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Cray XC50 Supercomputer coming to Institute for Basic Science in South Korea

Today Cray announced that the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) has awarded the Company a contract valued at $9 million for a Cray XC50 supercomputer and Cray ClusterStor L300F storage system. The new supercomputer, paired with the scale-out Lustre storage solution, will provide high-performance capabilities for IBS to expand research in climate physics and work toward its goal of improving decadal earth system forecasts and long-term future climate projections.

Can we use Machine Learning to Learn about Machines?

In this special guest feature, Ellexus CEO Rosemary Francis writes that the convergence of HPC and Ai is already changing the landscape in the world of supercomputing. “It is only as machines get faster that they are able to get cleverer. This means that more and more industries are becoming interested in making supercomputers even more powerful and investment in the exascale goal will increase.”

Supercomputing More Fuel-Efficient Engines at GM

Ronald Grover from GM gave this talk at the HPC User Conference. “Ronald Grover his colleagues at GM are using the Titan supercomputer at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), a US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility at DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), to improve combustion models for diesel passenger car engines with an ultimate goal of accelerating innovative engine designs while meeting strict emissions standards.”

Imagine HPC with the Power of the Cloud

Running HPC in the cloud enables organizations to select and deploy an optimal set of services for their unique applications, and to pay only for what they use. This sponsored post from AWS explores how the cloud HPC market is growing at a significant rate and accelerating HPC innovation. “With HPC in the cloud, computational scientists and commercial HPC users can gain rapid access to resources they need without a burdensome procurement process.”

Video: Cloud-based-HPC Optimization of Manufacturing Processes

In this video, the Fortissimo Project describes their success with Cloud-based-HPC optimization of manufacturing processes. “Fortissimo is a collaborative project that enables European SMEs to be more competitive globally through the use of simulation services running on a High Performance Computing cloud infrastructure.”

Video: Energy Efficient Acceleration of RNNs using CGRA

Prof. Aviral Shrivastava from Arizona State University gave this talk at the ARM Research Summit. “Prof. Aviral Shrivastava is Associate Professor in the School of Computing Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering at the Arizona State University, where he has established and heads the Compiler and Microarchitecture Labs (CML).”

Cray Supercomputer Powers Japan’s Railway Technical Research Institute

Today Cray announced that it has delivered and installed a Cray XC50 supercomputer and a ClusterStor L300 storage system at Railway Technical Research Institute (RTRI), the research and development arm for Japan Railways Group. The supercomputer will be used to perform railway research in the areas of applying new technologies and materials, enhancing simulation techniques, analyzing railway-specific phenomena and improving evaluation methods.

Versity Open Sources Next Generation Archiving Filesystem

Today Versity Software announced that it has open sourced ScoutFS, a new scale out archiving filesystem. “ScoutFS is the first GPL archiving file system ever released, creating an inherently safer and more user-friendly option for storing archival data where accessibility over very large time scales and the removal of vendor-specific risk is a key consideration.”

Survey Foretells Explosive Growth in Machine Learning Projects Over Next Two Years

Over at the Univa Blog, Gary Tyreman writes that the company sponsored an industry-wide survey to better understand what key challenges our HPC users are currently facing that are preventing them from moving their machine learning (ML) projects into production. “Our goal is to use this data to help guide our customers and recommend the right set of tools and migration options needed to accelerate value in machine learning.”

Video: Leading the charge for ARM in HPC

Andy Warner from HPE gave this talk at the ARM Research Summit. “The Arm HPC user Group hosted by going Arm workshop, will enable attendees to take in technical presentations by fellow applications programmers and tool authors who are currently using the Arm platform. This workshop is all about sharing experiences and knowledge. Attendees will gain from the first-hand knowledge of experienced scientific application programmers writing for the Arm platform, including topics such as: optimizing for 64-bit Arm, memory systems, scalability and vectorization.”