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Cornell Investigates Multi-cloud Cost Management with RightScale

The Cornell University Center for Advanced Computing (CAC) is collaborating with RightScale, recently acquired by Flexera, to understand how to best manage and optimize costs in a multi-cloud world. “Universities and research facilities are beginning to recognize that cloud management platforms (CMPs) are a useful tool for monitoring and controlling research expenditures, particularly as scientists seek different clouds for different capabilities,” said David A. Lifka, vice president for information technologies and CIO at Cornell. “By working with the Optima team, we’re adding to our current CMP experience and gaining knowledge on how to effectively address the unique needs of research computing and education users.”

IBM Q Network Expands to Drive Educational Opportunities in Quantum Computing

Today IBM announced the expansion of the IBM Q Network to include a number of global universities. The expanding academic network is designed to accelerate joint research in quantum computing, and develop curricula to help prepare students for careers that will be influenced by this next era of computing, across science and business. “Today, IBM is announcing Florida State University, the University of Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Stony Brook University, and the University of Tokyo will have direct access to IBM Q’s most-advanced commercially available quantum computing systems for teaching, and faculty and student research projects that advance quantum information science and explore early applications, as academic partners.”

ThinkParQ Brings BeeGFS to E8 Storage

Today E8 Storage announced a technology partnership with ThinkParQ to enable the integration of BeeGFS with E8 Storage’s NVMe-oF solution. The combined solution will offer customers new levels of improved performance and scalability for data intensive workloads. “With the combination of E8 Storage’s RAID functionality and ThinkParQ’s BeeGFS file system, customers can scale out by adding as many nodes as needed to meet or exceed capacity requirements.”

Video: ATOM Consortium to Accelerate AI in Drug Discovery with NVIDIA

The Public-private consortium ATOM has announced today that it is collaborating with NVIDIA to scale ATOM’s AI-driven drug discovery platform. “Scientists at ATOM have created a predictive model development pipeline that calls upon large datasets to build and test predictive machine learning models which consider pharmacokinetics, safety, developability, and efficacy. NVIDIA will provide additional resources that will enable this pipeline to be run at increased scale and speed.”

Atos Opens AI Laboratory in France with the Google Cloud

Today Atos inaugurated a new AI laboratory in France. Set up as part of the global partnership between Atos and Google Cloud, the laboratory will enable clients, businesses and public organizations to identify practical cases, for which AI could provide innovative and effective solutions. “In order for France to continue to play a key role in the information space, it has to invest heavily in artificial intelligence and new technologies,” said Thierry Breton, Chairman and CEO of Atos. “Beyond economic development, being able to offer technological excellence while protecting European data is a matter of sovereignty. With this joint laboratory between Atos and Google Cloud, we are enabling the adoption of artificial intelligence by our clients by offering them the best technologies and the highest level of security for their data processing, all within a clearly defined European regulatory framework. As such, Atos combines economic and technological development with sovereignty, compliance and security and helps to design a secure and valued European information space.”

LRZ in Germany joins the OpenMP effort

The Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) in Germany has joined the OpenMP Architecture Review Board (ARB), a group of leading hardware and software vendors and research organizations creating the standard for the most popular shared-memory parallel programming model in use today. “With the rise of core counts and the expected future deployment of accelerated systems, optimizing node-level performance is getting more and more important. As a member of the OpenMP ARB, we want to contribute to the future of OpenMP to meet the challenges of new architectures“, says Prof. Dieter Kranzlmüller, Chairman of the Board of Directors of LRZ.

Perth’s GPU Hackathon looks to speed research computing

The second annual GPU Hackathon kicked off in Perth this week, a collaboration between Oak Ridge National Laboratory, NVIDIA and the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre. Attended by five teams from across Australia, the five-day hack event centers around adapting scientific code for accelerated computing. “We’re excited to continue our collaboration with international research facilities”, said Mark Stickells, Executive Director at Pawsey. “Pawsey accelerates scientific discovery through technology, expertise and collaboration; and this is demonstrated by the GPU Hackathon. The Hackathon is a great example of collaboration and engagement with industry, academia and government.”

PNNL Leads Quantum Nexus Summit in Seattle

Today a coalition led by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Microsoft Quantum, and the University of Washington will convene in Seattle to launch the Northwest Quantum Nexus. The invite-only Summit will establish a center of geographic and intellectual gravity in the Northwest, where a talent pool can flourish and contribute to the quantum economy, through knowledge sharing, skill and experience development, research impacts, and community engagement. “By establishing this partnership in quantum computing, we are planting a seed in fertile ground. We are forming a nexus for nurturing a talent pool and establishing the quantum economy through knowledge sharing, skill and experience development, and community engagement.”

In a boon for HPC, Founding Members Sign SKA Observatory Treaty

Earlier this week, countries involved in the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Project came together in Rome to sign an international treaty establishing the intergovernmental organization that will oversee the delivery of the world’s largest radio telescope. “Two of the world’s fastest supercomputers will be needed to process the unprecedented amounts of data emanating from the telescopes, with some 600 petabytes expected to be stored and distributed worldwide to the science community every year, or the equivalent of over half a million laptops worth of data.”

Any better than Clever Hans? Putting AI systems to the test

As Machine Learning advances, how will we know that these systems are making the right decisions? In this story from the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, researchers are looking at the learning strategies of today’s Ai systems. “We were very surprised by just how broad the range of learned problem-solving strategies is. Even modern AI systems have not always found a meaningful approach, at least not from a human perspective, instead sometimes adopting what we call ‘Clever Hans’ strategies.”