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Compendium of articles published on Numerical Algorithms for HPC Science

The Royal Society Publishing has recently released a special compendium of articles based on a recent scientific discussion meeting with HPC Industry thought leaders. “This issue contains contributions from those who develop and implement numerical algorithms and software libraries – numerical analysts, computer scientists, and high-performance computing researchers – with those who use them in some of today’s most challenging applications.”

BSC Powers Pan-Cancer Project

An international team has completed the most comprehensive study of whole cancer genomes to date, significantly improving our fundamental understanding of cancer and signposting new directions for its diagnosis and treatment. The Barcelona Supercomputing Centre has been involved from the initial stages of this project, and has contributed with the analysis of data, with the design of specific computing solutions for cancer genomics, as well as in the answering of specific questions related to with the biology of tumors.

Deep Learning for Predicting Severe Weather

Researchers from Rice University have introduced a data-driven framework that formulates extreme weather prediction as a pattern recognition problem, employing state-of-the-art deep learning techniques. “In this paper, we show that with deep learning you can do analog forecasting with very complicated weather data — there’s a lot of promise in this approach.”

Atos completes acquisition of Maven Wave

Today Atos announced the completion of its acquisition of Maven Wave, a U.S.-based cloud and technology consulting firm specialized in delivering digital transformation solutions for large enterprises. With this acquisition, Atos reinforces its global leadership in cloud-solutions for applications, data analytics and machine learning in hybrid and multi-cloud platforms. “Together, Maven Wave and Atos create the strongest Google Cloud services portfolio offered anywhere, providing customers proven expertise and knowledge in executing their digital transformation and delivering outstanding experiences to their customers,” commented Maven Wave Founders Brian Farrar, Jason Lee and Jeff Lee.

Samsung Launches Flashbolt High Bandwidth 2E Memory

Today Samsung Electronics launched ‘Flashbolt,’ its third-generation High Bandwidth Memory 2E (HBM2E). The new 16-gigabyte (GB) HBM2E is uniquely suited to maximize HPC systems and help system manufacturers to advance their supercomputers, AI-driven data analytics and state-of-the-art graphics systems in a timely manner. “With the introduction of the highest performing DRAM available today, we are taking a critical step to enhance our role as the leading innovator in the fast-growing premium memory market,” said Cheol Choi, executive vice president of Memory Sales & Marketing at Samsung Electronics.

Efficient Model Selection for Deep Neural Networks on Massively Parallel Processing Databases

Frank McQuillan from Pivotal gave this talk at FOSDEM 2020. “In this session we will present an efficient way to train many deep learning model configurations at the same time with Greenplum, a free and open source massively parallel database based on PostgreSQL. The implementation involves distributing data to the workers that have GPUs available and hopping model state between those workers, without sacrificing reproducibility or accuracy.”

Building a Federated Research Collaborative

In this special guest feature, David Fellinger from the iRODS Consortium writes that the secure federation capabilities of iRODS has changed the way that we think of data locality. “Data discovery is one of the primary features of iRODS. A researcher can specify search terms retained in an index that allows other researchers to discover that research work.”

WekaIO picks up steam in the HPC Market

Today WekaIO announced it closed its 2019 fiscal year with record velocity in revenues. The company grew revenue by 600% compared to 2018 with growth fueled by increasing adoption of NVMe-native storage systems to enable I/O-intensive applications in Artificial Intelligence (AI), life sciences, and financial analysis. “We are the only tier-1, enterprise-grade storage solution capable of delivering epic performance at any scale on premises and on the public cloud, and we will continue to fuel our momentum by hiring for key positions and identifying strategic partnerships.”

Call for Papers: HPC Saudi Conference

The HPC Saudi Conference has issued its Call for Papers. Taking place March 17-19 in Riyadh, HPC Saudi enables participants from academia, industry, and government come together to share ideas and experiences, and discuss cooperation and collaboration, to advance the cutting edge in HPC, nationally and beyond. “This is the 10th HPC Saudi event and this year it will focus on the themes related to the convergence of HPC with big data, artificial intelligence (AI), and IoT. A particular focus is to explore the future HPC technologies in the era of ubiquitous smart computing, such as big data analytics leveraging edge, fog, cloud, and distributed computing for low-latency smart sensing and actor applications.”

Top Data Storage Predictions for 2020

Today Qumulo announced its 2020 data storage predictions. Qumulo’s predictions are guided by the enterprise’s realization that legacy scale-out and scale-up NAS storage solutions were not designed to handle today’s unstructured data volumes, distributed geographies and diverse file types. In 2020, enterprise organizations will focus on their data-driven businesses, rather than on managing their storage.