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AFRL Taps IBM to Build Brain-Inspired AI Supercomputer

Today IBM announced they are collaborating with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) on a first-of-a-kind brain-inspired supercomputing system powered by a 64-chip array of the IBM TrueNorth Neurosynaptic System. The scalable platform IBM is building for AFRL will feature an end-to-end software ecosystem designed to enable deep neural-network learning and information discovery.

One Stop Systems Showcases GPU and Flash Appliances at ISC

This week in Frankfurt, One Stop Systems showcased all-new HPC Appliances at ISC 2017. “One Stop Systems offers a wide variety of GPU and Flash appliances to support a range of customer needs,” Said Steve Cooper, CEO of One Stop Systems. “As GPU and flash technology continue to improve, OSS products are immediately able to accommodate the newest and most powerful GPUs and the highest capacity flash cards. Now we’re offering customers the opportunity to lease time on our HPC appliances through SkyScale. SkyScale utilizes OSS GPU appliances to build, configure, and manage dedicated systems strategically located in maximum-security facilities, allowing customers to focus on results while minimizing capital equipment investment.”

Deep Learning Frameworks Get a Performance Benefit from Intel MKL Matrix-Matrix Multiplication

Intel® Math Kernel Library 2017 (Intel® MKL 2017) includes new GEMM kernels that are optimized for various skewed matrix sizes. The new kernels take advantage of Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 512 (Intel® AVX-512) and achieves high GEMM performance on multicore and many-core Intel® architectures, particularly for situations arising from deep neural networks..

Inspur Unveils GX4 Ai Accelerator

Today Inspur unveiled GX4, a new flexible and high scalability AI accelerating box at ISC 2017. The GX4 is able to achieve the decoupling coprocessor resources including CPU and GPU, Xeon Phi and FPGA, expand the computing power on demand, and provide highly flexible support to various AI applications in GPU-accelerated computing. This is another innovative effort followed by the release of the ultra-high density AI supercomputer AGX-2 last month at GTC 2017 in California. “According to Jay Zhang from Inspur, the GX4 sufficiently addresses the major differences in the AI deep-learning training model, using a flexible expansion method to support different levels of AI training models, and effectively lowering energy consumption and delays. The GX4 provides a flexible and innovative AI computing solution for companies and research organizations engaged in artificial intelligence across the world.”

Dr. Eng Lim Goh on HPE’s Recent PathForward Award for Exascale Computing

In this video from ISC 2017, Dr. Eng Lim Goh from HPE discusses the company’s recent PathForward award as well as the challenges of designing energy efficient Exascale systems. After that, he gives his unique perspective on HPE’s “The Machine” architecture for memory-driven computing. “The work funded by PathForward will include development of innovative memory architectures, higher-speed interconnects, improved reliability systems, and approaches for increasing computing power without prohibitive increases in energy demand.”

NVIDIA Powers Top 13 Most Energy Efficient Supercomputers

Today Nvidia announced that the NVIDIA Tesla AI supercomputing platform powers the top 13 measured systems on the new Green500 list of the world’s most energy-efficient high performance computing systems. All 13 use NVIDIA Tesla P100 data center GPU accelerators, including four systems based on the NVIDIA DGX-1 AI supercomputer. “NVIDIA also released performance data illustrating that NVIDIA Tesla GPUs have improved performance for HPC applications by 3X over the Kepler architecture released two years ago. This significantly boosts performance beyond what would have been predicted by Moore’s Law, even before it began slowing in recent years.”

Video: HPE Moves HPC & Deep Learning Forward at ISC 2017

“Today, customer’s HPC requirements go beyond superior performance and efficiency,” said Bill Mannel, Vice President and General Manager, HPC and AI solutions, Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “They are also increasingly considering security, agility and cost control. With today’s announcements, we are addressing these considerations and delivering optimized systems, infrastructure management and services capabilities that provide A New Compute Experience.”

ISC 2017 Announces Record Attendance

Today ISC 2017 announced that a record 3200 HPC enthusiasts from 60 countries have registered for the conference. The event also received an international media spotlight, with 60 technical and business journalists on site to provide live coverage of the exhibition and the conference sessions.

Is Aurora Morphing into an Exascale AI Supercomputer?

The recently published Department of Energy FY 2018 Congressional Budget Request has raised a lot of questions about the Aurora supercomputer that was scheduled to be deployed at Argonne ALCF next year. “As we covered in our Radio Free HPC podcast, Aurora appears to be morphing into a very different kind of machine.”

Kyushu University Orders Fujitsu Supercomputer

Today Fujitsu announced an order from the Research Institute for Information Technology at Kyushu University for a new supercomputer system for deployment in October 2017. “This system will consist of over 2,000 servers, including the Fujitsu Server PRIMERGY CX400, the next-generation model of Fujitsu’s x86 server. It is expected to offer top-class performance in Japan, providing a theoretical peak performance of about 10 petaflops. This will also be Japan’s first supercomputer system featuring a large-scale private cloud environment constructed on a front-end sub system, linked with a computational server of a back-end sub system through a high-speed file system.”