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Sano Genetics Deploys Lifebit CloudOS for Direct-to-Consumer Genetics

Today Sano Genetics announced the company is using Lifebit CloudOS to power their free DNA sequencing platform, achieving 35% increase in speed of imputation analyses. Imputation is a statistical technique that fills in the gaps between sites measured by genotyping arrays, and is very useful for genetic genealogy and other forms of ‘citizen science’. Any participant who uploads their DTC genetic data to the Sano platform can download their imputed data within about 15 minutes.

ORNL Researchers Develop Quantum Chemistry Simulation Benchmark

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a quantum chemistry simulation benchmark to evaluate the performance of quantum devices and guide the development of applications for future quantum computers. “This work is a critical step toward a universal benchmark to measure the performance of quantum computers, much like the LINPACK metric is used to judge the fastest classical computers in the world.”

Latest Climate Models Predict Thinner Clouds and More Global Warming

Thanks to clouds, latest climate models predict more global warming than their predecessors. Researchers at LLNL in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Leeds and Imperial College London have found that the latest generation of global climate models predict more warming in response to increasing carbon dioxide. “If global warming leads to fewer or thinner clouds, it causes additional warming above and beyond that coming from carbon dioxide alone. In other words, an amplifying feedback to warming occurs.”

Microway Deploys NVIDIA DGX-2 supercomputers at Oregon State University

Microway has deployed six NVIDIA DGX-2 supercomputer systems at Oregon State University. As an NVIDIA Partner Network HPC Partner of the Year, Microway installed the DGX-2 systems, integrated software, and transferred their extensive AI operational knowledge to the University team. “The University selected the NVIDIA DGX-2 platform for its immense power, technical support services, and the Docker images with NVIDIA’s NGC containerized software. Each DGX-2 system delivers an unparalleled 2 petaFLOPS of AI performance.”

New Achronix Bittware FPGA Accelerator Speeds Cloud, AI, and Machine Learning

In October Bittware and Achronix announced a strategic collaboration with Achronix to introduce the S7t-VG6 PCIe accelerator product – a PCIe card sporting the new Achronix 7nm Speedster7t FPGA. This new generation of accelerator products offers a range of capabilities including low-cost and highly flexible GDDR6 memory that aims to offer HBM-class memory bandwidth, high-performance machine learning processors and a new 2D network-on-chip for high bandwidth and energy-efficient data movement.

Podcast: Software Deployment and Continuous Integration for Exascale

In this Let’s Talk Exascale podcast,  Ryan Adamson from Oak Ridge National Laboratory describes how his role at the Exascale Computing Project revolves around software deployment and continuous integration at DOE facilities. “Each of the scientific applications that we have depends on libraries and underlying vendor software,” Adamson said. “So managing dependencies and versions of all of these different components can be a nightmare.”

Full Roundup: SC19 Booth Tour Videos from insideHPC

Now that SC19 is behind us, it’s time to gather our booth tour videos in one place. Throughout the course of the show, insideHPC talked to dozens of HPC innovators showcasing the very latest in hardware, software, and cooling technologies.

WekaIO Named Major Player in File-Based Storage by IDC MarketScape

IDC MarketScape has recognized WekaIO as a Major Player in this sector. According to the IDC MarketScape 2019, IDC believes that file-based storage (FBS) will continue to evolve to address the needs of traditional and next-generation workloads. The IDC MarketScape noted, “WekaFS was developed from the ground up to utilize the performance of NVMe flash technology to deliver the optimum performance and minimum latency for demanding and unpredictable AI workloads. WekaIO’s customers claim satisfaction and that the offering holds to performance promises made by the vendor.”

Delta Partners with IBM to Explore Quantum Computing

Today IBM and Delta Air Lines announced a multi-year collaborative effort to explore the potential capabilities of quantum computing to transform experiences for customers and employees. “Delta joins more than 100 clients already experimenting with commercial quantum computing solutions alongside classical computers from IBM to tackle problems like risk analytics and options pricing, advanced battery materials and structures, manufacturing optimization, chemical research, logistics and more.”

Groq AI Chip Benchmarks Leading Performance on ResNet-50 Inference

Today AI chip startup Groq announced that their new Tensor processor has achieved 21,700 inferences per second (IPS) for ResNet-50 v2 inference. Groq’s level of inference performance exceeds that of other commercially available neural network architectures, with throughput that more than doubles the ResNet-50 score of the incumbent GPU-based architecture. ResNet-50 is an inference benchmark for image classification and is often used as a standard for measuring performance of machine learning accelerators.