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Video: Intel and Cray to Build First USA Exascale Supercomputer for DOE in 2021

Today Intel announced plans to deliver the first exaflop supercomputer in the United States. The Aurora supercomputer will be used to dramatically advance scientific research and discovery. The contract is valued at more than $500 million and will be delivered to Argonne National Laboratory by Intel and sub-contractor Cray in 2021. “Today is an important day not only for the team of technologists and scientists who have come together to build our first exascale computer – but also for all of us who are committed to American innovation and manufacturing,” said Bob Swan, Intel CEO.”

PNNL Leads Quantum Nexus Summit in Seattle

Today a coalition led by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Microsoft Quantum, and the University of Washington will convene in Seattle to launch the Northwest Quantum Nexus. The invite-only Summit will establish a center of geographic and intellectual gravity in the Northwest, where a talent pool can flourish and contribute to the quantum economy, through knowledge sharing, skill and experience development, research impacts, and community engagement. “By establishing this partnership in quantum computing, we are planting a seed in fertile ground. We are forming a nexus for nurturing a talent pool and establishing the quantum economy through knowledge sharing, skill and experience development, and community engagement.”

GPU Technology Conference to put HPC and Ai front and center

NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC) kicks off today in Silicon Valley. In this video, Ned Finkle from NVIDIA previews some of the public sector sessions this week at GTC. “GTC is the premier AI and deep learning conference, providing training, insights, and direct access to experts from leading research institutions and national labs. At GTC, you can explore hundreds of sessions on cutting edge AI research and applications across industries.”

Video: LANL Open Sources DeltaFS software for Wrangling Trillions of Files

A new distributed file system for HPC being distributed today via GitHub provides unprecedented performance for creating, updating and managing extreme numbers of files. “We designed DeltaFS to enable the creation of trillions of files,” said Brad Settlemyer, a Los Alamos computer scientist and project leader. “Such a tool aids researchers in solving classical problems in high-performance computing, such as particle trajectory tracking or vortex detection.”

Podcast: ECP EXAALT Program Extends the Reach of Molecular Dynamics

Computationally, EXAALT’s goal is to develop a comprehensive molecular dynamics capability for exascale. “The user should be able to say, ‘I’m interested in this kind of system size, timescale, and accuracy,’ and directly access the regime without being constrained by the usual scaling paths of current codes,” said Danny Perez of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the EXAALT team.

Video: Arm in HPC

Brent Gorda from ARM gave this talk at the Rice Oil & Gas Conference. “With the recent Astra system at Sandia Lab (#203 on the Top500) and HPE Catalyst project in the UK, Arm-based architectures are arriving in HPC environments. Several partners have announced or will soon announce new silicon and projects, each of which offers something different and compelling for our community.  Brent will describe the driving factors and how these solutions are changing the landscape for HPC.”

Report: NREL Economic Impact Tops $1 Billion

What are the economic benefits of HPC? A new study by the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business indicates that the economic impact of NREL amounted to more than $1.1 billion nationwide, while the impact on Colorado’s economy came in at nearly $748 million. “The lab’s highly skilled workforce, innovative facilities, and business partnerships are key to the region’s economic vitality.”

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.”

New Texascale Magazine from TACC looks at HPC for the Endless Frontier

This feature story describes how the computational power of Frontera will be a game changer for research. Late last year, the Texas Advanced Computing Center announced plans to deploy Frontera, the world’s fastest supercomputer in academia. To prepare for launch, TACC just published the inaugural edition of Texascale, an annual magazine with stories that highlight the people, science, systems, and programs that make TACC one of the leading academic computing centers in the world.

Video: A Fast, Scaleable HPC Engine for Data Ingest

David Wade from Integral Engineering gave this talk at the Stanford HPC Conference. “In this talk, a design is sketched for an engine to ingest data from the IOT massively into a cluster for analysis, storage and transformation using COTS methods from High Performance Computing techniques in hardware and software.”