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HPC + Ai: Machine Learning Models in Scientific Computing

Steve Oberlin from NVIDIA gave this talk at the Stanford HPC Conference. “Clearly, AI has benefited greatly from HPC. Now, AI methods and tools are starting to be applied to HPC applications to great effect. This talk will describe an emerging workflow that uses traditional numeric simulation codes to generate synthetic data sets to train machine learning algorithms, then employs the resulting AI models to predict the computed results, often with dramatic gains in efficiency, performance, and even accuracy.”

Seeking Seed Money? Creative Destruction Lab offers Incubator Streams for Quantum, Blockchain, and Ai

The Creative Destruction Lab is now accepting applications for their 2019 Quantum Machine Learning and Blockchain-AI Incubator Streams. As a seed-stage program for massively scalable, science-based companies, the mission of the CDL is to enhance the prosperity of humankind. “The CDL Blockchain-AI Incubator Stream is a 10-month incubator program which gives blockchain founders personalized mentorship from blockchain thought leaders, successful tech entrepreneurs, scientists, economists and venture capitalists. Founders are also eligible for up to US$100K in investment, in exchange for equity.”

Video: Introduction to Intel Optane Data Center Persistent Memory

In this video from the 2019 Stanford HPC Conference, Usha Upadhyayula & Tom Krueger from Intel present: Introduction to Intel Optane Data Center Persistent Memory. For decades, developers had to balance data in memory for performance with data in storage for persistence. The emergence of data-intensive applications in various market segments is stretching the existing […]

Designing Convergent HPC and Big Data Software Stacks: An Overview of the HiBD Project

DK Panda from Ohio State University gave this talk at the 2019 Stanford HPC Conference. “This talk will provide an overview of challenges in designing convergent HPC and BigData software stacks on modern HPC clusters. An overview of RDMA-based designs for Hadoop (HDFS, MapReduce, RPC and HBase), Spark, Memcached, Swift, and Kafka using native RDMA support for InfiniBand and RoCE will be presented. Enhanced designs for these components to exploit HPC scheduler (SLURM), parallel file systems (Lustre) and NVM-based in-memory technology will also be presented. Benefits of these designs on various cluster configurations using the publicly available RDMA-enabled packages from the OSU HiBD project will be shown.”

Gordon Bell Prize Highlights the Impact of Ai

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Robert Roe reports on the Gordon Bell Prize finalists for 2018. “The finalist’s research ranges from AI to mixed precision workloads, with some taking advantage of the Tensor Cores available in the latest generation of Nvidia GPUs. This highlights the impact of AI and GPU technologies, which are opening up not only new applications to HPC users but also the opportunity to accelerate mixed precision workloads on large scale HPC systems.”

Custom Atos Supercomputer to Speed Genome Analysis at CNAG-CRG in Barcelona

Atos will soon deploy a Bull supercomputer at the Centro Nacional de Análisis Genómico (CNAG-CRG) in Barcelona for large-scale DNA sequencing and analysis. To support the vast process and calculation demands needed for this analysis, CNAG-CRG worked with Atos to build this custom-made analytics platform, which helps drive new insights ten times faster than its previous HPC system. “Atos helped us to set up a robust platform to conduct in-depth high-performance data analytics on genome sequences, which is the perfect complement to our outstanding sequencing platform”, stated Ivo Gut, CNAG-CRG Director.

Quantum Computing: From Qubits to Quantum Accelerators

Koen Bertels from Delft University of Technology gave this talk at HiPEAC 2019. “In my talk, I will introduce what quantum computers are but also how they can be used as a quantum accelerator. I will discuss why a quantum computer can be more powerful than any classical computer and what the components are of its system architecture. In this context, I will talk about our current research topics on quantum computing, what the main challenges are and what is available to our community.”

Podcast: What is an Ai Supercomputer?

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team asks whether a supercomputer can or cannot be a “AI Supercomputer.” The question came up after HPE announced a new AI system called Jean Zay that will double the capacity of French supercomputing. “So what are the differences between a traditional super and a AI super? According to Dan, it mostly comes down to how many GPUs the system is configured with, while Shahin and Henry think it has something to do with the datasets.”

Video: Frontiers of AI Deployments in HPC on Arm

In this video from Arm HPC Asia 2019, Elsie Wahlig leads a panel discussion on Frontiers of AI deployments in HPC on Arm. “Topics at the workshop covered all aspects of the Arm server ecosystem, from chip design, hardware, software architecture and standardization to performance tuning, and applications in biology, medicine, meteorology, astronomy, geography etc. It is exciting to see that Arm servers are being used in so many areas, contributing significantly to the global economy.”

BSC fosters EUCANCan Project to share and reuse cancer genomic data worldwide

Today the Barcelona Supercomputing Center announced it will foster the EUCANCan project to allow both research and cancer treatments to be shared and re-used by the European and Canadian scientific community. As demonstrated by earlier work, research that merges and reanalyzes  biomedical data from different studies significantly increases the chances of new discoveries.