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Mellanox HDR 200G InfiniBand Speeds Machine Learning with NVIDIA

Today Mellanox announced that its HDR 200G InfiniBand with the “Scalable Hierarchical Aggregation and Reduction Protocol” (SHARP) technology has set new performance records, doubling deep learning operations performance. The combination of Mellanox In-Network Computing SHARP with NVIDIA 100 Tensor Core GPU technology and Collective Communications Library (NCCL) deliver leading efficiency and scalability to deep learning and artificial intelligence applications.

Podcast: How Real is Ai Anyway?

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team discusses AI, bias in AI, and just how real AI actually is. “Ethics in AI, policy, legal framework are all big threads here. The trigger is the rather funny article from The Register: Artificial Intelligence, You Know it isn’t real, yeah?”

Submer SmartPodX Platform launches for OCP Immersion Cooling

Today the European Submer startup announced that their latest SmartPod Immersion Cooling System conforms to both standard server formats and to Open Compute Project (OCP) specifications for high-performance, supercomputing, and hyperscale infrastructures – the SmartPodX. “The Open Compute Project exists to develop open standards that bring greater efficiency, scalability, openness, and positive impact to datacenters and hardware – making all of our lives better,” said Submer CEO Daniel Pope. “This makes the OCP Global Summit the perfect opportunity to launch our hyper-efficient SmartPodX that will power the next generation of high-performance servers and supercomputers that usher in the next wave of research and technical innovation.”

Calista Redmond named CEO of RISC-V Foundation

Today the RISC-V Foundation announced that Calista Redmond has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective immediately. I’ve always understood the potential short- and long-term impact of the RISC-V license-free ISA on the open source community. Having spent a lot of my career working in the open source ecosystem, I’m excited to help RISC-V grow and deliver on the Foundation’s mission of paving the way for the next 50 years of computing design and innovation,” said Redmond, CEO of the RISC-V Foundation.”

Mellanox NVMe SNAP Technology to Simplify Composable Storage

Today Mellanox announced NVMe SNAP (Software-defined, Network Accelerated Processing), a storage virtualization solution for public cloud, private cloud and enterprise computing. This new SNAP technology allows customers to compose remote server-attached NVMe Flash storage and access it as if it were local, to achieve all the efficiency and management benefits of remote storage, with the simplicity of local storage.

Radio Free HPC Looks at NVIDIA’s acquisition of Mellanox

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at NVIDIA’s acquisition of Mellanox. “This called for an emergency session of our crack panel. While it will be several months before the full impact of this merger is felt, the RFHPC team believes this will change both the HPC and the Datacenter markets. It also signals Nvidia’s journey towards becoming more of a systems company and gives them a better shot at the enterprise AI market.”

Quobyte to showcase software defined storage for Machine Learning at GTC

Today Quobyte announced announced plans to showcase distributed storage technology at NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference in Silicon Valley next week. Quobyte software defined storage turns commodity servers into a reliable and highly automated data center file system. “As machine learning increasingly becomes an indispensable tool for organizations looking to make critical decisions derived from their cumulative data, there is an increasing need for unified storage infrastructure that enables faster results and the ability to fully leverage GPUs,” said Bjoern Kolbeck, Quobyte co-founder and CEO. “We are excited to have the opportunity to present to attendees of NVIDIA’s GTC how they can quickly and easily speed up their ML workloads by overcoming data challenges associated with scale, throughput and access to all data throughout the organization.”

NVIDIA to Purchase Mellanox for $6.9 Billion

Today NVIDIA announced plans to acquire Mellanox for approximately $6.9 billion. The acquisition will unite two of the world’s leading companies in HPC. Together, NVIDIA’s computing platform and Mellanox’s interconnects power over 250 of the world’s TOP500 supercomputers and have as customers every major cloud service provider and computer maker.

Agenda Posted: OFA Workshop in Austin March 19-21

Today the OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) posted the OFA Workshop 2019 Agenda & Abstracts for their upcoming OFA Workshop. With sessions on ranging from interoperability and remote persistent memory to deployment of fabric technologies, the meeting takes place March 19-21 in Austin, Texas. “Over the three-day event, attendees will be treated to a brand-new Workshop activity that further underscores the OFA’s commitment to fostering collaboration and adoption within the advanced fabrics community.”

Video: Submer Technology for HPC Immersion Cooling

In this video, Diarmoid Daltun from Submer and Daniele Rispoli from ClusterVision describe how Immersion Cooling applies to a HPC installation, including the benefits, challenges, economics, practicality, and more. “We are a cleantech company that designs, builds and installs Liquid Immersion cooling solutions for HPC, hyperscaler, datacenters, Edge, AI, deep learning and blockchain applications. Set apart by its modular design, our technology is the most practical, resilient, eco-friendly and highly efficient Immersion Cooling solution.”