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Supercomputing Asia 2020 Conference Cancelled due to COVID-19 Virus

The Supercomputing Asia 2020 conference has been cancelled in light of COVID-19 developments. “We regret to inform you that we will be cancelling the coming SupercomputingAsia Conference 2020 (SCA20), which was being scheduled for 24-27 February 2020 in Singapore. It was a difficult decision to make but one which we had weighed carefully. However, in the past few days, we have received your concerns and communications from some of our key partners, sponsors and Keynote speakers citing advisories from their home countries to avoid non-essential travel to Singapore.”

UK to invest £1.2 billion for Supercomputing Weather and Climate Science

Today the UK announced plans to invest £1.2 billion for the world’s most powerful weather and climate supercomputer. The government investment will replace Met Office supercomputing capabilities over a 10-year period from 2022 to 2032. The current Met Office Cray supercomputers reach their end of life in late 2022. The first phase of the new supercomputer will increase the Met Office computing capacity by 6-fold alone.”

Isambard 2 at UK Met Office to be largest Arm supercomputer in Europe

The  UK Met Office  been awarded £4.1m by EPSRC to create Isambard 2, the largest Arm-based supercomputer in Europe. The powerful new £6.5m facility, to be hosted by the Met Office in Exeter and utilized by the universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter, will double the size of GW4 Isambard, to 21,504 high performance cores and 336 nodes. “Isambard 2 will incorporate the latest novel technologies from HPE and new partner Fujitsu, including next-generation Arm CPUs in one of the world’s first A64fx machines from Fujitsu.”

Predictions for HPC in 2020

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Laurence Horrocks-Barlow from OCF predicts that containerization, cloud, and GPU-based workloads are all going to dominate the HPC environment in 2020. “Over the last year, we’ve seen a strong shift towards the use of cloud in HPC, particularly in the case of storage. Many research institutions are working towards a ‘cloud first’ policy, looking for cost savings in using the cloud rather than expanding their data centres with overheads, such as cooling, data and cluster management and certification requirements.”

The GigaIO FabreX Network – New Frontiers in Networking For Big Data

GigaIO has developed a new whitepaper to describe GigaIO FabreX, a fundamentally new network architecture that integrates computing, storage, and other communication I/O into a single-system cluster network, using industry standard PCIe (peripheral component interconnect express) technology.

Call for Participation: ISC Workshop on In Situ Visualization 2020

The ISC Workshop On In Situ Visualization 2020 has issued its Call for Participation. The event takes place June 25 in Frankfurt, Germany. “We encourage contributed talks on methods and workflows that have been used for large-scale parallel visualization, with a particular focus on the in situ case. Presentations on codes that closely couple numerical methods and visualization are particularly welcome.”

Video: Toward a General AI-Agent Architecture

Richard S. Sutton from DeepMind Alberta gave this talk NeurIPS 2019. “In practice, I work primarily in reinforcement learning as an approach to artificial intelligence. I am exploring ways to represent a broad range of human knowledge in an empirical form–that is, in a form directly in terms of experience–and in ways of reducing the dependence on manual encoding of world state and knowledge.”

Video: Overview of HPC Interconnects

Ken Raffenetti from Argonne gave this talk at ATPESC 2019. “The Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing (ATPESC) provides intensive, two-week training on the key skills, approaches, and tools to design, implement, and execute computational science and engineering applications on current high-end computing systems and the leadership-class computing systems of the future.”

Job of the Week: HPC Systems Administrator at Washington State University

CIRC at Washington State University is seeking an HPC Systems Administrator in our Job of the Week. “Ideal candidates should have in-depth experience with the provisioning and administration of HPC clusters. Applicants who have experience with CentOS or RHEL, high speed networking using Mellanox Infiniband, resource schedulers such as Slurm, automation tools such as SaltStack, and parallel file systems including BeeGFS and Spectrum Scale, are highly encouraged to apply.”

ISC 2020 Launches HPC Career Day

Fostering STEM education is a key to the future of high performance computing. Along these lines, ISC 2020 HPC Career Day will give 200 job seekers interested in HPC the opportunity to participate in the ISC 2020 conference on Wednesday, June 24. “Organizations scouting for STEM talent are welcome to utilize this new program to make connections with students, early and mid-career professionals looking for exciting prospects within the areas of HPC, machine learning, and data analytics.”