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Video: PCI Express 6.0 Specification to Reach 64 GigaTransfers/sec

In this video, PCI-SIG President and Board Member, Al Yanes, shares and overview of PCI Express 5.0 and 6.0 specifications. “With the PCIe 6.0 specification, PCI-SIG aims to answer the demands of such hot markets as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, networking, communication systems, storage, High-Performance Computing, and more.”

Job of the Week: Supercomputing Applications Specialist at CSIRO

Pawsey’s Supercomputing Team is responsible for providing the infrastructure to fulfill the needs of the Australian research community and to engage with that community to make best use of the infrastructure. You will be part of this highly skilled team of professional specialists and developers, will work collaboratively with researchers to assist them in exploiting the vast opportunities afforded by the infrastructure operated in the Pawsey centre.

White Paper: Basement Supercomputer beats Amazon EC2 on Cost and Performance

The good folks at Basement Supercomputing have published a white paper comparing one of the company’s on-prem Limulus personal HPC appliance to Amazon EC2 Cloud instances. The economics are quite interesting. “In this careful study equivalent EC2 cluster instances were configured using current pricing (Spring 2019). A comparison of Basement Supercomputing Limulus appliance workstations with the Amazon EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) is presented. The capabilities of both approaches are discussed along with a detailed comparison of two Limulus appliance designs.”

IBM Cloud to Provide Quantum-safe Cryptography in 2020

Quantum Computing holds tremendous promise, but it could also put today’s cryptographic-based security systems at risk. Enter IBM, who just announced plans to provide quantum-safe cryptography services on the IBM public cloud in 2020. The company is now offering a Quantum Risk Assessment from IBM Security to help customers assess their risk in the quantum world. Additionally, IBM cryptographers have prototyped the world’s first quantum computing safe enterprise class tape, an important step before commercialization.

Video: Three Perspectives on Message Passing

Robert Harrison from Brookhaven gave this talk at the MVAPICH User Group. “MADNESS, TESSE/EPEXA, and MolSSI are three quite different large and long-lived projects that provide different perspectives and driving needs for the future of message passing. All three of these projects employ MPI and have a vested interest in computation at all scales, spanning the classroom to future exascale systems.”

Silence the Critics: Take our Quick Survey on HPC Cloud

A recent report from Hyperion Research indicate that as much as 10 percent of HPC workloads are already in cloud and that 70 percent of HPC centers are running some jobs in public clouds. Are these numbers indicative of what you’re seeing in your workplace? There is one quick way to find out–by taking our HPC Cloud Survey.

Podcast: Reducing Complexity with Cluster Management from Bright Computing

In this Conversations in the Cloud podcast, Lee Carter from Bright Computing offers comprehensive software for deploying, managing, and monitoring clustered infrastructure, in the data center or the cloud. “Looking forward, Lee speculates that the future of AI will see new technologies like autonomous cars using complex simulation and modeling in small scale systems, continuing the legacy of HPC.”

How the European Processor Initiative is Leveraging RISC-V for the Future of Supercomputing

In this special guest feature, Calista Redmond writes that the European Processor Initiative is designing an HPC accelerator based on RISC-V. “The accelerator will be designed for high throughput and power efficiency within the general purpose processor (GPP) chip. The EPI explains that using RISC-V enables the program to leverage “open source resources at [the] hardware architecture level and software level, as well as ensuring independence from non-European patented computing technologies.”

Aitken Supercomputer from HPE to Support NASA Moon Missions

A new HPE supercomputer at NASA’s Ames Research Center will run modeling and simulation workloads for lunar landings. The 3.69 Petaflop “Aitken” system is a custom-designed supercomputer that will support modeling and simulations of entry, descent, and landing (EDL) for the agency’s missions and Artemis program, a mission to land the next humans on the lunar South Pole region by 2024.

Containerized Convergence of Big Data and Big Compute

Christian Kniep gave this talk at HPCKP’19. “This talk will dissect the convergence by refreshing the audiences’ memory on what containerization is about, segueing into why AI/ML workloads are leading to fully fledged HPC applications eventually and how this will inform the way forward. In conclusion Christian will discuss the three main challenges `Hardware Access`, `Data Access` and `Distributed Computing` in container technology and how they can be tackled by the power of open source, while focusing on the first.”