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Win Supercomputer Access in the ARCTUR Be Innovative HPC Challenge

Today the ARCTUR group in Slovenia announced the ARCTUR Be Innovative HPC Challenge. In this contest, 350,000 EUR worth of ARCTUR HPC resources will be granted to the proposal with the most interesting applications. “The goal of the competition is to encourage small and medium enterprises (among others) to scale up their computer simulations and modeling by using ARCTUR HPC infrastructure, writing an interesting use-case demonstrating the benefits of the use of HPC and becoming strategic parters of the company.”

NVIDIA GPU Cloud comes to AWS with Volta GPUs

“In just a few steps, the NVIDIA GPU Cloud (NGC) container registry helps developers get started with no-cost access to a comprehensive, easy-to-use, fully optimized deep learning software stack. The cloud-based service is available immediately to users of the just-announced Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) P3 instances featuring NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs. NVIDIA plans to expand support to other cloud platforms soon.”

Cray Supercomputing Comes to Microsoft Azure

Today Cray announced a partnership with Microsoft to offer dedicated Cray supercomputing systems in Microsoft Azure. Under the partnership agreement, Microsoft and Cray will jointly engage with customers to offer dedicated Cray supercomputing systems in Microsoft Azure datacenters to enable customers to run AI, advanced analytics, and modeling and simulation workloads at unprecedented scale, seamlessly connected to the Azure cloud.

Video: How R-Systems Helps Customers Move HPC to the Cloud

In this video from the HPC User Forum in Milwaukee, Brian Kucic from R-Systems describes how the company enables companies of all sizes to move their technical computing workloads to the Cloud. “R Systems provides High Performance Computer Cluster resources and technical expertise to commercial and institutional research clients through the R Systems brand and the Dell HPC Cloud Services Partnership. In addition to our industry standard solutions, R Systems Engineers assist clients in selecting the components of their optimal cluster configuration.”

Intel FPGAs Power Acceleration-as-a-Service for Alibaba Cloud

Intel field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) are now powering the Acceleration-as-a-Service of Alibaba Cloud. “Intel FPGAs offer us a more cost-effective way to accelerate cloud-based application performance for our customers who are running business applications and demanding data and scientific workloads,” said Jin Li, vice president of Alibaba Cloud. “Another key value of FPGAs is that they provide high performance at low power, and the flexibility for managing diverse computing workloads.”

Google Compute Engine offers VMs with 96 Skylake CPUs and 624GB of Memory

Google Compute Engine now offers new VMs with the most Skylake vCPUs of any cloud provider. “Skylake in turn provides up to 20% faster compute performance, 82% faster HPC performance, and almost 2X the memory bandwidth compared with the previous generation Xeon. Need even more compute power or memory? We’re also working on a range of new, even larger VMs, with up to 4TB of memory.”

Exploring Evolutionary Relationships through CIPRES

Researchers are exploring the Tree of Life with the help of the CIPRES portal at the San Diego Supercomputer Center. “As a community-built resource, CIPRES addresses what the scientists really want and need to do in the real world of research,” said Mishler. “Aside from increasing our understanding of the evolutionary relationships of this planet’s diverse range of species, the research also has yielded results of critical importance to the health and welfare of humans.”

NVIDIA Tesla GPUs Come to Oracle Bare Metal Cloud

Over at the NVIDIA Blog, Kristin Bryson writes that the Oracle Bare Metal Cloud now offers Tesla P100 GPUs for technical computing. “The move underscores growing demand for public-cloud access to our GPU computing platform from an increasingly wide set of enterprise users. Oracle’s massive customer base means that a broad range of businesses across many industries will have access to accelerated computing to harness the power of AI, accelerated analytics and high performance computing.”

How Can We Bring Apps to Racks?

In this special guest feature, Rosemary Dr Rosemary Francis from Ellexus describes why the customized nature of HPC is not a sustainable path forward for the next generation. “The downside is that many of our systems and tools are inaccessible to non-expert users. For example, deep learning is bringing more and more scientists closer towards HPC, but while they bring their knowledge, they also bring their high expectations for what they believe IT can do and not necessarily an understanding of how it works.”

Common Myths Stalling Organizations From Cloud Adoption

Cloud adoption is accelerating at the blink of an eye, easing the burden of managing data-rich workloads for enterprises big and small. Yet, common myths and misconceptions about the hybrid cloud are delaying enterprises from reaping the benefits. “In this article, we will debunk five of the top most commonly believed myths that keep companies from strengthening their infrastructure with a hybrid approach.”