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Video: Applying AI to Science

In this video from the Intel HPC Developer Conference, Prabhat from NERSC describes how AI applies to science. “Looking ahead, Prabhat sees broad applications for deep learning in scientific research beyond climate science—especially in astronomy, cosmology, neuroscience, material science, and physics.”

D-Wave Announces Upgrades to D-Wave 2000Q Quantum Computer

Today D-Wave Systems announced major upgrades coming to the D-Wave 2000Q quantum computer in the first quarter of 2018. Two of the most powerful new capabilities are reverse annealing and virtual graphs. These features enable significant performance improvements over the current D-Wave 2000Q system by giving users increased control of the quantum processing unit (QPU). “The new capabilities will greatly benefit our customers by giving them new ways to exploit the power of the D-Wave 2000Q quantum computer,” said Jeremy Hilton, SVP Systems, D-Wave. “We continue to deliver rapid advances in quantum hardware, software, and other system components that our growing user base can leverage for application development.”

SC17 Video Replay: Jensen Huang from NVIDIA on the AI Revolution in HPC

We are excited to bring our readers this special livestream from NVIDIA at SC17 in Denver. Tune in right here for a live presentation from NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang entitled, “Accelerated Computing: The Path Forward.” It all starts at Monday at 3:00pm Mountain time.

Moonshot Research Teams with Providentia Worldwide for HPC and Big Data Services for Industry

Today Moonshot Research and Providentia Worldwide announced an agreement to jointly offer business and technical services and consulting in the areas of high-performance computing and big data services. The Moonshot/Providentia team brings expertise in driving ROI in enterprise computing by focusing on best practices in HPC, cloud and enterprise IT. “I am absolutely delighted to work with the world’s experts in using HPC to achieve real-time analytics. Speed has become the ultimate competitive advantage in the world of technology-enabled products and services,” said Merle Giles, CEO of Moonshot Research.

Quantum Computing Ecosystem moves forward with IBM Q Systems

“Over the next year, IBM Q scientists will continue to work to improve its devices including the quality of qubits, circuit connectivity, and error rates of operations. For example, within six months, the IBM team was able to extend the coherence times for the 20 qubit processor to be twice that of the publically available 5 and 16 qubit systems on the IBM Q experience.”

WekaIO Partners with HPE to Develop All-Flash Storage for HPC and AI

Today WekaIO announced a partnership with HPE to deliver integrated flash-based parallel file system capabilities that can significantly accelerate compute-intensive workloads. The WekaIO Matrix software-defined storage solution is validated for deployment within HPE environments – including the HPE Apollo Gen10 System platform that delivers rich capabilities for high-performance computing (HPC), artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) use cases.

Gidel Launches Acceleration Boards Based on Intel Stratix 10 FPGAs

Today Gidel launched their Proc10S family of high performance, scalable compute acceleration boards. The devices are based on the Stratix 10 FPGA, which was released by Intel in late 2016. “Gidel’s newest acceleration board was designed with high density Big Data and HPC applications in mind. “The Proc10S is a heavy-duty FPGA and thus opens new markets in HPC for Gidel, such as Deep Learning and Big Data analytics,” says Ofer Pravda, VP Marketing and Sales at Gidel. “Gidel’s long history in algorithm acceleration utilizing FPGA technology has resulted in an enormous wealth of product knowledge that provides us with an advantage in certain HPC and Vision arenas.”

Radio Free HPC Previews the SC17 Student Cluster Competition

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team previews the SC17 Student Cluster Competition. “Dan’s got the inside scoop on all the new wrinkles of the competition this year, where 16 international student teams will go head-to-head. There’s an all high school squad from Indiana, returning champs from China, and an all-new cloud computing component utilizing Cycle Computing on Azure.”

Cavium ThunderX Cluster to Crunch Big Data at University of Michigan

Today Cavium announced a new partnership that will position the University of Michigan as a leader in data-intensive scientific research by creating a powerful Big Data computing cluster using dual socket servers powered by Cavium’s ThunderX ARMv8-A workload optimized processors. The cluster consists of 40 servers each containing 96 ARMv8 cores and 512 GB of RAM per server. 

Panasas Doubles Metadata Performance on ActiveStor Scaleout NAS

Today Panasas introduced the next generation of its ActiveStor scaleout NAS solution, capable of scaling capacity to 57PB and delivering 360GB/s of bandwidth. This flexible system doubles metadata performance to cut data access time in half, scales performance and capacity independently, and seamlessly adapts to new technology advancements.