vector Engine Data Acceleration Center (VEDAC) at its Silicon Valley facility. This new VEDAC is one of the company’s many offerings to innovators, makers and change agents. The NEC X organization is focused on fostering big data innovations using NEC’s emerging technologies while tapping into Silicon Valley’s rich ecosystem. “We are gratified to see the developing innovations that are taking advantage of the cutting-edge technologies from NEC’s laboratories.”

Velocity Compute: PeerCache for HPC Cloud Bursting

In this podcast, Eric Thune from Velocity Compute describes how the company’s PeerCache software optimizes data flow for HPC Cloud Bursting. “By using PeerCache to deliver hybrid cloud bursting, development teams can quickly extend their existing on-premise compute to burst into the cloud for elastic compute power. Your on-premise workflows will run identically in the cloud, without the need for retooling, and the workflow is then moved back to your on-premises servers until the next time you have a peak load.”

TACC Podcast Looks at the Challenges of Computational Reproducibility

In this TACC Podcast, Dan Stanzione and Doug James from the Texas Advanced Computing Center discuss the thorny issue of reproducibility in HPC. “Computational reproducibility is a subset of the broader and even harder topic of scientific reproducibility,” said Dan Stanzione, TACC’s executive director. “If we can’t get the exact same answer bit-for-bit, then what’s close enough? What’s a scientifically valid way to represent that? That’s what we’re after.”

Sylabs boosts HPC Containers with SingularityPRO 3.1

Today Sylabs announced the release of SingularityPRO 3.1 in what the company is calling a watershed moment for enterprise customers everywhere. “SingularityPRO 3.1 is the most highly anticipated release of our enterprise software ever,” said Gregory Kurtzer, founder and CEO of Sylabs. “With this release, we’re rapidly advancing container science, making it a truly opportune time for those seeking to containerize the most demanding enterprise performance computing workloads in the most trusted way.”

Agenda Posted: Forum Teratec in France

The Forum Teratec in France has posted their speaker agenda. With over 1300 attendees, the event takes place June 11-12 in Palaiseau. “The Forum Teratec is the premier international meeting for all players in HPC, Simulation, Big Data and Machine Learning (AI). It is a unique place of exchange and sharing for professionals in the sector. Come and discover the innovations that will revolutionize practices in industry and in many other fields of activity.”

Video: LANL Creates first Billion-atom Biomolecular Simulation

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory have created the largest simulation to date of an entire gene of DNA, a feat that required one billion atoms to model and will help researchers to better understand and develop cures for diseases like cancer. “It is important to understand DNA at this level of detail because we want to understand precisely how genes turn on and off,” said Karissa Sanbonmatsu, a structural biologist at Los Alamos. “Knowing how this happens could unlock the secrets to how many diseases occur.”

Ohio Supercomputer Center hosts Statewide User Group

On April 19, researchers gathered at the Ohio Supercomputer Center for the Statewide Users Group (SUG) spring conference to collaborate and share ideas with peers and OSC staff. “SUG encompasses all OSC clients and receives direction from the SUG executive committee, a volunteer group composed of the Ohio university faculty who provide OSC’s leadership with program and policy advice and direction to ensure a productive environment for research.”