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IBM Launches Deep Learning as a Service

“IBM’s goal is to make it easier for you to build your deep learning models. Deep Learning as a Service has unique features, such as Neural Network Modeler, to lower the barrier to entry for all users, not just a few experts. The enhancements live within Watson Studio, our cloud-native, end-to-end environment for data scientists, developers, business analysts and SMEs to build and train AI models that work with structured, semi-structured and unstructured data — while maintaining an organization’s existing policy/access rules around the data.”

Asetek Announces Ongoing Collaboration with Intel on Liquid Cooling for Servers and Datacenters

In anticipation of forthcoming product announcements, Asetek today announced an ongoing collaboration with Intel to provide hot water liquid cooling for servers and datacenters. This collaboration, which includes Asetek’s ServerLSL and RackCDU D2C technologies, is focused on the liquid cooling of density-optimized Intel Compute Modules supporting high-performance Intel Xeon Scalable processors.

Bill Magro from Intel to Keynote OpenFabrics Workshop

Bill Magro of Intel Corporation will kick off the OpenFabrics Workshop with a keynote speech, “Software Foundation for High-Performance Fabrics in the Cloud.” The event takes place April 9-13 in Boulder, Colorado. “This talk will highlight the broadening role of OpenFabrics, in general, and the Open Fabrics Interface, in particular, to rise to the challenge of meeting the emerging requirements and become the software foundation for high-performance cloud fabrics.”

Univa Open Sources Project Tortuga for moving HPC Workloads to the Cloud

Today Univa announced the contribution of its Navops Launch product to the open source community as Project Tortuga under an Apache 2.0 license. The free and open code is designed to help proliferate the transition of enterprise HPC workloads to the cloud. “Having access to more software that applies to a broad set of applications like high performance computing is key to making the transition to the cloud successful,” said William Fellows, Co-Founder and VP of Research, 451 Research. “Univa’s contribution of Navops Launch to the open source community will help with this process, and hopefully be an opportunity for cloud providers to contribute and use Tortuga as the on-ramp for HPC workloads.”

Call for Papers: INFOCOMP 2018 in Barcelona

The INFOCOMP 2018 Conference in Barcelona has issued its Call for Papers. The event takes place July 22-26 in Barcelona, Spain. “INFOCOMP 2018 continues a series of events dedicated to advanced communications and computing aspects, covering academic and industrial achievements and visions.”

Xilinx Demonstrates Breakthrough Optical Networking on the road to 7 nm

Today Xilinx announced the FPGA industry’s first demonstration of breakthrough 112G PAM4 electrical signaling technology for optical networks, as well as announcing the addition of 58G PAM4 transceivers to its 16nm Virtex UltraScale+ portfolio. “Xilinx has a long history of driving standards efforts and pushing performance limits in serial interconnect technology, and continues to do so with the industry’s first 112G PAM4 demo as well as with its 58G PAM4 solution, here today for customers to begin designing in with,” said Karl Freund, senior analyst, HPC and machine learning, Moor Insights & Strategy. “Today’s Xilinx announcements represent a significant leap forward for network architects who continue to be challenged to improve bandwidth performance of their optical networks.”

Video: NREL Evaluates Aquarius Liquid Cooling Technology for HPC

Today Aquila announced delivery and installation of the first ever fixed cold plate liquid cooled Aquarius HPC system. Sandia National Laboratories has deployed the system at the NREL in order to fully study the benefits of Aquila’s fixed cold plate warm water cooling technology. “We feel their leadership will help shape the future of HPC and influence the modern data center designer towards adoption of liquid cooling. Our shared vision holds the promise of improving data center energy efficiency by as much as 50%.”

Accelerating HPC Applications on NVIDIA GPUs with OpenACC

Doug Miles from NVIDIA gave this talk at the Stanford HPC Conference. “This talk will include an introduction to the OpenACC programming model, provide examples of its use in a number of production applications, explain how OpenACC and CUDA Unified Memory working together can dramatically simplify GPU programming, and close with a few thoughts on OpenACC future directions.”

New Mellanox Onyx Ethernet Network Operating System boosts Devops

Today Mellanox announced the release of Mellanox Onyx – the industry-leading open and flexible Ethernet Network Operating System for Mellanox Spectrum Open Ethernet switches. “Mellanox Onyx offers a mature Layer-3 feature-set, with integrated support for standard Devops tools, allowing customers to run third party containerized applications with complete SDK access. By utilizing Mellanox Onyx’s leading capabilities, our customers can enjoy the benefits of an industry-standard Layer-2 and Layer3 feature-set along with the ability to customize and optimize the network to their specific needs.”

Deploy Serverless TensorFlow Models using Kubernetes, OpenFaaS, GPUs and PipelineAI

Chris Fregly from PipelineAI gave this talk at the Stanford HPC Conference. “Applying my Netflix experience to a real-world problem in the ML and AI world, I will demonstrate a full-featured, open-source, end-to-end TensorFlow Model Training and Deployment System using the latest advancements with TensorFlow, Kubernetes, OpenFaaS, GPUs, and PipelineAI.”