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HiPEAC18 Conference to Focus on Performance and Security Next Week in Manchester

Coming up next week in Manchester, the HiPEAC 2018 conference will once again bring together the best minds in computer architecture and compilation to exploit the enormous potential of new computing paradigms. “The HiPEAC conference is the flagship networking event of our 2000-strong community of computing experts,’ says HiPEAC coordinator Koen de Bosschere of Ghent University. “This year we are very happy to have two leading European companies (ARM for mobile computing and DeepMind for deep learning) as the main sponsors of the event. They are creating the key technological components of future smart devices.”

NVIDIA races to patch GPU Drivers for Spectre and Meltdown

A new security bulletin from NVIDIA reveals that its GPU drivers are not immune to the Spectre and Meltdown exploits that affect nearly every modern CPU. This is bad news for HPC, where the company’s Tesla GPUs are widely deployed to accelerate applications. “Most of the updates are available now, although Tesla and GRID users will have to wait until late January.”

How AI is Reshaping HPC

Karl Freund from Moor Insights gave this talk at SC17. “Researchers have begun putting Machine Learning to work solving problems that do not lend themselves well to traditional numerical analysis, or that require unaffordable computational capacity. This talk with discuss three primary approaches being used today, and will share some case studies that show significant promise of lower latency, improved accuracy, and lower cost.”

Video: Red Hat Showcases ARM Support for HPC at SC17

In this video from SC17, Jon Masters from Red Hat describes the company’s Multi-Architecture HPC capabilities, including the new ARM-powered Apollo 70 server from HPE. “At SC17, you will also have an opportunity to see the power and flexibility of Red Hat Enterprise Linux across multiple architectures, including Arm v8-A, x86_64 and IBM POWER Little Endian.”

Micron and Intel to continue joint development of 3D NAND Memory through 2019

Today Micron and Intel announced an update to their successful NAND memory joint development partnership that has helped the companies develop and deliver industry-leading NAND technologies to market. “The companies have agreed to complete development of their third-generation of 3D NAND technology, which will be delivered toward the end of this year and extending into early 2019. Beyond that technology node, both companies will develop 3D NAND independently in order to better optimize the technology and products for their individual business needs.”

New Whitepaper on Meltdown and Spectre fixes for HPC

Can you afford to lose a third of your compute real estate? If not, you need to pre-empt the impact of Meltdown and Spectre. “Meltdown and Spectre are quickly becoming household names and not just in the HPC space. The severe design flaws in Intel microprocessors that could allow sensitive data to be stolen and the fixes are likely to be bad news for any I/O intensive applications such as those often used in HPC. Ellexus Ltd, the I/O profiling company, has released a white paper: How the Meltdown and Spectre bugs work and what you can do to prevent a performance plummet.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at Spectre and Meltdown Exploits

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the performance ramifications of the Spectre and Meltdown exploits that affect processors from Intel, AMD, and many others. While patches are on the way, the performance hit from these patches could be as high as twenty or thirty percent in some cases.

The AI Future is Closer than it Seems

Gadi Singer gave this talk at the Intel HPC Developer Conference in Denver. “Technology visionaries architecting the future of high-performance computing and artificial intelligence (AI) will share the key challenges as well as Intel’s direction. The talk will cover the adaptation of AI into HPC workflows, along their perspective architectural developments, upcoming transitions and range of solutions, technology opportunities, and the driving forces behind them.”

Mellanox Ships BlueField SoCs and SmartNICs

Today Mellanox announced the first shipments of its BlueField system-on-chip (SoC) platforms and SmartNIC adapters to major data center, hyperscale and OEM customers. Mellanox BlueField dual-port 100Gb/s SoC is ideal for cloud, Web 2.0, Big Data, storage, enterprise, high-performance computing, and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) applications. “We are excited to ship BlueField systems and SmartNIC adapters to our major customers and partners, enabling them to build the next generation of storage, cloud, security and other platforms and to gain a competitive advantage,” said Yael Shenhav, vice president of products at Mellanox Technologies. “BlueField products achieve new performance records, delivering industry-leading NVMe over Fabrics and networking throughput. We are proud of our world-class team for delivering these innovative products, designed to meet the ever growing needs of current and future data centers.”

Intel Deploying Updates for Spectre and Meltdown Exploits

Intel reports that company has developed and is rapidly issuing updates for all types of Intel-based computer systems — including personal computers and servers — that render those systems immune from both exploits (referred to as “Spectre” and “Meltdown”) reported by Google Project Zero. “By the end of next week, Intel expects to have issued updates for more than 90 percent of processor products introduced within the past five years.”