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Inspur Re-Elected as Member of SPEC OSSC and Chair of SPEC Machine Learning

The Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC) has finalized the election of new Open System Steering Committee (OSSC) executive members, which include Inspur, Intel, AMD, IBM, Oracle and three other companies. “It is worth noting that Inspur, a re-elected OSSC member, was also re-elected as the chair of the SPEC Machine Learning (SPEC ML) working group. The development plan of ML test benchmark proposed by Inspur has been approved by members which aims to provide users with standard on evaluating machine learning computing performance.”

IRIS and XSEDE to investigate the impact of research supercomputing

A partnership XSEDE and the Institute for Research on Innovation and Science (IRIS) will examine how access to advanced research computing resources and services available via XSEDE affect the collaboration networks and scientific productivity of participating researchers. “IRIS will link the IRIS UMETRICS dataset containing transaction-level administrative data on sponsored research projects from dozens of the nation’s leading higher educational institutions to data from XSEDE allocations. This will result in a new way to examine how access to supercomputers influences the way researchers collaborate with colleagues and the productivity of individuals and research teams.”

MIRIS Teams with LiquidCool Solutions for Datacenter Heat Recovery

MIRIS has entered into an agreement with LiquidCool Solutions (LCS), a world leader in rack-based immersion cooling technology for datacenters. The agreement gives MIRIS the exclusive right to distribute LCS technology on heat recovery projects. “Together we will develop the next generation of datacenter racks, with the highest density and the most effective heat recovery that the industry has ever seen. LCS brings to the plan a technology that is uniquely able to recapture more than 90% of rack input energy in the form of a 60 degree C liquid, and an emphasis will be placed on reusing valuable energy that would otherwise be wasted.”

D-Wave and NEC to Accelerate Commercial Quantum Computing

Today D-Wave Systems announced the company has signed agreements with NEC Corporation to drive development of hybrid services that combine the best features of quantum and classical computers, and make it easy to incorporate quantum capabilities into integrated workflows. D-Wave and NEC plan to market and sell D-Wave’s Leap quantum cloud service, which includes hybrid tools and services, as well as new hybrid capabilities to be jointly developed. NEC has committed to invest $10 million in D-Wave. The collaboration will take effect upon the closing of NEC’s investment, which is subject to certain conditions.

Schneider Electric Launches Industry’s First Integrated Rack with Immersed, Liquid-Cooled IT for Data Centers

Today Schneider Electric and Iceotope announced the industry’s first commercially-available integrated rack with chassis-based, immersive liquid cooling. Optimized for compute-intensive applications, the solution combines a high-powered GPU server with Iceotope’s liquid cooling technology to increase energy efficiency. Avnet integrates the liquid-cooled server with Schneider Electric’s NetShelter liquid-cooled enclosure system for simple deployment into data centers or edge computing environments. 

IBM Powers AiMos Supercomputer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

The most powerful supercomputer to debut on the November 2019 Top500 ranking of supercomputers will be unveiled today at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Center for Computational Innovations (CCI). Part of a collaboration between IBM, Empire State Development (ESD), and NY CREATES, the eight petaflop IBM POWER9-equipped AI supercomputer is configured to help enable users to explore new AI applications and accelerate economic development from New York’s smallest startups to its largest enterprises.

Getting Smart About Slurm in the Cloud

This timely article from our friends over at Univa takes a look at how often the popular HPC workload manager Slurm (Simple Linux Utility for Resource Management) is used in the cloud. In a recent InsideHPC survey sponsored by Univa, all Slurm users surveyed reported using public cloud services to at least some degree.

Eurolab4HPC Call for Participation: Short Term Collaborations and Business Prototyping Projects

Today Eurolab4HPC issued a pair of Calls for Participation for Business Prototyping Projects and Short Term Collaboration Grants. “Eurolab4HPC gives grants to PhD students, early career researchers, senior researchers, academics, and industrial technical leaders to participate on a 2-day business-to-innovation workshop in Gothenburg and/or to work on a common project in different layers of the compute stack. As grantees in Business Prototyping Projects are mentored using the business model canvas, grantees in Short Term Collaborations conduct independent small studies and benchmarking activities to capture requirements, metrics and opportunities to improve the platforms and technologies.”

Job of the Week: Software Developer/SLURM System Administrator at Adaptive Computing

Adaptive Computing is seeking a Software Developer/SLURM System Administrator in our Job of the Week. The position is located in the Naples, Florida. “This is an excellent opportunity to be part of the core team in a rapidly growing company. The company enjoys a rock-solidindustry reputation in HPC Workload Scheduling and Cloud Management Solutions.Adaptive Computing works with some of the largest commercial enterprises,government agencies, and academic institutions in the world.”

Baidu to Speed Services with Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory

Today Intel announced Baidu is architecting the in-memory database of its Feed Stream services to harness the high-capacity and high-performance capabilities of Intel Optane DC persistent memory. Paired with 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors, building a new memory platform based on Intel Optane DC persistent memory allows Baidu to lower its total cost of ownership (TCO) while delivering more personalized search results to users. Intel and Baidu disclosed details of this deployment and other joint collaborations on Thursday at the 2019 Baidu ABC Summit in Beijing.