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Rigetti Computing acquires QxBranch for Quantum-powered Analytics

Today Rigetti Computing announced it has acquired QxBranch, a quantum computing and data analytics software startup. “Our mission is to deliver the power of quantum computing to our customers and help them solve difficult and valuable problems,” said Chad Rigetti, founder and C.E.O. of Rigetti Computing. “We believe we have the leading hardware platform, and QxBranch is the leader at the application layer. Together we can shorten the timeline to quantum advantage and open up new opportunities for our customers.”

Google Cloud and NVIDIA Set New Training Records on MLPerf v0.6 Benchmark

Today the MLPerf effort released results for MLPerf Training v0.6, the second round of results from their machine learning training performance benchmark suite. MLPerf is a consortium of over 40 companies and researchers from leading universities, and the MLPerf benchmark suites are rapidly becoming the industry standard for measuring machine learning performance. “We are creating a common yardstick for training and inference performance,” said Peter Mattson, MLPerf General Chair.

NEC Embraces Open Source Frameworks for SX-Aurora Vector Computing

In this video from ISC 2019, Dr. Erich Focht from NEC Deutschland GmbH describes how the company is embracing open source frameworks for the SX-Aurora TSUBASA Vector Supercomputer. “Until now, with the existing server processing capabilities, developing complex models on graphical information for AI has consumed significant time and host processor cycles. NEC Laboratories has developed the open-source Frovedis framework over the last 10 years, initially for parallel processing in Supercomputers. Now, its efficiencies have been brought to the scalable SX-Aurora vector processor.”

3 Ways to Unlock the Power of HPC and AI

A growing number of commercial businesses are implementing HPC solutions to derive actionable business insights, to run higher performance applications and to gain a competitive advantage. Complexities abound as HPC becomes more pervasive across industries and markets, especially as companies adopt, scale, and optimize both HPC and Artificial Intelligence (AI) workloads. Bill Mannel, VP & GM HPC & AI Solutions Segment at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, walks readers through three strategies to ensure HPC and AI success.

Podcast: Dell EMC Ready Solutions for AI with Intel Nauta

“The recently announced Ready Solution, Deep Learning with Intel, is powered by Dell EMC servers and networking, new 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors, and Nauta, Intel’s recently released open source platform for distributed deep learning training. Phil tells us how this new solution can be a game changer for many different use cases and help enterprises get a leg up when deploying AI.”

Podcast: Why is HPE buying Cray?

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team tackles the HPE-Cray acquisition as it reviews the companies’ recent moves, strengths, and market conditions. Hint: part of it has to do with the emergence of AI as a must-do enterprise app and the increasing commonality between supercomputers and enterprise servers.

Baidu Collaborates on Intel Nervana Neural Network Processor for Training

Intel is collaborating with Baidu on development of the new Intel Nervana Neural Network Processor for training (NNP-T). The two companies will team up on hardware and software design for the new custom accelerator for “training deep learning models at lightning speed.” “Intel and Baidu are focusing their decade-long collaboration on building radical new hardware, co-designed with enabling software, that will evolve with this new reality – something we call ‘AI 2.0.” said Naveen Rao, Intel corporate vice president and general manager of the AI Products Group.

Accelerating Time to Results for AI at Samsung UK

Crispin Keable from Atos gave this talk at the DDN User Group in Frankfurt. “To provide a user-centric ecosystem, Samsung aims to build an AI platform under a common architecture that will not only scale quickly but also provide the deepest understanding of usage context and behaviors, making AI more relevant and useful. Atos was tasked with developing an AI infrastructure for Samsung UK’s AI Center that could be easily scaled in the future.”

D-Wave Announces Largest-Ever Quantum Cloud-Access Contract

Today D-Wave Systems announced largest-ever global quantum cloud contract with Sigma-i, a company in Japan formed to optimize the world with quantum computing technologies. Sigma-i will offer quantum consulting services and access to the D-Wave 2000Q family of systems to companies, universities, and research laboratories throughout Japan. “This contract signals the ongoing growth of our cloud business and the increasing interest in quantum computing worldwide.”

Video: DDN Launches EXA 5 at ISC 2019

In this video from ISC 2019, James Coomer from DDN describes the company’s new EXA 5 advanced Lustre solution. “We’ve built EXA5 directly for the new era of HPC and AI in the context of Multicloud. We are introducing an entirely new set of features aimed at today’s most demanding AI and HPC end-to-end requirements, at any scale.” said James Coomer, senior vice president of products, DDN. “EXA5 leads on performance, on-prem and in the cloud, with unmatched capabilities in security, stability, user and data management.”