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Lightmatter Startup funded to Accelerate AI with Optical Chip

Today and AI chip startup called Lightmatter announced that it has received $11 million in Series A funding to accelerate development of the industry’s first chip to leverage the unique properties of light to enable fast and efficient inference and training engines. “It is rare to see true innovation in the chip industry today, but Lightmatter has done it. The importance of this groundbreaking technology cannot be overstated,” said Stan Reiss. “The Lightmatter team has applied a major scientific discovery to dramatically increase the power of AI and its reach into our lives.”

First Public Disclosure of Isambard Supercomputer Performance Results

Prof. Simon McIntosh-Smith from the University of Bristol gave this talk at the GoingARM Workshop. “Isambard is a unique system that will enable direct ‘apples-to-apples’ comparisons across architectures, thus enabling UK scientists to better understand which architecture best suits their application.”

Artificial Intelligence: The Next Industrial Revolution

It has been said that artificial intelligence will create the next industrial revolution, the fourth industrial revolution that modern-day society has experienced since the dawn of mechanical production and steam power energy documented in 1784. In this guest article, Mellanox Technologies’ Scot Schultz explores how artificial intelligence is shaping up to launch the next big wave of innovation.

Agenda Posted for April HPC User Forum in Tucson

The HPC User Forum has posted their speaker agenda for their upcoming meeting in Tucson. Hosted by Hyperion Research, the event takes place April 16-18 at Loews Ventana Canyon. “The April meeting will explore the status and prospects for quantum computing and HPC use of HPC for environmental research, especially natural disasters such as earthquakes and the recent California wildfires. As always, the meeting will also look at new developments in HPDA-AI, cloud computing and other areas of continuing interest to the HPC community. A special session will look at the growing field of processors and accelerators supporting HPC systems.”

Bright Computing Release 8.1 adds new features for Deep Learning, Kubernetes, and Ceph

Today Bright Computing released version 8.1 of the Bright product portfolio with new capabilities for cluster workload accounting, cloud bursting, OpenStack private clouds, deep learning, AMD accelerators, Kubernetes, Ceph, and a new lightweight daemon for monitoring VMs and non-Bright clustered nodes. “The response to our last major release, 8.0, has been tremendous,” said Martijn de Vries, Chief Technology Officer of Bright Computing. “Version 8.1 adds many new features that our customers have asked for, such as better insight into cluster utilization and performance, cloud bursting, and more flexibility with machine learning package deployment.”

Video: Inside Volta GPUs

Stephen Jones from NVIDIA gave this talk at SC17. “The NVIDIA Volta architecture powers the world’s most advanced data center GPU for AI, HPC, and Graphics. Features like Independent Thread Scheduling and game-changing Tensor Cores enable Volta to simultaneously deliver the fastest and most accessible performance of any comparable processor. Join us for a tour of the features that will make Volta the platform for your next innovation in AI and HPC supercomputing.”

Reinventing the Retail Industry Through Machine and Deep Learning

Today, deep learning techniques are poised to disrupt the retail industry. As artificial neural networks become more and more efficient, and as graphics processing units get more and more powerful, so does their influence on retail. Download the new insideHPC special report, courtesy of Dell and NIVIDA, to learn more about how machine and deep learning is revolutionizing the retail industry. 

Stanford HPC Conference Posts Preliminary Agenda

The Stanford HPC Conference has posted it Preliminary Agenda. The two-day event takes place Feb. 20-21 at Stanford University in California. “Join the Stanford High Performance Computing Center, HPC Advisory Council, its members and experts from all over the world for two days of invited and contributed talks and immersive tutorials on topics of great societal impact and responsibility! February’s open forum brings industry luminaries and leading subject matter experts together to examine emerging and major domains and share in-depth insights on AI, Data Sciences, HPC, Machine Learning and more.”

Analytic Engineering Moves AI GPU Infrastructure to Verne Global in Iceland

Today HPC Cloud provider Verne Global announced that Analytic Engineering of Germany is moving their GPU infrastructure to Iceland. “At Verne Global’s campus, we can grow our business faster and apply more compute resources to our programs than at any other data center that we evaluated,” said Tobias Seifert, Co-CEO at Analytic Engineering. “This is a critical competitive advantage to us, as we look to deliver highly complex software solutions that enable our customers to iterate faster through applications driven by AI and Machine Learning.”

Video: Deep Learning for Real-Time Gravitational Wave Discovery

Scientists at NCSA have pioneered the use of GPU-accelerated deep learning for rapid detection and characterization of gravitational waves. This new approach will enable astronomers to study gravitational waves using minimal computational resources, reducing time to discovery and increasing the scientific reach of gravitational wave astrophysics.