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Quantum Launches Scale-out NAS for High-Value and Data-Intensive Workloads

There is a gap in the market between NAS systems designed for enterprise data management and HPC solutions designed for data-intensive workloads,” said Molly Presley, vice president, Global Marketing, Quantum. “Xcellis Scale-out NAS fills this gap with the features needed by enterprises and the performance required by HPC in a single solution. Xcellis uniquely delivers capacity with the economics of tape and cloud and integrated AI for advanced data insights and can even support traditional block storage demands within the same platform.”

AI Systems Designed to Learn in a Limited Information Environment

In a special report, Intel offers details on use cases that explore AI systems and those designed to learn in a limited information environment. “AI systems that can compete against and beat humans in limited information games have great potential, because so many activities between humans happen in the context of limited information such as financial trading and negotiations and even the much simpler task of buying a home.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at the New Power9, Titan V, and Snapdragon 845

In this podcast, Radio Free HPC Looks at the New Power9, Titan V, and Snapdragon 845 devices for AI and HPC. “Built specifically for compute-intensive AI workloads, the new POWER9 systems are capable of improving the training times of deep learning frameworks by nearly 4x allowing enterprises to build more accurate AI applications, faster.”

Video: Enabling the Future of Artificial Intelligence

In this video from the Intel HPC Developer Conference, Andres Rodriguez describes his presentation on Enabling the Future of Artificial Intelligence. “Intel has the industry’s most comprehensive suite of hardware and software technologies that deliver broad capabilities and support diverse approaches for AI—including today’s AI applications and more complex AI tasks in the future.”

AI Technology: The Answer to Diffusion Compartment Imaging Challenges

Use cases show AI technology, like what’s used in an optimized Diffusion Compartment Imaging (DCI) technique, is growing the potential of HPC computing. AI is thought to be a solution to many of DCI’s challenges. “A complete Diffusion Compartment Imaging study can now be completed in 16 minutes on a workstation, which means Diffusion Compartment Imaging can now be used in emergency situations, in a clinical setting, and to evaluate the efficacy of treatment. Even better, higher resolution images can be produced because the optimized code scales.”

Video: IBM Launches POWER9 Nodes for the World’s Fastest Supercomputers

In this video from SC17, Adel El Hallak from IBM unveils the POWER9 servers that will form the basis of the world’s fastest “Coral” supercomputers coming to ORNL and LLNL. “In addition to arming the world’s most powerful supercomputers, IBM POWER9 Systems is designed to enable enterprises around the world to scale unprecedented insights, driving scientific discovery enabling transformational business outcomes across every industry.”

Consumer GPUs come to NVIDIA GPU Cloud for AI Research

Today NVIDIA announced that hundreds of thousands of AI researchers using desktop GPUs can now tap into the power of NVIDIA GPU Cloud. “With GPU-optimized software now available to hundreds of thousands of researchers using NVIDIA desktop GPUs, NGC will be a catalyst for AI breakthroughs and a go-to resource for developers worldwide.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at a Controversy in the Irish Supercomputing List

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at a controversy stirred up by the recent Irish Supercomputing List.

The 9th Irish Supercomputer List was released this week. For the first time, Ireland has four computers ranked on the Top500. “Since the publication of the List, a third party called the Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC) has expressed concerns that the press release issued by the Irish Supercomputing List is misleading. You can read their opinion here.”

AI and HPC: Inferencing, Platforms & Infrastructure

The popularity of “better than human” classification on tasks that people do well (such as recognizing faces, Internet image search, self-driving cars, etcetera) has reached a mass audience. “What has been lacking is coverage that machine learning is also fantastic at performing tasks that humans tend to do poorly.”

Video: Pure Storage Speeds I/O for AI & HPC Workloads at SC17

In this video from SC17 in Denver, Brian Gold from Pure Storage describes how the company’s innovative FlashBlade Systems speed up I/O for AI & HPC workloads. “From scientific research and movie rendering to artificial intelligence, applications push the limits on thousands of GPU cores or thousands of CPU servers. Parallel compute demands parallel storage. FlashBlade is the industry’s first all-flash storage purpose-built for modern analytics – architected from the ground-up to deliver a powerful cloud-era data platform that’s fast, big, and simple.”